As predicted, voter turnout was running light in California today.
The Secretary of State's office said that by noon, five hours after the polls opened, a check of eight California counties found that 20.05% of the registered voters had gone to the polls. In the last gubernatorial election, in 1982, 26.66% of the voters had cast their ballots by 12 p.m.
In Los Angeles County, 24.98% of the registered voters had gone to the polls by 1 p.m., compared with 30.85% in 1982 by that hour.
Secretary of State March Fong Eu has predicted that 59% of the 12.8 million registered voters will go to the polls. That would be one of the lowest turnouts on record in California for a gubernatorial election.
California polls, which opened at 7 a.m., will close at 8 p.m.