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Eu Predicts 75.2% Voter Turnout

From a Times Staff Writer

Secretary of State March Fong Eu on Friday predicted a below-average turnout of 75.2% of California’s registered voters will cast ballots Tuesday in the general election.

Even so, the turnout would be higher than the 1984 presidential general election when 74.9% went to the polls. For that election, Eu had forecast a turnout of 78.2%.

While the percentage of turnout would be lower than the average presidential election turnout of 81% this century, Eu predicted that a record 10.5 million Californians will vote. An all-time high of 14 million people are registered as voters.

In Los Angeles County, officials predicted a 72% turnout. Eu said Orange County elections officers forecast that 80% of registered voters would cast ballots, the highest prediction for a county.

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