California turnout might hit record low

Today's election includes the state's most expensive primary ever (the GOP primary challenge between Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman), but voters are seeming less than enthralled.

The Field Poll predicts that although a record 17 million voters are registered, only about a third will vote, lower than the 33.6 who participated in 2006 – and that for the first time, a majority of gubernatorial votes will be by mail.

Why the low turnout?

The poll gives several theories, including:

- Little competition in top-of-the-ticket Democratic races

- More voters registered as nonpartisan, who face more restrictions on voting in party primaries

- No high-profile or controversial propositions

- High voter dissatisfaction

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