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Did you know? California Election Day facts, figures & trivia

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After today's election, registrars of voter will be busy tonight counting ballots and sharing tallies with the public. Can't wait to have some fun with Election Day numbers? Here are some early "returns," courtesy of the Secretary of State:

  • 18,245,970 is the number of Californians registered to vote for the November 6 election. 
  • The U.S. Postal Service must be happy this month: County elections officials report that they issued 9.1 million vote-by-mail ballots. That's a lot of envelope-licking.
  • About 51% of all California voters are expected to vote-by-mail this election. If true, it would be the first time the number of mail-in ballots surpasses the number of ballots cast in precincts in the state, according to AP.
  • We have 24,491 precincts throughout the state’s 58 counties, ranging from schools to garages in homes.
  • There are 154 legislative and congressional seats up for election. That's 20 State Senate + 80 State Assembly + 53 for the U.S. House of Representatives + one for U.S. Senate. (Note: There is also a special primary election in California's 4th Senate District, a seat that is scheduled for a regular election in 2014 but was vacated in September 2012.)

  • 320: The amount of federal and state candidates on the ballot.
  • There are seven qualified political parties in California. Which of these does not belong? Green party; American Independent Party; Peace and Freedom Party; American Freedom Party.  The full list is here.

  •  In the 100 years since direct democracy was established in California, voters have approved 117 initiatives. (Note: initiatives are one type of ballot measure)  

  • County elections officials have 28 days to complete vote-tallying, auditing and to certify the vote. Let's hope it doesn't turn into the Florida 2000 Election nightmare.

Now for some percentages:

  • 3,820,545: Voters registered with no political party preference (20.9% of registered voters)
  • 7,966,422: Voters registered with Democratic Party preference (43.7% of registered voters)
  • 5,356,608: Voters registered with Republican Party preference (29.4% of registered voters) 

  • 88.4%: Highest turnout percentage of registered voters in a presidential election (in 1964)

  •  65.5%: Lowest turnout percentage of registered voters in a presidential election (in 1996) 
  • What will the turnout be this year? Looks like it won't set any records: It should be about 70%, according to the Field Poll

To keep up with all of the numbers,  follow KPCC's Election Day coverage.


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