Politics

With all votes counted, LA County turnout tops 40 percent

Official results show more than two million people cast ballots in the June 7, 2016 primary election.
Official results show more than two million people cast ballots in the June 7, 2016 primary election.
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With every vote tallied, turnout in Los Angeles County topped 40 percent in June's primary election. The final count from the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, released Friday afternoon, shows just over two million Angelenos voted in the 2016 primary.

The official turnout was 42.1 percent.

That number has climbed in the weeks since June 7, as vote by mail and provisional ballots were added to totals. Early counts showed turnout just below 30 percent. The registrar processed more than half a million votes since election day.

The results close the book on a handful of close primaries:

LA County's turnout numbers were up compared to the previous presidential primary, in 2012. But turnout numbers around the region failed to live up to 2008, when another competitive Democratic primary pushed turnout past 50 percent in several counties.

Turnout was far higher for Democrats in the 2016 primary—52.2 percent, compared to 39.7 percent for Republicans.

County-by-county voter turnout in presidential primaries (2008-2016)

Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties all saw turnout at or near half of registered voters this year. Turnout number typically jump significantly from the primary to the general election.

In Los Angeles, the registrar didn't immediately have a count of the number of votes that couldn't be tallied because they were cast by people who turned out not to be registered.