Jon Baird

Voter Turnout Expected to be Huge on Election Day

November 06, 2018 - 11:01 am
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(KNX1070) - Voters have been lining up across the country and here in Southern California as the polls opened Tuesday morning. There's expected to be an unprecedented turnout in Orange County, where there are some tight Congressional races.

They could see almost record numbers in Orange County because of all the interest in the races here: the House races and District Attorney's race. Officials here say this midterm could see a turnout of 68 percent compared to 42 percent in the last midterm.

Huge interest in this midterm election and turnout is supposed to be off the charts.

The lines started growing quickly both at College View Elementary School and St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. And though there are a lot of critical race in this election, many voters say they would be here regardless.

A poll worker says he’s expecting to be here a very long time Tuesday because a big turnout is predicted in the Orange County. 

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan tells KNX he's already seeing a very high turnout, especially when factoring early weekend voting and vote-by-mail ballots that have already been returned.

He says the county is making sure every vote will count. Logan says no major problems have been reported at polling locations across the county so far.

KNX reporter Jon Baird:

Meanwhile, voters are also deciding who will fill the top jobs in state government. Leading the list is the battle for governor, between Democratic Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox. 

The other big statewide race is incumbent Dianne Feinstein is taking on fellow Democrat Kevin de León for U.S. Senate.

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California voters will also weigh-in on several statewide propositions today, with issues ranging from the gas tax and rent control to housing bonds.  Another measure questions whether financial restrictions should be imposed on kidney dialysis clinics.  For Prop 8 alone, $130 million was spent, making it the most expensive initiative campaign in state history.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell is facing a tough challenge today from retired sheriff's Lieutenant Alex Villanueva, after failing to win election by getting 50 percent of the vote in the June primary. Villanueva accuses McDonnell of failing in his promise to reform the department. Sheriff McDonnell says that's completely wrong and says he has introduced major changes after the scandals that hit the department under previous Sheriff Lee Baca. 

If Villanueva wins, he would become the first person to unseat a living L.A. County sheriff in more than 100 years.

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Find out if you are registered to vote, if your vote-by-mail was received and voter status HERE. You will need your driver’s license or California ID card number, the last four numbers of your Social Security number, name and birthdate. 

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