Updated results; turnout creeps up to 46 percent

As promised, we released updated election results at 5 p.m. today. Check them out!

“I Voted” stickers piled up at the polls during the Feb. 5 Presidential Primary Election

While we don’t believe these updated results will change the projected outcome of any race – all four local measures were already winning by a landslide on Election Night – we’ve got better stats on turnout and Vote by Mail percentages. Keep in mind that we’re still not done counting ballots, so these number will continue to change.

Now San Mateo County turnout is now encroaching on 46 percent, which is a far cry from the dismal turnout for the Nov. 6 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election, but is nowhere near a record. Forty six percent is still behind the 49 percent turnout for the 2004 Presidential Primary or the 55 percent turnout in San Mateo County for the Special Statewide Election in 2005.

It’s also distant from the predictions that have been offered up by Elections Manager David Tom for a record turnout more than 60 percent. We’re hoping that voters lived up to his expectations, so that his foot can say far from his mouth.

Also interesting to note: the percentage of voters who chose to Vote by Mail in San Mateo County for this election is now at almost 45 percent. That means nearly one out of every two voters in San Mateo County did so, which surely helped to keep crowds down at the polls (one was hard-pressed to find much of a long line or a complete run-out of ballots).

Statewide, Vote by Mail was a force to be reckoned with, as preliminary numbers circulated among county elections officials this morning are showing a return of more than 2.6 million Vote by Mail ballots. Between permanent Vote by Mail voters, all-mail ballot precincts, overseas and military voters, those who voted early,  and those who made a one-time request for Vote by Mail ballots, we’re talking about a potential of more than 5.5 million ballots cast before the polls opened. It’s almost 36 percent of the state’s electorate.

But enough playing the with numbers; it’s still to early to tell for certain how this election’s turnout will, er, turn out. Updated results will be released again on Feb. 13.

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