It’s been more than a week since the election, and there are millions of ballots left to process across California. But one takeaway is clear: voter turnout is up across California.
That includes L.A. County, long derided for its lack of civic engagement. In 2014, just 31 percent of L.A. County voters cast a ballot — the worst midterm turnout of any California county in decades.
An election volunteer receives the provisional ballot from a voter at the Midnight Mission in L.A.'s Skid Row on Nov. 6. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
Now in 2018, we know that more than 45 percent of voters cast a ballot.
That’s a remarkable turnaround in turnout, and that number, like every other number here, is sure to rise in the coming weeks as all ballots are finally tallied.
In fact, the most recent report from the Secretary of State shows 3.3 million ballots left to be processed across the state. There are 688,000 in L.A. County alone.
Here's the breakdown of those uncounted ballots as of Tuesday afternoon:
* Note: Number registered voters as of Oct. 22; turnout percentage is based on the California Secretary of State's 15-day Report of Registration.
SOURCE: California Secretary of State
The statewide turnout figure has beat 2014’s mark of 42 percent. It’s currently at 48 percent, according to the Secretary of State. And the scores of uncounted ballots mean it’s going to continue climbing, potentially by double digits.
Across the country, election officials are reporting huge voter turnout. The Associated Press wrote that voter turnout soared the highest in a midterm in 50 years. While Democrats took the House of Representatives, the AP found high enthusiasm by both Republicans and Democrats drove turnout nationally.
* Note: Turnout based on early returns as of Nov. 14; all figures subject to rise as final counts reported.
SOURCE: California Secretary of State, county election offices
Closer to home, most Southern California counties have now posted turnout above 2014 levels. San Bernardino, Orange and Ventura counties will improve on their turnout from the previous midterm.
Those areas, along with Riverside County, have a combined 783,000 ballots left to process.