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2022 primary election turnout down nearly 5% from 2018 in Contra Costa County

35.05% of registered voters cast ballots in June 7 midterm primary

This year's voter turnout in Contra Costa County dropped nearly 5% since the last midterm primary in 2018, according to numbers released by the county elections department this week.

In this year's June 7 primary, county residents cast 247,512 votes, which was 35.05% of 706,257 eligible voters. That compares to the 2018 primary, when Contra Costa residents cast 239,628 votes, which was 39.97% of 602,171 registered voters at the time.

"Some things to consider when looking at the numbers are California just went through a recall election in September 2021," deputy clerk-recorder Tommy Gong said. "2018 was an open seat for Governor and 2014 was a year of dismal voter turnout."

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar Debi Cooper officially certified the results of the June 7 election Monday.

"Our elections team has been preparing for and administering elections nonstop since early 2021," Cooper said in a statement. "We've conducted several special elections that overlapped with preparations for the primary election. I am proud of the incredible effort of our team and thankful for our temporary workers and volunteers who dedicated their time during a continuing pandemic to provide excellent service to our constituents.

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"It is an honor to certify this well-run, transparent, and fair election," Cooper said.

The county elections department completed the official counting of all qualified ballots and audited results "to assure our equipment performed as expected," the statement said.

The canvass ensured four tasks: verifying every eligible ballot was counted, that voters only voted once, that proper procedures were followed on Election Day, and ensuring that the vote tabulation system properly counted ballots.

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2022 primary election turnout down nearly 5% from 2018 in Contra Costa County

35.05% of registered voters cast ballots in June 7 midterm primary

by Tony Hicks / BCN Foundation /

Uploaded: Tue, Jun 28, 2022, 9:56 pm
Updated: Wed, Jul 6, 2022, 12:42 pm

This year's voter turnout in Contra Costa County dropped nearly 5% since the last midterm primary in 2018, according to numbers released by the county elections department this week.

In this year's June 7 primary, county residents cast 247,512 votes, which was 35.05% of 706,257 eligible voters. That compares to the 2018 primary, when Contra Costa residents cast 239,628 votes, which was 39.97% of 602,171 registered voters at the time.

"Some things to consider when looking at the numbers are California just went through a recall election in September 2021," deputy clerk-recorder Tommy Gong said. "2018 was an open seat for Governor and 2014 was a year of dismal voter turnout."

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar Debi Cooper officially certified the results of the June 7 election Monday.

"Our elections team has been preparing for and administering elections nonstop since early 2021," Cooper said in a statement. "We've conducted several special elections that overlapped with preparations for the primary election. I am proud of the incredible effort of our team and thankful for our temporary workers and volunteers who dedicated their time during a continuing pandemic to provide excellent service to our constituents.

"It is an honor to certify this well-run, transparent, and fair election," Cooper said.

The county elections department completed the official counting of all qualified ballots and audited results "to assure our equipment performed as expected," the statement said.

The canvass ensured four tasks: verifying every eligible ballot was counted, that voters only voted once, that proper procedures were followed on Election Day, and ensuring that the vote tabulation system properly counted ballots.

Comments

smf
Registered user
Danville
on Jun 29, 2022 at 10:17 am
smf, Danville
Registered user
on Jun 29, 2022 at 10:17 am

That’s because they didn’t count all votes. Mine and my husbands weren’t counted but were mailed prior to the election. After 2 weeks of tracking it I inquired about it and they stated it wasn’t received in time. I told them it had to be postmarked by Election Day not received by then. They notified me it wouldn’t be counted on 6/24 (before they certified the election) so they clearly should’ve counted our ballots. How many more did they not count?


Beatrice Lambert
Registered user
Danville
on Jul 2, 2022 at 12:28 pm
Beatrice Lambert, Danville
Registered user
on Jul 2, 2022 at 12:28 pm

One of the reasons is voter apathy.

Republicans generally vote early & in-person which is why early returns tend to lean Republican. This is often referred to as the 'red mirage.'

The mail-in ballots are counted later and often turn the election in the Democrat's favor.

This is what happened in the 2020 presidential election. 2020 was a COVID year and alternative voting options (drop-off boxes, Sunday after church voting etc.) were provided to ensure alternative voting options.

Since Trump lost by nearly 7 million popular votes, there is no reason to suspect voter fraud.

Richard Nixon (1960) and Al Gore (2000) lost by far smaller margins and unlike Trump, they accepted their defeats with dignity and decorum.


Jessica Tang
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jul 2, 2022 at 4:13 pm
Jessica Tang, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jul 2, 2022 at 4:13 pm

Was the red mirage the primary reason Diana Becton was re-elected as county DA?

Some people say she is soft on crime while others consider her a visionary progressive.


Chantrelle Washington
Registered user
another community
on Jul 3, 2022 at 8:29 am
Chantrelle Washington, another community
Registered user
on Jul 3, 2022 at 8:29 am

Diana Becton is a highly qualified and respected Contra Costa County District Attorney who does not believe in wrongful incarcerations and/or excessive bail requirements.


Justin Thomas
Registered user
Blackhawk
on Jul 4, 2022 at 8:34 am
Justin Thomas, Blackhawk
Registered user
on Jul 4, 2022 at 8:34 am

> wrongful incarcerations and/or excessive bail requirements.

The seriousness and nature of the crime should determine these parameters.

In some cases it is justified…in others not so much.


Fergus Young
Registered user
Danville
on Jul 4, 2022 at 4:16 pm
Fergus Young, Danville
Registered user
on Jul 4, 2022 at 4:16 pm

These young thieves need better role models. Perhaps some Danville residents will consider taking them under their wings and make them a part of their inner families.

Everyone deserves a second chance to do good.


Noah Baker
Registered user
Walnut Creek
on Jul 5, 2022 at 10:04 am
Noah Baker, Walnut Creek
Registered user
on Jul 5, 2022 at 10:04 am

The 'red mirage' is a voter illusion that reactionary Republican mindsets often cling to & hope is real.

It's like being on the Titanic and hoping for a passing tugboat.


Myron Lipscomb
Registered user
another community
on Jul 5, 2022 at 12:23 pm
Myron Lipscomb, another community
Registered user
on Jul 5, 2022 at 12:23 pm

There is no true Republican Party anymore as it has festered into the Party of Trump and white supremacists who are in dire fear of a non-existent force called Replacement Theory.


Malcolm Hex
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jul 12, 2022 at 8:51 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2022 at 8:51 am

@Myron Lefty Lipscomb

And what has your party festered into Myron? Let’s see….

You have socialists in your party run amok. You’re little darling, the ever incompetent AOC, adores the likes of Venezuela and the dictator that runs that country. Yeah, great system. But why start here? How’s about we take a good look at your current flunky in chief.

Not once has President Mumbles Fumbles visited our southern border to see how bad things are down there. Instead, he reads instructions off a teleprompter telling him how to use a teleprompter. He also attempts to shake hands with inanimate objects. Worse, his own party is turning against him. Meanwhile, Democrats who don’t get their way, go after Supreme Court justices. What a clown show. And your president is the ring master. And speaking of clown shows, Myron, how bout your president’s recent poll numbers, eh?

President Mumbles and Fumbles is currently at 33% in the polls there, buddy. 33% percent. He’s sinking faster than a torpedoed u-boat. He’s a mess, and he’s created a bigger mess. Afghanistan was such a smooth withdrawal, wasn’t it?

Not sure what replacement theory is Myron, but your blue peeps in congress are about to be replaced by red peeps come November. I can’t wait to see how President Mumbles and Fumbles handles the lame duck process - or if he will even be aware.

Until then, getcha popcorn ready and enjoy the show.




Greg Atchison
Registered user
Danville
on Jul 12, 2022 at 11:17 am
Greg Atchison, Danville
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2022 at 11:17 am

Regardless of whatever transpires following the blatantly compromised January 6th kangaroo inquisition, I will be voting for Donald Trump if he decides to run in 2024 and all Trump-related congressional candidates.

The ongoing and noble effort to preserve the traditional American way of life is being subverted by left-wing ideologists intent on turning the United States into a socialist regime that encourages a welfare state, acceptance of social abberations, and the eventual destruction of Christianity as a moral compass.


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