Voter Turnout Expected to Be Low

May 19, 2009 1:29:38 PM PDT
Voters across California will cast their ballots on propositions designed to close the state's budget deficit.At the Fresno County Elections Office this morning ... voters slowly trickled into to vote ... Including Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

Despite the impact on the state's financial situation ... turnout is expected to be low.

In Fresno County ... more than 160-thousand absentee ballots were mailed out ... but only a third of them have been returned.

Fresno County Clerk, Victor Salazar says many people are just tired from having so many recent elections.

"Lately ... it seems we're having them every 3 or 4 months. And there is such a thing as voter fatigue ... certainly election worker fatigue. We're hopeful that the legislature and governor will get back on and we'll be regular again," said Salazar.

Fresno County expects voter turnout to be just 25-percent ... down from 72-percent in the November Election.

If you haven't mailed your absentee ballot and you still want to vote ... you must return it Tuesday in person at a polling station.

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