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Fewer Santa Monica Voters Turned Out for Obama This Year

Voter turnout Tuesday in Santa Monica was 56 percent. It was 87 percent in the last presidential election in 2008.

More than half of Santa Monica's registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election, but the number fell far short of the city's 2008 turnout.

Of 60,909 eligible voters, 56 percent hit the polls, voting overwhelmingly to reelect president Barack Obama, according to reports filed on the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk's website. Though there were nearly 2,000 more registered voters Tuesday compared to four years ago, the turnout wasn't as impressive. In 2008 it was 87 percent.

And, in 2008, Santa Monica residents cast 39,870 votes for Obama, compared to 25,635 this year.

Countywide, preliminary voter turnout sampling figures showed a 66.6 percent turnout at the polls this year, according to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan.

"Overall, we saw good turnout and voter participation at the polls," said Logan.

"The success of elections relies on the community service we see across Los Angeles County. I want to say a big thank-you to the 25,000 poll workers that made the election run smoothly," he continued in a statement.

VOTES CAST IN SANTA MONICA NOV. 6, 2012

The following statistics are from the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office. Santa Monica numbers are based on 100 percent of precincts reporting.

President and Vice President

  • Barack Obama (D) 25,635
  • Jill Stein (GRN ) 407
  • Thomas Hoefling (AI) 52
  • Mitt Romney (R) 7,013
  • Gary Johnson (LIB) 419
  • Roseanne Barr (PF) 94

U.S. Senator

  • Dianne Feinstein (D) 25,187
  • Elizabeth Emken (R) 7,090

33rd Congressional District

  • Henry Waxman (D) 21,565
  • Bill Bloomfield (NP) 9,850

50th Assembly District

  • Betsy Butler (D) 13,840
  • Richard Bloom (D) 15,274

District Attorney

  • Alan Jackson (NP) 9,291
  • Jackie Lacey (NP) 17,702

Proposition 30

  • Yes 21,856
  • No 10,325

Proposition 31

  • Yes 8,163
  • No 20,771

Proposition 32

  • Yes 9,535
  • No 21,649

Proposition 33

  • Yes 9,693
  • No 20,822

Proposition 34

  • Yes 21,430
  • No 10,082

Proposition 35

  • Yes 22,564
  • No 8,606

Proposition 36

  • Yes 25,820
  • No 5,395

Proposition 37

  • Yes 19,535
  • No 12,469

Proposition 38

  • Yes 9,900
  • No 21,199

Proposition 39

  • Yes 22,689
  • No 7,707

Proposition 40

  • Yes 22,026
  • No 6,562

"Safer Sex Film Industry" Measure B

  • Yes 14,727
  • No 14,588

Metro Transportation Authority Measure J

  • Yes 21,751
  • No 7,844
Mara T November 08, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Ummm - did the analysis take into account mail in voters?
Jenna Chandler November 08, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Vote-by-mail ballots are among the first to be counted, but there are still lots outstanding. As of 5 p.m. yesterday, there were 792,658 ballots that needed to be processed countywide. That number includes 325,687 provisional ballots, 188,971 vote-by-mail ballots received at the polls and 268,000 vote-by-mail ballots sent via Postal Service. There's no way of knowing how many of the outstanding ballots are from Santa Monica, but it's very unlikely there's enough to change voter turnout drastically enough that it would top 2008. Hope this helps, Mara T. If there are any big changes, I'll be sure to report it.

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