Voter turnout remains low in Sacramento County

Several dozen vote centers opened Saturday in Sacramento County, just three days before primary Election Day in California. There are now a total of 87 vote centers open across the county. Eighteen opened on May 28 and another 69 opened on June 4. Despite many sites now up and operating, vote center inspectors at several locations told KCRA 3 they saw very few people Saturday – even less than what many had predicted.Only about 10 people came to drop off ballots Saturday at the vote center location on Del Paso Blvd. near Arden Way. Eileen Hogue, the vote center inspector for that site, said it was a slow day.| RELATED | Voter Guide: Northern California races of interest in 2022 June Primary“Definitely a low count. We were expecting a lot more. So, we’re hoping that it will get better,” Hogue said. Hogue said at each vote center, you can request a ballot to fill out in person on-site, you can drop off your mail-in ballot, or you can pick one up and return it at a later date.”It’s convenient. It’s local, and it gives everybody the opportunity to vote, which is extremely important,” Hogue said. Dave Rygg, the inspector for the vote center at the Coloma Community Center in east Sacramento, shared that same message.”We’re here and trying to make it as easy as possible for everybody to vote,” Rygg said. Still, Rygg said only about a dozen people came to his location Saturday. However, Rygg added that kind of turnout is not totally out of the ordinary for a midterm primary.”Normally, you would expect each day to get a little better and then a majority of the voting will be on Tuesday on Election Day,” Rygg said. KCRA 3 spoke to workers at the vote center at Belle Cooledge Community Center in the South Land Park area. They shared why they think fewer voters showed up to fill out or drop off a ballot Saturday.”A lot of people are probably busy on Saturday,” vote center inspector Stephanie Orozco said. “They know they have until Tuesday, so a lot of people might have mailed it in. It’s a lot easier.”But the latest numbers, as of June 4, from Political Data Intelligence show that out of the 21,876,687 ballots mailed in California, only 2,868,613 have been returned so far. That is a return percentage of 13%. The vote centers in Sacramento County are open every day through Election Day, which is Tuesday, June 7. Click here for a full list of locations and operating hours.

Several dozen voting centers opened Saturday in Sacramento County, just three days before primary Election Day in California.

There are now a total of 87 voting centers open across the county. Eighteen opened on May 28 and another 69 opened on June 4.

Despite many sites now up and operating, vote center inspectors at several locations told KCRA 3 they saw very few people Saturday – even less than what many had predicted.

Only about 10 people came to drop off ballots Saturday at the vote center location on Del Paso Blvd. near Arden Way. Eileen Hogue, the vote center inspector for that site, said it was a slow day.

| RELATED | Voter Guide: Northern California races of interest in 2022 June Primary

“Definitely a low count. We were expecting a lot more. So, we’re hoping that it will get better,” Hogue said.

Hogue said at each voting center, you can request a ballot to fill out in person on-site, you can drop off your mail-in ballot, or you can pick one up and return it at a later date.

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Voting station inside a Sacramento County vote center.

“It’s convenient. It’s local, and it gives everybody the opportunity to vote, which is extremely important,” Hogue said.

Dave Rygg, the inspector for the vote center at the Coloma Community Center in east Sacramento, shared that same message.

“We’re here and trying to make it as easy as possible for everybody to vote,” Rygg said.

Still, Rygg said only about a dozen people came to his location Saturday. However, Rygg added that kind of turnout is not totally out of the ordinary for a midterm primary.

“Normally, you would expect each day to get a little better and then a majority of the voting will be on Tuesday on Election Day,” Rygg said.

KCRA 3 spoke to workers at the vote center at Belle Cooledge Community Center in the South Land Park area. They shared why they think fewer voters showed up to fill out or drop off a ballot Saturday.

“A lot of people are probably busy on Saturday,” vote center inspector Stephanie Orozco said. “They know they have until Tuesday, so a lot of people might have mailed it in. It’s a lot easier.”

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Vote center at Belle Cooledge Community Center.

But the latest numbers, as of June 4, from Political Data Intelligence show that out of the 21,876,687 ballots mailed in California, only 2,868,613 have been returned so far. That is a return percentage of 13%.

The vote centers in Sacramento County are open every day through Election Day, which is Tuesday, June 7. Click here for a full list of locations and operating hours.

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