Early returns signal Sonoma County on track for strong turnout in Sept. 14 election

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Sonoma County election officials are projecting a strong local turnout of about 70% in the Sept. 14 statewide election centered on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall.

As of Monday, the county had processed a little over 68,000 ballots out of 304,000 registered voters in Sonoma County, meaning there’s been about a 22.4% turnout so far, said Deva Proto, the registrar of voters.

“Seventy percent would be good for a special election, low for a regular general election,” Proto said. There’s only one modern statewide recall to compare it to, the 2003 recall of Gov. Gray Davis, which saw a turnout of 75% in Sonoma County, Proto said.

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