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Turnout in midterm election increases... a bit



Voters took to the polls at the First Methodist Church in Santa Monica to cast their vote in the 2014 mid-term election.
Voters took to the polls at the First Methodist Church in Santa Monica to cast their vote in the 2014 mid-term election.
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Turns out only one in three voters in Los Angeles County cast ballots last month - but that's better than one in four, which was the early turnout numbers reported by officials.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will certify results from the Nov. 4 midterm election Tuesday. The official numbers show 1,518,835 ballots were cast for a turnout of 33.4 percent. Prior to reviewing and counting all outstanding qualified ballots, turnout in Los Angeles County was estimated at 25.25 percent.

More than a third of the ballots came via vote-by-mail.

Statewide, turnout was at 42.2 percent, a significant drop from the prior state-wide record low for a midterm election of 50.6 percent in 2002.

Los Angeles County also hit a historic low in voter turnout. The previous low came in 2002, when 45 percent of voters cast a ballot, according to available election data from Los Angeles County.

Turnout before and after counties finalize Nov. 4 election results

The county's officials results will be sent to the Secretary of State's office, which has until Dec. 12 to certify the results.