Sacramento, CA — Secretary of State Bruce McPherson is predicting 42 percent of the states nearly 16 million registered voters will cast ballots in Tuesday´s special election.
Massive amounts of campaign spending is raising interest in the statewide initiatives. Several local ballot measures also are drawing voters´ attention.
McPherson´s office takes voter interest into account along with trends in voter registration and absentee balloting and even the predicted weather on Election Day.
More than 61 percent of registered voters turned out for the last special statewide election in 2003, when Governor Gray Davis was recalled and replaced by Schwarzenegger.
More than 36 percent of voters turned out for special elections in 1993 and 1979, and 47 percent in 1973.