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LA And OC Super Tuesday Turnout Not So Super, But Voter Numbers Should Rise

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Southern California’s vote centers have been closed since last night. But many races still hang in the balance, and the voter turnout figures are just starting to come into focus.

Initial figures on voter turnout sound low — 21 percent in Los Angeles County, and 29 percent in Orange County.

But those numbers will rise in the coming days. That’s because hundreds of thousands of votes are yet to be counted. And if past elections are any guide, the numbers could rise ten percentage points or more.

Election officials won’t even have all the votes until Friday, when the last vote by mail ballots arrive.

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And it’ll take time for them to sort through provisional ballots, write-in votes and even damaged ballots.

Together, all those votes could be enough to swing close races. That could include forcing a runoff in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s race.

We'll keep you posted as more results roll in.