Yolo County voters oppose recall by 2-to-1 margin

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Just over 64 percent of Yolo County’s registered voters cast a vote in the September gubernatorial recall election.

The county elections office released final results on Thursday showing 78,048 ballots counted, the equivalent of 64.2 percent of the county’s 121,550 registered voters.

That turnout exceeded the statewide average of 58.1 percent, according to Jesse Salinas, Yolo County’s assessor/clerk-recorder/registrar of voters.

“Although not all other counties have certified,” he said, “currently Yolo County is more than 5 percent higher than the statewide average in terms of voter participation.”

All active registered voters in California received ballots in the mail and 95 percent of Yolo County voters who participated in the recall opted to vote by mail.

“This shows an upward trend from the November presidential election, where 90 percent of voters chose to utilize vote by mail,” Salinas said.

Those voters who opted not to return their ballots via the mail or drop boxes were able to vote in person at voter assistance centers set up across the county in the days leading up to the election.

Final results for the recall election show Yolo County’s voters opposed the recall by a 2-to-1 margin, with 67.92 percent opposing the recall and 32.08 percent supporting it.

Of those who selected a candidate to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in the event the recall succeeded, Larry Elder received the most votes from Yolo County voters — 15,911 total votes, or 37.19 percent of the votes cast for a replacement.

A total of 42,778 votes were cast for replacement candidates, according to the Yolo Elections Office website.

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