Posted: November 2, 2010
California absentee ballot story a cause for worry? Maybe, maybe not
News comes from San Jose that less than 40% of absentee ballots requested in California have been returned, as of early Monday afternoon. This is just one example of why Charles Stewart has previously written that California is one of the states to watch today, and why it’s going to take a long time to get a final count of the vote. One thing to keep in mind, which is not mentioned in the Mercury News report, is that California has “permanent absentee voting,” which is associated with a low return rate of absentee ballots to begin with. According to data released by the EAC, for instance, in 2008 19% of mail ballots in California that were sent out were not returned by the voters. So, it’s not quite clear what to make of a non-return rate of 40% in a midterm election.