On the morning of Election Day, Nov. 4, The Field Poll release its prediction of turnout for the 2014 General election. The forecast saw a continuing decline in voter and perhaps sinking to the lowest overall. The Field Poll forecast 8.2 million Californians would cast ballots in the election, representing just 46.1 percent of registered voters.
But initial indications of voter interest on the Hill refutes this trend. At about 7:30 p.m., with still 30 minutes before the polls closed, the Pine Cove voting precinct had nearly 105 voters come in during the day and cast ballots. This represents about 20 percent of the total voters in the precinct, but does not include the vote-by-mail ballots, which were twice the number of votes cast in the June primary.
At Town Hall, with 10 minutes before the poll closed, 421 voters had cast ballots, representing about 28 percent of the 1,485 registered voters in that precinct. The total also excludes vote-by-mail ballots, which were about 77 percent more than primary day voters in June.