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San Luis Obispo County

Record voter turnout in San Luis Obispo County

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Voters cast their ballots at a Voting Service Center inside the San Luis Obispo County Government Center Monday morning. (Dave Alley/KEYT)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Voter turnout for the 2020 election in San Luis Obispo County is unprecedented.

"We are at 89 percent turnout," San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong said. "That is a world record for us."

Gong says the previous high was 83 percent. There are 184,050 registered voters in the county. Nearly 118 thousand votes have already been counted. Gong says about 49 thousand votes are in the process of being counted now. The votes that still need to be counted came in over the last few few days, and more could still come in.

"Of course we have the mail," Gong said. "As long as it's postmarked by election day and we receive it 17 days after the election, it will be eligible to be counted."

Gong tells us about 160 thousand votes were by mail, 60 thousand more than normal. He says the process is secure and everything has gone off without a hitch, from increased vote by mail to the 23 voting service centers that were open for four days.

"It all worked," Gong said. "Through the careful planning and preparation that we did, it really did pay off at the end. I really tip my hat off to all the staff that were involved in that."

More results are expected by the end of the week. Gong hopes to complete the count and certify the election by Thanksgiving.

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