Tuesday, April 11, 2006

CA-50 Absentee Status

In a typical election 80-90% of absentee ballots requested are returned. As of yesterday, only half of the absentee ballots requested in the Special Election had been returned. Does that mean anything? Of course, it means something, but does it help or hurt Busby? If voters intended to drop their absentee ballots off at the polls, it might help Busby and we won't see the impact of those ballots until the votes are delivered from the polls.
As of yesterday, the county's elections office had received about half of the 112,000 absentee ballots issued to voters. In typical elections, about 80 percent to 90 percent are returned. Registrar of Voters Mikel Haas wasn't willing to make a turnout prediction based on the absentee ballot returns. He said many of those voters may plan to drop off the ballots at polling places.
From the SD Union Tribune.