The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters reported last week that the Nov. 3, 2020, election saw the highest turnout ever, with 292,181 ballots cast out of 365,839 registered voters, a turnout of 80.04%.

Tracy had an even higher voter turnout, with 38,972 voters casting ballots out of 47,222 registered voters, an 82.53% turnout.

Registrar of Voters Melinda Dubroff, in a statement released Friday, said the November turnout eclipses the March 2020 turnout, 34% countywide, and the November 2016 turnout, 68% countywide.

The overwhelming majority of San Joaquin County ballots, 264,693 (90.4%) were cast by mail. The state elections office sent out vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters on Oct. 5 and gave voters a month to send them back. Voters in San Joaquin County also had four days leading up to the end of the day on Nov. 3 to cast their ballots in person at local voter service centers.

San Joaquin County voters cast 13,925 ballots (4.75%) in-person at voter service centers on Election Day, and 5,985 voters (2.04%) cast ballots at voter service centers in the 3 days leading up to Election Day. Another 8,215 votes (2.8%) were provisional or same-day registration ballots.

It took a month after Election Day to verify and count all of the ballots, with final results certified on Dec. 3.

• Contact the Tracy Press at or 209-835-3030.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.