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Why today’s California primary elicits yawns

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Only 35 percent of the state’s registered voters are expected to go to the polls in today’s presidential primary election, a Field Poll suggests, and that would make it the worst voter turnout of the modern era. President Obama is unopposed; Mitt Romney has the GOP nomination locked up, and there are few compelling races otherwise.

Add: This is the last primary election in which propositions will appear on the ballot; they will be reserved for the general election henceforth. Today’s duo: Prop 29, over a $1-a-pack cigarette tax hike, and Prop 28, which would tweak term limits for state lawmakers. Chronicle

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