Record-Low Election Day Turnout Expected

35 percent turnout expected in Santa Clara County

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    NBCChicago.com
    Your average polling place tomorrow in Santa Clara County.

    What if they held an election and only 35 percent of registered voters showed up?

    It would be 1994. And, political experts believe, 2014.

    In Santa Clara County, the lowest voter turnout in 20 years is expected in Tuesday's primary election, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    Why so low? There just isn't anything at stake.

    The race for San Jose's mayor will be narrowed from five candidates to two. But that's only in the city. Elsewhere, there's Jerry Brown cruising to re-election, some propositions, and... well, that's it.

    So as a result, "Silicon Valley is yawning," the newspaper reported.

    During early voting this year, about 110 people showed up per day over a two-day period in five cities, the newspaper reported. Tuesday, most polling places expect about eight voters per hour, the newspaper reported.

    About 18 percent of mail-in ballots have been returned, the newspaper reported -- and 70 percent of the county votes by mail.

    There's always November.