Less than one in four residents in San Diego County voted in last week’s elections — the lowest rate of any presidential election year in the past three decades.
Turnout may have been unusually low for the presidential primary because that contest had already been set for November. Republican Mitt Romney won enough votes in other states to clinch his party’s nomination and challenge President Barack Obama.
With the presidential race established, most of the biggest election issues last week focused on local candidates for elected office or ballot initiatives. Those heated battles for mayor and City Council, and over city pensions and contracting rules apparently didn’t spur as many to weigh in and vote.