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Elections clerks: Nearly 1 million ballots remain

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's 58 counties are reporting that they have nearly 1 million outstanding ballots to process from this week's primary election.

The secretary of state's office reported Friday that there are 991,699 unprocessed ballots. The figure comes from county-by-county estimates as officials wade through ballots dropped off at polls and provisional votes cast on Election Day.

The registrars have so far counted nearly 3.4 million ballots that were cast Tuesday, which puts turnout at 19.2 percent.

With the outstanding ballots, turnout could near 25 percent, which would be a record low for a regular election in California, but better than some forecasts.

The previous low for a non-presidential primary was 33.1 percent in June 2010. Turnout was 28.2 percent in June 2008 when the state split the presidential and primary elections.

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