Marin Tops State in Voter Turnout

A larger percentage of Marin residents voted by mail in the Nov. 6 presidential election. Were you one of them?


Marin County has garnered yet another top position when compared with other counties in California. The wealthiest and healthiest county in California also had the highest turnout of registered voters in the Nov. 6 presidential election. 

Elaine Ginnold, with the Marin County Registrar of Voters, released information last week reporting Marin saw 87 percent of its 155,025 registered voters cast ballots in November. It was the highest percentage among the state’s 58 counties.

However, voter turnout was down from the last presidential election in 2008, when Marin saw 90.8 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.

This year, California saw a statewide average voter turnout of 72 percent. 

In Marin, 65 percent of voters cast their vote by mail while the remaining 35 percent voted at the polls.

Marin also has one of the highest percentages of registered eligible voters in California, according to the Secretary of State’s October 22, 2012 Report of Registration. Of the 176,604 citizens eligible to register to vote in Marin County, 87.8 percent are registered, compared to the statewide average of 76.7 percent.

In the November election, 74 percent of Marin voters backed the re-election of President Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama garnered nearly 78 percent of the total votes cast for the race.

This year, Marin voters also gave resounding support to a pair of propositions that were soundly defeated across California: death penalty repeal measure Proposition 34 and Proposition 37, which sought to require the labeling of genetically modified food.


Did you vote in November? Did you vote by mail or go to the polls? Are you surprised by Marin’s high voter turnout?

Tom James December 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I agree with Gigi. Marin is too liberal, I assume because people have guilt complexes because they inherited their money? Not me, I busted my butt for the money I have. I have never failed to vote, even while in the Army when I had to vote by absentee ballot. Those are the only times I have voted by mail. I enjoy the experience.
Terri Moran December 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Mr. James, I assume you are not suggesting that everyone from Marin inherited their money. There are a large group of people that live in Marin because their families grew up there or because there work is or was there and many of us continue to work hard to live in this beautiful community. It is beautiful because the "liberals" and the "conservatives" that live in this beautiful area want to keep it that way. Voting by mail should not be considered at issue. The fact that so many are registered AND voted should be applauded.
Charlie Potatoes December 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Good Lord, What on earth are you talking about? Inherited their money? Guilt complexes? I don't know one person in Marin who fits your description.
Charlie Potatoes December 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM
It's people like you, Gigi, who should really abstain from voting period.
Quint Evans December 28, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Its not about inheritance , guilt complex's ,being too liberal ,or voting by mail. Its about "EDUCATION" something President Obama continually advocate's and rightly so.Would you rather live in a county or city that had predominately educated people or in a county with people who weren't as fortunate to have had an education?


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