One-third of county mail-in votes have already been cast

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
Election officials are warning voters that they could face long lines during peak voting times election day.
Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
As of Oct. 31, 93,337 mail-in ballots had been received by the Ventura County Elections Division (VCED) — about one-third of the county's electorate that is expected to vote by mail.
“We're keeping busy here, that's for sure,” said Miranda Nobriga, VCED public information officer. “We are expecting a good turnout Nov. 8.”
Apart from the interest already generated by a highly contentious presidential race, she said, voter participation usually runs high whenever an incumbent is not running for that office. In 2008, for example, the turnout in Ventura County was around 80 percent, dropping to 77 percent in 2012 and 47 percent in 2014, a non-presidential election dominated by state and local issues in California.
This year's ballot is a bulky one. Along with selecting candidates in the races for local, state and federal offices, voters will have 17 propositions to decide.

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