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Field Poll: 70% of state's registered voters expected to cast ballots

November 6, 2012 | 12:45 pm

Despite record high voter registration, about 1 million fewer Californians are expected to cast ballots in today's election than they did four years ago, according to a new Field Poll.

The Field Poll estimates that 12.75 million Californians will vote today, down from the 13.7 million who participated in the 2008 election.

The firm estimates that this year's contest will be the first statewide general election in which voters casting ballots by mail will outnumber those going to the voting booth.

It estimates that about 70% of California's registered voters will participate in this year's election, or about 54% of adults who are eligible to vote.

Polls around the state close at 8 p.m.