California's election turnout last month set a record low for a presidential primary in the state, with more than two of every three registered voters opting not to cast ballots.
Turnout statewide was 31.1 percent, shattering the previous record low of 41.9 percent for a presidential primary, recorded in 1996, according to state statistics tracking balloting since 1914.
The Secretary of State's office also reported that 65 percent of votes were cast by mail, surpassing the previous record of 62 percent in the 2009 special election.
The dismal turnout was expected because there were few fireworks on the ballot: California was insignificant to the Republican presidential contest, President Barack Obama had no challenger among Democrats, and there was a dearth of hot-button issues statewide.
Neither Proposition 28, involving changes to legislative term limits, nor Proposition 29, a proposed tax on cigarettes, was likely to drive up turnout significantly, said Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo days before ballots were cast.