From Doug Johnson at the Rose Institute:
Secretary of State Bruce McPherson predicted that turnout in the state's 2006 General Election would be 55 percent. On election night, it appeared that he was significantly off. As time passes and more ballots are counted, it turns out he was almost perfect: with a handful of ballots still being counted around the state, reported turnout has already reached 54 percent.
The secretary was considerably more accurate than the Field Poll, which projected 51.5 percent turnout.
Instead of the record-low turnout expected when the election-day numbers came in, it turns out 2006 turnout significantly exceeded 2002 turnout: 54.04 percent (so far) to 50.57 percent. It trailed, however, turnout in 1998, which was 57.59 percent. For comparison, turnout in 2004 (a presidential election year) was 76.04 percent; turnout in the 2003 recall was 61.20 percent; and turnout in the governor's 2005 special election was 50.14 percent.
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Lance Izumi says Schwarzenegger can honor his mentor, Milton Friedman, by supporting vouchers for students in low-performing schools.
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