YOLO SUN NEWS REPORT :
Presidential elections historically bring out 74% – 77% of local voters to their polling place (2000-12).
2016 was a truly astonishing exception.
Yolo County election turnout totally tanked, in an abruptly historical fashion, swiftly and dramatically dropping this County into the bottom 10% of voter turnout within all California counties.
Only about 48% of Yolo County voters bothered to cast their ballot, including in Woodland, which saw only 44% – 48% turnout for its initial, city council district elections.
Statewide, there was the usually wide variety in voter turnout among counties — from only 23% in Mendocino County and 38% in Lake County, to 80% – 84% in several rural counties, such as: Mariposa, Sierra, Inyo, Alpine, Mono and El Dorado.
Bay Area and Central Coast counties showed between 70% and 80% voter participation.
Los Angeles County voter turnout easily exceeded Yolo County’s, with about 52% in 2016.
Regionally, Sacramento County voters turned out at about 62%, while Placer had 69%. Sonoma’s voters turned out at 62%, while Solano reached 72%.
Yuba County voter turnout was 64%.
Colusa County voters showed up to the polls at 79%.
So, what happened with voters in Yolo County (at only 48% turnout, very sharply down from its usual 74% – 77%)?
Only four counties (Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Merced) had lower voter turnouts than Yolo County.
Yolo County (and Woodland) is suddenly within the very bottom (<10% of all counties) voter-participation tier of California counties, by its startlingly collapsed (1/3 absent) voter turnout (in this key, 2016 presidential election cycle).
[Editor’s note: Of course, all votes are not yet counted, statewide, especially provisional ballots; however, Yolo County’s status is assured by this preliminary data, to be suddenly within the cellar of statewide election turnout. Yolo Sun will publish a follow-up report, when final voting data issues.]