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By Miriam Raftery

November 19, 2013 (San Diego) – As San Diegans head to the polls today to vote in a special election to fill the mayoral vacancy, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu says an expected turnout of 40 to 45 percent is anticipated, or roughly equivalent to the last citywide mayoral election in July 2005, which had a 44.33% turnout rate.

If one candidate wins over 50 percent of the vote today, that candidate will be the new mayor.  If no candidate achieves a majority, then there will be a run-off election among the top two vote-getters.  To view our nonpartisan guide for voters in the San Diego mayoral election, click here. For more interesting facts about today's election, click "read more" and scroll down.

The city has a total of 683,370 registered voters (as of November 6) and the demographics have shifted sharply in recent years with Democrats now heavily outweighing  Republicans. Citywide, there are 272,785 registered Democrats, 181,469 Republicans, 193,832 who list no party affiliation, and 35,284 registered in other political parties. 

The outcome may well hinge on turnout and which candidate is able to get their supporters to the polls.

Many San Diegans (367,371) requested vote-by-mail ballots and 131,275 have already turned those in.  Another 1,094 had voted early at the Registrar’s office, as of November 15. 

On election day, voters will be casting ballots in 572 precincts at 496 polling places manned by 2,321 poll workers. 

This year’s polling places include some unusual sites, such a a dance/sport center, a driving school, a theater,a dental office, and a martial arts academy. 

If you need more information including location of your polling place (which is also printed on the back of your sample ballot) you can visit or call (858) 565-5800. 

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