The 9,000 additional mail-in and provisional ballots that remained to be counted after the April 8 primary election have been tallied, and though none of the race outcomes have changed from preliminary reports, the voter turnout increased slightly, to 17.5%.

ELECTION-BUTTON-2014At the end of election night two weeks ago, unofficial numbers showed that out of the 285,029 registered voters in Long Beach, only 40,589 had cast a vote–numbers that showed a dismal 14.2% turnout in an election with 10 positions up for grabs, including mayor. City Clerk Larry Herrera had predicted a voter turnout somewhere between 22% and 29%, which was in line with turnouts at previous Long Beach and Los Angeles elections where an incumbent mayor was not running for re-election. 

In the last three elections, Long Beach voter turnout has run between 11. 3%–in April 2012, when there was no mayoral election–and 22.2%–in 2006 when Mayor Bob Foster was running for the first time. Turnout was lower when Foster ran in 2010 with only minor opposition. Compartively, in 2012, when Eric Garcetti and Wendy Gruel faced off in L.A.’s mayoral race, 23.3% of voters cast a ballot, which was still the lowest the city had seen for any two-candidate runoff in 100 years.

According to the City Clerk’s fusion cumulative report, 49,870 registered voters eventually submitted ballots in Long Beach’s April 8 election. The report includes 4,509 vote-by-mail ballots received on election day and 2,626 provisional ballots submitted at polling places which were not officially tallied until last week. 

The figures released last week confirm preliminary outcomes reported in the contests for mayor, city attorney, city auditor, city prosecutor, five city council seats, three Long Beach City College trustee seats, two Long Beach Unified School District seats and a ballot measure to tax medical marijuana. 

Robert Garcia and Damon Dunn will still face off June 3 for mayor. Garcia ended with 11,873 votes, or 25.24%, and Dunn had 10,637 votes, or 22.61% of the votes. Also in a runoff in the general election, Lena Gonzalez will face Misi Tagaloa for the 1st District council seat and Stacy Mungo faces Carl Kemp in the 5th District.

See below for the remaining updated results. 

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Cumulative Report for Long Beach Primary Nominating Election