On politics in the Golden State
July 13, 2012 | 6:59 pm

Less than one-third of California’s voters participated in the June primary election, the secretary of state’s office said Friday, and a majority of those who cast ballots did so by mail.

Turnout for the June 5 election was 31.1%, and 65% of the 5,328,296 who voted used mail-in ballots instead of going to the polls on election day — a California record.

That broke the previous record set in the May 2009 special statewide election, in which 62% of ballots were cast by mail, officials said.

“Given the ease and convenience that voting by mail offers, it’s not surprising to see more and more people choose to cast their ballots from home,” Secretary of State Debra Bowen said in a statement.

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