Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/28/2012 01:03:57 AM PST
Updated: 11/28/2012 01:18:37 AM PST

Elections officials have nearly completed their tallies of the votes cast in the General Election, and the numbers show a notable drop-off in voter turnout from the previous presidential election.

Voter-participation statistics from San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties mirror numbers for California as a whole.

Turnout rates in presidential election years since the 2000 contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore trended upward until 2008, when Barack Obama defeated John McCain and became the United States’ first black president.

This year’s numbers, however, tell a different story.

In California, nearly 69 percent of registered voters participated in the General Election. That rate signifies a statewide participation decline of roughly 10 points.

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