Merced County voter turnout was up significantly, registrar says. Here’s why
While thousands of mail and provisional ballots remain to be counted, it appears that a significantly higher number of people voted this week in Merced County than the last gubernatorial ballot, according to the registrar of voters office.
About 55 percent of the registered population of Merced County cast ballots for the election, Registrar Barbara Levey said. That’s compared to 40.5 percent four years ago.
At 97,926, there are also 2,384 more people in the county registered to vote than in November 2014, according to Levey.
The increase came in the first election in Merced County that allowed people to register and vote on Election Day. A couple of locations in Merced allowed people to register and fill out provisional ballots, Levey said, which are certified by registrar employees.
“The new law does allow same-day registration, so a lot of them were registering here, getting a ballot and voting here,” she said on Friday.
A large number of those same-day registrants were tallied at UC Merced, she said.
A pair of brothers have been arrested in Winton for an alleged string of armed robberies, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Investigations Bureau served a search warrant on Thursday in the 7100 block of Tokay Circle in Winton, where they arrested 18-year-old Sergio Garcia Martinez and 21-year-old Filemon Martinez Garcia, deputies said.
The robberies took place at El Camino Market in Delhi on Oct. 16 and Rancho Market in Winton on Oct. 18, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The brothers had been arrested in a previous alleged robbery.
They are both being held without bail, according to jail records.
Detectives said they believe more people were involved in the robberies. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merced County Sheriff’s Investigations Bureau at 209-385-7472. Callers can remain anonymous.
Volunteers Stephanie Park, 27, left, and Miguel Mauricio, 25, prepare door hangers at the Caballero for Senate campaign office in Merced.
Filemon Martinez Garcia
Sergio Garcia Martinez