Merced County voter turnout was up sig­nif­i­cantly, reg­is­trar says. Here’s why

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Front Page - BY THADDEUS MILLER tmiller@mer­ced­sun-star.com

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.

AN­DREW KUHN akuhn@mer­ced­sun-star.com

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

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