Election Day: Voters Line Up at the Polls Across the Northstate

POSTED: 10:03 AM Nov 07 2012   UPDATED: 12:01 PM Nov 06 2012
Polls Open In Redding
REDDING, Calif. -

Election day is underway in California.   The polls opened Tuesday at 7 a.m..
 
KRCR News Channel 7 was there when a precinct opened at Fire Station 5 in Redding.  Voters were already lined up as the polls opened.  Some elections officials say turnout could reach 80 percent.

At the Butte County Library in Chico, a worker said they saw at least 100 voters in the first hours.

The polls will be open until 8 p.m.  in California. 

The Field Poll is predicting more than half of California voters will cast ballots by mail for Tuesday's election.
    
It would be the first time the number of mail-in ballots overtook the number of precinct ballots in a California general election. Field predicts 51 percent of all ballots for this election will be mail-in.
    
The number of vote-by-mail ballots exceeded the number of votes cast in person for the first time during the 2008 non-presidential primary election.
    
In its report released Tuesday, Field also estimated that 1 million fewer Californians will vote in this year's presidential contest than did in 2008.
    
Field estimated that 70 percent of California's registered voters, or 12.7 million people, will cast ballots for this election. Turnout was 79.4 percent in the 2008 presidential election.