OROVILLE, Calif. -

Butte County election officials said they've received approximately 18,000 of the 74,000 ballots that were mailed out. 

"Unfortunately the turnout is not going to be that big," said Butte County Clerk-Recorder Candace Grubbs of the June 3 primary. "We would like everybody who received their ballot in the mail to vote those ballots and send them back to us."

"We would like those who normally go to the polls to get out and vote, "said Grubbs who herself is running for reelection against Pamela Teeter. Grubbs estimated that less than 50 percent of Butte County's eligible voters will cast ballots in the June primary.

Grubbs advised that it may be too late for voters to mail in their ballots, as they must be received prior to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  Any ballot received after that time will not be opened nor counted.  Grubbs suggested that voters who have yet to mail in their ballots to hand deliver them to any poling place on Tuesday or take them to the Butte County Elections Office on County Center Drive. The office will be open every day except Sunday, up to election day for those who wish to vote early or drop off ballots.

Grubbs also reminded voters that they must sign their ballots for them to be counted.