So far 174,584 Kern County voters have had their ballots counted in this year's presidential election.

And, the Kern County Elections Division estimated Wednesday, there are an additional 76,012 provisional and late vote-by-mail ballots waiting to be tallied.

If all those uncounted ballots are good, Kern County's raw turnout numbers would outstrip the number of voters who participated in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

And more mail ballots, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day, will be received and processed in the next few days, said Kern County elections chief Karen Rhea.

Kern County is on pace to turn out more than 250,000 voters this election - roughly 67.5 percent of the county's 370,804 registered voters.

The raw number of voters is where current turnout is topping the charts.

Only 223,998 voters had their ballots counted in 2012. In 2008 the total was 235,854. And in 2004 only 214,747 voters had their votes tallied.

Kern's turnout percentages are showing less rosy stats.

Voter registration is up 37,940 from general election registration in 2012. If the outstanding ballots all count, Kern should just barely improve on the 67.3 percent turnout that year.

But it won't hold a candle to 2008 when 75.8 percent of Kern County's 311,137 voters cast valid ballots.

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