Few Angelenos cast their ballots Tuesday in races that included who will become LA’s next mayor and a half-cent sales tax that will hike up the city’s sales tax to 9.5 percent.
More than 1.8 million Angelenos were registered to vote in Tuesday's election. But just 192,093 at-poll ballots had been counted with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Los Angeles City Clerk. And 128,827 mail-in ballots were cast in Tuesday’s contest, also a fraction of the more than 600,000 ballots that had been mailed out to voters.
Turnout in the city was a scant 16 percent.
Overall, nearly 60 percent of those who voted visited polls, compared to 40 percent who voted by mail.
The election had been expected to draw low voter turnout, despite several key races.
In the 2001 open Los Angeles mayoral primary, 33.5 percent of voters participated in the election.
Turnout was nearly half as high in the 2009 mayoral primary – with 17.9 percent of registered voters in LA casting a ballot, including those who voted by mail.
In addition to the mayoral race, Tuesday's ballot included contests for council districts, city attorney and controller, and seats on the LAUSD board, a race that has drawn national attention and funding.
“It’s kind of a bummer for me,” said voter George Shamu, who was at a polling location in Hollywood. “It’s an important responsibility voting. If people don’t show up, I’m speaking for a lot more people than myself.”