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Voter Turnout Expected to Be Low in LA Elections

A fraction of Los Angeles voters were expected to turnout



    Voter Turnout Expected to Be Low in LA Elections
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    Fiona, a Jack Russell Terrier, waits for her owner Deborah Murphy (2nd L) as she votes and Maya Marquez, 6, waits for her father Mateo Marquez to vote at Allesandro Elementary School on May 21, 2013 in Silver Lake.

    Los Angeles voter turnout was expected to be low as usual in Tuesday’s election, continuing the trend of a disappearing LA voter.

    Despite being the most expensive mayoral race in LA history, the election likely will draw only a fraction of the nearly 1.8 million registered voters in LA.

    As of 12:06 a.m., 213,049 votes had been cast in the city of Los Angeles, according to the city clerk. Those figures represented mail-in ballots.

    This race was just one of many slow election days in Los Angeles’ past, despite contentious items on the ballot, like Tuesday's three medical marijuana initiatives.

    Tuesday’s election is a run-off from the March 5 primary, which drew the second lowest voter turnout in LA history at just 20 percent.

    The March primary in 2009 that elected outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the lowest in the city’s history at about 17 percent, according to data from the Los Angeles City Clerk obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

    May 27, 1969 marked the peak for LA voters, with as much as 75 percent of registered Angelenos casting ballots for then-mayor Sam Yorty, according to the data.

    In the presidential election last year, half of LA’s registered voters cast ballots -- a far cry from the nearly 80 percent in 2008.

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