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Tuesday's Election Turnout in Los Angeles Met Low Expectations

Only 11.29 percent of registered Los Angeles County voters turned out for Tuesday's election

Turnout was expected to be low for Tuesday's Los Angeles County elections. And there were no surprises on Election Day.

Unofficial figures released early Wednesday put the turnout figure at 11.29 percent.

Of the 593,233 ballots tallied as of early Wednesday, 239,853 -- or roughly 40 percent -- were vote-by-mail, while the rest were cast at the polls, according to the county Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office. It was unclear how many late, provisional and questioned ballots still need to be counted, and how they would effect the final turnout figure.

The election included a quarter-cent sales tax measure to combat homelessness, a successful re-election run by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and local council and mayoral races in more than two dozen municipalities. Activity at the polls marked a dramatic change from November, when Los Angeles County turnout was at 69 percent of registered voters.

That figure was still below the state average of 75.27 percent for the Nov. 8 presidential election, which included 17 state ballot propositions. 

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