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March 27, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
A final tally for the March 5 primary in Los Angeles, released Tuesday night, found that nearly 21% of registered voters in the city cast ballots. All of the preliminary results were confirmed in contests for mayor, City Council seats and other offices. The city clerk's office reported that 377,881 voters cast ballots in the city -- 20.8% of the 1.8 million registered voters. Many civic leaders have lamented the low turnout. City officials are considering switching its elections to the same day as state or federal elections in an effort to draw more voter participation.
March 24, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel stood on the lawn of Grand Park in downtown Sunday evening to announce her endorsement by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose African American constituency is a coveted voting bloc in the May runoff election with City Councilman Eric Garcetti. It was Greuel's first appearance since a dramatic shake-up in her campaign staff late last week. She hired a new manager and four people resigned, leaving observers to wonder if the change of horses midstream indicated a lack of confidence.
March 8, 2013
Re "16% turnout restarts debate," March 7 The low voter turnout for the city of Los Angeles' primary Tuesday was astonishing and revolting. I am one of the few who showed up at the polls, and I found myself alone in a cavernous room (unless you count my dog). I always vote; if the only contest on the ballot was for hall monitor, I would still vote. But here's one of the problems: For at least two weeks before election day, I was inundated with robo-calls to the point that I simply stopped answering the phone.
March 6, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
After months of buildup and millions of dollars spent on a blizzard of television ads and mailers, Los Angeles voters went to the polls Tuesday and selected Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel to advance to a mayoral runoff . The long-time City Hall hands don't have any plans to let up the day after the primary. They will be busy on the campaign trail on Wednesday, with Greuel expected to pick up the endorsement of another union representing city workers. Rivals Jan Perry and Kevin James did not offer their concessions Tuesday night.
March 6, 2013
On Monday, millions of Kenyan voters braved the possibility of violence to wait in mile-long lines beginning at dawn to cast ballots in their national election. Turnout, officials said, was tremendous. The next day in Los Angeles, 16% of registered voters turned out for the first round of city elections. Why? There was no blizzard keeping people at home, nor were there death threats from fundamentalist militias. The city of Los Angeles is in the midst of a deep financial crisis - facing further service cuts and potential police layoffs - and voters were being asked to choose a new mayor, one who is likely to serve for the next eight crucial years.
March 6, 2013 | By James Rainey and Laura Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles held an election Tuesday and lots of people didn't bother showing up. One city leader called the initial turnout figure, just over 16%, "awful" and "embarrassing. " The latest demonstration of electorate disengagement renewed discussions about rescheduling L.A.'s elections to coincide with higher-profile state or national races. The total voter participation won't be known until large numbers of mail-in and provisional ballots are counted. According to a Times analysis, that could drive final turnout for the election close to 20%, potentially changing the outcome of some City Council races.
March 2, 2013 | Steve Lopez
In the last three elections for mayor of Los Angeles, voter turnout has ranged from 18% to 38%. And that's of registered voters. Nice work, loafers. Of course, the perennial no-shows had their reasons for not voting. Didn't like any of the candidates. Didn't know anything about any of them. Nothing ever changes anyway. Went to the beach. Couldn't care less, blah, blah, blah. This time around, if you're thinking you might sacrifice two minutes of your day and cast a ballot on Tuesday - but you're still not sure - I'm going to offer up a little inspiration.
January 22, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -  A stronger-than-expected voter turnout in Israel's parliamentary elections Tuesday lifted hopes of center-left parties, who expect to be the beneficiary of the trend. As of 6 p.m., 55.5% of eligible voters had cast their ballots, up about five percentage points from 2009, election officials said. Much of the higher turnout appeared to be taking place in secular communities, such as Tel Aviv, and in Arab cities, where turnout is historically low. It was unclear whether the trends would continue or if Israelis were simply voting earlier in the day than usual, taking advantage of the national election day holiday and spring-like weather.
December 26, 2012 | By David Lauter
Despite often-voiced concerns about the effect of voter identification laws, black voter turnout remained high in 2012 and, for the first time, may have topped the rate for whites, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.   Four years ago, the rate of black voter turnout almost equaled that of whites, continuing a trend of a steady increase in black turnout rates that began in 1996. This year, with white turnout appearing to have dropped, black turnout seems very likely to have exceeded the white level, although definitive figures won't be available until the Census Bureau reports in a few months.
November 6, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Mitchell Landsberg and Robin Abcarian
A little hometown hoops for President Obama. A little last-minute campaigning and some fast food for Mitt Romney. The candidates for president of the United States engaged in entirely American activities Tuesday as the electorate - minus about 32 million citizens who already voted early - went to polls to pick their leader. Turnout appeared to be high in many parts of the country, though perhaps not on par with 2008's historic numbers. Some polling places had long waits, including in some of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
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