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May 16, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Michael Finnegan
A Los Angeles Times analysis of election data found sharp geographic disparities when it comes to voter turnout in March's primary election. At least two-thirds of registered voters failed to vote in every neighborhood in the city. The highest turnout - 33% - was in the upper-income coastal enclave of Pacific Palisades . The lowest, only 7%, was in Watts . The analysis found the highest turnout was in city council districts in the Westside and West Valley. District 11 in the Westside saw 25.3% turnout in March.
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.
October 28, 2009 | Ching-Ching Ni
Asian Americans in Los Angeles County turned out in record numbers for the 2008 general election thanks to a mobilization campaign targeting the fast-growing but underrepresented community, according to a new survey released Tuesday. Turnout for Asian American voters soared 39%, up from about 211,000 in 2000 to 293,000 in last year's presidential election, according to the survey by the Los Angeles-based Asian Pacific American Legal Center. Among the key findings of the report, 63% of Asian American voters supported Barack Obama for president and 90% expressed support for universal healthcare.
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.
October 16, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson called Wednesday for the creation of a citizen panel to look for ways of boosting the city's anemic voter turnout, months after fewer than one-fourth of the electorate took part in the mayoral election. The proposed Municipal Elections Reform Commission would explore such ideas as changing the date of city elections, offering same-day voter registration, making absentee ballots more readily accessible and conducting special elections that are vote by mail only.
June 16, 2001
Steve Lopez's cynicism regarding Latino voter turnout during the recent L.A. mayoral election is premised on two fundamental misunderstandings--one of facts, the other of process ("For Shame, Non-Latino No-Shows," June 11). Lopez has already confessed that his original statistics were incorrect but nonetheless continues to ignore the multiple factors that contribute to the phenomenon of low Latino voter turnout rates. Language barriers and political and economic disenfranchisement continue to create fundamental obstacles to meaningful electoral participation for Latinos, obstacles that Lopez is too quick to dismiss.
March 7, 2000 | By ZANTO PEABODY,
Los Angeles County voters will cast their ballots today at 4,926 polling places for party nominees for president, the U.S. Senate and House, the Legislature, district attorney and a variety of hotly debated state propositions. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Elections officials are counting on a solid turnout among the county's 3.8 million registered voters. Nearly half of a record-high 419,487 absentee ballots had been returned through Sunday.
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.
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