Paltry Turnout Recorded in Tuesday's Primary

Tuesday's primary election drew a scant number of voters.

The County Registrar-Recorder/Clerks office reports that only 17.2-percent of registered voters in Los Angeles County cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election, signficantly less than the number of voters to participate the last Statewide primary in 2008.

According to a press release provided by the Registrar-Recorder/Clerks office, only 765,552 registered voters in Los Angeles County voted in Tuesday's Election. That percentage is down from 23.47 percent in 2010.

Voters in the city of Los Angeles--who had the opportunity to vote on races, ballot measures regarding and an i, and a local primary in the race for District Attorney--turned out in even lower numbers than the county average. According Patch's calculation based on the votes cast by community report provided by the Registrar-Recorder/Clerks office, only 15.6 percent of Los Angeles voters participated in the election.

In the race for the 51st Assembly District, 22,264 votes were cast, meaning only 12.3 percent of eligible voters particpated.

Patch Asks: If you didn't vote, why not? If you did, what attracted you to the ballot booth?

Martha Brown June 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I vote in every election. I consider it my duty. For those that don't. they are permitting a minority to determine the outcome. Martha
MoJoMoon June 07, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I'm not surprised people are tired of being lied to. some are too busy just trying to make ends meet and don't have time to waste on selecting new self -serving liars. :(
Susan Andres June 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM
What Martha said. I always vote, even tho' I hate having to hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. But this time I actually got to vote for a candidate whose mailer proudly used the word PROGRESSIVE and addressed not our fears and anxieties but our hopes and needs -- for health care, equal opportunities, public education.
stuart rapeport June 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM
wow, I thought this said "poultry" turn-out. May next election can be held at Chicken boy.
Monte Vista Neighbor June 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I was a clerk at one of our local precincts, and we received a number of complaints about the fact that voting locations change from election to election. I'll be looking into the reasons for that. We need to make access to the polls as simple as possible, with more continuity in terms of where people vote, so they don't have to chase their precinct around the neighborhood. And btw, I think a precinct at Chicken Boy is a great idea!


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