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Voter turnout only 8% in LA County as Election Day winds down

Sarah Favot | March 7, 2017

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Superintendent Michelle King’s Election Day tweet.

Voting is underway today for three seats on the LA Unified school board. By late afternoon, a random sample of voter turnout showed less than 8 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots countywide, according to the county Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Voter turnout is expected to be low. Two years ago about 10 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the city primary election.

The three school board seats that are on the ballot are in District 2, which stretches from downtown Los Angeles to Boyle Heights, District 4, which encompasses the west side through portions of the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood, and District 6 in the east San Fernando Valley.

If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes cast in each district, the top-two vote getters will head to a runoff on May 16.

If you haven’t voted, catch up on the 13 candidates who are running for the three seats here

And come back to LA School Report this evening for results.

Superintendent Michelle King voted.

Here are photos and videos the candidates posted to their social media accounts today encouraging people to vote and of the candidates voting themselves.

District 2

Candidate Lisa Alva posted a video.

Board member Mónica García, who is running for her fourth and final term, posted this to her Twitter account.

Candidate Carl J. Petersen posted this photo to Twitter.

District 4

Candidate Allison Holdorff Polhill sent a photo from her polling place with her family to her supporters this morning. She is having a party tonight at a supporter’s home in Pacific Palisades.


Candidate Gregory Martayan posted this to his Facebook account.

Candidate Nick Melvoin is having a party at a supporter’s home in Venice.

School board President Steve Zimmer, who is running for re-election to his third and final term, posted this to his Facebook account.

District 6

Candidate Kelly Gonez voted and posted this photo on Twitter.

Candidate Patty Lopez posted this to her Facebook account.

Candidate Imelda Padilla will be having a watching party with supporters at Crunchy Crab, 13076 Glenoaks Blvd. in Sylmar.

Candidate Araz Parshegian voted with his wife and two daughters.

Candidate Gwendolyn Posey posted this video to her Facebook account.

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