Lakers-Celtics keeps voters away from polls?

Turnout was predicted to be low today. One reason that may contribute to that, according to the Sacramento Bee: The NBA Finals.

With game 3 of the NBA Finals taking place tonight and Los Angeles's own Lakers taking on the Boston Celtics, a number of voters may have skipped the polls on the way home from work to make sure they could catch the game starting at 6 p.m. Pacific.

Those nonvoters certainly had a good night; the Lakers defeated the Celtics 91 to 84 in Boston.

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Whitman anticipates victory speech

Early this afternoon, Meg Whitman got a leap on her celebration. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Whitman was checking out the stage at the site of her victory party, and the first few lines of her speech popped up on the teleprompter.

"Thank you so much ... What a great night! This victory is yours! I just received a very gracious phone call from Steve Poizner conceding the race."

This call had not, in fact, happened yet. Poizner's campaign responded, "Meg's words have been disingenuous this entire campaign, why stop now?"

Video of the early teleprompter leak:

Update: Meg ended up delivering those lines, as written, around 9:25.

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LAUSD parcel tax lagging in early returns

Measure E, the proposed parcel tax to fund LAUSD schools, may not pass, KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says.

The measure would impose a $100 levy on all taxable properties within LAUSD boundaries.

Similar parcel taxes have been successfully passed in a few places, but they didn’t pass in larger districts like Pasadena and Long Beach. Unlike some other measures, the taxes require two-thirds to pass. Early returns, which tend to swing more conservative, have it only at around 51 percent.

Guzman-Lopez LAUSD officials may not have done enough to promote the measure, which was seen as a tough sell, the L.A. Times reports.

Already cash-strapped school districts may now have to find others ways to stop the bleeding.

(Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles voter turnout sluggish

As expected, turnout in Los Angeles County is unusually low.

Voter turnout was estimated at 7.8 percent of eligible voters by midday, including the about 282,000 votes already cast by mail, county officials said.

Orange County, by contrast, is seeing nearly double the turnout they had for their 2008 primaries - which still amounts to only 2.5 percent of eligible voters, not including the 250,000 mailed-in ballots.

Nevertheless, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said voting was going smoothly, with the state hotline getting only a 10th of the calls it received during the 2008 presidential election.

One Californian who has cast his vote is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor, who supports eliminating party primaries, had to fill out a new ballot after he accidentally voted for two candidates in the Republican Senate primary.

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