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Vote for Los Angeles mayor: 8 things you need to know on Election Day

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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013The polls are now open in Southern California — voters in Los Angeles are weighing in on candidates for a new mayor in the 2013 "Primary Nominating Election" — and we've got answers to your questions about where and how to cast your ballot.

By cramming in an orderly fashion and knowing the technical basics of how to vote on this Election Day, even the underprepared can cast a confident ballot. And check back tonight at KPCC.org for full results from the day's election.

ELECTION DAY FAQ
 

Q:  WHAT'S ON THE BALLOT? 
A: Mayor, city attorney, city controller, Measure A , Measure B, other elections. The sample ballots sent in the mail look like this. Bring it to the polls or create one online with  KPCC's  MyBallot  to take with you.

Q:  HOW CAN I QUICKLY AND EASILY COMPARE CANDIDATES?
A:  Compare the candidates side-by-side by clicking on two profiles . You can print, text or email yourself the completed sample ballot.

Q: WHEN DO THE POLLS OPEN? WHAT TIME DO THE POLLS CLOSE?
A: Polls open at 7 a.m. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Q:  AM I REGISTERED TO VOTE?  
A: For L.A. County voters,  verify voter registration status online at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website. Or consult KPCC's Voters Guide.

Q:  WHERE DO I GO TO VOTE? HOW DO I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?
A: For L.A. County voters, verify polling location online at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website. Or consult KPCC's Voters Guide.

Q:  WHAT IDENTIFICATION DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE POLLING PLACE?
A: Certain voters must show a current, valid photo identification or a current utility bill, bank statement or government document with the voter's name and address.

Q:  CAN I TAKE TIME OFF OF WORK TO VOTE?
A: According to California state law, you are allowed up to two hours, without loss of pay, to vote. Timing conditions may apply.

Q:  WHAT IF I HAVE WAY MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT PROVISIONAL VOTING, ELIGIBILITY, THE NAME OF THE MACHINE WE PUT THE VOTES INTO, ETC.?
A: Try LAVote, the League of Women Voters and SmartVote. The machine is called a PBR (Precinct Ballot Reader).

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This post has been updated from an earlier version.

Check back tonight at KPCC.org for full election results and coverage.

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