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City clerk: Fewer than 1 in 4 Los Angeles voters participated in May election

Voter turnout in the May 21 runoff election was 23 percent, according to numbers released by the City Clerk's Office.
Voter turnout in the May 21 runoff election was 23 percent, according to numbers released by the City Clerk's Office. Sharon McNary/KPCC

It turns out that fewer than one in four registered voters bothered to cast a ballot in Los Angeles’ May 21 election.

Voter turnout was 23.3 percent last month, according to the City Clerk’s Office. Of the 459,412 total ballots, 45 percent were vote-by-mail ballots. The turnout was significantly worse than it has been for other competitive mayoral runoffs. 

Related: 2013 L.A. Mayor voting turnout by precinct

Eight years ago, turnout was 34 percent when Antonio Villaraigosa defeated Mayor Jim Hahn. Going back 20 years, turnout in the general election was 45 percent when Richard Riordan was victorious over Mike Woo.

In the race for mayor, Eric Garcetti finished with 54 percent to Wendy Greuel’s 45 percent. Mike Feuer easily beat City Attorney Carmen Trutanich 62 to 38 percent. Ron Galperin was elected city controller over Dennis Zine with 57 percent of the vote.

The races for the Los Angeles City Council came in at:

  • First District: Gil Cedillo, 52 percent
  • Ninth District: Curren Price, 52 percent
  • Thirteenth District: Mitch O’Farrell, 53 percent 

The certified results will be sent to the Los Angeles City Council for approval. The newly elected officials will be sworn in July 1.

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