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Regina Ip, left, and Efrain Escobedo of the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder-Clerk look through election ballots inside Merrill Corporation's La Mirada facility on Tuesday, April 22.
Regina Ip, left, and Efrain Escobedo of the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder-Clerk look through election ballots inside Merrill Corporation's La Mirada facility on Tuesday, April 22.
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Regina Ip, left, and Efrain Escobedo of the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder-Clerk look through election ballots inside Merrill Corporation's La Mirada facility on Tuesday, April 22.
Millions of L.A. County sample ballots are printed and cut-and-bound at the printing facility.
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Regina Ip, left, and Efrain Escobedo of the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder-Clerk look through election ballots inside Merrill Corporation's La Mirada facility on Tuesday, April 22.
Sample ballots for Los Angeles County are finished and ready to be packaged for shipment. The Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder-Clerk will mail some 4.8 million booklets for the June 3 primary.
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Regina Ip, left, and Efrain Escobedo of the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder-Clerk look through election ballots inside Merrill Corporation's La Mirada facility on Tuesday, April 22.
A palate of thousands of finished Los Angeles County sample ballots are prepped for shipping.
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Regina Ip, left, and Efrain Escobedo of the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder-Clerk look through election ballots inside Merrill Corporation's La Mirada facility on Tuesday, April 22.
Kristie Holmes, a Democrat running for Congress in the 33rd District, is among the many candidates in L.A. County who chose not to pay to publish a statement in the sample ballot for the June primary because of the expense.
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When you crack open your sample ballot booklet to read about candidates running in the June 3 primary, be aware that you're getting only a part of the picture. Fewer than one in five candidates chose to pay to have their biographical campaign statements published in the L.A. county version of the booklets.

Kristie Holmes, a Democrat running in the crowded 33rd Congressional District to replace retiring Congressman Henry Waxman, was stunned to realize it would cost more than $18,000 to place a 200-word statement in the sample ballot booklet in both English and Spanish.  She blogged about her decision to forego the candidate statement.

RELATED: KPCC's MyBallot: Voters guide for the 2014 primary elections

The Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder-Clerk will finish mailing some 4.8 million booklets to registered voters this week.

Here are some little-known factoids about the L.A. County sample ballot in this run-up to the primary, according to the Registrar/Recorder Clerk's office.

RELATED: GIFs and photos from inside LA County's ballot printer, on KPCC's AudioVision blog.