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Tuesday's LA voter turnout was probably the lowest ever. What happened?




Using city of Los Angeles data, this chart shows percent of voter turnout in LA Mayoral Primary Nominating Elections from 1913 to 2013.
Using city of Los Angeles data, this chart shows percent of voter turnout in LA Mayoral Primary Nominating Elections from 1913 to 2013.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti won re-election. Measure H is closing in on passage, and Measure S is heading for certain defeat.

But the big story coming out of Tuesday’s Los Angeles’ elections might be the poor turnout. At under 12 percent, it’s possibly the lowest in the city’s recent history.

There’s been a lot of talk about how President Trump’s unexpected win would galvanize people’s sense of civic duty, as well as voter turnout all across the country. So what happened in LA?

Guest:

Fernando J. Guerra, professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University; he is a member of the Southern California Public Radio Board of Trustees