Election Day arrives but will many bother to vote?

The mailboxes of registered voters have been stuffed for weeks with campaign mailers in advance of today’s March 7 city primary. But, by the time the polls close tonight at 8 p.m., the vast majority of the city’s eligible voters will probably have not bothered to cast their ballots – either in person or by mail, according to the L.A. Times. In fact, in a city where voter apathy is chronic, the voter turnout might hit a record low – falling even below the 18% turnout recorded in 2009.

Of course, that low turnout means voters who do head to the polls today won’t have to wait very long — if at all — to vote (yes, we are struggling to find a bright side).

The City Clerk is scheduled to release the first batch of results — the vote-by-mail ballots — by about 8:15 pm. You can monitor the results online for all elections across L.A. County.

On the Eastside, voters will decide who represents City Council districts 1 and 13 as well as the District 2 school board seat. Mayor Eric Garcetti is also up for reelection, and the fates of Measure S, which would impose restrictions on certain types of development, and Measure HHH, a countywide, sale-tax to support homeless services, also hang in the balance.

Now’s a good time to double check your sample ballot and voter information pamphlet to find out where your polling place is located.

Visit The Eastsiders 2017 Election Guide for information on the Council District 1 and 13 races and to find out where the candidates stand on real estate development and affordable housing, homelessness and traffic and safety.

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