Voter turnout in LA County

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Voter turnout in Los Angeles County was about 32 percent as of 1 p.m. today, well behind the 43 percent turnout at the same time on Election Day 2008, according to the Registrar’s Office.

In Hancock Park, some residents complained about not being notified about a polling place being moved, from a spot near Third Street and Wilton Place to the Wilshire United Methodist Church a few blocks away at 4350 Wilshire Blvd.

A spokeswoman for the Registrar’s Office said election workers notified voters in that precinct by postcard and “robo calls.”

In Orange County, turnout was also lagging, compared to the 2008 presidential election. As of 11 a.m., the turnout was about 11 percent, compared to 21 percent in 2008, Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley said.

More than 100,000 voters had cast ballots by about noon, Kelley said.

More than half of voters were doing so by mail.

“Today, we had 22,000 (ballots) returned,” Kelley said.

Four years ago, about 550,000 absentee ballots were requested, compared to 794,000 this year, he said.

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