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A fragrant election experience

March 4, 2009 |  2:00 pm

Villaraigosa_4 I have, over the years, voted in schools and firehouses and community centers -- even a barbershop. But when I walked into my polling place for Tuesday's election, I knew this was an idea that county election officials might take to heart.

I voted at El Bronco Taqueria, a little Mexican spot on Venice Boulevard in Mid-City. If everyone had the chance to be surrounded by the smells of food cooking when they voted, the turnout might be a lot higher.

Enrique and Rafel Ramos, brothers from Jalisco who own El Bronco, said that many of the people who voted on Tuesday were already their customers.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrates his election to a second term. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times