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Did you vote on election day? Why or why not?

March 9, 2011 | 11:15 am

Samia Saleh steps out of a polling station at Epoca Restaurant & Hall after voting Tuesday in the city of Bell.

Talk back LATurnout was relatively low in Southern California cities where voters cast their ballots on a range of local issues and candidates, even in scandal-plagued Bell, where 27% of registered voters came out to vote on City Council candidates.

In Los Angeles, more than 1.6 million people are registered to vote but just under 191,000 -- or 11.6% -- turned out Tuesday, according to unofficial results.

In West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Pasadena, 26%, 23% and 15% voted, respectively.

So the question we pose to you today is, did you vote?

If not, why not? Did you know Tuesday was election day? Did you forget to vote or are you just disillusioned? Do you think your vote matters?

If you did vote, why did you think it was important to do so? What issues drove you to the polls?

We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Photo: Samia Saleh steps out of a polling station at Epoca Restaurant & Hall after voting Tuesday in the city of Bell. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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