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Election day: Polls open at 7 a.m. for California voters

June 5, 2012 |  7:03 am

Lance ArmstrongPolls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday as California voters prepare to cast ballots on a variety of local, state and national issues and offices, including determining the finalists or victor in the race for Los Angeles County district attorney.

The race to replace retiring Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley features five county prosecutors and Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich. The others are Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette E. Meyers and deputy district attorneys Bobby Grace, Alan Jackson and John L. Breault III.

A candidate in that race could win Tuesday's primary outright if he or she receives more than 50% of the vote; otherwise, the top two candidates will be on the November ballot.

Three seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are up for grabs, but the races likely won't carry as much suspense. Incumbents Don Knabe and Mark Ridley-Thomas are running unopposed, and eight-term veteran Michael Antonovich is running against a largely unknown grass-roots candidate, Palmdale businessman Raj Pal Kahlon.

L.A. County voters will also be asked to make decisions on Measure H, which would maintain a 12% transient occupancy tax on hotel rooms in unincorporated areas, and Measure L, which would ratify an existing 10% tax charged to landfill operators.

Two initiatives are on the statewide ballot: Proposition 28, which would allow a person to serve 12 years in the Assembly, state Senate or a combination of the two; and Proposition 29, which would increase taxes on tobacco to fund cancer research and prevention programs.

Voters across the state will also choose nominees for 53 congressional, 20 state Senate and 80 Assembly seats, along with candidates for in the presidential race.

What could be the most expensive House of Representatives race in the country takes place in the San Fernando Valley between incumbent Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. Competing in a new district that incorporates pieces of their existing districts, the pair have attracted more than $8 million in support of their candidacies.

Polls will remain open until 8 p.m. Information on polling places and other election matters can be found on websites for Los Angeles County; Orange County; Riverside County; San Bernardino County; and Ventura County.

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Photo: Lance Armstrong, left, signs an autograph for Proposition 29 supporter Yesewlik "Leo" Ayalew. Armstrong has donated $1.5 million to the Proposition 29 campaign. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.

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