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L.A. County voting turnout lower than 2008 so far

A total of 23% of registered Los Angeles County voters had cast their ballots by 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to county officials.

That's a lower percentage than in 2008, when nearly 30% of registered voters had cast ballots by the same time, according to the county registrar-recorder's office.

Joe Grant, 72, was among the residents who cast his ballot Tuesday morning. The retired artist voted at the County Villa Wilshire nursing home in Hollywood, where the wait was about half an hour.

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Grant said he voted for President Obama for the second time because "the country is on a reasonably good path."

At the same polling place,  Mark Avery, 38, a film costumer, said he also voted for Obama because
of the president's positions on social issues, such as gay marriage and gender equality. The slow pace of the economic recovery under Obama is to be expected, he said.

 "I feel OK with the progress. Slow and steady is OK," Avery said. "There's still a ways to go."


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