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L.A. votes on election day: Reader photos

November 6, 2012 |  1:12 pm

Voters across Southern California headed for the polls on Tuesday, many to vote in the presidential race and on a number of state propositions they said were important to them.

Restaurant owner Arun Chhatpar, 37, voted for the first time in the United States since he moved here from India. His young daughter danced around him at the polling place at Park La Brea, waving her sweatshirt and smiling to those in line. When Chhatpar received an "I Voted" sticker, she reached her hand out for one as well.

"Voting here is so unique," said Chhatpar. "It truly gives me a chance to say what I believe in."

PHOTOS: California voters head to polls

In Alhambra, Michelle Gardner, 36, said she came out to vote for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

“We desperately need change, more for economic reasons than anything else,” Gardner said. “His business experience will help us.”

Firefighter Aaron Cass, who lives in Vernon and said he votes regularly, dropped off his absentee ballot. He particularly wanted to vote no on Proposition 32, which he said would limit unions’ ability to spend money on issues important to them.

Cass said: “We’re in democracy. You have a unique ability to let your voice be heard.”

We asked readers to submit their election day pictures. Here's a sampling:

L.A. heads to the polls on Election Day

Storified by @lanow's curation of social media · Tue, Nov 06 2012 12:47:16

Voter turnout is 27.71% as of 12 noon. #lavotes The percentage is based on a sampling of pre-selected precincts throughout LA County.Dean Logan, RR/CC
@LANow Yes I did! Was at my polling place at 7:15. Filled out my paper ballot & voted! Success!! #LAVote http://pic.twitter.com/TzU8Rk9ODiana Sanchez
Since parents became U.S. citizens, been voting together. This year it's meant sorting through diff props @LANow http://instagr.am/p/Rso0IdP3XW/Theresa Avila
http://instagr.am/p/RszAp_ySwZ/ @lanow I voted because I want education to see its fair share of funds. I voted to make a difference. #LAVotesMeg
@LANow Long lines at the polls are not necessarily a bad thing. The more the merrier! #RocktheVoteKris Anderson
I've never seen more people Instagram-ing in one place. #InLineToVote #LAvoteScott V Nelson
Election Day in California also means voting on 14 state and county measures #LAVote #Cali #election2012 @LANow http://pic.twitter.com/c4eizOjGTheresa Avila
@lanow Sherman Oaks representing! #LAVote Church of Scientology but no couches to jump on! http://pic.twitter.com/Rs7KFEMgTony Fernandez
@lanow no wait in Glendora! #RockTheVote @Obama2012 @BarackObama @MichelleObama #LAVote http://pic.twitter.com/uAq4KL2fWan-nabe
@latimes @LANow #LAVote Reppin' Miracle Mile for @BarackObama #Obama2012! http://pic.twitter.com/MidPJeqzStereoCultureSociety
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