Prior to Tuesday, experts had warned that, in the absence of any heated general interest races or ballot measures, low turnout was likely. Polls stay open until 8 p.m., but most California voters have shed their habit of casting ballots at polling places on Election Day.
On the Westside, the race to replace L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's 3rd District seat is expected to go to a November runoff. It was a race that was on the mind of Steve Martin, a former West Hollywood councilman and longtime resident who was one of the few who turned up in the early morning hours at the polling station at Fiesta Hall.
Among the contenders is John Duran, 54, who has served as both mayor and council member in the city of 37,000 since 2001. The criminal defense attorney has positioned himself as the most fiscally conservative of his two chief rivals -- former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl and former Santa Monica council member and mayor Bobby Shriver -- in the hotly contested race.