Polling place

A polling place inside the lifeguard headquarters in Venice is shown early on election day. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / May 21, 2013)

Los Angeles voters head to the polls today after record-breaking spending on a crush of campaign advertisements and mailers, as well as a torrent of appeals and attacks.

Despite the tens of millions of dollars spent on the mayor’s race, pundits expect dismal voter turnout. A Times analysis of the electorate shows that city races are likely to be decided by an electorate that is older and whiter than the city’s population.

FULL COVERAGE: L.A. mayor's race

In the final hours before voters headed to the polls, mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti skittered around the city pressing the flesh, kissing babies and making their closing pitch to voters, starting at dawn Monday greeting longshoremen and commuters, and not finishing until well after sunset.

As undecided Angelinos decide how to cast their ballots, The Times posted the candidates' answers to voters' questions about schools, sidewalks, the economy and homelessness.

If nothing else inspires you to vote, the tale of two precocious 12-year-olds who are passionate about politics and actively taking part in the campaign should.

To find your polling place, visit the city clerk's website  or call (213) 978-0444, (888) 873-1000 or (562) 466-1310. 

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seema.mehta@latimes.com