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People come out of tents to vote on homeless housing funds

People come out of tents to vote on homeless housing funds

Prodded by a registration campaign, phone banking and a ballot measure to fund homeless housing, skid row voters hobbled out of their tents and welfare hotels in force Tuesday, lining up at times to cast ballots at four polling stations in the 50-block district. 

“Pride most of all,” said skid row activist Wendell Blassingame, explaining what he described as an unusually large voter turnout in the impoverished neighborhood.

Some voters such as Phillip Evans, 60, who lives in the street and said he sleeps mainly on buses, were casting their first-ever ballots.

“I got talked into it,” he explained as he...

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