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Why You're Voting Today...Or Not

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Today is voting day in L.A., and while rumors have it that there will be record low turnout, we wanted to hear straight from you whether you're voting or not, and why. We put the question out there on Twitter and Facebook, and here are some of your answers:

Lily Cat ‏@Violetworld: i voted because everyone I know isn't (via Twitter) Jose Cabrera: Vote by mail. It's the easiest thing to do until we get internet voting.

Oscar from West LA: I'm not voting today because I have never met two candidates that were so similar, yet so contentious. My life as an Angeleno will be exactly the same no matter who is elected. Disgruntled with lack of real choices

Gail: Please join me in voting for Eric Garcetti for Mayor. He is the best choice to lead our City forward. He has led efforts to restore and reinvigorate the communities of Hollywood, Echo Park and Silverlake. We know he'll do the same for the rest of Los Angeles.

Michelle Garakian: I've been doing a voter guide for my friends and colleagues for national, state and local elections for about 5 years. However, this year, I'm most excited about doing said voter guide as a person I've admired for along time is finally running for Mayor. [I cast] my vote for Eric Garcetti for Mayor today.

Carlos Calvo: Absolutely AM voting today! Otherwise the candidate who actually bears very little difference to the one I'm voting for may win, only to push forward policy that is indistinguishable from that which my candidate so passionately stands.

But I do hate those electronic billboards.

Derek from Koreatown: I voted for Councilmember Garcetti absentee. He's the best candidate when it comes to improving transit and creating more walkable neighborhoods. He's also the only candidate not under the control of major special interests like the DWP

Anonymous: I woke up early, voted, wore my "I Voted" sticker to work, and no one in my office had any idea that there was an election today, or what we were voting on. #depressing