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It's Election Day for Some, Like in Silver Lake & Burbank

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Today is election day for the 43rd Assembly District, which spans from the East Valley and into Silver Lake (.pdf map). It's a special election because the seat was vacated by the now-L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. But Secretary of State Debra Bowen has gotten all nerdy this election day and is offering some trivia.

“Special elections are not as rare as they used to be and they present unique challenges to voters and cash-strapped elections officials,” she said yesterday. “Our democracy depends on citizen representation, but most voters get excited about going to the polls in June or November for a gubernatorial or presidential election, not in January or April or December to vote on a single contest.”

Bowen says in the last 20 years, there have been 96 special primary and general elections to fill vacant seats in the Assembly, Senate and Congress in California, an average of 4.8 per year. As for turnout, the highest has been 52.2% and the lowest was 7.9% while the average has 24.7%. And Since 1990, there has been at least one special election every year, except in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Local elections are also being held in Arcadia, Avalon, Culver City, El Segundo, Lancaster, Lawndale, Long Beach, Malibu Pico Rivera, Santa Clarita, Walnut and Whittier.