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    100 years of Los Angeles mayoral turnout

    The per­cent­age of re­gistered voters who cast a bal­lot in L.A.’s may­or­al elec­tions peaked in the late 1960s and has de­clined to his­tor­ic lows, ac­cord­ing to a Times ana­lys­is of 100 years of city elec­tion res­ults.

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    May 15, 2013
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    Date Type Registered voters Ballots cast Turnout Winner Winner's vote total New mayor elected
    Mar. 5, 2013 Primary 1,817,074 377,881 20.80% Garcetti 121,930
    Mar. 3, 2009 Primary 1,596,165 285,658 17.90% Villaraigosa 152,613
    May 17, 2005 Runoff 1,469,296 498,729 33.94% Villaraigosa 289,116
    Mar. 8, 2005 Primary 1,474,186 420,570 28.53% Villaraigosa 136,242
    Jun. 5, 2001 Runoff 1,538,229 579,408 37.67% Hahn 304,791
    Apr. 10, 2001 Primary 1,525,350 511,521 33.53% Villaraigosa 152,031
    Apr. 8, 1997 Primary 1,339,036 424,653 31.71% Riordan 250,771
    Jun. 8, 1993 Runoff 1,331,179 598,436 44.96% Riordan 314,559
    Apr. 20, 1993 Primary 1,403,364 488,578 34.81% Riordan 158,527
    Apr. 11, 1989 Primary 1,375,698 334,764 24.33% Bradley 165,559
    Apr. 9, 1985 Primary 1,371,499 476,485 34.74% Bradley 313,318
    Apr. 14, 1981 Primary 1,271,358 472,989 37.20% Bradley 293,138
    Apr. 5, 1977 Primary 1,174,439 498,315 42.43% Bradley 288,536
    May 29, 1973 Runoff 1,216,173 781,241 64.24% Bradley 433,473
    Apr. 3, 1973 Primary 1,184,148 674,555 56.97% Bradley 234,953
    May 27, 1969 Runoff 1,127,224 856,174 75.95% Yorty 449,572
    Apr. 1, 1969 Primary 1,104,787 731,423 66.20% Bradley 298,336
    Apr. 6, 1965 Primary 1,169,541 689,712 58.97% Yorty 395,208
    May 31, 1961 Runoff 1,128,070 553,699 49.08% Yorty 276,106
    Apr. 4, 1961 Primary 1,124,236 469,882 41.80% Poulson 181,653
    Apr. 2, 1957 Primary 1,025,076 533,015 52.00% Poulson 314,910
    May 26, 1953 Runoff 1,049,919 551,298 52.51% Poulson 290,239
    Apr. 7, 1953 Primary 1,043,010 488,961 46.88% Poulson 212,668
    Nov. 7, 1950 Recall 1,072,794 750,117 69.92% Bowron 431,558
    May 31, 1949 Runoff 927,252 453,567 48.92% Bowron 239,490
    Apr. 5, 1949 Primary 912,190 406,071 44.52% Bowron 180,082
    Apr. 3, 1945 Primary 852,520* 278,774 32.70% Bowron 147,273
    May 6, 1941 Runoff 805,833 336,891 41.81% Bowron 182,172
    Apr. 1, 1941 Primary 798,935 303,755 38.02% Bowron 146,772
    Sept. 16, 1938 Recall 818,989 381,659 46.60% Bowron 233,427
    May 4, 1937 Runoff 696,119 323,186 46.43% Shaw 171,415
    Apr. 6, 1937 Primary 692,627 250,698 36.20% Shaw 105,105
    Jun. 6, 1933 Runoff 635,272 348,820 54.91% Shaw 187,368
    May 2, 1933 Primary 618,760 335,094 54.16% Shaw 119,006
    May 3, 1932 Recall 581,762 373,709 64.24% Porter 196,880
    Jun. 4, 1929 Runoff 525,755 260,194 49.49% Porter 151,910
    May 7, 1929 Primary 523,306 209,698 40.07% Porter 76,794
    May 5, 1925 Primary 379,553 162,321 42.77% Cryer 82,232
    May 1, 1923 Primary 265,910 99,919 37.58% Cryer 62,546
    Jun. 7, 1921 Runoff 244,348 102,741 42.05% Cryer 54,460
    May 3, 1921 Primary 240,757 82,666 34.34% Snyder 34,342
    Jun. 3, 1919 Runoff 198,395 77,212 38.92% Snyder 45,418
    May 6, 1919 Primary 195,142 62,757 32.16% Snyder 23,390
    May 1, 1917 Primary 223,441 78,640 35.19% Woodman 39,340
    Jun. 1, 1915 Runoff 202,264 95,000 46.97% Sebastian 46,453
    May 4, 1915 Primary 200,716 72,687 36.21% Sebastian 28,080
    Jun. 3, 1913 Runoff 180,206 89,798 49.83% Rose 46,045
    May 6, 1913 Primary 176,447 80,280 45.50% Shenk 35,653

    Sources: Los Angeles City Clerk

    Credits: Ben Welsh

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