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Update 7 p.m.: Voters returning from work began to crowd polling places in the northwest Valley at about 5 p.m.
At a residential garage voting station in Chatsworth, 458 local residents had voted out of 1,375 registered. And 79 voters received provisional ballots.
About 51.6 percent of registered Los Angeles County voters had cast ballots as of 5 p.m., according to the Registrar's Office.
There was also an early morning surge of voters at local polling places.
But even with a smooth flow of voters, there was at least one reported glitch.
A young voter who recently registered and carried a sample ballot with his name and address imprinted was given a provisional ballot because his name was not in the roll book.
According to California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, "Under federal law, a person who is voting for the first time in a federal election is required to provide proof of identification, even if their name is on the polling place roster. If the voter cannot provide proof of identification, the voter will be asked to cast a provisional ballot. The elections official will verify the voter's eligibility by comparing their signature on the provisional ballot envelope with the signature on their voter registration form and if the signatures match, then the ballot will be counted."
He provided additional identification, but was still required to use a provisional ballot.
- Sample Ballot: To see your sample ballot, go to the County Registrar's website and enter your address.
- Polling locations: To find polling locations and precincts, click here.
- Endorsements: To see what the local newspapers think, click here.
- Key Issues: Need a refresher? Check out these Patch stories here.
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