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Not So Fast There, Officer

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, November 04, 2008, at 09:30PM
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Election day prompted Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to develop an initiative with LADOT and the City Clerk's Election Division to ease parking restrictions one block around polling stations for today’s Presidential election. Not everyone got the memo on what exactly that meant.

The officer pictured was in the process of ticketing a car just around the corner from the Arts District polling station on Hewitt, between 2nd and 3rd. I asked her if she knew a polling station was just around the corner. “I didn’t see a sign,” she replied. Granted, there was no visible line of voters at 2pm at this polling place.

When you think about it, not many precinct workers place a sign more than a few feet away, and often you will only see an 8.5 x 11 sign off an office printer guide you to the right door.

As it appears, not all traffic cops took a look at where polling stations would located on their beat before they went out this morning.

The officer called in to check whether the spot was covered.

I didn't wait to see the outcome. I had to go vote.

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