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Residents Ask How to Cast Write-In Votes

A poll volunteer reported that many people inquired how to vote for a write-in candidate.

Tuesday marked the day that residents got to cast their ballots for the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education race. 

"The most frequently asked question [Tuesday] was how to do the write-in candidate," said Ronna Shpall, a Beverly Hills resident of more than 40 years. Noah Margo is the only school board contender who ran as a write-in candidate.

Along with her father, Mitch Locks, Shpall was volunteering at the Sunrise Assisted Living polling station on North Crescent Drive. 

Eric Fine, a precinct inspector at Beverly Vista School, said that voter turnout had been lighter than expected, but that about 1,400 absentee ballots had already been submitted by election day. According to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office, there are 20,730 registered voters in Beverly Hills. 

Fine said that having a polling station at the school was beneficial to those in the neighborhood.

"Parents bring in their little ones in the morning when they drop off their older children, then vote," Fine said. "The kids love to watch what we do. And we give them stickers."

Like Shpall, Fine was also working alongside a family member. His mother, Carol Krasne—a 43-year resident of Beverly Hills—was also volunteering at the polls.

"It's very meaningful," Krasne said of the children who got to witness the election process.

Added Susan Mischler, a South Maple Drive resident who had just cast her ballot, "It's a great civics lesson in action."

For the latest election results, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's website.

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