'SoCal' Dark Today, But KCET Is Still Your Election Central

Control Room A and Studio B are dark today because 'SoCal Connected' is preempted in favor of live election coverage from our news partners at the BBC. They'll have results, reactions and analysis starting at 3:30 p.m. PST on KCET (here's how to find KCET on TV in your area).

If you're a late voter and are looking for fair, even-handed summaries of the arguments for and against the propositions on California's ballot, click over to KCET'S Ballot Brief. And once you've made up your mind, here's how to find your polling place:

The Control Room is quiet this election day, but the newsroom is busy. With the BBC handling live coverage for us, we're focusing on some of the issues that you've told us get lost in the news media's obsession with "horse-race" journalism leading up to elections. For example, you've heard the reports that this will be the most expensive presidential campaign ever, but doesn't it also seem to be the nastiest? To find out, correspondent Judy Muller and producer Rick Wilkinson are rewinding through decades of political commercials; you can see their report on the air tomorrow. In history's rear-view mirror, the clips they've chosen range from hysterical to horrifying. We'd love to know how this year's campaign commercials influenced your decision on how to cast your vote -- you can use the Comment button underneath this post, or connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or YouTube.

Finally, if you're like most of us in the newsroom, the best part of Election Day is that it means the campaign is finally over. And not a moment too soon -- because today is the first day that candidates may register to run for Mayor of Los Angeles. The primary takes place on March 5 of next year; the general election is May 21.

Please remember to vote, and then we hope you enjoy your 24 hours -- maybe 48! -- of well-earned peace and quiet before the campaign machinery rumbles back to life. And we'll be waiting for you tomorrow evening at 7 and 10:30 on KCET.

"From the Control Room" is where "SoCal Connected" producers take you behind the scenes of the award-winning investigative/civic watchdog newsmagazine. You'll learn about stories we're working on, get a feel for how the program comes together, and hear from the staff.

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