The vast majority of ballots may have been mailed in, but some voters still showed up at their local polling place on Tuesday to cast their ballot in person.
Crystal White, a poll worker at Griffin Center on the Grossmont College campus in El Cajon, said her station had been busy since it opened at 7 a.m.
“We had a couple people waiting when we opened,” White said. “The last three days were steady but slow. Today has been our busy day.”
At the Registrar of Voters in Kearny Mesa, a large “Vote Here” banner informed a small but steady stream of voters where to cast their ballot. There was also a line of vehicles pulling up to a red, white and blue mail ballot drop off tent.
Alyssa Wallauer worried she wouldn’t get her ballot into the mail in time, so she stopped by the Registrar’s Office to drop it off in person.
“You can’t complain about stuff if you don’t vote,” the Poway resident said. “I don’t want Newsom in office. I’m so over it all. The masks with (my daughter) at school, like, it’s ridiculous. I’m just over it. And I can’t complain about that if I’m not here. You don’t have the right to complain and moan and whine about things if you’re not at least out here doing what you can do.”
In La Mesa, Andrea Britland, who was wearing a face mask and a Ruth Bader Ginsburg shirt, said she chose to vote in person after she didn’t receive a mail-in ballot.
“I love to vote,” Britland said. “I think our voices matter. And even though there is some debate about whether our vote matters, it does. It’s important to continue it.”
In the South Bay, several people lined up at the polls during their lunch breaks or after work to cast their votes. Among them were longtime Chula Vista resident Mike Zderavkovic, who voted at Chula Vista Middle School, and San Diego resident Maria Felix, who cast her ballot at National City’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
Zderavkovic said he voted in favor of the recall, particularly because of his dissatisfaction with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He said he had difficulty choosing a replacement.
“In my 30 years here, this governor is the worst one there was, in my opinion,” he said. “The way the governor handled the (pandemic) was No. 1, definitely. You’re a governor of 30-some million people who depend on you – do your job right.”
But Felix said she believed the current administration had ensured Californians were better protected against COVID-19 than other states. She also praised the state for supporting Latinos and working families, who have disproportionally been affected by the pandemic, with economic recovery programs. Felix added that she believes Republicans have not prioritized addressing climate change like Newsom has, a topic that also drove her to vote against the recall.
Staff writers Karen Pearlman and Tammy Murga contributed to this report.
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