IRVINE (TBEN) – At Orange County polling centers, a steady stream of people turned up to vote in the governors’ recall election, with at least 50 people lining up before lunch time waiting to vote at the town hall.
When asked why he wanted to vote in person, Irvine voter Anton Acre said he liked to come forward for the hands-on approach.
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“Honestly, it’s part of civic duty. I love to be part of the physical process, ”said Arce.
Charlotte Coleman, another Irvine voter, said she even had conversations with others while waiting for her turn to vote.
“I was talking to one person and we were definitely voting differently, but it wasn’t as hostile, but more as respecting everyone’s right to have a choice, right?” she said.
In Santa Ana, some people took their ballots to polling centers to drop them off in person.
“It kind of shows you that it has nothing to do with a political party. It’s just that people almost want to make a point. Like, we don’t like what’s going on in California. It has nothing to do with political parties or race. It’s just that we live here and everything gets more difficult, ”said Jessica Lopez, who was voting in Santa Ana.
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Another dozen of Santa Ana voters were waiting for a chance to vote inside the Orange County Registrar’s office after lunchtime.
John Ramirez has said he prefers to vote in person.
“It has a lot to do with COVID. I think it’s been largely politicized and there is a lot of interest and a lot of people think that one governor might be better than another at handling this crisis. So we’ll see what happens, Ramirez said.
Registrar Neal Kelley said he would release the results of about 800,000 mail-in ballots just after 8 p.m.
“In the last few days, last week, people have started to pay attention. That’s what I’m seeing because even though we’ve had this early attack of those comebacks, we’re starting to see a little bit of recovery again, which is good. Thus, voters are now paying attention. They see stuff in the media and read stuff, which is good, ”Kelley said.
As of 3:30 p.m. today, voter turnout was estimated at around 46%. By comparison, when Arnold Schwarzenegger won the recall election in 2003, the turnout in California was 61%. Some 825,000 people voted by mail in Orange County and 83,000 voted in person.
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The bulk of Orange County’s results are expected to be announced around 8:05 p.m.