None of the voters in City Council District 9 I talked with at the polls Tuesday mentioned local candidates or propositions when I asked them about why they came out to vote.
But most were certain where they stood on the presidential election.
“This is my first time voting. I’m 21. The presidential race is the reason I wanted to get out and vote,” Christofer Lopez said.
Taylor Plante said he voted for Bernie Sanders even though he knows Hillary Clinton already secured the necessary delegates to clinch the nomination. “It would be a statistical anomaly for Sanders to win. But this is about sending a message to the Democratic Party that California supports Sanders.”
A few voters said someone they knew – a relative or spouse – told them to vote and that the prodding was the only reason they came out.
“I got out and voted because everyone should,” Rod Knighten said. He said he voted for a presidential candidate even though “we had bad choices.”‘
Jessica Ramirez said the current administration motivated her to vote. ” Obama worked so hard to create change and I just want to make sure it continues,” she said.
Taylor Tingle, a member of the military, said he felt patriotically obligated to vote. “And I have a toddler. I have to vote,” he said. “And the presidential election is the reason I wanted to vote.”
Sheila Matthews said, “my grandmother always said get out and vote. She talks about how people died so we can vote.”