SAN JOSE (KPIX) – Last-minute voters lined up in San José on Tuesday to cast their ballots instead of mailing them for the state’s historic recall election.
“I didn’t dare to trust it, especially after the last election,” said Marylea Balsley.
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The small business owner and California resident drove 14 hours after working in Arizona to hand in her ballot at a polling station inside the Cambrian branch of the San Jose library.
She said she didn’t want it to be any other way and that she was far from the only one feeling that way.
“Hell no,” Brian Geyer said when asked if he trusted the sending of his ballot.
He was also at the library to cast his ballot a little over an hour before the polls closed.
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“Newsom destroyed California, Jerry Brown destroyed California,” Geyer said. “We have to throw out the bums, we have to have people who care about the country, care about the people, understand the responsibilities and stop acting like a bunch of spoiled kids, playboys and lying to us all the time.”
Political experts had said Republicans were the most likely to vote in person.
But not everyone who showed up to vote at the polls did so because they did not trust the voting system. For many, it is the tradition to vote in person.
“We always put it in the ballot box the entire time I voted,” said Richelle Shimada, who had her children in tow as she cast her ballot. “I always wanted to see him come in.”
Many said they were surprised at the turnout. The line outside the Cambrian branch snaked up the side of the building. A constant stream of voters turned up for hours until the polls closed at 8 p.m.
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“People really care about this election and the meaning behind it,” said Diana Kushin. “I just think the most important thing is to come out and vote and I want to make sure everyone is heard.”