Voice from election day polls: 'I'm tired of both parties fighting'
It wasn't a particular issue or a certain candidate that drew Mike Klein to a Costa Mesa grade school on Tuesday to vote. Rather, the 54-year-old stay-at-home dad was driven by a feeling that the entire nation needs change.
"The country, the county ..." he said. "I'm tired of the same old, same old."
He voted for Mitt Romney for president, he explained, because he's the "lesser of two evils."
"I'm tired of both parties fighting for the party and not the country," he said.
But he chose Romney because faith is important to Klein. "I guess I know more about him than I know about Obama's faith," Klein said.
As a former smoker, Klein said he voted for the cigarette tax. He said his father died of lung cancer on Christmas Eve 1999 and he is determined not to let his own daughter "make the same mistake."
Jessica Mancilla, a 20-year-old student, showed up at Rea Elementary School to vote for the first time Tuesday. Her interest? Simply to exercise her right.
"Every person's vote is important," she said.
David Bunch, a 70-year-old Republican, had two items on his mind: the cigarette tax, and the president.
He also voted for Romney because as a former Navy veteran, Bunch said he was displeased by the way President Obama treats veterans. Bunch said he was a lifelong Democrat until Obama took over.
"I think he's the worst thing that's happened to our country," he said.
-- Nicole Santa Cruz
Photo: Voters cast their ballots at Mariscos Las Sirenita Restaurant in Van Nuys. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times