'I don't believe in killing, but...' Voters torn on death penalty
Voters at polling stations were across the board on a state measure that would abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Some said they were staunchly behind the measure and considered the death penalty to be expensive and rarely enforced. The state has executed only 13 people in the last 34 years and there are 729 people on death row, all housed in single-bunk cells.
"It's a waste of money. They don't put anybody to death, and we're paying for that," said Nader Sadighi, an immigrant from Iran who voted at Segerstrom Fundamental High School in Santa Ana.
Others seemed more conflicted.
"It's a good proposition, but I think it needs to be rewritten," said Linda Ramirez of Los Angeles, on Proposition 34.
Ramirez said she was torn on the death penalty, despite previously voting for it. On one hand
it goes against her Catholic upbringing, yet she believes people should be punished.
"I don't believe in killing, but yet there's innocent people that are killed, brutally," Ramirez said.
"Should these [criminals] get away with being alive and us supporting them for the rest of their lives and having every advantage to them in a cell?"
--Christopher Goffard in Santa Ana and Adolfo Flores in East Los Angeles