Voters across Southern California headed for the polls on Tuesday, many to vote in the presidential race and on a number of state propositions they said were important to them.
Restaurant owner Arun Chhatpar, 37, voted for the first time in the
United States since he moved here from India. His young daughter danced
around him at the polling place at Park La Brea, waving her sweatshirt and smiling to
those in line. When Chhatpar received an "I Voted" sticker, she reached
her hand out for one as well.
"Voting here is so unique," said Chhatpar. "It truly gives me a chance to say what I believe in."
In Alhambra, Michelle Gardner, 36, said she came out to vote for
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“We desperately need change, more for economic reasons than
anything else,” Gardner said. “His business experience will help us.”
Firefighter Aaron Cass, who lives in Vernon and said he votes regularly, dropped off his
absentee ballot. He particularly wanted to vote no on Proposition 32, which he
said would limit unions’ ability to spend money on issues important to them.
Cass said: “We’re in democracy. You have a
unique ability to let your voice be heard.”
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