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How they voted: making a first visit to the polling booth

November 4, 2008 |  3:22 pm

Vincent Terry,  42, was voting for the first time.

An African American truck driver who sports a silver ring in his nose, Terry said he supported President Bush in principle after 9/11, but was moved to go to the polls because of the chance to vote for Barack Obama.

"Now we live in a time of change," he said. "It's time for America to change."

Terry said he had tried to vote early in San Francisco on Monday and waited three hours in line only to learn that his polling place was across the bay in Oakland, where he lives. He was happy to find only a short line today.

"This is my first time," he said. "I always took the attitude, 'What is my vote going to do?' "

Also important to Terry was the chance to vote for Proposition 8. "I'm not against gay people," he said, "but I'm against gay society that everyone should accept."

—Richard C. Paddock