Tuesday’s election in San Joaquin County had historically low turnout. But people did vote.
I talked to some of them on Tuesday after they voted. A common theme among voters I ran across was a sense of duty and responsibility to do the act itself. In general, people voted because they vote. Not voting would have felt wrong to them.
Former City Councilman Clem Lee described it as the single-most important and first step to participate as a citizen.
Some didn’t vote alone, like Patricia Gamez, who came to vote with her mother Teresea Guzman.
Poll workers I spoke to were upbeat and seemed genuinely excited about the role they were playing as people cast their votes. Here’s Jerica White, who was at the polling place set up at the Whiskey Barrel on the Miracle Mile.