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Checking In On Voters

High Turnout Expected For Presidential Election

The lonely touchscreen voting machine at the San Altos Elementary School poll...

Credit: Beth Accomando

Above: The lonely touchscreen voting machine at the San Altos Elementary School polling location. Registrar of Voters field coordinator Chris Feraro says only a handful of people generally opt to use it.

KPBS reporter Beth Accomando checks in with voters.


The San Diego County Registrar of Voters is expecting a high voter turnout at about 75-80 percent. Most polling places will hit peak turnout from about 4:00pm till closing time.

People were lined up as early as 6:00am at the Registrar's office this morning in Kearny Mesa. Franklin White stopped by on the way to the gym to cast his ballot.

"It's the only day that my opinion matters so it's important, your opinion's always important when it comes to who governs your country so this has been the largest turnout for a vote I've seen in years obviously I've only been able to vote for maybe the last 3 elections and I've never seen this many people."

People can cast their ballots at the Registrar's office until 8:00pm tonight and as long as they are in line before 8 they will be able to vote. In Lemon Grove at the San Altos Elementary School polling location, there was a morning rush of voters and poll workers are expecting another surge late this afternoon. Chris Feraro is a field coordinator for the Registrar. He says each precinct has 6-8 polling stations with one touch screen per location. But only a handful of people opt for the touch screen.

"It is fully functioning, there is nothing wrong with it. I guess they are not that comfortable yet. The touch screens have been around for quite awhile but even up to now people aren't that tech savvy to using it as often as they should. They are more comfortable with the paper ballots of course."

If you have not turned in your mail in ballot you must drop it off at a polling location or at the Registrar by 8:00pm tonight.

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