Contributors to the Alhambra Source set out today to find out why people are voting, which issues matter most to them, and if people knew that municipal elections were cancelled because no challengers had run against incumbents. If you have thoughts you'd like to add, we'd like to hear them.
I’ve voted in every election I could since I was 18 years old. It’s the one true way we can exercise our rights. People literally die for this right to vote. My wife is a Chinese immigrant and she knows the ballot is a vote of her conscious.
It’s a general overall indifference to voting in Alhambra. I’m voting here – I wish there was a line going outside the door.
—Ross Lawson, self-employed/ owner of a retail business
Why did you vote today? Change. I’m concerned about the economy.
Did you know that local elections were cancelled? Yes, I did. It’s kind of expected, I don’t really know why it would be like that.
—Fred, security guard
Did you know that local elections were cancelled? I was not aware.
How long have you been voting in this country? Oh my God. More than 40 years…
—Berta Escamilla, nurse
We vote all the time.
What issues interest you this year? Propositions 20, 27, Senator’s Race, the race for Congressman… I want that to change. I want the Senator’s seat to change. I do not like Jerry Brown, I was here in the 70s when he ran twice, he’s been in government all of his life and I’m tired of paying his salary.
—Walter and Lina, Alhambra
I vote all the time. I vote because I want to see my views be passed. I want our country to change.
—Suzette Gonzalez, parent
I always vote. I’ve been voting for 25 years.
What issues interest you this year? The governor’s race, and the U.S. Senator’s race. And the propositions, I can’t go by numbers, but I can tell you those are the issues that are of interest to me.
—Michael Rivero, Dispatcher/Inspector at Polling Place
I vote because the voice of the people needs to be heard.
I always vote. I believe in voting, of course that’s the only way we can get the people we want into office to do stuff for us in the community.
It’s our duty and a privilege to vote. So I have to do my part.
—Dave Moreno, Parks and Recreations
Why did you vote today? I feel it’s a big deal and I feel it’s important to be involved in the process.