Mail In Ballots Surpass Going To The Polls This Election

Voters exercise their right to vote. Photo by Miguel Gonzalez.

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley) – Traditionally presidential elections bring more voters to the polls than elections held in “off” years.  It appears that this year will continue that trend, however the Registrar of Voters office reports that the percentage of registered voters that cast their ballots is down by about 10% from the 2008 election.

One thing very different this year is that this was the first election where more than half the state voted by mail. The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters had collected 172,182 mail-in ballots before Monday, according to their website. Another 90,000 mail-in ballots were expected to come in by the time the polls closed at 8pm.

More people vote by mail because it’s convenient and they can take the time to study the issues and candidates. Apple Valley resident Hanna Knapp said she has voted by mail for the last eight years for just those reasons.

Victorville resident Janet Badre made the effort to go to the polls to vote this morning, however her husband Sami mailed his ballot in. When asked why she decided to go to the polls, she said, “Because I’ve done it that way since I was 18, and I like the people.”

At the polls at Bible Baptist Church in Victorville the workers said it had been busy most of the day, and that everyone seemed to be in a pretty positive mood. The polls were still pretty full as the 8:00 hour loomed.  But there was no rush.

There were many young voters that participated in this election.  One theory is that it was easier for them to get registered to vote, especially since they were able to go online for the first time to get registered.  Also, the Obama campaign really targeted the younger voters, urging them to get out and vote.

As this historical election continues to unfold, High Desert Daily will keep you updated.

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