Election day is in full swing in Cerritos and Artesia as voters left their local polling stations, some with smiles, some with tired morning eyes and others knowing they've made a difference just by filling in a ballot. Some voters at the Haskell Middle School and Cerritos Regional Park locations were kind enough to share their Voting Day experience as a voting citizen.
Haskell Middle School - 9 a.m.
First-time voter Alex Aguilar, 20, voted for Republican Presidental candidate, Mitt Romney, basing his decision on his political science studies.
"I just really think he can do a way better job than Obama," Aguilar told Patch.
Richard and Qiyamaa Portillo -- supporters of Democratic incumbent candidate, President Barack Obama -- voted yes to Proposition 30, which increases personal income taxes on high-income taxpayers for seven years and sales taxes for four years, with the revenue available to fund programs in the state budget, particularly public education.
"We have kids," Richard said. "We want to make sure there's an effective education system in place."
According to the couple, they kept up to date with the election by watching televised debates and checking news websites.
Obama supporter, Jeannee Mays, said she had to do a little more extensive research on voting for the statewide elections, finding the process "confusing," but came into the polling place with a firm presidential candidate in mind.
"Stay the course!" Mays said.
Cerritos Regional Park - 10 a.m.
A 17-year-old Whitney High School senior and poll worker, Alijah Rivera, reported a slight malfunction with the ballot counting machine. With so many students and community members working the polls, voter traffic remains at a steady flow at Cerritos Regional Park.
Voting will continue until 10 p.m. tonight, leaving Cerritos and Artesia, along with the rest of the country awaiting the results of Election Day.
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