Rain not stopping Bay Area voters from dropping off ballots

ByLena Howland via KGO logo
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
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The polls have closed to cast your ballot in Tuesday's 2022 midterm election and results are rolling in.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The polls have closed to cast your ballot in Tuesday's 2022 midterm election and results are rolling in.

Tuesday, Election Day, was the final day to drop off your mail-in ballot, vote in-person or register to vote at any polling location in California.

"Very happy that I got to vote this year!" Aurelia Langseth, a Bay Area voter said.

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Despite a little rain at San Francisco City Hall, voters were not staying away from making sure their voice is heard in the morning.

"It's not just important to vote for the President, it's important to vote for your Governor and State Assembly and for the people that represent your city because that's really where you're going to see real change," Langseth said.

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The San Francisco City Hall Voting Center was not taking any chances with the rain.

"We're ready for the weather, we've got plastic sheeting to put over entry ways of polling places if rain's coming in, hand warmers for the poll workers, rain gear for our folks," John Arntz, the Director of the San Francisco Director of Elections Department said.

Arntz says in the last midterm election back in 2018, total voter turnout was about 74% but in the morning, it was only 24%.

"This very much resembles the 2018 election, we had a very slow beginning of the election cycle and then we ended up with a 74 percent turnout for the entire election," he said.

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Voters are keeping their minds crystal focused on top issues, including the Governor's race and abortion access, but in San Francisco, they had their homework cut out for them, with a whopping ten page ballot.

"It's long, it's a little complicated, I did my research, I read a couple of articles online, I read the voters booklet that they gave you and I think if you want to see change in your community, in your state and your country, you have to take the time to do that kind of research," Langseth said.

At last check on the morning of Election Day, voter turnout in San Francisco was about 27% with more than 135,000 ballots.

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