Record amount of Imperial Valley residents hit election polls

Record amount of Imperial Valley residents hit election polls

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IMPERIAL COUNTY - The Imperial Valley set a record for the amount of Registered Voters in the County this year. All they needed to do was actually go out and vote, and did they ever.

Thousands of Imperial Valley residents came out today to have their voice heard, in a form of an election ballot.

"It is wonderful to see that the residents of this county are willing to exercise their right to vote", says El Centro Mayor, Sedalia Sanders. "There are so many ballot issues that are important to this community and important to how our quality of life will be enhanced and the kind of country we will soon live in".

All day and through the evening the lines at all 72 poll sites in Imperial County were filled with voters.

Robert Hamilton was one of those in line to vote. He says that everyone's vote matters more now than ever before.

"It's about job, it's about our entire country this time", he says. "I heard a lot of people complaining, a lot of dirty politics on tv. It's time to put this country back on track".

Those that got a mail-in ballot were also able to drop it off at the poll sites.

Marisa Monique Iglesias from Indio dropped off her ballot. This is her first time she votes.

"You need to have your voice heard", she says "You need to do your research. You gotta do everything you gotta do to understand what your leaders want from you and what you want from your leaders".

President Obama and Governor Romney have had full control of the Presidential voting but not everyone in the Imperial Valley is a Democrat or Republican.

Gilbert Furguson voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson. He stands firm on his political views.

"I believe that we need more than parties in America, very firmly", says Furguson. "And I also believe very firmly that we should go to direct elections, eliminate the Electoral College completely".

Even as the sun set on Imperial County and the polls were getting ready to close, there was still many in line.

Manuel Lopez Gonzalez had a great reason to be one of the last ones to vote.

"I just got off of work", he says. "It's the first time I vote because I just received my citizenship a few months back. I am doing my part as an American Citizen to try to contribute to this country".

And some of the numbers from the 2012 Elections in Imperial County. A record number of Registered Voters as that totaled 61,097. Of the 29,000 mail-in ballots, over 13,000 are already in. And those numbers are surely gonna increase as the Registrar of Voters is still putting together the total number of Votes as of Tuesday night.

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