The November 3 election is on Phelanites minds as hundreds wait in line for as long three hours on election day to cast their vote at Cavalry Chapel of Phelan.
Anita Velasquez is a Phelan resident and works as a behavioral therapist. She decided to vote in person on election day because it “makes it feel like I’m doing my actual duty as a citizen to come here and vote.” Her wait to vote was two and a half hours. This caught her by surprise. “I didn’t know all the other polling places were closed.” “I think this is the only one open in Phelan right now.” Besides propositions, she believes the presidential race is the most important thing on the ballot for her.
Bethany LaVornia (22) is also a Phelan resident and is currently unemployed. This is her first time voting and credits the President for her interest in politics. “Me and my girlfriend are voting because this election is going to affect our lives and its going to affect peoples lives after us.” She believes her rights to be able to foster and adopt kids in the future are on the line. To her, the most important thing on the ballot is the presidency.
In Wrightwood, the polling location was the United Methodist Church and wait times were much shorter than in Phelan. Joshua Rudolph is a Wrightwood resident and works in Fire Life Safety as a pipefitter. He waited 5 minutes to cast his ballot. He believes the most important things on the ballot are things that save the state money. “Everyone just needs to love each other” he says. “That’s it. It doesn’t matter who wins or loses cause we still only have each other.”