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Polls Seem Busier Than Last General Election, Workers Say

There's been a steady stream in Sonoma and Glen Ellen. 'People want to vote,' one precinct inspector says.

Patch visited two polling stations this morning—one in the city of Sonoma and one in Glen Ellen—to get a quick glimpse of the turnout and to ask people how they'd cast their vote. We'll add more to this later today, so check back and refresh the page.

Workers at both precincts said there'd been a steady flow of voters, possibly more than in previous presidential elections and many people had dropped off mail ballots.

The precinct inspector at First United Methodist Church on Patten Street in Sonoma said that in the precinct of 1600 people, 1200 had voted by mail.

"That leaves 400 people to vote in person and we've already had 200 of them," he said at 11 a.m.

Precinct Inspector Donna Geiger at Glen Ellen Fire Department echoed that message.

"People want to vote," she said of the community of about 800 people. "We've had about 150 people come in person to vote and another 50 who have dropped off mail ballots," she said at 10 a.m. "We had people here waiting at 6:45 a.m. We've had a lot of provisional ballots."

At the church in Sonoma, three people talked to Patch on their way out. Two were middle-aged and one was retired.

Jerry Evans, 70, described himself as a "Liberal Democrat," and said he'd voted for President Barack Obama and U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein. He voted to put John Sawyer on Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and he chose David Cook and Laurie Gallian for Sonoma City Council. He also voted for Assemblyman Michael Allen. Evans voted against Prop. 37 (GMO food labeling), saying, "It's ok to label voluntarily, but it shouldn't be mandatory. It costs too much." He voted for Gov. Jerry Brown's Prop. 30 increase in taxes for schools.

A mother who just wanted to be known as Julie told Patch she voted for "everyone who was pro-life."

"I base it on people who have morals, not just who has clout or money," she said.

Julie voted for Mitt Romney for president, Susan Gorin for Board of Supervisors and Madolyn Agrimonti for City Council. She didn't recall how she'd voted on other offices or the propositions.

Regarding Romney, Julie said, "I'm Catholic, but the Mormon church has done more for communities than people know."

Louis Secreto told Patch he'd voted for Obama and Gorin but he didn't recall who he voted for in the City Council races.

"I just went straight down the Democratic ticket," Secreto said.

He voted against Prop. 37, saying, "It's a waste of time and money. People can do their own research on the Internet. It's not difficult."

Secreto voted for Prop. 30, the tax measure for schools.

Remember to check back in and refresh this page later today for more poll exit interviews and comments.

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