IMPERIAL COUNTY- In one of the most dramatically hyped elections in recent years, the vibe at local polls in El Centro and Imperial on Tuesday was anything but diplomatic.
â€œI think one of the candidates is really good and the other one stinks to high heaven. Â I vote in every election and I think this one has been one of the most nerve-wracking since there is so much at stake. Â Itâ€™s scary. Iâ€™m scared. Â I hope we learned our lesson,â€ opined an Imperial resident at her voting precinct.
Many of the clerks and inspectors at voting stations noticed a significant increase in voter participation this year.
â€œItâ€™s definitely been busier this year than others. This is going be an all night deal. This year the voting picked up about 25% more than any other time that I could remember,â€ said Alex Morales, inspector.
Bright and early at 7 a.m. when the polls opened, nearly 200 hundred voters lined up their voting location at Central Baptist Church in El Centro.
â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™ve ever had a lower pool to select from on a presidential level. Â Neither of them is trustworthy and both of them are sensationalists in my opinion. Â The Clinton foundation has been able to save Bill and Hillary from a lot, the same way Trump has been able to do with his private income,â€ said an El Centro resident in regards to the quality of the candidates in this year’s presidential election.Â â€œThey have not changed a bit, they are who they are. Â Through the eye of the media and vetting process of our presidential candidates, it appears that they do have an apparent diminishing integrity.”
At precinct #245214 in El Centro the sentiment was aimed toward the impact of this presidential race on future elections.
â€œI think the fact that we actually had somebody that is not in the political machine run and make it all the way to the end, whether he wins or loses is surprising. Â The fact that he made it to this point,a person with no political experience, and took on the political elite and lifetime politicians is going to show people that you can take on the system and that private world can actually compete,â€ maintained an El Centro resident.
He added, â€œItâ€™s an ugly one but you have to get out and vote. Â Sometimes there is no such thing as a perfect candidate and you just have to do the best with what you have.”