Long lines for voters casting their ballots at SF City Hall

Voters waited in long lines Tuesday afternoon at San Francisco City Hall to cast their ballot.

City Hall’s first floor looked unusually empty around 5 p.m., but beneath the stonework, one floor down, hundreds of voters waited as long as 45 minutes for the opportunity to cast their ballot.

The wait didn’t discourage locals.

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“Local politics is an arena where you can have a tangible impact,” said a man named Steven, who declined to give his last name. “It’s a way to enact actionable change. The ratio to vote power is stronger.”

Steven, who lives in Japan Town, said his friends are well informed but estimated only half of them came out to vote. That estimate is still better than overall voter turnout, based on the number of mail-in ballots returned.

Of the 320,702 issued mail-in ballots, just over 80,000 had been returned by Tuesday afternoon, according to San Francisco Department of Elections website.

For Anna Pasquale, who said she works for The City, the mayoral race is what most voters are coming out for.

“I think it will be good for the city for the mayor’s race to be settled,” she said. “Everybody will be glad to see it behind us.”

(Ian Williams/S.F. Examiner)

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