SF voters take to polls ahead of Election Day

A steady stream of voters filed through City Hall on Monday, casting their ballots a day ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Although lines more than 32 feet snaked around the hallways, the wait time for voters at the front of the line was about 15 minutes. Voters filled the ground floor of the election center at City Hall around lunchtime Monday, but the process remained orderly and voting privacy was maintained.

Peter Vucetin, 47, characterized his voting experience as “simple and fast.”

“Someone was always waiting in line,” Greg Slocum, a division manager for the Department of Elections, said of voting Monday and over the past weekend. “Sunday was a very busy day.”

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Voting remained steady throughout Sunday and Monday with “nothing unusual” to report, Slocum said.

Voting hours at City Hall are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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As of Sunday, nearly 50 percent of the vote-by-mail ballots — 133, 578 ballots out of 309,103 — were already received by the Department of Elections.

There were 513,444 voters registered as of Sunday. Of those, 159, 698 expressed no party preference.

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Voters cited a variety of issues that were important to them, from the presidential election to housing for the homeless to the legalization of marijuana. Generally, their voting experience at City Hall was considered positive.

None of the voters interviewed felt the voting system was “rigged,” nor were they concerned about voter fraud.

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