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Polling brisk at Santa Clarita Valley stations

Posted: November 6, 2012 1:28 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2012 6:25 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian School AP Government student Madison Utley, 17, demonstrates the use of the voting pen for voters while volunteering at the polling place located at the Hilton Gardens Inn Valencia on Tuesday. (Dan Watson/The Signal)

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Voting was brisk and steady after polling stations opened in the Santa Clarita Valley on Election Day, according to volunteers and voters.

For College of the Canyons sociology student Afeleti Malieitulua, voting on campus today was easy and convenient.

“I just came from class,” said the 22-year-old.

“I had to pick one of the polling stations and this one made sense of course,” he said.

Malieitulua waited patiently in line behind at least a dozen other patient voters, most arriving in pairs or groups.

The line moved slowly as voters turned away from each of the dozen polling booths.

“They had classes explaining the propositions to us, so that helped,” he said.

At another polling station on the west side of the Santa Clarita Valley, each of the six polling booths at the Hilton Garden Inn was filled.

For 17-year-old Santa Clarita Christian School student volunteer Madison Utley, her first voting experience — observing and helping — was a “win-win.”

“I’m taking AP Government (class) and my teacher suggested this, so it seemed cool,” she said.

Was it cool?

“Yes. I get to learn about voting and get out of class so it’s a win-win.”

Sitting next to volunteers able to translate voting instructions for Korean-speaking voters, Utley demonstrated how the voting card slides into a handheld receptacle and latches onto two fitted holes, how the laminated menu-like voting booklet flips to each page, and how a handheld implement is used to indicate the voter’s choice in each race.

Easy.

Fashion played a significant role at the West Side station.

“I’ve seen a couple colorful costumes, all patriotic,” Utley said. “One couple came in with one shoe Republican and the other Democrat.”

Utley’s expression of joy was clipped short, however, by a volunteer leader who reminded each of the six volunteers at the table that any voter entering the station with attire promoting a view should be told it’s not allowed.

One voter sporting a bright red shirt and holding a matching red purse said outside the polling station that it took all her morning to find the right Republican shirt and matching purse.

Voters who showed up at the poling station set up inside the garage of a home on Calla Lily Court in the Shadow Pines area of Canyon Country, demonstrated true grit for embracing the voting experience.

Voters driving the end of the steep cul-de-sac, parked halfway up a “hill that looked like mountain.”

One voter marching uphill, voting booklet in hand, said: “That’s a heck of a hill.”

Inside the station, Inspector Jerry Dougherty said his team of volunteers experienced a healthy and steady turnout.

“The turnout is good compared to the June primary,” Dougherty said.

jholt@the-signal.com

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