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Lines Spotted at Fresno Voting Center, But Moving Quickly



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Before polls opened in Fresno County today, more than 236,000 returned ballots. That is about 46% of the nearly 500,000 registered voters in the county.

From now until 8 p.m., the remaining voters can vote in person at 53 voting centers or drop completed ballots there or 64 drop boxes.

Voting appeared to run smoothly at a few polling places GV Wire℠ visited Tuesday afternoon.

During what poll workers called the busies period during Election Day, there were no lines at the Mosqueda Center in southeast Fresno around 2:30 p.m.

A few miles away at the Sunnyside Library, a line extended beyond the entrance about 10 deep. Voters, though, said they weren’t waiting long. Inside, most of the voting booths were full. Some took to filling out their ballots on top of book stacks.

As of 3:30 p.m., voters placed 970 ballots in the collection machine.

Sharing Democracy with Kids

Sergio Quintero of Fresno had his two sons vote with him. His goal was to show them how democracy worked.

Quintero said the presidential vote was the most important.

“I had my mind set on who I wanted to vote for,” he said.

Vanessa Cansino took pictures with her two young children, proud of dropping off her ballot.

“I’m telling them to use their voice. That way they can be heard,” Cansino said.

Vanessa Cansino shows her “I Voted” sticker with her children. (GV Wire/David Taub)

Sometimes a Guard is Just a Guard

A poll worker at the Mosqueda Center said the only bit of drama during the day turned out to be a misunderstanding.

A voter was concerned that a uniformed security guard was posted outside the entrance. It turned out he was a security guard, but on his way to work, and waiting for his wife to finish voting.

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email