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Photos: Mission Viejo Votes Despite Glitches

Polling places in Mission Viejo report big turnouts for the 2012 presidential election.

It was a busy Tuesday for many Mission Viejo polling locations.

The small lobby inside the Aliso Villas Condominiums near Los Alisos Boulevard hosted a lot of voters, Inspector of Elections Kathy Miramontes said. She said she found a line at 6:30 Tuesday morning.

The condos hosted 12 voting booths—double the number during the June primary elections and midterm elections two years ago.

See photos of voters to the right of this story.

One small printer error occurred in the morning at Trabuco Hills High School, but it didn't affect voting, said volunteer lead coordinator Kiki Cason of Laguna Niguel.

At Atria Del Sol, Inspector of Elections Michael Sappingfield wasn't letting anyone forget their "I Voted" sticker. He put his on his forehead.

"It reminds everyone who sees it there's a value to it," he said. "Plus it gets a smile."

Sappingfield said six voting machines were hampered by an electronic glitch for about five minutes Tuesday morning. Otherwise he said the eight voting machines were functioning fine, and were booked 90 to 95 percent of the day.

"Other than that one glitch it's all been cool," he said.

He estimated about 340 had voted electronically by 4 p.m., with another 50 physical ballots dropped off.

It's a good turnout, Sappingfield said, especially considering the popularity of vote-by-mail and the reintroduction of early voting.

Shripathi Kamath November 07, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Glitch? I blame a Patch editor not to be named.

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