PHOTO: The voting assistance center at the Veterans Memorial Center opened at 6 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. A Yolo county inspector was stationed outside to make sure votes were being counted correctly and there was no unrest.
By Lewis Herring-Tillman,
Despite Davis being known as an unusually liberal city, some conservatives showed up on election morning at the voting assistance center at the Veterans Memorial Center.
Davis resident Al, who would like his last name to stay anonymous, said this was the most important election of his lifetime. “Conservatives never get a say here […] hopefully that’s gonna change,” he said.
Al stressed his worry that Davis schools were being taken over by the “radical left,” and also claimed that “Bush, Clinton, and Obama have manipulated our society.”
Davis is overwhelmingly democratic— some districts voted over 90 percent for Hillary Clinton in 2016— but the president’s repeated disavowing of the vote-by-mail process has resulted in a wave of votes for President Donald Trump clustered on election day.
“I would never trust them with my ballot had I not been here today,” Al said.
Christie, who also declined use of her last name due to privacy concerns, voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but is now voting for Trump.
“I voted for Hillary because I wanted the first woman president […] If the media didn’t malign [Trump] so much everyone could see the good he’s done,” Christie said.
For Christie, her vote for Trump is based on policy, and not on personality.
“He’s got a gruff attitude, and he’s got to stop those tweets, my god, but he still gets the job done,” Christie said.