The rain didn’t stop people from participating this Election Day

The Jefferson Community Center is one of many voting centers this Election Day. | Photo by Karina Ramos Villalobos

As of Friday, voter turnout in Humboldt County was nearly 18% of registered voters. 

“It’s important to come out and participate in the electoral politics, whether or not you believe it’s the most effective avenue for change, it’s still important to participate,” said Mateo Chavez, a voter. 

We spoke with voters today and they agreed it’s important to cast a ballot every election.

“I’m voting because it’s important and our voice matters and because they’re giving us the opportunity to do so,” James De Leon said. “So take advantage of that. I want to say that everyone, if you can vote, you should vote.”

People like Dawn Albrecht said it’s up to the younger and future generations to take elections seriously and vote.

“Historically, the older generations have been more consistent with voting,” Albrecht said. “But the future of this country is really dependent on the younger generation getting out and voting.  And if they don’t realize how important they are in this process and this election year, that’s really sad.”

While the Voter’s Choice Act gives residents more options to vote, it can be confusing as to where to cast your ballot.

“I think this year there’s some people confused as to where they’re supposed to go to vote,” Albrecht said. “I had to drive around to a couple of the places I voted before to find one that was open and then asked, do I vote here?”

The polls close at 8 p.m. tonight. If you are in line at eight, you can still cast your vote.