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First-Time Voter Tallies a Good Experience

A mix-up and a misconception almost kept a 19-year-old woman from voting in her first presidential election at Stratford at Countrywood care facility in Lafayette.

The traffic during rush hour on Election Day was heavy on Pleasant Hill Road.

That may have explained why there were no long lines of voters at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday. “It’s been pretty steady all day,” said Laura Lee, a volunteer at the polling site located in The Stratford at Countrywood assisted care facility, 1545 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette.

Among those who were there to vote was 22-year-old Travis Kile and his 19-year-old girlfriend Taylor DeVaughn.

This was Kile’s second time voting. For DeVaughn, who grew up in San Francisco, it was her first time to vote and she almost missed the opportunity. 

“I wanted to vote,” said DeVaughn. “I didn’t know that I could because I didn’t bring my papers.” 

DeVaughn, whose name didn’t appear on the precinct list, had to fill out a provisional ballot. Kile, her boyfriend, waited patiently as she filled out paperwork and then the ballot.

“I think it’s important to vote even though some people say one vote doesn’t matter,” said Kile  “But if a million people do that, that’s a lot of votes.”

A few minutes later a smiling DeVaughn had finished filling out her ballot. “This is so cool — it’s my first time,” said DeVaughn.

As the young couple left, it was clear that rush hour was over. There were about 15 people standing in line, patiently waiting for a chance to cast a ballot.

dona kile November 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Thanks Lance for keeping our youth interested in getting involved in politics, and making a difference for their future. Travis and Taylor showed a fine example to their generation. D.Kile
dona kile November 11, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Thanks Patch Editor for inspiring our local youth to continue to vote in California! Bonnie Brae Neighborhood Resident!
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