Tuesday Nov 04 2008
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Locals say economy, propositions big issues
Americans selected Barack Obama as their 44th president Tuesday night. The Illinois senator is the country’s first African-American president. On Tuesday night, Obama said his victory was in reality the voter’s victory as he addressed an estimated crowd of one million people in Chicago during his acceptance speech. Statewide, early results started to trickle in for Proposition 8, one of the most controversial ballot measures this election season. The proposition calls for a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as that solely between a man and a woman. As of press time at 10:30 p.m., 29.1 percent of precincts were reporting that 52.3 percent of votes were for the proposition while 47.7 percent of votes were against it. Auburn’s Annaliese Nistor said Proposition 8 is what brought her to the polls. “It’s very important to me because I am concerned for my children,” Nistor said. “They’re in public school and I don’t want them teaching same-sex marriage in schools.” Daniel Richardson, of Auburn, said Proposition 8 was also an important ballot to him. He voted against the amendment. “I don’t think it compromises the traditional standards of marriage,” Richardson said. “Men and women can still get married.” Richardson said he voted for Obama because he said he believes the Illinois senator’s background is stronger. “I think that the events that led him to where he is now are more remarkable and commendable than John McCain’s,” Richardson said. He voted Tuesday evening at the county office of education site in Auburn. Patricia Perez, of Auburn, said she also voted for Obama. “Obama seems sincere,” Perez said. “We need change and he’ll definitely be a change.” Wally Reemelin, of Auburn, said there was only one choice for president: John McCain. He said he doesn’t support Obama because he believes he is too extreme. He also said he supported McCain’s ticket because of his selection of Sarah Palin as vice president. “I think she’s a great pick with a great future in national politics,” Reemelin said. “She’s the brightest light I’ve seen in a long time in politics.” In Placer County, county clerk-recorder-registrar of voters Jim McCauley said he anticipated voter turnout to be around 80 percent. “Eighty percent is pretty high,” McCauley said. “Our indications are percentages going to be very high. We’ve had an excellent response on return from absentees.” McCauley said he expected to have semi-final results at about 12:30 or 1 a.m. Wednesday. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, the office was still waiting for ballots to be delivered from local precincts. The delay in announcing results is due to a change in procedure. In the past, ballots were counted at individual precincts. This year, ballots cannot be counted until they arrive at the Auburn registrar’s office. Overall, McCauley said he was pleased with Election Day logistics in the county. “It was a wonderful day,” McCauley said. “Everything went very, very smooth.” Regardless of the outcome of this election, which Reemelin described as a “turning point election,” the seasoned voter said he knows he’ll continue making trips to the poll. “I come and vote every election,” Reemelin said. “It’s a democracy and it only works if we all vote even when the odds don’t look good for our candidate.” The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at email@example.com or post a comment.