Undeterred by rain, voters visit City College polling place in the final minutes of Election Day

Doors to the P Building room that had hosted voters casting ballots closed at 8 p.m. by poll workers


On a sunny San Diego day, a yellow polling place sign in front of the P Building is easy to see. But as Election Day 2022 ended with rain, the same sign nearly disappeared in the darkness. File photo

Kathryn Gray, Editor-in-Chief

From outside the dimly lit P building polling station at San Diego City College, little more than a hard-to-see yellow sign signaled what was just inside the door.

Around 40 voters and poll workers, moving under the glow of fluorescent lights, rushed to get their votes in before the 8 p.m. deadline.

Poll worker Elijah Cohen-Saperstein, a county employee who takes time off every year to work the polls, eagerly greeted voters outside.

As the fur-lined hood of his black puffer jacket filled with sparkling raindrops, he enthusiastically thanked people as they came and went.

Site manager Anthony Continente said the day flowed smoothly and they didn’t have any lines.

“It’s been pretty good,” Continente said. “We’ve gotten a little bit of ebb and flow.”

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Although the polling place is located just off the bustling Park Boulevard, Continente said there hasn’t been any parking issues because voters were able to use the City College lot adjacent to the building.

Jo Lozano and her mother Jodi, bundled up and slightly soaked by the rain, left the polling station unsatisfied.

The younger Lozano, who worked at the polls in previous years, said she found the voting process confusing. 

A lot of things have changed, she said, since last working the polls, including the elimination of ballot receipts, which she finds unsettling.

“I’m frustrated,” Jo Lozano said. “They make it so it is confusing and you don’t even know if you are voting for the right thing.” 

Jodi Lozano agreed and said she wondered how she will track her ballot if she doesn’t have a receipt with the precinct number on it. 

“I’m not happy with it,” Jodi Lozano said. “I’m just not.”

For voters with a mobile device and access to email, ballot tracking is available by signing up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov.

Ballot updates will be sent by text messages, automatic emails and voice call notifications.