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'90210' Causes Confusion at North Redondo Polls

Residents flock to the polls in Redondo Beach to cast their votes for President, U.S. senator, U.S. representative and state assemblyman, as well as for many propositions and bond measures.

A television shoot for 90210 caused confusion for some North Redondo Beach voters at the Aviation Gym on Tuesday morning.

Orange cones blocked off a large part of the already-confusing parking lot at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, confusing potential voters, according to a security guard at the scene.

"(There were) too many things going on at the same time," said poll worker Patrick Anyawoke. "I think it was just not being able to find the place."

After the initial bout of confusion, poll workers and security for the television shoot posted more signs to direct people to the polling location, Anyawoke said.

Additionally, the security guard told Patch that members of the security crew were posted at the entrance to the complex, as well as at varying points in the public area of the lot, to guide voters to the correct entrance.

Parking was at a premium, and many people complained about it, said another poll worker.

To ease parking congestion, the security guards moved their perimeter back to free up more spaces.

As of 3 p.m., the voting appeared to be going smoothly. It remained to be seen whether traffic issues would increase after 5 p.m. when people get off work. The television shoot is scheduled to end at 9 p.m.

Despite the confusion surrounding the location of the polling place, turnout was good, Anyawoke said.

Poll workers in South Redondo Beach at the Knights of Columbus building on Avenue I expressed similar sentiments.

"It's just fabulous. I mean, wonderful turnout," said precinct worker Pat Saikeo, who has worked as a volunteer during "most" of the last few elections. "It was unbelievable, really."

At 7 a.m., there were "lines out the door," according to volunteer Olivia Ballesteros. "It's just been constant."

The line was all the way down the street; however, it moved quickly, said voter Anita Skoot. "This is the most organized (polling place) I've ever seen in my whole life."

"It's ongoing," said precinct inspector Lilian Diaz. "It doesn't stop. It only gets busier."

The polls will remain open until 8 p.m. To find your polling place, visit lavote.net.

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KathyW November 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
What moron thought this was a good idea???

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