It was Randee Kotlar’s first time voting today.
The 18-year-old Terra Nova High School graduate asked to have her picture taken in front of the Pacifica Community Center polling place to document the momentous occasion.
“It’s exciting to be able to vote for the first time in a presidential election,” said Kotlar, currently attending Skyline College.
Bill Zaro was out enjoying the hot weather, snapping photos of the Coast Guard practicing search and rescue maneuvers in their helicopters, before heading over to vote at the Pacifica City Council Chambers on Beach Boulevard.
"This is a big election. I'll definitely make my way over there to vote today," he said.
Inside the Beach Boulevard polling room upstairs, San Mateo County Elections Office volunteers greeted voters as they opened windows and turned on the fan to cool the room down.
According to Pacifica resident Molly Ibarra, a San Mateo County Elections Office volunteer, the voter turnout this year has been tremendous.
“I don’t recall so many people like this coming out to vote at the last presidential election in 2008,” she said.
Dennis Burke, also a San Mateo County Elections Office volunteer at the Beach Boulevard polling location, agreed and was pleased to see so many people taking a stake in this year’s election.
Still, throughout San Mateo County, Registrar of Voters Mark Church is seeing lower turnouts.
Lines are a lot shorter than they were in 2008, Church said.
"We're off to a slow start," he said.
Church said this year there are a lot fewer registered voters in the county than there were in 2008, which may be why there are shorter lines.
"We're electing the leader of the free world for the next four years," Church said. "Everyone is encouraged to come and cast their ballot."
Over at Pedro Point Firehouse, poll workers say they’ve been experiencing a steady stream of voters coming in since first opening at 7 a.m. this morning.
Jim and Diane Jefferson were lucky to find a parking space right in front.
“We’ve been coming to vote here since we first moved to the area in 1993,” said Diane, ready to case her ballot and hope for the best.
— Additional reporting by Bay City News