It's Election Day and voters early Tuesday lined up at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building for the right to make their choices or turn in absentee ballots.
Today's election will determine a large number of state and local issues, as well as who will be president of the United States for the next four years.
Many voters leaving their polling place Tuesday said they enjoyed the experience of voting and preferred doing it in person rather than voting by mail.
They want the interaction with precinct workers, to fill out the ballot and then put it in the box and get their “I voted” sticker.
“I always vote in person. It has more spice to it. It doesn't feel passive,” said Eric Moes, before he got on his bike to head for work.
Several voters were waiting for the vet's building precinct to open at 7 a.m., said precinct workers, and in the early hours there appeared to be little lag time between arriving groups of voters.
A rough sampling of voters heading out of the polling place showed several votes for President Barack Obama, a few for Republican challenger Mitt Romney and one for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
There were mixed feelings on Santa Rosa's Measure Q, which divides the city into City Council election districts and a mixture of thoughts on statewide issues.
“The presidential race,” that was tops on the worried mind of Gretchen Giles of Santa Rosa who called herself an impassioned supporter of President Obama. “It's got me on tenterhooks.”
Statewide, a few of the propositions stood out for her.
“It felt good to vote to end the death penalty,” said Giles, referring to Proposition 34. She also supported changing the three strikes law, Proposition 36.
Voter Matthew Seghezzi described himself as a small business owner and “fiscal conservative. I'm for Romney.”