Local voters in the Kendall area of South Miami started lining up at 6 a.m. to vote and be heard in the presidential election. Many were motivated to vote based on the issues of gay marriage, immigration, the economy and abortion policies. As voters patiently waited to cast their ballot, they were met with an abundance of volunteers and supporters of both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. South Florida native and republican volunteer Sandra Franco, shared her view on Obama supporters and what issues concern her most about this years election.
“The issues that effect South Florida the most are the economy and healthcare. In terms of this election I hope there will be an outcome that will positively effect younger generations,” said Franco, 43. “But I feel like they are not educating themselves and just going for whomever is more popular.”
However, Obama supporters had a much different view on the idea of this election being a popularity contest. Many described their reasons for supporting the incumbent as giving him more time to fix what the Bush administration did to the economy, healthcare and the national debt.
Venezuelan native Daniel Lepervanche, 34, voted for the first time and was primarily influenced by healthcare policies.
“This is my first time exercising my right to vote as an American citizen and it’s a great feeling,” he said. “It’s hard for me to understand how such a powerful country has such a poor health system.”