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Newly-Minted U.S. Resident Among Laguna Niguel Voters

By 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, more than 400 voters in Laguna Niguel went to the polls at City Hall.

By early afternoon Tuesday, more than 400 voters had cast their votes at Laguna Niguel City Hall, according to election officials.

The polls opened at 7 a.m., and people started flowing in, said election inspector and an adminstrator for the Laguna Niguel Director of Public Works Rita Moon.

"We started setting up yesterday, and I was here at 6 a.m.,” said Moon. “We’ll close at 8 p.m., and it should get busy around 5 p.m. But the flow has been steady and was really busy between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.”

Moon said this is her third election volunteering and she enjoys “being a part of it all.”

Voting for the first time was resident, Florence Columbus, who just became a U.S. citizen this summer.

“She was super excited to vote in her first election,” said her husband of three years Rod Cabahug. “I always vote, it’s part of my civic duty, and I am proud to do it.”

The couple own Oceans Medical Staffing in Laguna Niguel and decided to come out around 3:30 p.m. to cast their votes because it wasn’t expected to be busy.

“Everyone should vote," Cabahug added. “ I always come and vote in person, I like the experience of actually voting on the machines rather than by mail.”

Also at City Hall, but not voting was lead elections coordinator for the county, and volunteer Craig Jeffcoat, who said he oversees 25 polling stations in five locations, including Laguna Niguel.

Basically, it is his job to “make sure everything is running smoothly and making sure we’re abiding by the laws.” 

A part-time actor in Los Angeles by day, Jeffcoat said he enjoys volunteering at the elections. This is his third time. “It’s very rewarding and nice to be a part of it all.”

Another resident, John Marsden, stopped by after his day at work and said: “It is every American’s public duty to cast their vote, and I am happy to do just that.”

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