Ladera Ranch, CA — A stable stream of late-model crossover SUVs parked in Lot at 9am at the Oak Knoll Village Clubhouse, deep in the wealthy suburbs of southern Orange County.
The voting center is surrounded by a vast expanse of Spanish missions and Tuscan-style mansions, where supporters of former President Donald J. Trump have gathered in the past.
Lindsey Henry, 41, dropped a ballot with her 19-year-old son Tyler at the Oak Knoll Village Clubhouse in Ladella Ranch.
While her son voted for the recall, she said she opposed it.
“I’m definitely not a Gavin fan,” she said. “If I have to do this again next year, I think it’s a waste of money.”
In the second question, both mother and son chose Anthony Trimino, a “Raderian” that they know personally.
“He is very faithful and generous,” Henry said.
“He is a good speaker,” her son added.
Candice Carvalho, 42, She voted against the recall because she said, “I thought it was important to show that Orange County wasn’t just Republicans.”
She complained that the recall was receiving a lot of attention at a critical moment in the pandemic.
“It was a waste of money and was completely unnecessary,” she said. “And we are a little shocked to be focusing on this now.”
Mr. Carvalho said he didn’t know much about the recall method, but said that “it seems a bit too easy to do this recall.”
A few voters heading to polls said they supported the recall.
Leslie Gear (39), who wore a flowering tennis skirt, was one of them. The teaching assistant and the three mothers said they wanted to vote directly because they were worried about ballot fraud by mail.
She planned to vote for Larry Elder. He said she had heard her grow as she was planning to lift her vaccination obligations.
But she said “everyone would be better than Gavin Newsom” because of poverty, homelessness, and high taxes.
“We need a new start,” she said.