COSTA MESA — Arlene Cole settled into a chair at Whittier Law School at 5 a.m. today and prepared to spend most of the next 18 hours there.
The Costa Mesa resident was among those signing in voters on Super Tuesday after she and her fellow volunteers devoted Monday to setting up voting booths in a spare room at the school on Harbor Boulevard. She had never volunteered all day for an election before, and she hoped that her stamina would hold up.
“You can say it’s exciting, but after the excitement ends, you’re numb,” Cole said.
Whittier Law School is one of a number of schools and other venues doubling today as a polling place, with voting scheduled to last from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents in both cities will cast their ballots on the presidential primary and Proposition 92, which promises to provide steady funding for community colleges and lower student fees; Newport Beach residents will also vote on Measure B, the hotly disputed plan that would require the city to build its next City Hall on a parcel of land near the central library.