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North Hollywood Heads to the Polls

Some local voters sound off on what's important to them in the general election.

Roughly a moment went by Tuesday morning when someone didn't walk out of the Shaarey Zedek Congregation without donning an "I voted" sticker.

The center is a polling venue for Valley Village residents, who took a few minutes to speak with Patch after casting their votes.

For most, the presidential race was the main reason for turning out and for John Gowans, reelecting Barack Obama to office was the right vote to cast.

The Corteen Place resident said he approves of how the incumbent has dealt with the recession he inherited from the previous administration.

"I think because of what he's done so far, we're on the right track," Gowans said. "He was given such a huge job, I think he's done as good as can be done up to this point."

But Elliott Armstrong, who lives on Coldwater Canyon, disagrees. He says Republic challenger Mitt Romney is the man for the job and to address the nation's top priority: the economy.

"I think he's a bit more in sync with what needs to happen, he was in the private sector," Armstrong said.

As for state propositions, Jarred Schaeffer, Armstrong's roommate, said he was in favor of Proposition 37, which would require genetically engineered food to be labled as such.

"We should have a right to read what's going in our food," said Schaeffer, a Whole Foods employee.

Check back on Patch throughout the day for more election coverage.

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