This man's voting habit spans continents
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
To Guillermo Ceballos, who lives on the border between Eagle Rock and Highland Park, choosing not to vote didn’t feel like an option.
“I’m originally from Venezuela, and they forced us to vote,” so the habit became ingrained, he said, adding that he moved to Los Angeles in 1979, became a U.S. citizen in 1996 and works for a vending machine company.
Although in the United States “you have that freedom not to vote,” he said, “I think it’s your civic duty to vote and be aware what’s going on with your government and how they treat you.”
The race between Gloria Molina and incumbent Councilman Jose Huizar for his district’s City Council seat was exciting, Ceballos volunteered, but he also seemed to appreciate the secret ballot: He wouldn’t say which candidate’s side he’d taken.