Trump Is All The Talk Among Voters As Americans Cast Ballots

Rachel Geiger's purple hair matched her black and purple dress and helped her stand out among hundreds of people waiting to get into an arena in Orlando, Florida, where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke ahead of the election on behalf of Florida's Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Geiger, 33, a blogger from Ocala, Florida, said "Trump and immigration" were the two motivating issues for her when she early-voted. "It's completely inhumane what he's doing," she said, referring to policies that have included sending troops to the border, separating immigrant children from their parents and efforts to build a wall. She voted a straight Democratic ticket.

In Phoenix, substitute teacher and lifelong Republican Kay Matthews said that while the economy is important to her, immigration is just as important. She's troubled by any influx of immigrants entering the country illegally. "I've been taught as a young child that you respect the law. You don't have to always agree with it, but you do respect it," the 72-year-old said. Matthews doesn't want Democrats taking control of either chamber of Congress, because she fears they would try to impeach Trump.

Melvin Rubi Avila, 19, voted in his first national election Tuesday — and he was mindful of what weight that carried. The son of a Mexican mother and Honduran father, the Raleigh, North Carolina, native said he was voting for an America that won't see people like them as a threat. "They are very proud," Avila said, an "I Voted" sticker shining brightly from the breast of his black leather jacket. "They feel like me voting is them voting as well." His father has temporary protected status, but Trump's rhetoric has made him fearful that his parents will be deported. "I sometimes have nightmares about it." And as a so-called "birthright citizen," Avila is disturbed by the president's recent attacks on the 14th amendment. "That's not what America's all about."

A few miles north in the town of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Diana Zambrano — also a child of immigrants — had a different take. Wake Forest is in the 2nd Congressional District, where Republican incumbent Rep. George Holding was facing a serious Democratic challenge from Linda Coleman, an African-American. The GOP has run ads criticizing Coleman's support of sanctuary cities. Zambrano's mother is from the Dominican Republic, and her father is from Venezuela. Both came legally, and she was born here. "This country provides a lot of opportunities," she said. "So if you're able to come here legally ... I think that that should be something that is open to you. But for those that sort of circumvent that system, I don't necessarily agree with that." Zambrano, 43, wouldn't reveal how she voted other than to say: "conservative."

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Trump is all the talk among voters as Americans cast ballots