Many voters bring their children to witness history being made at the polls.
By D.R. Harward, staff writer
Turnout at local polls has exceeded expectations as local precincts are inundated with voters, both the new and the experienced, many of whom haven’t set foot inside a polling site in many a year. Long lines and wait times exceeding 20 minutes were experienced by citizens throughout the day, despite the mitigation efforts of the Registrar’s’ office.
“We have nearly double the number of voting booths and twice the staff and double the staff for this election, but probably five times the number of voters,” said Poll Inspector Susan Bartlett. “Many of them are first-time voters, which adds alot of time to the process.”
Poll worker Savannah Vega reported that,”There were about four people who arrived earlier than I did this morning, I couldn’t believe that anybody would show up at 6 A.M. and wait an hour to vote!” A line of about 10 people were in place when the polls opened Bartlett corroborated.
Bartlett added that an unusual number of children accompanied their parents to the polls, “perhaps to capitalize on the opportunity to demonstrate social responsibilities,” she conjectured.