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Election 2012

November 6, 2012

Election brings out first-time voters

Turnout described as heavy

ANDERSON, Ind. — Bret Callender said it felt good to vote for the first time.

The 31-year-old Anderson man said he was influenced to vote because so many voters across the country are having their rights challenged.

“That undermines the entire idea of democracy,” said Callender, who cast his ballot Tuesday in Anderson.

He said the presidential race seemed like the most important one because the race is heavily rooted in ideas.

“I have an idea of how the country should be run,” Callender said. “I want to have a say in who does that.”

Jaime Savage, also of Anderson, said one of her motivations for voting Tuesday was a fear of some of the strong right-wing conservatives on the ballot.

“This is a very important election,” Savage said. “There is a lot at stake.”

Troy Knight wanted to make a difference, and his way to do that was by voting. The Anderson man said the most important races to him are president, governor and school board.

“With the state of America and our economy, it is important to get out and vote,” Knight said.

Adrienne Lee, of Anderson, said it was important for her voice to be heard.

“There were a lot of people who fought hard for the right for women and blacks to be able to vote,” said Lee, who is black. “There was a long time they couldn’t vote.”

The voting process, Lee said, went smoothly.

She voted at Anderson Elementary School, where, officials said, the turnout has been great, with about 50 percent of registered voters having voted by mid-day.

Bruce Dunham, Republican precinct committeeman, estimated that the turnout has been a little heavier than at the same time of day during presidential Election Day 2008.

“We are very fortunate in the precinct to have a lot of very conscientious voters here,” he said. “It has been very good and steady.”

Barbara Hutton, Republican chair of the Madison County Election Board, said board officials had gotten reports of “very heavy” voting at polling locations and expected a good turnout.

“Things have been busy, busy, busy,” Hutton said. “Mostly people are questioning where to vote, or if they are registered.”

There have been no other problems reported concerning voting, she said.

The Herald Bulletin will continue to update this story.

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