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Day at the Polls: Mayoral Race Highlights Ballot

Low turnout seen at some polling locations.

As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, only 170 voters out of about 1,500 registered residents in districts 16 and 31 had cast their ballots at the Country Hills Volunteer Fire Company, on Milltown Road.

With no national candidates on the ballot, most of the voters turning out were those that come every year.

“I feel it’s important to vote and make a statement," said resident Mirna Gonzalez. "I voted Republican because their values are closer to mine.”

For resident Joel Hentz the mayor’s race was at the top of his list.

“It will be good to get some new blood in here,” he said.

Residents Gail and Lou Weigle came out to vote Republican. While Lou Weigle said he will sometimes split his vote on local candidates, both said they are disgusted with the Democrats from top [President Obama] to bottom, especially those at the state level.

Nancy DiDario—who brought her granddaughters Gabriella, 14, and Alexandra, 13, with her—said she thinks “the mayors race is important this year, but really all races are equally important.”

Resident Lawrence Powers, a Republican Party voter challenger, said that while the turnout was light, it was about normal for an off-year election. The purpose of a voter challenger is not only to make sure that only properly registered voters vote, but, as a Republican, Powers will track registered Republicans and make targeted phone calls in the afternoon to help get out the vote.

At the Country Hills Fire Company, there were two Republican voter challengers and no Democrats, while, at the 4-H polling locatio,n it was the opposite with three Democratic challengers and no Republicans.

As far as the state public question on potentially legalizing wagering on sports events, most were in favor.

“I don’t see any problem with it, people are gambling anyway,” said resident Eva Calavano.

Mike November 08, 2011 at 10:30 PM
I'm mad at Obama because he ruined my life and doubled my taxes, and that Nancy Pelosi is the reason my CDs only earn about 1%. so I'm voting straight down the Republican ticket. Since corporations are people, too (thanks, Mitt!), when is Goldman Sachs running for office?
Farhad November 09, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Mike. What are you talking about. What does Pelosi have to do with your CD's!! But I am glad you are staying with the Repubs. Good luck.
Mike November 11, 2011 at 03:37 AM
@Farhad: Total sarcasm. I had seen an anti-Pelosi bumper sticker on the way home. And a winger relative of mine would run her over if he could. Wingers believe taxes on most Americans have gone up since January 2009 when in fact they've gone down. This says it all: http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-15933615135155_2181_201103452
stewart resmer November 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Even the Matthew Moench representing the Somerset County Republican Party petitioning my 18 year old's right to vote based on flawed DMV process wasn't enough to stop democracy. You should be ashamed of yourself trying to suppress the vote of Americans. People who go to court on election day, go out of their way to perform citizenship are the people you targeted to stop voting. Don't give me any "protection of voter fraud" You and Your party are a dying breed. Congrats Mr. President! Gary 7:37 am on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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