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November 7, 2012

Turnout heavy as residents exercise their voting power

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Voters were waiting outside the door at the South Lockport Fire Hall at 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to Dorothy Pease who returned to her job as election inspector this year.

”It looks good. We’ve been pretty busy,” she said. “A man left his sick bed. His wife brought him in. He said it was his right to vote.”

Geneva Johnson, who was serving as a poll worker for her second time, said, “It’s good. We’ve seen a lot of young people here. I’m impressed.”

The sunny weather made it a good day to get out the vote. The door was held open for mothers with kids in tow, veterans and seniors.

Marie Temchulla offered, “The turn out has been very, very good. It’s pretty much a mixture and steady all along. There will be a lull and all of a sudden there’s a waiting line.

The polls opened at 6 a.m. and closed at 9 p.m. Temchulla has been doing the job five years and said, “I love it.”

John Cogovan who has been working at the polls for 10 years, likes meeting people, talking to them, shooting the breeze.

People want to make a difference, said Marcia Stalker who has been an election inspector 15 years.

Voters John and Judy Collins were strongly in favor of Mitt Romney. “I think he’s a very fine person,” said John, 83, a World War II veteran. “He’s good for the country. He’s got good, high ideals and is a principled man.” 

“I’m absolutely for Romney,” Judy said. “It’s partly an anti-Obama vote, but it’s mostly a Romney vote. He’s a good,  honorable man. I think he’ll take the country, with the help of congress, in the right direction for our economy, our national security.”

Voters Jennie and John Taylor voted for Mitt Romney. “We need a change, something to turn this country around,” they said.

Dawn Dominguez-Salerno opted for Barack Obama. “I just believe he’s done OK so far and I don’t like some of the things Mitt Romney stands for,” the PTA president said. 

April Guilfoyle, 26, came with Autumn, one of her four children, to vote for the first time. “It’s an important election,” she said. “I believe he (Romney) will create jobs that our economy needs.”