Roger Adams of Westport casts his vote on Nov. 6 for the candidates of his choice. Adams was one of the first to vote at the Westport polling site.
The polls opened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 6. At the Town offices in Westport four people were already there waiting to cast their vote for their candidates.
Sheila Borden, the Westport Town Clerk, came early to open up the building and was the first one to cast her vote for the presidential and local election at the polling station.
“I was honored to be the first person to vote, it’s good to see a lot of people taking the election seriously and getting out the door early to give support to their candidate,” Borden said.
Many of the people interviewed said they voted by their party all the way through the ballot. Even third party voters.
“I am a conservative, so I need to vote on my platform, even if there aren’t that many of us in this area, by voting I’m letting people know there are some of us out here,” Stephen McDonald said.
Though there were no candidates running exclusively on the Conservative ballot, McDonald said the Republican candidates were endorsed by the conservative party and believed the parties shared common values.
Though Democratic voters are lower in the Northern part of the state than statewide, Jennifer Moore said she chose to vote to reelect Obama based on the core values he represents such as his concern for foreign policy, his plan for economic recovery and social issues.
“I think he has the greater good in mind based on my own personal beliefs,” Moore said.
Some voters, who had previously voted against their party by voting for Obama in the 2008 election, voted against the incumbent for change.
“I’m voting for the economy, we have to vote for someone who believes in small businesses and put us on the right track,” Ofa Vaiciulis said. “I think Romney’s plan could be the answer.”
Vaiciulis, who is in the process of starting a small Adult Care and assisted living business said she hopes Romney’s plan can help her and others.
“I hope he can somehow find a way to reduce the deficit,” Vaiciulis said.
Some of the voters asked by the Valley News said they looked at their choices as limited by the two candidates.
“I had to choose the lesser of two evils, I wish there had been another option because I don’t feel the I would choose either if I had a choice,” Matt Taber said.
For the first time, ballot scanning machines were used for the presidential election.
Polling volunteer Sue Sherman said the machines have proven to be a huge advantage at the polling stations.
“The older punch card voting machines, sometimes the ballots would come out virtually unrecognizable,” Sherman said. “With the new program the votes are scanned and dropped into the machine. If there is a problem with the machine we have the ballots to count.”
Some people have told Sherman they like the old system better but she said it was a good thing the voters had the last three years to get to know the system before it was used for the national election.
The polls closed at 9 p.m. and the winners were not yet announced by the Valley News’ press time on Tuesday.
For more information on the voting results go to our website at www.valleynewsadk.com.