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With just about half of election day in the history books, the Eastside Community Center in Caledonia had seen about 900 voters come through the door. “It’s been non-stop and steady,” Chief Poll Inspector Ed Ball said. Genny Hintz, another election worker, agreed. “This is my fourth election, and this is the busiest. This is a good turn out.”
Mount Pleasant residents waited over an hour to vote at Racine Assembly of God. Our friend, Rees Roberts, snapped this photo after he cast his ballot around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Panoramic view of the packed parking lot at Racine Assembly of God in Mount Pleasant. Photo credit: Rees Roberts
Fellowship Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant had lines that never seemed to end, including residents who needed to register to vote. “We had a line at 7 a.m. and we haven’t stopped since,” Kris Hansen said. “We’ve had more new registrations that we expected so we’re spread a little thin today, but this kind of turn out is wonderful.”
Cindy Strathman, chief poll inspector at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Racine, said by 9:50 a.m. traffic between the two wards that vote at the church had seen about 100 voters per hour. “If I were a betting person, I’d put a dollar or two that we reach the 56 percent they say we should,” she said with a smile.
Election day at Mount Pleasant Village Hall is always busy. At 10 a.m. the line snaked around the Ebe Auditorium, through the lobby and was starting down a hallway. “I’m impressed with this turn out,” said poll worker Bill Kane. “The only time we had a lull was at 8:30; otherwise, the line has been out the door. This is so cool.”
Poll workers in Sturtevant were unanimous in praising residents for keeping them busy. “The lines show that people care, and they should,” said Sandy Johnson. Kathy Lynaugh agreed. “This is a wonderful turn out; we’ve been running steady all day.”
Racine resident Johnnie Bester brought her 4-year-old daughter with her to the Tyler Domer Community Center. She said it was important for her to introduce her daughter at an early age to the voting process. “My family paid a high price so that we could vote so it’s our duty to cast a ballot,” she said. Chief Poll Worker Bonnie Harlan said voters were casting ballots at higher numbers than usual and believed hitting the 56 percent turn out prediction would be no problem.