A steady stream of voters turned up at polling places in Auburn and Opelika on Tuesday | Local News


Polling stations in Opelika and Auburn say there was a steady stream of citizens coming to vote in the primary election throughout Tuesday.

Several voters said the gubernatorial race and the state senate race are the two most important races in this election.

While some voters said they always came to vote because they felt it was their responsibility, others who don’t usually vote in primaries said they came this time because they had to. have a change.

Marvin Dowdell, an Opelika voter, said he was always happy to come and vote even though he wasn’t convinced his candidate would win.

“I just wish more people would show up,” Dowdell said. “I’m always excited to vote. I vote in every election, no matter how small. I just can’t understand why people don’t vote. I think it’s a very important right that we have.

Joan Kuykendall, a voter from Auburn, said she was excited to vote in this election because she knows one of the candidates running for circuit court judge.

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“I think it’s a privilege to vote,” she said.

Susan Jones, chief polling inspector at the EAMC Health Resource Center in Opelika, arrived at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning and planned to stay until the polls closed at 7 p.m.

She confirmed that there were 6,168 registered voters and by 3 p.m. about 18% of voters had cast their ballots.

Rebecca Stephens, a poll watcher at the EAMC Health Resource Center, said there has been good voter turnout coming in steady waves.

“Everything went really well,” Stephens said. “These people know what they’re doing and they’re very careful about following the rules and keeping track.”

Outside the resource center, the candidates’ friends and family members promoted their candidate by holding signs that voters could see as they entered the building.

Adam Tickal, 23, the son of Lee County Circuit Judge candidate Jeff Tickal, planned to stay there all day. He also helped his father campaign by putting up signs all over town and going door to door distributing flyers.

“It was great,” he said. “It’s not often you get the opportunity to endorse a candidate who you personally know is a good person, so I enjoyed doing it.”

Erin Beaver, wife of Lee County Circuit Judge nominee Elijah Beaver, held up signs promoting her husband outside the resource center for most of Tuesday. Around 3 p.m. Pauline Phillips, 65, from Opelika, took up her duties.

Phillips said she has known the Beaver family for some time and believes Beaver will be a fair and honest judge who will listen and uphold the laws.

“I realized that I haven’t done anything in politics for a while, and if I ever had to help someone in the process, then at least it could be for someone I know,” he said. she declared.

Janet Widell, chief poll inspector at Frank Brown Recreation Center in Auburn, has held the position since about 2009. On Tuesday, she arrived at the center around 5 a.m. to get settled.

This year marks the first time her constituency has been able to use a new system for verifying voters called the Express Poll Electronic Pollbook, which she says has worked reasonably well.

“It validates your address and whether you’re an eligible voter,” she said, “the idea being that people won’t have to wait and the lines would move a bit faster.”

Widell said this election is very important because it tells each party who the citizens are what as a candidate in the November general election.

“We had wonderful volunteers,” she said. “The biggest problem I have is finding people who want to be election workers.”

Even though the position requires the individual to work all day, Widell said it’s a great way to spend time with others who are interested in civics and political science.

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