Rain Was No Deterrent for Voting

By on November 7, 2018
John Wallace appreciates  the opportunity to take part  in democracy. Photo by Aubree Fahringer

John Wallace appreciates the opportunity to take part in democracy. Photo by Aubree Fahringer

The chilly, rainy weather of Nov. 6 did not seem to dampen the community’s enthusiasm to participate in the midterm elections.

At Denver Borough Office, residents arrived steadily to cast their ballots.

“I wasn’t sure about turn-out because of the weather,” said Sue Dissinger, judge of elections. “But we had people lined up outside before 7 a.m.”

According to Dissinger, there had been a constant stream of voters for over an hour.

“I’m glad everyone is taking the time to vote,” she said.

 

Melanie Work (4) accompanied her mother, Carmen, to vote. Photo by Aubree Fahringer

Melanie Work (4) accompanied her mother, Carmen, to vote. Photo by Aubree Fahringer

Adamstown had a similar experience, with voters flocking to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in spite of the morning downpours.

“It’s my chance to make a difference as a citizen,” said Cocalico resident John Wallace, as he prepared to submit his ballot. “It’s one day in the whole year.”

Stevens Fire Hall also saw no shortage of residents.

“We’ve been busy.” said Bonnie Dueck, judge of elections. “Especially in the morning — we had a line outside.”

Dueck shared that the turn-out felt similar to a presidential election instead of a midterm election.

“We had up to 70 within the first hour of being open,” she said. Dueck was especially happy with the variety of voters. She shared that they had had a mix of senior citizens and younger people turn up, which was exciting to see.

Aubree Fahringer is the Cocalico editor for The Ephrata Review.

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