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|Local Voters Looking for "Change"
|Beautiful weather and an attitude of change was felt this morning at The Kensington, one of the local polling places in Galesburg.
Voters began lining up before this polling place even opened to place their votes for both local races and the Presidential race. An election judge noted that there was a line forming when he arrived to work at 5:30 this morning ready to vote. 30-year election judge veteran and 18th precinct resident Bette Ann Rakers noted the diversity in her precincts voting. She said she noticed in increase in both African American voters and the youth vote.
The judges also said lines have been short for the most part with short bursts of voters throughout the morning. By this afternoon, several hundred people from her precinct had already cast their ballots. Galesburg resident Bart Smith tells WGIL that he was proud to vote for his candidate in order to better his community and his country. "The Republicans have burnt down the U.S. the last eight years," Smith said. "Really infringed on the Constitutional rights, going to war over a a bunch of propaganda, lies and false -- you know -- accusations. It's definitely time for a change."
Election officials did note some small problems in some of the voters not receiving their voter identification cards in time but said that all you need is a photo ID with a current address as long as you are registered to vote at that address. Polls are open to voters until 7pm tonight.
Be sure to tune in to WGIL and WGIL dot com at 7pm tonight for live continuous coverage of all local race results and Presidential voting results.
(No line could be found outside of The Kensington late Tuesday morning, the site of voting for three Galesburg Precincts.)
(Voters cast their ballots at The Kensington.)
(People form a line to sign in and get their ballots. Story by Dominic Fortini. WGIL News Photos by Mike Perry.)
|11 04 08 by Newsroom
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