Ne­wark vot­ers head to the polls on a rainy Elec­tion Day

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Civic duty and the de­sire to have their views heard brought vot­ers out to the polls on a rainy Tues­day.

De­spite the dreary weather, the morn­ing wasn’t a wash; poll of­fi­cials through­out Ne­wark noted that the turnout ap­peared to be larger than midterm elec­tions in years past.

In an elec­tion where the sides of the aisle are call­ing for a “blue wave” or a “red wall,” vot­ers ap­peared to be stick­ing to their party lines.

When Laura Balas­cio, a Demo­crat, ar­rived at the Ge­orge Wil­son Cen­ter, she said she voted “straight Demo­crat” be­cause she’s “not too pleased with how things are go­ing in our coun­try.”

En­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and women’s rights im­pacted how she cast her bal­lot, she added.

If the Democrats don’t take the House back, Balas­cio said, she thinks the coun­try will con­tinue to have the same is­sues. But, she said, “I’m not gonna worry about it to­day.”

Hus­band and wife Linda and Da­nen Granato are reg­is­tered Repub­li­cans and cast their bal­lots at the Ne­wark High School.

Linda said that their rea­son for vot­ing was just like “every­body else’s rea­son­ing.”

“The econ­omy, the bor­der for sure, def­i­nitely,” she con­tin­ued.

Her hus­band, she added, “has a longer list.”

“To keep the Democrats out. Pe­riod,” Da­nen said. “I’m a con­sti­tu­tion­al­ist, and the Democrats are against the constitution. They want to get rid of it.”

David Young, a Repub­li­can, con­curred as he cast his bal­lot at Ne­wark High School.

“Ba­si­cally to stop the lib­er­als from de­stroy­ing this coun­try,” he said, adding he was also vot­ing to “pro­tect my gun rights.”

Lisa Car­ney, a Demo­crat, said she was vot­ing “be­cause I care who’s in of­fice,” adding that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in­flu­enced her vot­ing de­ci­sions to­day.

“I dis­like him,” she said. “I mean, the ma­jor­ity of me dis­likes him, what he stands for.”

Loretta Kase­ha­gen echoed her sen­ti­ments. The pres­i­dent was a large rea­son for her cast­ing her bal­lot at Ne­wark High School.

“I be­long to Tom Steyer’s Need to Im­peach Club, did over 200 hand­writ­ten post­cards,” she said, re­fer­ring to the bil­lion­aire in­vestor lead­ing a cam­paign to im­peach Trump. “Got to get rid of this man and the hate.”

Green Party mem­ber Phillip Ban­nowsky, a pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Delaware, said he came out to Ne­wark High to vote for his “fear of fas­cism.”

“Trump is one of the most dan­ger­ous pres­i­dents we’ve ever had,” he added.

For oth­ers, sup­port­ing the pres­i­dent and his in­ter­ests brought them to the polls.

Tom Tat­ter­sall said that he and his wife in­tended “sup­port for the Repub­li­can party.” As the two left the Ge­orge Wil­son Cen­ter, he noted that it was his “pa­tri­otic duty,” to vote.

“[I’m] hop­ing the Repub­li­cans can keep con­trol of the House,” Tat­ter­sall said.

No mat­ter the party, this elec­tion re­mains an obli­ga­tion, like the many that have come be­fore, vot­ers said.

Jose Lan­zona, a fresh­man at UD, voted in his first elec­tion with his par­ents at Chris­tiana High School.

Lan­zona, who em­i­grated from the Philip­pines, re­ceived his cit­i­zen­ship on his 13th birth­day. He hoped his vote would help “spur progress,” he said.

“I hope that by ex­er­cis­ing my right to vote can be a sign that I am sup­port­ing the so­cial progress of our na­tion by vot­ing for lev­els not spe­cific to the Ex­ec­u­tive Branch,” he said.

Ester Riehl, a Demo­crat and pro­fes­sor at the UD, has not missed an elec­tion in 25 years, she said. Her hope is that this elec­tion cy­cle will en­er­gize young peo­ple – like her stu­dents – so they feel that they “made a dif­fer­ence and will keep do­ing it.”

“Ev­ery­one needs to par­tic­i­pate,” she said. “I’m gravely con­cerned with the hate­ful rhetoric I’m hear­ing out of the White House.”

Mary Ann Sianni and her hus­band, Tony, said that a quote from the movie “Net­work,” summed up their rea­son­ing for vot­ing Tues­day: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it any­more.”

Tony noted that they’ve al­ways ex­er­cised their rights to vote.

At ages 67 and 66, Tony added, “You can tell by our ages, that’s a lot.”

Emma Stark, Alexa Shin­nick, Krys’tal Grif­fin and Casey Scott con­tributed to this ar­ti­cle.

A voter heads into the polling place at Aetna Fire Sta­tion 7 as rain falls Tues­day af­ter­noon.

NE­WARK POST PHO­TOS BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Vot­ers leave the polling place at Wil­son El­e­men­tary School on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

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