Newark voters head to the polls on a rainy Election Day
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.
Voters leave the polling place at Wilson Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.