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Locals get out and vote

Posted: Thursday, Nov 8th, 2012

BUCKHANNON — Voters in Upshur County say they went to the polls Tuesday because it was their civic duty, but many of them were especially excited about voting during a presidential election year.

Several local people responded to a Facebook request from The Record Delta and said they voted because it is a civic duty.

“It’s our American duty, responsibility and one of the privileges given to us!” said Debbie Quick, of Buckhannon.

It’s especially important that women take advantage of that right, according to Amy Milligan.

“We’re women,” she said. “We just got this right not too long ago.”

Many voters at the polls Tuesday afternoon agreed, but they said it was the presidential race that really got their attention.

“I pay attention to all of the races, but presidential elections are just so important,” said Vicki Phillips, of Buckhannon. “They set a direction for the country.”

Earl Maxwell, a professor at Wesleyan and former prosecutor in Randolph County, suggested that presidential races get people out to vote because they are “more exposed.”

Those who voted for Mitt Romney said they believed the country needs a new track.

Meanwhile, Maxwell said he voted for Obama because he knew where the President stood.

For the complete article see the 11-07-2012 issue.

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