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Locals feel voting is their right

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Voters young and old hit the polls across the county Tuesday. Many others voted early, 2,914 to be exact, reflecting a reported national trend of higher-than-normal turnout for a non-presidential election.

Fayette County Clerk Melinda Sudhoff said Tuesday afternoon the total for the 2014 election was only 1,677 votes.

“We are only 600 votes shy of the presidential election,” in 2016 Sudhoff said. “This count includes mail, traveling board and walk-ins.”

Storm Farley, 21, is one of those who cast a vote Tuesday at Expo Hall

“You should vote, it’s your right. People are always complaining about politics and half of them haven’t even voted. If you are going to complain about something, at least vote,” she said.

Andrea Raham, 19, voted because it is her patriotic duty, she said.

Betty Coleman, who voted in Harrison Township, said she usually always votes.

Many voters said they voted because it is their right and they feel they can make a difference voting.

“It’s my right, it’s my duty, it’s my honor,” Mark Bramer said. Jeff Griffin felt the same, saying it was his responsibility as an American.

Scott Bevington, who voted Saturday, said “It’s everyone’s duty as an American to vote. Way too many Americans have lost their lives defending that freedom. We honor their sacrifice every Election Day.”

Connersville Police Officer Brad Rosser voted because he claims local politics impact your life a lot more than national politics.

Some people did not vote.

“No, I didn’t because I was way to confused on who to vote for,” Brandi Redd, 29, said. “I had no clue what was true and not true.”

Election results will be published in Thursday’s edition of the Connersville News-Examiner. Polls closed after the deadline for today’s News-Examiner. For earlier posting of election results, visit www.newsexaminer.com.