by Xirui Dai
Precinct manager Pearl M.Powell arrived at Cedar Shoals High School at 5 a.m. this morning, ready to test the voting machines before the doors opened at 7 a.m. People soon began arriving.
“I’m here voting early in the morning because I know it’s so important,” said Sophie McNaull, 28. “It’s my first time voting so I’m especially excited to do it.”
McNaull arrived at 8 a.m. and she voted for Hillary Clinton.
An older lady came in with her grand-daughter. “It is important,” the older woman said to the younger as they entered the polling area.
Ten of these 13 early-morning voters said they chose Hillary Clinton for President. Three of the 10 Clinton voters are male.
“Hillary has a plan. Donald Trump doesn’t. He just talks about what he is going do but he has no plan,” said Audrey Davis, 40. “Trump, he talked bad to disabled people and women. He didn’t even pay taxes. That’s not fair. He is not qualified to be a president.”
Cody Whetsel, 29, also voted for Clinton, but says he was mostly voting against Trump.
“Hillary certainly has problems but I just worried Trump doesn’t know what he is doing, ” said Whetsel.
Two of the women who came to the polls early in the morning cast ballots for Trump.
“I don’t have anything against Hillary. I just think we need some new blood, ” said Leah Knight, 46.
The Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson also got some support.
“I don’t trust Hillary Clinton and I don’t like any of Donald Trump’s policies,” said Shari Mitchell, 54.
Although Mitchell voted for Johnson, she knows that either Clinton or Trump will be elected.
Most people cast their ballots without a hitch, but Trump voter Claire Barnett, 45, was one of four voters who came to Cedar Shoals but were in fact registered at a different precinct.
“They said I’m not eligible to voter here. But my husband voted here this morning and we have the same address on our drivers licenses,” said Barnett.
Powell, the poll manager, explained that Barnett was one of many people who had moved but forgotten to update her address with the Board of Elections.
“They still have right to vote, but they just need to go to the right precinct,” Powell said.