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Wake County residents turn out at polls for ‘a big year’

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“Polling Place” signs indicated where residents could vote Tuesday. Photo by Nelle Dunlap

No matter who they cast their ballots for, Wake County residents were passionate about making their voice heard Tuesday.

Yenny Duran, who is from Venezuela, said it was her first time voting in the United States.

“I wanted to be free, respectful,” she said. “I believe this is very important for the U.S. and the people here.”

As Duran walked out of her polling place at Hilburn Drive Elementary School, she said voting for the first time was an emotional experience.

“In Venezuela, there’s a bad situation, and we don’t want that for this country,” she said. “I’m doing a little part in my new country.”

Justin Ritter, who voted at the same polling site, said it was important for him to vote to have a voice in choosing the leaders of the country.

“I think everyone needs to stay educated and get out to vote,” he said.

The lines in Wake County on Tuesday weren’t very long. Volunteers described voter turnout as a steady trickle but said it was busiest in the morning, and they were expecting a rush after 5 p.m.

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Election volunteers work Tuesday at a polling site on Lynn Road. Photo by Nelle Dunlap

Chelsea Prochu voted around lunchtime at Jeffreys Grove Elementary School and said she was surprised it took under a half an hour. She said though that no matter how long it took, it was important to her to exercise her right to vote.

“We fought pretty hard for this, so we need to do it,” she said. “It’s a big year this year, so you have to make your voice known.”

David Brown, who voted at a church on Lynn Road, said this year’s election was too serious to sit out.

“I feel like I have to make my vote count for something,” he added.

Betty Brown, who voted at the same site, said she wants to bring forth change when it comes to issues of police brutality and healthcare.

“I hope we get the right person in there,” she said. “We do need to get back strong and love one another, not hate one another.”

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