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Wilson County voters flock to polls
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Wilson County voters flock to polls
Polls open until 7:30 p.m.




Ron and Donna Lamm were out the door early this morning and were at the Sims Volunteer Fire Department by 6:45 along with many others to vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, Pat McCrory or Walter Dalton as well as a host of judges and state and local officials.

Donna Lamm said it was important to her to vote on Election Day rather than to vote early.

"It’s tradition to me,” she said. "It’s kind of like Christmas. It’s a rush. It’s like you haven’t voted if you don’t go on that day.”

The polling site was very busy, despite the early hour, she said, adding 50 or 60 people were waiting to cast their vote. With the Lamms was their son, 21-year-old Tyler Lamm, voting for the first time in a presidential election.

It was a good feeling to have him along and to join in the family tradition of voting on Election Day, she said. She and her husband are also happy that their son did his homework before voting.

"We are really proud of Tyler, too, because he made his own decisions.”

Across the county, residents were turning out to vote this morning. Rena Morris, Wilson County Board of Elections director, said turnout had been good in the first few hours and there were no major issues at the precinct voting sites. Calls to the office have mostly been from people who aren’t sure where they’re supposed to vote, she said, and staffers are directing them to the right place.

Voters turned out to vote before work, and she expects more will be back to vote during lunch hours and after work today.

"I think it’s going to be busy all day,” she said. "I don’t think it’s going to be packed all day, but I think it will be a steady stream.”

Already more than 25,000 people have voted in early elections in Wilson County — that’s out of 55,000 registered voters, she said.

Gary Proffitt, chairman of the Republican Party in Wilson County, said he plans to visit all 24 voting sites today. Volunteers are out at precincts, he said, with literature about Republican candidates on the ballot. They are also handing out cards on the non-partisan judicial races.

Proffitt noted that there were crowds at Precinct L this morning when the polls opened, but those numbers trickled off quickly. He’s hoping the crowd picks up around the lunch and dinner hours.

His message to registered voters is this: "Get out and vote; please make this your duty. Be proud of your country and the candidates; get out and vote. Let’s make a difference.”

Asa Gregory, Democratic Party chair in Wilson County, is playing the role of trouble shooter, coordinator and dispatcher today, he said. He said he’s been answering calls for more campaign literature and signs already this morning.

Gregory thinks Barack Obama can still take North Carolina and that Wilson County will go blue today, in favor of Democrats. "I have good outlooks for today for our candidates,” he said.

Polls are open today until 7:30 p.m. A crowd usually gathers at the Wilson County Board of Elections, 112 Douglas St., to watch as results come in. Also visit www.ncsbe.gov/ for results as well as wilsontimes.com and our Facebook page.

lisa@wilsontimes.com | 265-7810.
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@ wow said...

i dont beleive there are alot of Obama haters. i personally like the guy. he is a sorry excuse for a president though.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:16 AM
based on the pictures in the voting said...

dont look like much diversity

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM
wilson county voters said...

have a rich tradition of being a bunch of " flockers"

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM
Think for yourself said...

The headline should read "Wilson county voters are flocked to the polls to vote".

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2:32 PM
Martin beats Drunk said...

Can you say landslide? Wow! She beat the tar out of Bibbs! So glad the people of Wilson woke up and didn't vote for the drunk jerk! This will not be the last time we hear about Bibbs. He still has to go in front of the bar about his law license in December. Congrats Susan!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 1:13 AM
The Libertarian said...

I thought voting was quite well organized and ran very quickly this year. Thank you to all the BOE people who pulled everything together this year. Voting took me about 10 minutes start to finish. Very well done.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 11:52 PM Wow said...

All these Obama hate letters in the Wilson Times, and yet the county rolls for Obama--sort of surprising. I guess the partisan hate only served to highlight the dearth of Republican ideas. Now what happens to the GOP? Will the Tea Party fanatics continue to unduly sway the party or will they be expelled for the fringe they are? Will the social conservatives and fiscal conservatives fragment into two distinct contingents? Will they retreat even further into the neo-con rabbit hole? This will be an interesting period for sure, and I'm looking forward to how it all shakes out.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 11:52 PM Enjoy four more years, said...

Flash flood watch for the Republican parts of Wilson, due to all the tears shed...

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM Gardners said...

I was able to vote early this morning when the polls opened with no problems at Gardners. Great job!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 6:13 PM An Observation said...

At my precinct I saw only hard working dedicated judges and poll workers. Their day has more than 5 hours to go now. Thanks to all the BOE employees today.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 4:33 PM Tabron said...

Im glad that I didn't have to stand in those long lines today early voting is what i did.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 3:02 PM Anastasia said...

Kudos to poll workers at the Wilson County Health Dept. this morning. I was in and out within 10 minutes to cast my ballot. It was far less of a pain in the arse than I imagined it would be.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM Up Early to beat the crown said...

Was up early to beat the crowd and get to work on time. So where many other WilTsonians, but the poll workers were jaw jacking instead of checking their equipment. Once the doors open they decide to check their computers. Low and behold there is a problem and they are down to 1 computer. Would have been a good idea if they would check their equipment before the show got started, don't you think? NOPE!!! The poll "judge" says in a stern vioce "I GOT YOU" no you don't if you did then this problem would not be a problem. I just want to cast my vote and get to work. OMG!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 10:00 AM
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