Election turnout in Delhi Township steady

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photo 3By Kelsey Block
The Holt Journal

Voters in Holt began lining up at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday for precincts 3 and 4.

Donald Leaf, 4th Precinct chair, estimated a 40 percent turnout. By 8:35 a.m., he said approximately 159 people had voted in that precinct.

Kathryn Wardwell, 7th Precinct chair, said had seen around 100 voters by 10 a.m., which she thought was a lower than average turnout.

Both precinct chairs said they had a fairly steady turnout throughout the morning.

Christine Oudesma says she’s been volunteering as a precinct chair for 15 years. This year, she worked at the polls for Precinct 3. “It’s a great thing, giving back to our community,” she said. “I feel good about it.”

Precinct 4 volunteer Paul Goulat said he’s been working with the elections for 20 years.
Robert Moody said he’s a Democrat, but split his ticket right down to the school board.

JoAnne Romaneck was born in the Philippines, but has been in the United States for 39 years. “I feel a lot of people in America take it for granted,” she said. “In other countries, elections are corrupt. And here, it’s so important, it’s so easy. You don’t run into any hurdles.”

Collene Mura, 60, said she used to work for the state. “I didn’t vote for Snyder,” she said. “He taxed my retirement, and that hurt.”

Dan Ackles said right to work and the governor’s race brought him to the polls. Ackles, a union member, said “I had right to work shoved at my face two years ago. People get representation without actually paying for it. It hurt unions.”

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