The presidential election on Nov. 3 was unlike any election this country has seen. With the number of voters and absentee ballots making history, Rochester Hills residents share their most memorable moments and important takeaways from election day.
Rochester Hills resident, Cindy Yanachik, has always loved going to the polls and talking with neighbors during election day, and this year was no different.
“I voted where both of my children attended middle school, Reuther Middle School,” Yanachik said. “It was so easy. I was shocked at how many people chose absentee. I was in line for only 20 minutes from start to finish.”
According to the United States Election Project, a record-setting 92 million residents requested mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election.
With the country in the middle of a pandemic, this election has stood out more than others in the past, said Yanachik.
“So many people have been stuck home watching the news and paying attention more to everything since we had to all abide by enforcements caused by this pandemic,” said Yanachik.
For Yanachik, she said the most important impressions from this election is to believe in the system and that candidates are honest.
“I am praying for the right outcome and that in the end we are all kind and stay as strong as we can,” Yanachik said. “This is America, we need to stand tall and proud as an example to so many people. We are the country of freedom, and I never take that for granted.”
Rochester Hills resident, Linda Southby, has voted for over 50 years and said this year’s election is rife with problems.
The mass mailing of ballots has the potential to corrupt the system and is very different than absentee ballot voting where a registered voter requests the ballot and that ballot is validated at the local precinct, said Southby.
Southby voted with an absentee ballot this year. However, she handed in her ballot personally.
“Partisan judges overruling state law that allows poll watching, in my view, should be pursued all the way to the Supreme Court,” said Southby. “A lack of identification to vote and denying poll watchers reasonable access at the polls disallows a check on the system and invites fraud.”