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Voter Turnout 'Heavy' in Jefferson

Township residents come out to cast their vote in the 2012 election.

The "heavy turnout" of voters that came out in Jefferson on Tuesday proved that Hurricane Sandy didn't stop residents from making it to the polls, township clerk Lori Harvin said.

Harvin said that because it's a presidential election, it was especially a larger turnout than in recent years. She added that because the storm forced to consolidate the three polling locations into two it was a "very busy day."

The local races for the Jefferson Township Council and Jefferson Board of Education are both uncontested this year.

Harvin said that her phone has been ringing the whole day from residents asking where to vote, but overall she said the storm didn't seem to have too much of an impact.

Police were on standby at the former polling locations at the Health Center and Milton First Aid Squad  to direct residents to either go to the Municipal Building, Camp Jefferson, or Senior Center.

Many residents who came out to vote said they didn't have a problem figuring out where to go, despite the lack of power the township had been faced with.

Some seemed satisfied with the officials' response to the storm, and said their updates have been very informative throughout the week.

"I think they're doing what they can with the resources they have," Lou Donora said.

Resident Scott Reid also thought the town handled the storm well despite all the destruction it caused.

"I'm happy with the way things are in the town," he said. "This is some bad timing with everything going on, but we were very prepared."

Reid, who said he still doesn't have power, didn't think twice about making it to Election Day on Tuesday.

"People have given their lives so that we have an opportunity to vote, so it would be disrespectful not to," he said.

Donora, who still remains without power as well said he came to the Municipal Building not only to vote, but to find out how to provide his 80-year-old mother with oxygen. He said she has been suffering the last week without electricity because she hasn't been able to connect her oxygen tank.

Resident GraceAnne Mundrick said she has been cut off from all communication the past week without a smart phone or being able to access the Internet on her computer, so she was happy to make it to the Municipal Building on Tuesday.

She came out to vote because she wants to see "a change of leadership" on the national level.

In terms of local issues, Mundrick, 48, said she just wants to "have power come back on as soon as possible."

While many residents have been stuck in their cold homes and sruggling to get gas, Mundrick said she thinks more people came on Tuesday just to "get out of the house, warm up, and walk around."

Stay with Patch for updates on the 2012 Election winners.

To read all of our Jefferson Patch election coverage click here.

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