Marengo County votes for Obama in close race

Published 11:48 pm Tuesday, November 4, 2008

After a long 12 hour day, Barack Obama took Marengo County by 414 votes en route to a national drubbing of Republican candidate John McCain.

Poll workers in Demopolis saw a steady flow of voters all day long yesterday, and although there was a high number of voters, there were only a few times when lines of any length former.

“We were busy all day long,” said Clarissa W. Young, who worked at the Demopolis Civic Center polls. “It started in the morning and went all day long.”

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“We’ve had a really good turnout,” said Sandy Dawson, who worked at the Demopolis High School polls. “The lines haven’t been long, maybe four or five people in a line at any time.”

Many of the poll workers noted a larger number of voters than in the past.

“We had a high percentage,” said Frances Roberts, who worked at the Westside Elementary School polls. “It’s higher than I’ve ever seen. Right now, we are at about 1,800 voters here today.”

One thing that each poll worker noticed was the steady flow of voters throughout the day.

“It’s been real nice,” said Sharon Moore, who worked at the National Guard Armory polls. “It’s been full force since 7:00 this morning. The turnout has been higher than normal. We had lines when we started at 7:00, at lunch, at 3:00 and at 5:00.”

Poll workers also saw a number of voters taking part in their first Presidential election or voting for the first time in a long time.

“This election has really brought out the people,” Dawson said. “The historical elections bring them out. There have been a lot of first-time voters, high school kids who turned 18.”

The high number of voters was similar to polling places across the nation, but the smooth flow and lack of long lines was a testament to the poll workers’ ability to help their voters and do their jobs in the big election.