At the Polls: Election Inspectors Say Turn Out Is High

Voters say they want their voice to be heard.

While there were no lines to vote at two area polling places, inspectors reported that turn-out so far is high.

"I think it's the weather," said Lucille Rakower-Axelrad, an inspector for the Board of Elections said.  "People are coming in to vote and I think that's great."

Rakower-Axelrad, who was overseeing voting at the , said that as of noon, some 125 voters signed their names and cast votes.

"That's a nice number for Quogue," said Rakower-Axelrad, who said that she believes that most voters are aware of the stakes in this , which includes a supervisor's race that features an incumbent supervisor facing off against a write-in candidate.

Inspectors at the Westhampton Beach Fire Department told a similar tale. 

As of noon, one inspector said that 250 voters had already cast ballots.

"That's better than average," she said and noted that they were only just getting started — the inspectors expected a busy lunch run at the polls.

Voters that Patch spoke to said they turned out to do their civic duty.

"I live in America," said Vincent Raimo, a Westhampton Beach resident. "I fought for two years in Europe for the right to be here and make my own decisions.  Everyone should get out to vote."

Most voters said the issue compelling them to vote is the economy.

One Westhampton Beach resident, who did not wish to give her name, said, "I am worried about the economy.  We have to stop spending at every level.  Spending has gotten out of control."

A fellow voter, who also declined to share his name, said, "I'm looking for change, stability, and people who will create jobs."

And John Neely, of Westhampton Beach said, "I'm looking for people that have everyone's interest in mind, not the builders and developers."

His prediction for the supervisor race: will defeat write-in candidate.





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