Hundreds of Milford voters headed to the polls early this morning to decide whether President Obama should win a second term or be replaced by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
“A fair number of people were waiting outside when we opened right at 7 a.m. and it’s been a very steady ever since,” said Bill Ingram, an inspector at one of the two polling sites at Lulu Ross Elementary School. “The lines aren’t as long today as I’ve seen them in the past, but I think that has more to do with us getting people through faster, than a slower turnout.”
While a handful of local and statewide races appeared on ballots in the Milford area, several voters on Tuesday said they the contest they cared about most was the presidential race.
Francie Currence said she cast her vote for Romney largely due to his business experience.
“The number one issue for me is the economy,” she said. “I think he know how to take something that’s failing and finally turn it around and fix it.”
Skip Lemieux, meanwhile, said he supported Obama.
“He’s trying to do his best to move the country forward,” he said. “I think the big problem is Congress and nothing is going to change until the people tell the legislators that they need to reach across the aisle.”
Fellow Obama supporter Edwin Perez-Mercado agreed.
“He’s trying but his opponents in the Senate don’t want to give him an opportunity,” he said. “I still believe in him and I support him because he didn’t come from a wealthy family and I think he understands the working class people better than his opponent.”
Judy Rodgers said cast her vote as much in opposition to Obama, as in support of Romney.
“He hasn’t done a good job,” she said of the president. “Everything he said he would do he didn’t. That’s my main issue.”
John and Mary Dillon said they both believe Romney is the better candidate for the job.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about him,” Mary said. “He’s a business man who can get the country back on the right track and I believe he’s a good man all around.”
One thing that both Republicans and Democrats were able to agree on Tuesday was that they’re all looking forward to the election cycle finally coming to an end.
Page 2 of 2 - “I’ve had enough” Romney support Douglas Rodgers said. “Especially with all the political ads in Maryland for Question 6 and Question 7 – I want it to be over.”
Obama supporter Connie Sipple agreed.
“I think all the people, and even the candidates, can’t wait for it to be over,” she said.
However, her husband Larry, said there’s one more thing he’s looking forward to this election season.
“Four months ago, I picked who I thought would win and put them in an envelope that’s been in our safe ever since,” he said. “Tonight, we’ll see if I was right or wrong and how close I was.”
Polls close at 8 p.m. tonight.
Check back with the Milford Beacon for the results of all the local races.