Republicans Not Worried about Democrats Skewing Super Tuesday Vote

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

Voters Augusta County said limited options at the polls also may have kept some voters at home. For others, it made for some unusual choices.

Turn out was low at the Verona precinct. Only 57 of over 2400 registered voters made it out to the polls by 5 p.m. Maybe that was because they were limited to only two choices.

With two of the four Republican candidates on the ballot in Virginia, some people cast their vote for neither.

“We had a gentleman come in, and he said, 'I wish to vote, but I don't want to vote for anyone.,' So he cast his vote for no one,” said Officer of Elections in Verona, Betty Moomau.

Another voter said that there was a way to have her voice heard: despite not being able to vote for her preferred candidate.

“I said, 'If I don't want to vote for the two that are there, what would I do?' And she said, the one lady, God bless her, she said that I could push where I didn't want to vote for neither one of them. And she said, 'Push that,' and that way it finalized, because we really didn't have any choice,” said a frustrated voter, Ruth Ann Wayson.

This type of voter frustration seemed common. Some people said the lack of options kept them at home, but for the Democrats, this was an opportunity to make a change in the playing field.

Ron Paul supporters hoped for the Democrat vote.

“If a democrat were to come out and vote for the person that they think is less likely to beat Obama, I see how that could be a little bit of a benefit for the Democrats. But, at the same time, I think they're doing us a favor,” said voter Noah McMillan.

This type of attitude seemed to be alright with some Republicans

“It's their right. If that's what they wish to do. It's just sad that they don't have enough confidence in their candidate that he couldn't stand up that whatever candidate we put up against him,” said another voter Oly Hatton.

If you're not a Republican, or you can't find a candidate on the ballot, it's important to get out and vote anyway. The polls will be open in Verona until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.


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