Organizers went the extra mile to create a festive atmosphere at Old Stone School, the polling place for the nearly 3,000 Hillsboro precinct voters.
“If you are a first time voter, if it is the very first time you have ever voted or the first time you voted in this precinct, we bring you upstairs to ring the old 1874 bell,” said Amy Marasco, the town’s vice mayor. “We have had three of those already.They came along with their parents to come and ring the bell and you get your picture taken with either the mayor or myself.”
Mayor Roger Vance calls it democracy in action. “It is raining crazy out there. It is the level of involvement that is very impressive I think. You know, people see the value and importance of getting out to vote.”
Vance also says election day is a great opportunity to meet and greet all of their neighbors from across the gap. The Vice Mayor discusses top races on the ballot this year.
“We have a very active race for this congressional district. Congressman Comstock and Jennifer Wexton, that is a very heated competition as well,” Marasco said.
Officials tell us they are not voting by party but by prospective leaders.
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