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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Getting out the vote in Milford, again, again, and again

By HATTIE BERNSTEIN

Staff Writer

MILFORD -- Chelsea Einsidler-Moore went to the polls three times on Tuesday: once to vote, and two more times to bring friends.

“I Facebooked and texted it,” said the 23-year-old, who runs her own business. “Our age group never really votes.”

Einsidler-Moore said she didn’t recommend any candidate, or ask her friends who they planned to vote for. But she did make an argument for participating in the primary.

“Not a lot of people just out of college have a job,” she said. “But we can vote for who is going to be looking out for us.”

And Einsidler-Moore also reminded her friends that not voting could have dire consequence.

“The more people who don’t use it, the easier it is to take it away,” she warned.

No one had to convince Martha Hubbard, a nursing assistant, who was leaving the polls at the Milford Middle School in the late afternoon.

“I want to make a difference, and I want to be heard,” Hubbard said.

The voter said she didn’t meet any of the candidates. But she spent plenty of time listening to radio talk shows and watching local and national television news.

“Most important is the economy, and the second thing that’s very strong for me is pro-life,” Hubbard said.

Walter Roach, 51, his wife, Pam, 47, and two of the couple’s three children, Walter, 19, and Kayla, 18, voted together, and for the same candidate.

“It’s our right, and we need to make changes,” said the father, a U.S. Marine veteran who works as a machinist and voted for Ron Paul.

Roach said he favors Paul’s stand on immigration, a position his wife, a produce clerk, and their two teen-aged children, share.

Marti Kennedy, 47, a stay-at-home mom, said she didn’t meet any of the candidates campaigning in the state in recent days. But her mind was made up before any of them arrived.

“Even though my choice was easy, I came anyway because it’s our civic duty, a right and a privilege,” Kennedy said.

Hattie Bernstein