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Hardin County voters brave cold
HARDIN COUNTY - by Lauren Huet
The cold weather may have affected voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election. With temperatures in the thirties, ice hanging from the trees, and a cold steady drizzle, the voters who did venture out bundled up.
"I don't like the rain in it," said Mike Riley, who voted at Crestwood Baptist Church in Lumberton. "I'd rather it was kind of dry, but that's just life, we just go on and do what we gotta do, regardless."
Steve Jeansonne also voted today. "Ya I was kind of worried about this weather, there's ice on the trees and a lot of the limbs are starting to sag."
However, the icy weather couldn't stop determined voters like Jeansonne and Riley.
"Because you gotta vote, everybody's gotta vote," said Jeansonne. "If you don't vote, then you give up your priveleges, your rights, and your freedoms. You gotta vote. Cold or hot it don't matter, you gotta go. You gotta make that sacrifice."
"As long as you can get there and the roads aren't in too bad of shape, you've got to go vote," agreed Riley. "That's our responsibility as American citizens is to vote."
Rene Smith also ventured out into the cold to vote. "Because if you don't vote, it's, you know, you don't have a say if you don't vote. So, it's important to vote," said Smith.
Campaign workers braved the cold as well. Some arrived at the polls before sunrise. One worker estimates from the time the polls opened Tuesday morning until noon, about 90 people came to vote at Crestwood Baptist Church. Campaign workers and voters expect more people to come after work.
"Most of the people I know work and they're going to come this evening," said Jeansonne.
These voters are optimistic about Tuesday's turnout, despite the weather.
"I hope it gets better because of this weather, people have got to make up their mind and just go do their civic duty," said Riley.
"I want to encourage everybody to get out and vote, don't just sit there in that chair, get out and do some good. Enjoy the cold air," said Jeansonne.