De Soto polls saw heavy traffic

A strong turn-out of voters at the De Soto VFW Post #6654 for the Nov. 2 mid-term elections kept the polling booths full and some voters waiting in line. By 9 a.m., a mere two hours after the polls opened, the VFW had seen approximately 140 voters, according to supervising election judge Christine Peterson.

A strong turn-out of voters at the De Soto VFW Post #6654 for the Nov. 2 mid-term elections kept the polling booths full and some voters waiting in line. By 9 a.m., a mere two hours after the polls opened, the VFW had seen approximately 140 voters, according to supervising election judge Christine Peterson. by Laura Herring

The three polling stations in De Soto saw a combined total of 1,597 voters on Tuesday, Nov. 2, for the primary election. The De Soto VFW Post #6654 saw 769 voters, the De Soto Community Center 457 and the De Soto Methodist church 371. These numbers do not include the number of advance voters.

"We did the math and I think we've averaged about 61 per hour," said VFW supervising judge Christine Peterson. "It's been very busy all day."

With the high numbers came lines and waits, but few seemed to mind.

"The line moved right along so I didn't really care," said voter Dorine Arvidson. "The important thing is voting."

Arvidson wasn't the only voter who didn't mind waiting in line so long as his/her vote was cast. First-time voter Goncalo Caldron, who became an American citizen last year, simply wanted the opportunity to make a difference.

"I wanted to vote because it is my responsibility as a citizen and because I want to have some say in the changes that take place," Caldron said.

The speediness of the lines was helped by the efficiency of the voting machines.

"I've been impressed and pleased with the patience of all our voters," said Community Center supervising judge David Wayne. "The lines have moved steadily and we've been spared equipment errors."

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