Havelock voters continue to get their patriotic duty out of the way with early.


Havelock voters continue to get their patriotic duty out of the way with early.



Early voting started last week in Havelock, and 2,758 of Havelockís 10,403 voters had been to the polls as of Wednesday.



"We were totally surprised the morning we opened," said Susie Bare, precinct official. "We had 700 voters come in, and it has been consistent that way every day."



Many of those voting early said they hoped to avoid long lines on Election Day Nov. 6, but at times, the line to vote early has stretched outside the door at the early voting site at the State Farm business complex off U.S. 70 at the entrance to the Westbrooke subdivision.



"I usually always do," Maria Lucas said of voting early. "Iím a disabled veteran and I kind of stay at home and donít like getting around big crowds."



Leon Breton, who voted Tuesday, said voting early would be easier than voting on Nov. 6.



"The first day it was open here I had to come by to the State Farm and I could barely get into the parking lot," he said. "There was a line way out the door and way out here the first day so I said well Iíll just wait a couple of days and maybe it will go down."



Thomas McCarthy was one of those voting early in an effort to avoid a long line.



"Figuring that the election is going to consist of a lot of people voting, I just wanted to get an early jump so I donít have to stand in line on Election Day," he said.



His daughter, Christina, was with him and also voted early.



"Honestly, I was dragged by my father because we were in the same vehicle, but honestly I donít like to stand in line and I just wanted to get it done and over with," she said.



Early voter Richard Kok said he was worried he would not be in town to vote on Election Day.



"I might be on the road and have to travel at the last minute, so Iím just making sure I get my vote in," he said.



Time was also on the mind of early voter Sally Comstock.



"I came early to vote basically because Iím afraid that on Election Day there may be a slow down at the polls, and I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of time to thoughtfully look at the ballot and make my correct decisions because I donít ever vote a straight-party ticket," she said.



Almost everyone felt like there would be a big turnout on Nov. 6.



"Iím thinking that this is going to be a high-volume election," voter Mary Anne Romano said. "I really do because there were a lot of people that were undecided. We waited until after the debate (Monday) night to really hear what was going on, and that convinced me more than anything else."



Kok said the economy and unemployment mean many have a big stake in the election.



"I think youíll see a good turnout," he said.



Comstock called the election important.



"I think people realize that and I think weíve been urged to get the vote out this year in ways that Iíve never seen before," she said.



Tracy Morris said the close presidential race would likely produce more voters.



"I think it will be a high turnout so that will prove the difference of whose going to be the president," Morris said.



Many said jobs and the economy were important issues, along with education and foreign affairs.



"I think just everything in general needs to be put on the table," Romano said. "The economy is really probably the biggest issue, but I think that if the president and the rest work together, and part of that is being a team, youíll get stuff done rather than bickering about it."



Early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 3. Unregistered voters can register and vote during early voting, but unregistered voters are not eligible to vote on Election Day.