Some have aptly described this Election Day – the voting part – not the counting ballots part – as the eye of the storm. Around lunch time, anecdotal reports described trickles of voters around the region – after a relatively busy morning.
Brenda and Bobby Hunt showed up at the polls just after 1 o’clock -- what they hoped would be a slow time to vote in Brunswick County – and they were right. But line or no line, military veteran Bobby Hunt says exercising the right to vote is something he would not miss.
"It does count. Every vote counts. I mean, that’s what this country’s about – having the right to vote. Many countries don’t, so..."
When considering the day after, how will the Hunts feel if their candidate is not elected? To Brenda, it’s simple.
"We were raised by the generation that always felt that you should stand behind whoever wins – regardless of whether it's the person you voted for or not. You should stand behind the president and all the people that won."
Polls are open until 7:30 this evening. Anyone in line by 7:30 will be allowed to vote.
Election Day is a day off from school for most area students – as many schools turn into polling places. And while kids may see this as a free day, three North Brunswick High School Students are working the polls.
Brooke is in 11th grade at North Brunswick High School. When I meet her, she’s standing with two other North Brunswick High School students outside of Belville Elementary School. Brooke’s mom is a 5th grade teacher there, and that’s why, she says, she understands the importance of the $152 million Brunswick County School bond.
"It's very important because our schools are extremely overpopulated because this county was not made for this many people. And our schools are really getting run-down because a lot of them are very old, and the electronics and everything we need are far behind."
All three teenagers are holding signs telling people to vote “Yes” on the bond including Brooke's younger brother, Vernon, who is in 9th grade. When people don’t want to hear about the bond, or say they don’t support it, he's philosophical about it.
"It feels a little strange, like, it feels odd that they don’t want to help – but it is what it is… I think it’ll pass."
Polls are open until 7:30 this evening.