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Long lines, high enthusiasum in the First State on election day

Roman Battaglia
Delaware Public Media

If anything is certain on election day, it’s enthusiasm among voters is through the roof.


Voters are turning up in droves in the First State to cast their ballot in what some have called the most contentious election of their lifetime. 


The wait varied greatly between polling places. At Cheswold north of Dover, voters waited around 30 minutes, but at Lulu M. Ross Elementary in Milford, the line stretched around the building and was up to an hour and 50 minutes.


Sen. Chris Coons visited Cheswold on his way up the state on election day. He says the lines at polling places across Delaware are the same nationwide.


“Around the country I’ve been texting and talking with other candidates, other senators. We’re seeing record turnout virtually everywhere.”


Among the issues driving voters is healthcare. Fadwa Webster is a Biden supporter from Milford


“Healthcare was one of the main reasons why I wanted to vote especially right now that they’re - the supreme court will be reviewing that very soon. That was one of the reasons, I feel like healthcare is very important for every American.”


The Supreme Court is listening to arguments about the legality of the Affordable Care Act next week.


While the ACA is cemented in state law here in Delaware, over three fourths of plan members could lose millions in federal subsidies if the act is struck down in court.


MaroNavarro is an Independent voter in Milford. He says he voted for George W. Bush twice, supported Obama through his presidency, and is satunchly anti-Trump.


“The last four years have been very tiring, they really have. Being a minority, a Latino, I have seen what this man in the office has done to our country.”


Navarro says moving to Delaware from Arizona, he witnessed discrimination for the first time as a minority after Trump took office in 2016.


Like other voters, he says a big motivator is bringing the country back together after 4 years of divisiveness.


Narvarro waited over 90 minutes in line to cast his ballot this year. Many voters say this is the longest they’ve ever had to wait in line to vote in their lives.


As of Monday, 160 thousand Delawarewans had already returned their ballots by mail, some voters say they would have voted by mail if they knew the lines would be so long.

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.
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