Here’s our first round of photos from Election Day in Salem. These photos are from the Salem Civic Center and the Cardinal Justice Academy.
We also chatted with some of the voters are the polling locations. Here’s what they told us:
- Nancy Wood and Rebecca Johnson said this was their first time voting in Salem. “I voted for Kaine because I was pleased with what he did as Governor and for me, he’s the best for my future,” Johnson said. “I like his vision.”
- Lisa Smith and Mike Dennis said they voted “Republican all the way. It’s time for a change.”
- Renee Rochford and Jonelle Rochford said they voted for Obama. “I think he started something he needs to finish,” Jonelle said. “It took more than four years to create a mess, and it will take more than four years to fix it.” As for Renee: “Flaccavento–he’s awesome,” she said.
- John Long of the Salem Museum says, “I always vote for the most conservative candidate with a chance of winning.”
- Ludy Vanderhoeven (who came with sons Kai and Shawn) said he voted for Romney. “It’s time for some change,” he said.
- Richard Mann said he voted for Romney too. “We desperately need a change,” he said.
- Dan and Bonnie Brugh voted the “straight Republican ticket.”
- John Grubb cast his vote for Romney “due to the economy mainly…it’s gotten even worse.”
- Vickie and Rob Robinson are for Romney too. “I’m a small business owner,”Rob said, “and I’m hoping the next four years will be different than the last four years.”
- David Harmon says he “voted for what I felt was right. I work for myself. Honestly it’s a tough job.”
- Teresa and Jerry Stump voted for Romney. “I do want change, but I think we need some new leaders to make it come about,” Jerry said. “I think that’s moving forward.”
- Romney was the choice for Martha Wade. “I believe he is more likely to support the Christian views, and I don’t like the way the last four years have been.”
- Lisa Bly says her whole family’s for Romney. “We need change, and we need to let someone else take the reigns for a bit and have a chance.”
- Stephanie and Paul Morgan went with Romney. “I can’t possibly stand another four years of us climbing up more debt,” Stephanie said. “I have high hopes for him.” Her husband agrees. “I voted for Obama four years ago,” Paul said. “I had very high hopes and I have been very disappointed. Romney’s stand on issues is closer to what I believe than Obama at this time.”
- Dennis and Barbara Shelton stayed the conservative route. “I’ll tell you this much: I voted straight Democrat,” Dennis said with a wink and a laugh. “Oh, yes, me too,” Barbara added sarcastically.
- Karen Greer and Adrienne Snead went for Obama “because of education and women’s rights,” Snead said. “I can’t think of any reason why I wouldn’t [vote for Obama].” Greer agrees. “I think he’s done a good job. He’s helped us and will continue to help us,” she said.
Check back here for more photos from Salem and Western Roanoke County as Election Day continues.