Voter turnout has rivaled that found during a typical presidental election year, one election official at Triumph Lutheran Church in south Moorhead said late Tuesday afternoon. That’s partly because the church at 2901 20th Street South is the site of three precincts.
And it’s partly because of a heated political climate. One Moorhead resident, who didn’t want to share his name, said he hoped his vote would help “to stem the Republican tide.” He said he was disgusted with Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s decisions to cut many state programs and services. Those budget cuts affected programs that used to provide care for his 24-year-old son, who is autistic. As a result, the man has had to stay home with his son for the last two years.
The Moorhead citizen said he planned to cast his vote with Democrat Mark Dayton. “I have no problem taxing people who make over $250,000 a year,” he said. “The middle class shouldn’t be taxed more.”
Two college students exiting the polls, however, said they had voted Republican. “I think there needs to be more change. I don’t agree with the President we have right now,” said Joe Nelson, a marketing major at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Drew Johnson, who is studying to be an electrician at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, said he was voting for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.
“If you don’t vote, you can’t really complain,” Nelson said.