It’s what people are talking about–not who they’re voting for, but how tired they are of all the political battling.
If you just wish it were over, you’re not alone.
“The election has been exactly the way we thought it would be,” said John Doherty of Morristown. “Very brutal, very personalized, probably somewhat dirty too.”
Not only the candidates but the voters are in a fighting mood.
“They’re mean. Everybody’s mean,” said Tammy Pintarich of Lansing. “This is the first time we’ve had an election where people are acting so mean.”
“They bicker back and forth,” said Fred Dolweck of Senecaville. “Definitely there’s meanness there. There’s no doubt about that. I’ve never seen it before. Never seen an election like this.”
“It’s not just a normal debate,” noted Shane Vigil of Bridgeport.
“What they say most of the time does not help,” said Joyce Caldwell of Beallsville. “They just argue and bicker back and forth.”
“I think there’s been a lot of fighting, myself,” said Robert Arigoni of Bannock.
It has prompted many people to go straight to the polls.
At the Belmont County Election Board, 125 people a day come in to do their early voting.
And 11,000 have already applied for mail-in ballots.
But not everyone has reacted that way.
Other people are soured on the whole process.
“I think it’s just showtime for the candidates,” said April Kish of St. Clairsville. “That’s why other countries laugh at us. I think it is absolutely ridiculous. So I won’t be voting this year.”
The Belmont County Election Board director says that would be a shame.
“Our concern is that you exercise that precious right,” said Bill Shubat. “You’ve got a right to vote. Please exercise that on November 8.”
But you don’t have to fight about it.
You can actually vote quietly.
“I hope the better person wins,” said Tammy Pintarich. “That’s all I can say!”