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Nov 6, 2012 1:13 PM by Matt Stafford

Voters excited to cast ballots after long election season

Election Day, 2012; News 5 met with some of the first voters in Colorado as they were leaving the polls. For most of them, this is a different election season than they've seen before; from the amount of ads to the tone of the conversation -- both between voters as well as the candidates.

The line at Fellowship of the Rockies, on 8th Street in Colorado Springs, was never really that long on Tuesday morning. With more than half of registered voters in El Paso County casting their ballots early, polling judges at this location weren't expecting long lines, but they were ready in the event that the crowd did show up.

Some voters News 5 spoke with just like the feeling of voting on Election Day.

"There's something about actually physically going in and voting that was important," says voter Becky Bay. She was first in line at Fellowship of the Rockies. "Every four years it just escalates, but this one's really been so divided, and I've never heard so much venom."

"Right now it's 50/50," adds veteran voter Sam Sparks, who served the U.S. as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II. He adds that he's never seen anything like this year with all of the attention on Colorado.

"We won't find out anything until either late tonight or early tomorrow morning," says Sparks.

"To be honest this is the first time I seriously didn't know who I was going to vote for until I walked in," admits voter Lori Gray. "I was born and raised in California a Democrat, and this was a very hard election for me. There were good and bad with both candidates, to be honest, and I just went by what I believed in and that's how I ended up voting."

Another common theme between these voters; they're all happy to get the campaign ads and robocalls behind them - at least after 7 p.m. Tuesday!

For the latest election results head to KOAA.com or watch for updates on KOAA 5.

 

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