The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Election 2012

November 6, 2012

Hot-button topics drive local voters to the polls



 Tony Freese, 19, and Emma Glasser, 18, said they hoped Romney could change the country for the better.

“Obama put us in a lot of debt,” said Glasser, who voted by absentee ballot a couple of weeks ago and planned to keep election results up on her computer all night.

“I just want a change,” Freese said.


The parking lot of the Blue Earth County Library was damp, the sky was gray and there was a definite chill in the air.

But none of that could stop a steady stream of eager voters from making their way to the polls.

One of those was Ronald Johnston, a middle-age man wearing a Florida Gators sweatshirt.

He declined to divulge his vote but offered some advice to people when it comes to casting a vote: “Vote your heart; I voted my beliefs.”

Lori Lindblom took a few minutes away from her job at Gold Cross Courier to go to the polls.

Unlike Johnston, she didn’t mind divulging her vote.

“I voted Democrat all the way.”

Bethany Lutheran College students Logan Hoppe and Jacob Schneider  had divergent views on the presidential race.

Hoppe said he’d heard a figure recently that 40 percent of Americans won’t even vote on election day.

“That’s kind of ridiculous,” he said. “You’re literally picking a guy to run the entire country.”

Hoppe said he’s voting for Obama because he comes from a family of farmers and Obama is better for farmers.

Schneider, though, also comes from a farming family. But he characterizes his family’s work as a small business, and thus feels compelled to support Romney because of his business background.

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