BY ANDREA BUTLER
SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Forty-two percent of registered voters in Volusia County cast their ballots in the Florida presidential primary, which saw former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and billionaire businessman Donald Trump as the big winners.
There were no reports of long lines in Daytona’s Black voting precincts on Tuesday while there were reports of long lines and large crowds in other places like Port Orange.
The Election Protection voter hotline received more 2,100 calls around the U.S. about problems relating to Tuesday’s primarily. A call from a voter in Volusia County reported long lines at his polling location.
Issue in Ormond
According to a statement from Election Protection, voters in Volusia “waited at least an hour, including many senior citizens who left because they could not stand and wait that long.’’
Volusia County Elections Supervisor Ann McFall noted that precinct 502 in Ormond Beach experienced problems with its voting machines, which meant it was the only uncounted precinct until a little after 10 p.m. Tuesday.
One voter who wished not to be identified told the Daytona Times he had to go back and forth between Daytona and a nearby city to vote, which was frustrating.
In Volusia County, voter turnout was at 45 percent with more than 244,210 registered voters participating and over 109,000 casting ballots.
That includes more than 117,000 Democrats (48 percent) over 122,000 Republicans (50 percent) and over 4,600 non-party affiliation (NPA) voters.
Volusia County has 366,314 registered voters, which include 124,690 Republicans, 132,477 Democrats, 96,619 registered as NPA, and 12,528 voters in other parties.
In Volusia, more than 15,000 people voted early, including over 6,000 Democrats and over 8,000 Republicans. At the Daytona Beach Regional Library 2,542 people voted early.
In Flagler County, voter turnout was at 49 percent.
‘Our civic duty’
Sophia Huger-Baldwin was one of the Volusia residents who was proud to participate in the process.
“Voting is important. It is our civic duty. Many have fought for us to vote and we need to carry the torch.’’
King Mallory remarked, “People fought and died for us to vote. Voting carries our voice. If we don’t vote, it gives the other side freewill to do what they want with us.’’
He added, “People often feel that their vote doesn’t count. Many elected officials don’t do anything and show us anything to show that things are getting better. Look at us four years after Obama was elected. Many things haven’t changed.”
And Debra Boyd related, “It’s my right to vote. It is our right as U.S. citizens. It is our opportunity to make changes. We can’t just sit around and expect for things to happen.’’
Mallory is a Clinton supporter; he believes she is the best option.
“Hillary is the best to carry on some of the progress that Barack Obama started and to come up with more. Republicans really handicapped Obama,” commented Mallory.
Boyd voted for Bernie Sanders. She likes his track record on equality.
“I checked the history with Bernie marching in the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders. I think that he stands for the disproportionate people in this country,” she said.