Voters show up early to have their voices heard

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Voters in Ocean Springs were lined up Tuesday morning, even before the sun rose. They were ready to make a difference as they poured in the doors of the armory.

Rita Davis had her own reasons for being there.

"Getting our country back on the right track," Davis said.  "It's going the wrong way right now.

Britt Anisworth, 19, was voting for just the second time, but he's looking to the future.

"We're going to be growing up and we're going to be running these things, so we have to know how to take over and know how to vote," Anisworth said.

With most elections, you expect to see more elderly and middle aged people at the voting booth. But in this election, something is different. Even the young are participating to a heavy degree, both in the booths, and as volunteers.

One of those poll workers is 18-year-old Tyler Williams. He wanted to get more involved in his community.

"And it's also education based, to learn more about the procedures in the elections," Williams said.

But perhaps the best reason for casting a ballot Tuesday was summed up perfectly by Pamela Joiner. She shows up for every election, no matter what.

"As American people, we all need to go out and vote and make sure that our voices are heard. So I believe it's our right," Joiner said.

The polls remain open until 7pm. Of course, WLOX News will have complete election coverage, both on television and on

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