Glum or gleeful, everyone eager

Voters, some eager, some annoyed, lined up early at Emerson Elementary in MiamiBy Aisha Moktadier

Many in line express Worry over economy

Grey skies and cool air shrouded the voting precinct at Emerson Elementary School  in Miami early on Nov. 6, as the queue of anxious voters kept growing longer. Old men stood next to single mothers with children. Shorts, t-shirts and sandals were the most popular attire for the eclectic mix of ages, races, and opinions.  Some chatted about election issues, others reviewed printed copies the long ballot and many send text messages about the wait.

“National debt is number 1,” said Armando J. Gonzalez, 56. “I’m worried that one day we’ll be a slave to the Chinese.”

He sighed and said “[Obama] managed to convince the youth that he had the solution and ‘yes he can.’ But no, he couldn’t. These same people are graduating without a job. (Obama) has never even had a lemonade stand. He doesn’t know how to run a business.”

Osuni Benitez, 21, echoed Gonzalez’ support of Mitt Romney.

“I’m a student. I’m really afraid of going to school and not being able to find a place to work when I get out,” she said,  “I don’t know what (Romney) will do, but I have more faith in him at this point. I’m just hoping and praying that it’s Romney who wins Florida.”

Diane Ericson, 48, did not divulge her pick to hold the nation’s highest office, but she stood eagerly at the front of the line to vote.

“Improving the economy is the most important issue in this election.  I’ve seen people go homeless,” she said.

“I think it’s going to be a very close election,” said Ericson. “It’ll go down to the wire.”

Gonzalez agreed, “I think there’s a lot of interest because there’s a lot at stake.”


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5 responses to “Glum or gleeful, everyone eager”

  1. Gshacker says:

    Interesting to see such long lines everywhere! I guess I lucked out at my voting location.

  2. guest says:

    I love this article it really relates to issues that I myself am also concerned with!

  3. Michael Davis says:

    This was a simple, but very accurate depiction of the voting environment in Florida. I felt the same feelings while reporting at my own location. While I was interviewing, I observed a lot of the same contrasting personalities. I really enjoyed the quotes you obtained, they really added something to your story. I also think the people you interviewed were smart and had valuable things to say. Armando J. Gonzalez was flashy with his quote and was entertaining. Overall you did a great job, my only suggestion would have been to add another person who was an Obama supporter, just to present both sides. But the reporting you accomplished was very well done.

  4. R Pursell says:

    You had some wonderful reporting and incredible quotes, the quote on Obama never owning a lemonade stand is gold

  5. CC says:

    Nice intro to show a diverse crowd of voters.