Suburban precinct calm, chatty and manageable
The polls opened at 7 a.m. to a line of about 20 voters outside a new Miami-Dade County magnet high school,the Terra Environmental Research Institute, but the morning wait was never more than an hour.
Glenda Butcher, 69, rolled up in her wheelchair to the small line outside the polls. A retired computer programmer, she said she always votes.
“I am voting for Obama,” Butcher said. “I think Obama needs more time to get the economy straightened out.”
Butcher was mainly concerned with women’s rights, the environment, and social security.
“We don’t want vouchers,” Butcher said.
Maritza Castano, 55, is a furniture sales person who said she was there to make her vote count.
“I hope the best candidate wins,” Castano said. “I am concerned with the well being of this country, the economy and the environment.”
“The climate is changing and we are suffering the consequences,” Castano said. “Mother Nature is mad and we need to be concerned about climate change.”
Jose Medina, 77, a Democrat who works at Publix, said he is voting for Obama again. “He [Obama] has always been supportive of Latin Americans and immigration is one of my main concerns,” Medina said.
By 10 a.m. the line was down to four people. One of them, Robert Trueba, 23, who worked at Burger King for three years, said he was concerned about the economy.
“It is my privilege to vote and it will make a difference in the long run,” Trueba said.
“Romney’s demeanor turned me off because I just could not relate to him.” Trueba continued. “I know it takes time to fix the economy, at least more than four years, so I have faith in Obama, and I think he can get the job done.”
“I think you have to vote, especially if you know what you’re doing,” said Denise Bernhard, a 51-year-old police officer.
She was concerned with the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs.
“I don’t like taking jobs to other countries, and I hope Romney will fix that,” she stated.
Residents assigned to Precinct 729 in Kendall, a largely middle class suburb of Miami, voted at the new Terra magnet school, which focuses on environmental subjects and is heralded as a “green school.” The crowd was calm and friendly. By 11:30 a.m., poll workers were able to take a break and prepare for the rest of the day.