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Williston Sees Voter Increase

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It's Election Day in Williston and citizens flocked to voting sites to make their voices heard. It’s clear Williston residents are taking this election seriously.

"For a Primary Election, it has been absolutely non-stop since 8 a.m. We have not had a single lull. The polling is just going crazy, which we are glad for. We also have many absentee votes to get counted," says Election Inspector Claire Folvag.

Williston residents were shocked with the amount of people who showed up to vote in the Primary.

"There are probably, I'd say, at least 10 to 15 times more people than normal," says Williston resident Norm Severson.

There were even a few first time voters who were inspired to come out and make their voices heard.

"My government teacher in high school, he really pushed us to vote. He said it affects us more if we don't vote. It feels good. I'm glad I can actually have a say now in what goes on in the community," says first time voter Bryan Langager.

Residents spoke of why they decided to vote, and the changes they want this election to bring.

"Hopefully, this election will get some people in there that will take a look at things, and get some new perspective. It'll be a turning point for our community and we can keep moving on," says Williston resident Rev. Gary Benson.

"There have been so many issues going on here in Williston. The race for Mayor is unreal, everybody knows about it. It’s like, there is going to be a big change here today. A step in the right direction to get out town back to where it's supposed to be,” says Williston resident Barbara Vondell.

"It is a very important election. We got to change things around, compared to what they were. I think we are probably are going to get it done," says Williston resident Norm Severson.

The polls close at 7p.m.

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