Last updated: May 06. 2014 8:31PM - 1095 Views
By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

Judy Smitherman and June Tyson cast their votes on Tuesday in East Bend.
Judy Smitherman and June Tyson cast their votes on Tuesday in East Bend.
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Early voting in Yadkin County wrapped up on Saturday with a total of 816 votes, a significant increase from the 390 votes cast during early voting in the mid-term primary in 2010.

By 10 a.m. on primary Election Day, a total of 1,753 votes had been cast county-wide. Supporters and candidates were out at various polling places throughout the county on Tuesday handing out nail files, business cards, many wearing brightly colored shirts in support of a certain candidate.

Voters heading to the polls on Tuesday said they just wanted the opportunity to have their voice heard. Ella Speaks, a 31-year resident of Yadkin County, said it was important to vote “because you have a voice.”

“I’m not one to be quiet,” Speaks added with a smile. “I believe in speaking my mind.”

Bonnie and Holton Shepard, who voted on Tuesday, agreed that it was an important time to be able to have their input in what goes on in government.

“It’s the only voice we have in government,” Bonnie Shepard said.

“If you don’t vote, you can’t b****,” Holton Shepard added.

As of press time on Tuesday, 3,325 votes had been cast county-wide.

Election updates are posted online at www.yadkinripple.com and will be printed in next week’s Yadkin Ripple.

Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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