Ohio Voters Hit the Polls (Photos)

By Eric DeFreeuw
By Rachel Martin


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November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 12:25 AM EDT

VAN WERT, Ohio (www.incnow.tv) – Ohio could very well be the state the whole nation's keeping an eye on. As a swing state it could be the deciding factor on who becomes our nation’s next President. Because of this, there seemed to be a sense of pride amongst Ohio voters.

Election officials said this is the highest voter turn out they've seen in Van Wert County, including a number of first-time voters. Linda Stutz, Director of the Van Wert Board of Elections said, "We’ve just been swamped all day. I thought when I kept saying with the early vote that would be it. And obviously it hasn't been."

Polls opened at 6:30 this morning and closed at 7:30 tonight. Many of the precincts boasted over 64 percent turnout.

Officials believe the impact their state has on who will be named President is the main factor for the high numbers at the polls.

Rita Hurless, Presiding Judge at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds said, "These people should be very proud. It makes it very important for them to get out and to vote. And I think Van Wert County can say they did their share."

Jessica from Van Wert agreed, saying, "It makes me feel like my vote counts. Because I know we are a swing state and both candidates have been here a lot. That to me means a lot knowing that they know that our votes count."

Nick McIntosh, also from Van Wert added, "I guess it feels like we have an actual decision in the matter. You know, it feels good."

On Tuesday night Election officials reported over 25,000 votes in Van Wert County. They say nearly 6,000 people voted early.

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