FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – Voters took to the polls for the North Carolina primaries in large numbers Tuesday, after weeks of watching what much of the nation did in their primaries and caucuses.
“This year, it’s a lot of things on the line, for a lot of people,” said Nieobe Nelson, who voted at East Forsyth High School.
The Forsyth County Board of Elections described a steady stream of voters throughout the morning and afternoon, although there were no official turnout numbers to be had.
Officials told FOX8 there were no major issues with voting in the county at that time.
Young voters turned out in numbers which appeared to be higher than in recent years, including first-time voters.
“I’ve always been pretty independent and able to make my own decisions based on what I believe,” said 18-year-old Brooke Salisbury.
Of conversations Salisbury had with her multiple siblings leading up to the primaries, she said they “were interesting, they were really fun just to see everyone’s different perspectives in the family.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there were also large numbers of elderly voters, some who had been voting for 65 years.
“I’m 83,” said William Guest, who first voted when he was 18. When asked if Guest remembered the first time he voted, he said, “Heavens no. I barely remember what I had for dinner last night.”
Voters also acknowledged that this election season is more important than in years past. Not that voting is not always important, but in the sense that there seems to be more riding on this year’s election when looking at the passion voters have for their candidates in 2016.
“I’m nervous about what’s going to happen because I’ve heard so many people say ‘my one little vote won’t matter,’” Nelson added. “One vote can change your life forever.”
Voters also touched upon the climate of the debates between candidates.
“It’s been entertaining, and at times funny, but I think it’s just better that they take it more seriously,” said Aaron Ball, who was participating in his first presidential primary.
Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.