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Constituents speak out about what brings them to the polls

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Constituents waiting in line to vote at The Factory at Franklin this week shared their thoughts on the Nov. 6 election.

The election, which has brought out an unprecedented amount of voters countywide and statewide, will decide the new governor of Tennessee, a new state House representative, a state Senator, as well as, a new U.S. House representative, replacing Marsha Blackburn and U.S. Senator, replacing Bob Corker.

Sean Farrell

Sean Farrell said he usually votes on Election Day, but he got out to vote early for this election because he’s traveling next Tuesday. “I’m a conservative who doesn’t like [President] Trump, so I’m politically homeless,” Farrell said. He said he’s a Republican who prefers small government and candidates who are pro-business, but Trump has turned him away from the Party this time.

Connie and Jim June

Connie and Jim June said they believe the impressive attendance at early voting indicates that there is much that needs to be fixed. Citing such divisive issues as immigration, the Brett Kavanaugh hearing for the Supreme Court, and seemingly endless protests, Jim said, “I’ve never seen our country like this. There is so much unrest and name calling. We need more stability.” Both said they are voting for Republican candidates.

Richard Kidd 

Richard Kidd stood a few folks away from casting his ballot at The Factory at Franklin Wednesday, but standing in line didn’t bother him. “I’m trying to make a difference, anywhere I can,” he said when asked why it was important to vote in this election. A Democrat, Kidd said, “One voice doesn’t matter, but a lot of voices make a big difference. I’m putting in my 2 cents.”

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Election Day in Nov. 6. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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