Allston-Brighton Residents Head to the Polls

By Jessica Pratti, Irene Berman-Vaporis and Alex Wagner
Boston University News Service

BOSTON —Citizens eager to cast their vote for the next President swarmed Allston-Brighton polling locations throughout Election Day on Tuesday.

Polls for Allston-Brighton residents opened at 7 a.m. this morning, with some locations open as early as 6 a.m.

“I woke up two hours early to make sure I could vote before work,” said Shelly Brown, 35, of Brighton, who voted at the Veronica B. Smith Multi-Service Center on Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton. “I’m embarrassed to say this is only the second time I’ve voted, but it makes me feel good.”

Like Shelley, many residents of Allston-Brighton opted to vote earlier rather than later.

Citizens who waited until after the morning rush to hit the polls were still excited to voice their opinions about the race for presidency.

At the Jackson Mann K-8 School polling location in Allston, Mary Nagle, 73, of Brighton, said that health care was the most important issue surrounding this presidential election. “I work in that field,” she said.

Angela Franks, 40, of Allston, said she was not swayed by one particular issue, but that her choice for president came from knowing the candidates’ life views.

At 111 Cummington St. on Boston University’s Campus, a polling place Allston residents in Ward 21, Elora Clifford, 20, voted for the first time. Clifford believes education is the most important issue in the election. “Being a future teacher, I understand the importance of government funding in the success of public schools,” she said.

Mark David Trachtenberg, election supervisor at the Cummington Street polls said that voting lines were busy all day and picked up around 6 p.m. “It’s totally mind-blowing,” he said.

“I was kind of expecting that we might indeed have higher turnout here than in 2008.”

There are over 27,000 registered voters in Allston.


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