Three voters, three different choices for president

  • Voters wait for the polls to open at Ward 4 at the Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Jim MacKay was the first candidate to get to the polls at Ward 4 on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord police officer Mark Hassapes was sent to Ward 4 at the Boys and Girls Club to monitor traffic but looks over the large line of voters on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Jim MacKay was the first candidate to get to the polls at Ward 4 on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The voting line stretched out to Green Street from the entrance of the Ward 5 voting area on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord police officer Mark Hassapes was sent to Ward 4 at the Boys and Girls Club to monitor traffic but looks over the large line of voters on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The voting line stretched out to Green Street from the entrance of the Ward 5 voting area on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A voter takes a photo of the line at Ward 5 as they wait to vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Keith Plourd and Darlene Plourd of Allenstown —Courtesy

  • Voters line up at the Epsom Bible Church on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Voters arrive and stand in line at Epsom Bible Church on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. Long lines have been reported around the area. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Voters arrive and stand in line at Epsom Bible Church on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. Long lines have been reported around the area. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Voters arrive and stand in line at Epsom Bible Church on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. Long lines have been reported around the area. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A flag is stuck in a stack of absentee ballots as voters arrive and stand in line at Epsom Bible Church on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. Long lines have been reported around the area. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Voters arrive and stand in line at Epsom Bible Church on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. Long lines have been reported around the area. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • ‘Invisible Voter’ a.k.a former State Representative Dan McGuire outside the Epsom Bible Church on Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bette Soloway outside the Salisbury Fire Station during voting on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Shela Cunningham holds signs for her husband, Don House who is running as a State Representative at Belmont High School on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Inside of Ward 5 Green Street Community Center voting area where voters are being registered day off to participate in the election on November 3, 2020. ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Voters take a family photo after participating in the election outside of Green Street Community Center, November 3rd, 2020. ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • New voting area for Concord’s Ward two at the Barn at Bull Meadow on November 3rd, 2020. ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Voters utilizing privacy booths at The Barn at Bull Meadow voting area November 3rd, 2020. ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Poll Greeters David O’Brien (left) and Nancy Arnholm (right) outside of Ward three located at Beaver Meadow Golf Course November 3rd, 2020. ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Voter Submitting ballot to ballot box at Ward 6 Christ of King Parish Church on November 3rd, 2020. ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

Monitor staff
Published: 11/3/2020 8:47:06 AM

Keith and Darlene Plourd both voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 in Allenstown, where Donald Trump won the town with 55% of the vote.

This time around they were in Trump’s corner.

“The virus had a lot to do with it. I think we’re in better hands with Trump than we would be with Mr. Biden,” Darlene Plourd said. “I think (Trump) is rude but he’s done a good job.” 

Keith Plourd said he’s worried Biden would die during his term, leaving Kamala Harris to run the country, which isn’t a proposition he likes. 

Fellow Allenstown resident Lori Bourgeois voted against Trump, which meant casting a ballot for Biden

“He’s not my first choice but it’s the only way to get the other one out. Everything is not in a good place right now.” 

Bourgeois paid some attention to local and state races, including voting for Dan Feltes for governor, but was mostly motivated by the race for president. 

“All that anyone ever benefits from with Donald Trump is if you’re a rich person already,” Bourgeois said. “I don’t know what he’s done in four years except create chaos and hate.” 

Across the Suncook River in Pembroke, 29-year-old Jonathan Galvin voted for the libertarian candidate for president, Jo Jorgensen. 

“(Trump) reminds me of every toxic leader I had in the military,” Galvin said. 

Galvin said it’s frustrating that Trump and Biden are the best Republicans and Democrats have to offer.

“I don’t want to just pick you because you’re not Trump,” Galvin said. “It’s unfortunate that in these last two elections, it’s not who’s the best candidate. It’s who’s the least bad.” 


Teddy Rosenbluth bio photo

Teddy Rosenbluth is a Report for America corps member covering health care issues for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. She has covered science and health care for Los Angeles Magazine, the Santa Monica Daily Press and UCLA's Daily Bruin, where she was a health editor and later magazine director. Her investigative reporting has brought her everywhere from the streets of Los Angeles to the hospitals of New Delhi. Her work garnered first place for Best Enterprise News Story from the California Journalism Awards, and she was a national finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists Best Magazine Article. She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology.



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