Undecided up to the voting booth: ‘It was today we made our decision’

  • June Latti, at Ward 4 in Concord on Tuesday, said she, like many voters, went back and forth on her choice before deciding on Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

  • Jessica Dollar after voting at the Canterbury Elementary School on Tuesday. Dollar said she didn’t make her decision until she was in the voting booth.

  • Gary Miller after voting in Canterbury on Tuesday. Miller said he thought his vote would be most impactful going toward Buttigieg, instead of writing in Bloomberg.

  • Jay Berry of Canterbury after voting at the elementary school on Tuesday. Berry said he and his wife, Anne, were weighing choices until the last minute.

Monitor staff
Published: 2/11/2020 7:59:42 PM

June Latti loves the policies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She thinks Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is impressive and smart.

Latti said she “fell in love” after seeing former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg speak at a town hall event in Franklin.

“I thought, the country needs this guy,” she said. “I had decided to vote for him. He has this compassion about him I admire.”

But Latti, an art therapist at Concord Hospital who was voting in Ward 4 in Concord, didn’t end up casting her vote for Sanders, Warren or Buttigieg on Tuesday. She, like many voters, said she went back and forth on her choice.

Ultimately, it was Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who she said captured her attention at the last debate in Manchester on Friday.

“It’s about who can move the people on the side who are still voting for Trump. I think she can, better than anyone else,” Latti said.

“The rest of the world isn’t perhaps ready for it,” she said of Buttigieg, Warren and Sanders’s campaigns, which went in more progressive directions on issues like paying for college education and universal health care.

Many voters Tuesday said they were still undecided in the days, hours and minutes leading up to their stepping in the voting booth.

Jessica Dollar of Canterbury said she didn’t make her decision until she was actually in the voting booth. For Marylin Davis of Ward 1 in Concord, the choice to write in Michael Bloomberg’s name – just as they did in Dixville Notch – was made when she walked through the doors at the polling place.

Davis said she had hoped to cast an absentee ballot with her choice, but couldn’t settle on a candidate in time to send it in.

Anne and Jay Berry of Canterbury said they were also discussing it until the last minute.

“It was today that we made our decision,” Anne Berry said, standing in the entrance of Canterbury Elementary School.

“Right on the walk over here,” her husband, Jay Berry, said.

The couple said they’ve been torn for a while. They were caught between choosing a candidate they thought was fair and one who would offer them financial stability.

“If Bernie gets in, I don’t know what’s going to happen to our 401K,” said Jay Berry, who works as a manager for Wheelabrator. “On the other hand, he’s probably got the fairest platform.”

Klobuchar seemed like the best compromise, the couple said.

“I think she’s more middle of the road, I think she definitely speaks to the general population,” said Anne Berry, who is a retired owner of an assisted-living business. “I think she knows what the big issues are and she’s willing to work on the smaller issues, bring them forward.”

“She’s a senator, she has governmental experience, she knows how things work in D.C.,” Berry added about Klobuchar.

Another factor for voters was whether they thought a candidate could “beat Trump.”

Davis said that was the issue that drove her decision to write in Bloomberg’s name.

“I think he has a true and sincere chance of beating Trump and won’t be intimidated,” she said. “Getting Mr. Trump out of office is the top issue for me. Mr. Bloomberg is the best choice. He can make a difference and he is not afraid of him.”

Gary Miller of Canterbury said he too liked Bloomberg best, and considered writing in his name. However, he thought his vote would have the most impact going toward Buttigieg.

“He seems to be honest, he doesn’t have these high-in-the-sky policies, giving everyone free college, $1,000 a month,” Miller said. “This stuff is ridiculous, and I don’t know if people believe in that, but there’s no way candidates are going to get Congress to vote that way. They’re going to have to vote against millionaires and rich people and they aren’t.

“Bernie’s got the right idea about a revolution, but that’s not going to happen this year. You’re going to have to get all of those people out of there to vote in favor of it,” he added.




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