But the vast majority of voters at the half-dozen sites the Daily Sun visited reported no issues casting ballots. Several were first-time voters, lured to the actual polls because they preferred it to the impersonal act of mailing in or dropping off a ballot in the weeks before Nov. 3.
Cody Karstadt, 28, wearing a red mask with the slogan “I’m Voting for Trump,” arrived at 9 a.m. sharp at the Flagstaff Mall. He said it seemed safer to vote in-person.
“Based on everything that came through the mail, I thought, you know, I’m just going to go in on voting day,” he said. “It wasn’t distrust or anything. It gave me a little more time to research candidates that line up with the (values) I have.”
Likewise, NAU senior Emma Sautter, another first-time participant, decided to vote on Tuesday for the “experience,” the civic ritual. Her friend, Gabriel Traver, also a senior, said he voted two weeks ago via a drop box, since he grew up watching family members vote early.
“I know there’s a pandemic and everything, but I wanted to come,” Sautter said. “It’s enjoyable to see, like, democracy (in action).”
Yet another first-time voter, Bobby Campbell, 27, was in and out of the polling site at the Flagstaff Mall in 10 minutes.
“It was unexpected for it to be this easy,” he said. “I thought I’d be in line for hours. I wanted to do it in person because I’ve never voted before. I’m just happy (the election) is here. I’m tired of all these weird text messages I get and all these hateful ads. The ads are so ridiculous; I don’t care who you vote for. It’s really evil and bad.”