Yorkers at the polls: What they're saying


Voters across York County ventured to the polls as soon as they opened this morning at 7 a.m. to participate in the election process.

Here's what they're saying at the polls:

— Patti Stirk left the YMCA in York City just before 11 a.m. and was told she was the 43rd person to vote.

"I think about how hard people fought to get the right to vote and it doesn't leave a question in my mind really," she said. "Voting is our right but I think it's also a privilege."

— Gayle Sanders, a York Township real estate agent, was out showing support for Chris Menges' campaign idea to give families in family court a single judge throughout their entire process.

"Instead of having an overall situation be treated like an isolated case, it offers a level of continuity," she said. "I think it's a really great thought for our family court."

— Bob and Barbara Boyer from York Township said they never miss the chance to vote.

"We always come out and vote, we've been doing it for umpteen years," Bob Boyer said, adding that he studied political science in college. "It's sad, but for some reason it just seems like a lot of people don't care anymore."

— Fred Eugene Welty, Spring Garden Township, 45, rode his bike over to the Luther Memorial Church polling location.

"I stopped voting for many years but that didn't seem to change much so here I am," he said. "It's easy to get disgusted with the system but I'm currently living on social security and need to protect myself and my interests."

— Cara Stombaugh, 54, Spring Garden Township, also voted at the Luther Memorial Church.

"If people don't care to vote, how can they expect to be cared for?" she asked.

— Candace Laither, 43, York City, had her two children along when she arrived at her polling location in York City.

Susan Byrnes "seems really genuine and she seems to care, that's what I look for when I vote. I always want to vote for people who actually do get out into the community and try to make a difference."

— "You prove nothing by not voting," said Richard Larkin, 67, a Democrat from York City. "If there's a statement to be made, not voting isn't the way to make it. I mean, is that even logical really?"

"I support my city and my city council," Larkin said. "Hill-Evans and Helfrich, they're good people. If you genuinely want to make my city better then to me, you're good people."

— Henry Hawkins said the reason he voted was simple.

"It's my civic duty," the York City resident said.