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Vermonters hitting the polls and proud of it

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Whether you're sitting or standing, voting electronically or by hand, the thing that matters on election day is active citizenship.

In Vermont people are hitting the polls -- and proud of it.

"I wanted to vote so I could exercise my civic duty and because Vermont has so few electoral votes, every vote counts," said Bonnie Gridley of Bristol.

In Bristol more than 2,700 people are registered to vote. Bristol Town Clerk Therese Kirby recorded 414 absentee ballots submitted this year compared to 616 in 2008. "It's been steady, which is what we're looking for. There were people out here at 7a.m., which is always fun," she said.

In Starksboro voter turnout is also steady.  "It's been outstanding today. This is more than I've seen in a long long time," said Selectboard Member Peter Marsh.

"We have 1,260 on our checklist and out of that 222 absentee," added Starksboro Town Clerk Cheryl Estey.

The presidential election seems to be the main race people are coming out for.

"The economy is the biggest issue -- it's really important for me to know the economy is going to get better and we can still put food on our tables and pay our mortgage," Gridley said.

"I think the fact that it's a close election potentially and a lot of clear choices so a lot of good reasons to be out," Marsh said.

And of course -- voters are proudly wearing 'I Voted' stickers.

"I wanted to be sure to remind people who didn't vote to go to the polls and take the opportunity to exercise their right to vote," Gridley said.

2008 and 1992 were record voter turn out years in Vermont. Those were the years that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were elected President. We'll soon see if this year will also bring in a record number of voters here in the Green Mountains.

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