Voters Cast their Ballots, Some with Trepidation (PHOTOS)
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Voters are at the polls today for the Republican primary, but some of them are approaching the ballot with much less confidence than previous elections.
“I’ve never felt such trepidation in an election as I have this time,” said Michelle Downard, who cast her ballot at the Twin Falls Reformed Church. “I don’t think I trust any of them a whole lot. Trust is a big issue with me.”
The economy and fighting terrorism are two of the issues Downard is most concerned about. She wants a president who will be able to tackle both of the issues with confidence, but she’s not sure who the best candidate is for that.
The economy and country’s safety are topics of concern for Chuck and Nancy Rule, who also cast their ballot at the Reformed Church, but they had a different perspective on the candidates. They said they believe Ted Cruz or Donald Trump would do well in office – “but probably more Cruz,” Chuck said.
“Trump gets a little wild but I still like him,” Nancy said. “He says what’s on his mind.”
That’s the opposite of what voter Jesse Padia said. “I don’t like Trump,” he said. “I don’t like that he’s previously sided with the Democrats and now he’s running as a Republican.
A couple of issues on Padia’s mind: “I don’t think there needs to be a lot of change with immigration. I do want someone to help with our gun rights.”
He said he thinks politics have become too partisan, and that there’s too much discord even within the same party.
“It’s almost like a high school popularity contest,” Padia said of the GOP candidates, noting that they seem to spend more time bashing each other instead of promoting their own platforms.
Padia cast his ballot at an LDS Stake Center on Orchard Drive, where a steady stream of voters assembled Tuesday afternoon, as they did at other polling locations. More than 150 voters had come to cast their ballot before 2:30 p.m. at the Twin Falls Church of the Nazarene, said precinct clerk Annett Esplin, including 21 new registered voters.
“That surprised us. It’s been steady all day,” she said. “People are getting out and voting.”
At least in the Republican primary. A little before 2:30 p.m., not one vote had been cast at the precinct for the Constitutional party, Esplin said, which also is holding primary elections today.