Update: Delawareans arrive at Kent Co. polls to make their voices heard

This story has been updated.

Around lunchtime Tuesday, voters arrived consistently to the Cheswold Fire Co. polling location, where a Delaware Fire Police officer assisted with traffic control for voters crossing Del. 42 to access the polls. Cars honked as they drove by, creating a noisy, busy atmosphere.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Coons spent about 30 minutes there, posing for photos with constituents and introducing himself as “Chris.” Wearing a facial covering throughout his visit, he bumped elbows with people and used hand sanitizer frequently.

About a half hour after his departure, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Lauren Witzke arrived to greet voters. She’d voted early at Delmar High School, where she is from and hit Roxana, Lewes, Millville, Greenwood and Milford before stopping at Cheswold. Ms. Witzke removed her mask to speak with Levy Court commissioner candidate Welton Satchell, who was also without a face covering.

Both Sen. Coons and Ms. Witzke faced primaries in their respective parties Tuesday.

Sen. Coons faces challenger Jess Scarane in the Democratic race and Ms. Witzke faces Jim Demartino for the Republican seat.

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SMYRNA — Delawareans began voting at 7 a.m. today, determining which primary candidates would continue campaigns until the general election Nov. 3.

Just before 9 a.m., a poll worker at Smyrna Middle School said 25 voters had cast their ballots. The worker was enforcing distance guidelines at the entrance, which was marked by a blue, taped “X.”

Joseph Barnhardt emerged from the building comfortable that his candidate choices would at least be tabulated.

“I believe in being old school, and with everything in the news about the mail-in system, I wanted to make sure my vote counts so I had to come out this morning,” he said.

After studying candidate stances, Mr. Barnhardt opted to pick a mix of incumbents and challengers.

“Some of the ones I voted for are already in office because they are doing a good job, and some of the new ones I voted for because I believe in their platforms and what they aim to do,” he said.

For the rest of the day, Mr. Barnhardt said he’d wear a sticker confirming his vote “because I want everyone to vote because in today’s society if you want change you need to get out and vote.

“You can’t sit back and complain about it if you didn’t vote.”

At the Clayton Fire Department, Inglish Short arrived pushing her 3-year-old daughter in a stroller, shadowed by her clearly energetic 6-year-old son who she wanted to take part with her.

“When we were in the booth, I told him that when we vote, it’s private, and I showed him how to push the button because I think it’s important that he knows that,” she said.

“He’s the future generation. They’re my children, and I want them to know their opinion counts, and I need them to know that they are going to be the ones leading us into success.”

Regarding the ongoing issues, Ms. Short said, “We need to protect our police and take care of our children.

“It doesn’t matter who we are, what color we are,” she said. “It doesn’t matter where we are from, we are a community, and we need to take care of each other.”

Wilmington’s Nicole Alvarez arrived in Clayton to support state Senate candidate Jaci Hugg, glad to just be part of the decision day scene.

“I love election day when people can use their voice to make a difference,” she said.

“I love when we can actually use our vote to voice who we think is going to make things better and bring us together even more.”

Albert Jackson voted earlier via mail, but arrived at Smyrna Middle School anyway to show support for longtime State Sen. Bruce Ennis.

“I feel you need to find people who are effective to get back into office because there’s so many crazy people here.

“The things they push for, I have never seen a climate like they have created today.

“We need more stability and order in this world and it doesn’t seem to be going that way.”