"There was a heavy turn-out, that's all I can say," said poll worker Raymond Crawford at Pelham Town House Tuesday evening. All day, the traffic of voters in to cast their ballots was brisk and steady. And even with only an hour left, voters continued to come in, heads tucked down determined to cast their ballots.
Pelham voters has one local contest to decided and chose John Gardner to remain on the bench as Pelham Town Justice. District 88 State Assemblyman Amy Paulin ran unopposed and will continue to represent our area in Albany.
Throughout the county, voters also chose incumbents and went strongly Democratic as predicted.
In the biggest race of all, Westchester voters chose incumbent President Barack Obama who has apparently won a second term over Repulican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Westchester voters favored Obama by 60 percent, with 80 percent of precincts reporting overnight.
Nita Lowey fended off challenger Joe Carvin. George Lattimer successfully moved from the State Assembly seat he's held for more than 20 years to the State Senate in a heated contest against Bob Cohen.
The day at Pelham's three voting sites ended as they began. Early Tuesday morning as the sun came up the largest crowd was at Pelham Manor Fire Department while people showed up with just enough density to fill the polling place without creating backlog.
So too the day ended at Daronco Town Hall on Fifth Ave. Crawford said the day had gone without trouble. No malfunctioning machines or other headaches reported at polling sites in other states.
Despite Hurricane Sandy and widespread, enduring power outages throughout both the villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor, poll workers were able to efficiently manage their sites and avoid any issues.
Pelham voters overwhelmingly favored their incumbent justice, former Westchester County Assistant District Attorney John Gardner. With a definitive 61 percent of the vote, Gardner retained his seat on the bench with a margin of 2,788 votes to 1,785. The candidates did not respond to Patch requests for comment.