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Coronavirus fears didn’t keep voters from the polls


QUINCY (WGEM) — Despite fears about the coronavirus, voters across Adams County flocked to the polls to make their voice heard in the Illinois primary election Tuesday.

First-time voter and Quincy Senior High student Claire Rogers said she was a little nervous coming out amid all the quarantine orders.

"It was kind of nerve wracking but it was like I'm sure like the voting place will do whatever they can to make it clean and make it good for us," she said.

She said there's nothing more important than voting.

"I can only change what I see as wrong if I come out and vote. I can't complain if I don't make an effort to change it so it's really important, not even just me, but as a community that we just come out and do our part and do what we think is right."

Polling place officials at the National Guard Armory said turnout throughout the day was steady with the only big rush of voters coming in around 1 p.m.

The Adams County Clerk's office said they took special precautions to protect people from the virus, asking polling place official to wipe down equipment and surfaces at least once an hour.

Mary-Lou Greenslough said she took some extra precautions before casting her ballot.

"Just make sure that I have my little hand sanitizer," she said. "Healthy hygiene, you know just washing my hands."

She said it's a rare opportunity to turn opinions into action.

"It's very important for everybody so you know you just say what you feel," she said. "You need to go out and do it."

Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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