Voters trickled in and out of the polling station in front of Elkins Park Free Library, and many of those interviewed shared a common goal: voting for change. Considering the war in Iraq, tax cuts that benefit the wealthy, and soaring health-care costs, many voters in Elkins Park said they've had enough of the status quo.
"I haven't voted in years," stated Rene Klein, who made the effort to come out for this year's mid-term election. The Iraq war spurred her to get to the polls, but abortion-rights and the Terri Schiavo fiasco also remained front and center. She touted Gov. Ed Rendell's accomplishments during his term, and said that she was uneasy about Sen. Rick Santorum's fiercely pro-life record.
Her priority is "that we get a Democratic candidate to vote against the war," she said.
Voter Stuart Burd agreed with the anti-war sentiment: "I think it's a mistake, and we should pull out as soon as possible."
Aleister Saunders was more motivated to cast his ballot "against the Republican monopoly."
Iraq, jobs and the overall outlook of the country all were on his mind when making the decision to support Democratic candidates.
Burd wished that there had been more discussion of health-care issues during the heated election season. With such costs rising for both employers and employees, he said, it's a burgeoning problem that got little play in the political arena.
Although many voters at the polls were annoyed by the onslaught of negative advertising on the small screen and over the airwaves, they still showed up to vote. "I detest people who misinterpret information to serve their own needs," said Richard Weinberg of the many negative ads he saw throughout the past months.
"With all the negative ads, you couldn't exactly be sure who to believe," added Barbara Messinger.
Saunders joked that the deluge of robo-calls and commercials served to make sure that the election didn't just sneak up on the populace.
Many voters agreed that this election was an important one, in determining both the makeup of the government and the direction of the country.
"I look to elect the people whose ideas and ideals are similar to mine," said Messinger.
Making sure seniors don't have to choose between paying their heating bill and buying medicine — and making sure middle-class families can make ends meet — were two of the reasons she supported the Democrats in this election.