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Democracy is a family-friendly, action-packed activity in Chester and Goshen


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  • Jeanne Krish, chair of District 10 in the Town of Goshen, shows the ballot to resident Eric Yacknowitz (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Allyson and Andrew Delo with their son Adiden, baby Juliana, and big sister McKenna at Chester Town Hall (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Goshen residents line up at the Main Street School to vote (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Election official Theresa Lewis helped a Chester voter find her district (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Diane Church studies the ballot at Goshen Town Hall before voting (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Voters ask questions of election officials at Chester Town Hall. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • A very determined Goshen resident, Ruth Mabee, was happy to come out to vote (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Dan Rado and son Jack (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Goshen residents have their questions answered by election officials before voting (Photo by Geri Corey)




  • Election official Nicole Brookins (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Election officials Len Knapp, Theresa Lewis and Anna Narvaez (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Joanie and John Rotar (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Adeline and Logan Haggerty with their mom, Michelle Haggerty (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Election officials Mary Collins, Gary Kaval, and Gina Favara (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • The one scanner was the last line voters faced during a heavy voter turnout at Chester Town Hall (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Voters were polite and patient as they in long lines at Chester Town Hall. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




This year the usually anemic midterm turnout got a shot in the arm.

Participation in Chester and Goshen shot up about 25 percent since the last midterms in 2014. Turnout that year was 3,650 in Chester and 3,613 in Goshen. This year it was 4,822 in Chester and 4,933 in Goshen.

But presidential elections always get more turnout, and even this year's energized midterm election didn't reach the turnout levels of the presidential election of 2016. Turnout that year was 5,909 in Chester and 6,415 in Goshen.

Residents crammed into Chester Town Hall to vote. People were polite and patient as they in long lines. In the first line they found out what district they were in, if they didn’t already know. Then they picked up their ballots from one of the various tables, waited in one of two lines for a chance to mark their ballots, then stood in the scan-your-ballot-line.

At Goshen Town Hall voters took the time to study their ballots then, if they had questions, lined up to pose them to election officials.


















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