Hampton Cove Voters Hit Polls Bright And Early

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The polls opened Tuesday at 7 a.m.   Many voters were waiting at the door to cast their ballots.

In Hampton Cove, voters lined up outside Cove United Methodist Church before the polling place doors even opened, eager to participate in Alabama's 2012 Primaries.

"Voting's important," said Chris Gaines.  "I wanted to make sure I got it in.  I came out early.  There were a couple of the candidates that I really wanted to support, so I decided to come out and made sure I got my vote in for my candidate."

We also talked with voter Rusty Bryce.

"I served 30 years in the military and I think a part of what the military does is reserve this right for the American public," said Bryce.  "And if I served to reserve the right for the American public, I'm part of the American public, I'm responsible for selecting those that represent me and that's what I'm here for."

Other voters cast their ballots for the very first time.  Huntsville High Senior Sara Campbell said her fall semester government class prepared her for the responsibility.

"That's when I really got interested because I knew I would be voting," said Campbell.  "Before, I've never really paid attention because I wasn't able to take part."

Regardless of party, these voters know what was at stake when they walked through those polling place doors.

"If you don't vote, you can't complain because you didn't take part," said Campbell.  "If you don't use your civic duty, then you have no right to talk about the government."

Bryce agreed.

"I'm a real believer in that," said Bryce. "If you don't take part in the process, don't complain about the process.  There's no bigger election in this nation to me than the presidential election because that person represents your thoughts, your beliefs and how you want the country to be run. You've got to be a part of the process if you want to see the country run the way you believe."

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