Frank Hadley III and his wife, Peggy, reach for their identification to present to election workers Saturday at the poll in the Flint RiverQuarium Resource Center located at 125 Pine Ave.
ALBANY — The Flint RiverQuarium Riverfront Resource Center attracted voters eager to take advantage of early voting Saturday.
Election workers set up the first floor of the center at 125 Pine Avenue to check voters in and move them quickly to the polling machines in another room starting at 8:30 a.m. Everything moved as fluid as the nearby Flint River.
“Everything is going very well,” said Noel Bittner, election site manager, at 12:15 p.m. “We’ve had people come in pretty steady and we’ve had about 100 voters.”
Early voting will continue until Saturday at the Government Center, Bittner said. There will be no July 30 voting and then the regularly scheduled voting day July 31 will wrap up the primary elections.
People found convenience, traffic-free streets and parking without worry downtown for voting Saturday. To some it became a family experience.
Milton Johnson, his wife Tammy and their 6-year-old son Marcus left the polls feeling they had done their civic duty and given Marcus a good example.
“It is a good convenient tool for those who have to work to vote,” Milton Johnson said. “I work a rotating shift and I can get my family and come out to vote.”
Frank Hadley III and his family agreed wholeheartedly. A truck driver, Hadley sometimes has scheduling conflicts, but made Saturday voting a family event with his wife Peggy and their granddaughter Nautica.
“He doesn’t get to vote every time,” Peggy Hadley said. “This makes it easy to get it done.”
Making it easier for those who may be elderly, infirm or without easy transportation, Renniah Gay helped a crew in a church van pick people up and take them to the polls.
“(Saturday voting) is a good way for people, no matter who they are or vote for,” Gay said, “to get out and support their community.”