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Electioneers trade jabs as voters head to polls

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Both sides of the political aisle are trading verbal jabs to try and sway last-minute voters.

For 20-year-old Alex Kennedy, this election is doubly important, as it is his first opportunity to vote.

"It was such a close election, and both parties were saying good things that I thought it would be best for me to come out and put my vote down," Kennedy.

However on his way to the polls at Williston Middle School in Wilmington, he had to pass through a political battlefield, where electioneers traded verbal jabs over this sign hung by the Democratic Party.

"When I first got here they were hanging up this very large sign, and the sign indicated that it was for a Democratic voting precinct," Sophie Johnson, a Republican said. "Now, I'm a Republican and also an American, and you're implying that this is only for Democrats, and that's not true. It's for all Americans."

Democrats fired back that they do not understand all of the fuss; they are just exercising their First Amendment rights.

"They're upset saying that it's confusing. They have the right to put a sign over here saying the same thing for the Republican Party, so it's not illegal," Democrat E.B. Davis Sr. said.

While the verbal jabs continue to fly outside polling place, inside voters are seeing democracy at its best.

"They have the Republican Party, you have the Democratic Party, and you've got independents," Davis said. "People need to come out and voice their opinion and do their God-given right. I'm not telling them who to vote for."

The sign that caused the stir remains up outside of the Williston Middle School precinct.

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ELECTIONEERS

When I went to vote at early voting about 2 weeks ago I was shocked when I witnessed Folks handing out Democrat flyers and literally chased an African American lady down suggesting that she take a list of Democratic folks wanting to take office. The lady seemed offended that first they ran her down on the sidewalk but that they assumed she was a Democrat. What was funny was the lady was really nice to them and quitely stated thank you but I intend to vote as a Republican...if only they could have seen their face. This kind of stuff needs to stop and all these people including the signs should be banned from the polling place...that way no one feels intimidated when they go vote!!! Just my nonbias opinion.

No Problem

The sign should remain up. There is nothing confusing about it. If I see a David Rouzer sign in front of my polling place I don't assume that it's David Rouzer's precinct only. Shut up and make your own sign.

No problem. Really?

It would be helpful if the size of the sign was mentioned in the story. It is a somewhat misleading sign. At least the sign is respectful of the other candidates and or voters, and does not suggest that they should be wearing their ass as a hat, like the first commenter, who obviously is.

Yea...REALLY

Did you read the story? It said "very large sign." Furthermore, from looking at the picture it is fairly evident how large the sign is in comparison to the others that surround it and that we are used to seeing. What is misleading about it? Are you that easily influenced that any sign you see might sway your way of thinking? If an undecided voter is "confused" or finally swayed on their way into the precinct by that sign, he or she was mislead far before they walked past the sign. This is America, we are free to exercise certain freedoms and that sign represents such freedoms. I voted mostly Republican but the sign doesn't bother, confuse, or "mislead" me in any way. Please save your clever quips for issues that actually matter.