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Mont Vernon Police Sgt. Aaron Daigneault keeps an eye on a resident's donkey as she goes in to vote at Mont Vernon Village School on Tuesday. (Courtesy)

Mont Vernon registers a flood of new independent voters


Daughters joined their parents in Mont Vernon to push for candidates as folks head into the Village School to vote on Tuesday. (Nancy Bean Foster)
MONT VERNON--Voters are coming out in record numbers in Mont Vernon where more than 700 of the town's 1700 registered voters had already cast their ballots by the afternoon on Tuesday and more than 35 new registrations were counted.

Most of the new registrations were by voters who didn't choose to join a particular party, said Town Clerk Jeanette Vinton.

Only a handful of people came to the polls without an ID and around 12 affidavits were signed allowing people without ID to vote.

Outside the polling place at the Mont Vernon Village School, a group of teen girls stood with their parents holding signs for different candidates.

For Lori Hayes' daughter Lauren, campaigning for the Democratic candidates on the ticket was part of her families rules.

"I require them to dedicate time to the campaign," said Hayes, who believes that children need to understand and be part of the political process.

Ciari Formby-Lavertu and Claire Foley also pitched in to hold signs for Democrats, while Amanda Mead campaigned for her father, Republican Bob Mead, a candidate for State Representative.

"I think it's very important to support my father," said Amanda Mead.

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