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Merrimack Valley

November 6, 2012

Huge turnout in North Andover, Haverhill as voters flood to the polls

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The Romney voter said he is in favor of "small government and less taxes."

Derek Rhodes, 56, another early voter, said he likes to "get it out of the way" and get to work. A supporter of Pres. Obama, he voted a straight Democratic ticket.

"I believe in their policies," he said.

Dorothy Varga of the North Andover Music Association stood outside at a fund-raising table near the entrance to the high school gymnasium as a steady stream of people poured through the doors.

"It is amazing," she said. "It's a constant line of people coming through."

Osgood Street was backed up to Pleasant and Park streets, as police directed voters into and out of the vast, nearly full parking lot.

Elizabeth Holleran, who grew up in North Andover but now lives in Haverhill, held a sign for one of the local state representative candidates at the Osgood Street entrance to the high school.

She said she couldn't believe the traffic.

"I've never seen it like this," she said. "This is heavy activity. It's amazing."

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Mike Labella contributed to this story.

 

 

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