for Montclair Local

In Montclair, the League of Women's Voters' message of "vote early" may have worked as most poll workers reported low numbers at polling places on Election Day.

However, lines at Hillside and Buzz Aldrin at 6:30 a.m. were a little long as voters waited to drop their ballots off in person rather than use the ballot box and some who were confused by not being able to cast a vote using a machine.

Some had no choice but to vote in person due not receiving their ballots in the mail like Jill Sherwood. She filled out a provisional ballot on Nov. 3 at the Municipal Building, and was relieved that the lines weren’t long.

Donna King has been a poll worker for at least 10 years, following in the footsteps of many of her relatives. She said early morning at Hillside was very busy, with a very slow rest of the day.

“People are voting. That’s inspiring. People are concerned. They want to see the change they want to see,” King said.

On Nov. 3 first-time voter Alisha Parker walked to the ballot box to vote in this year’s election.

“This is my first time voting and I'm honestly pretty nervous about the outcome of this one. It's very big right now, especially for my generation. I want to make sure I get out there and make sure that my voice and my opinions are heard today,” Parker said.