For voters in Dunstable, Townsend, and Pepperell, even the rain could not keep them from casting their votes on Tuesday. Whether motivated by consequential ballot questions or by the current political climate, people of all ages lined up to make their voices heard.
While some voters were more vocal about who and what brought them to the polls, other voters shared how it was the privilege of voting in and of itself that brought them out to vote in the midterm elections. "Voting is a constitutional privilege that I chose to exercise every voting day," said Dave Schafer, 62, of Townsend,
Ballot questions of interest and concern for many voters were Question 1, and how it affects patient-to-nurse limits, and Question 3, a referendum on the 2016 law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation. Voters in both Townsend and Pepperell said it was one of the most important reasons for them making it to the polls.
Penny Murphy, 60 of Townsend, said Question 1 was important to her, because she has family and friends who are in nursing.
Jesse Agger, 32 of Pepperell, shared how Question 3 was personal. She said she would be accompanying friends who are transgendered to the polls in their hometown.
Millennials were also eager to vote in Townsend, and for different reasons.
"I saw an article somewhere that my generation doesn't vote, and it's a big deal, especially when it comes to women and gender equality. My mom was in the military, and I wanted my vote to support gender equality," said Chelsea Hurley, 21, of Townsend.
Michael Sullivan, 23, of Townsend, said he voted party line. "I voted all Republican. I am huge on gun laws," Sullivan said.
Some voters said they were reacting to President Donald Trump's election, choosing Democratic candidates whom they said will stand up to the conservative agenda.
Julie and Jeff Podgorni of Dunstable, for example, said they voted "all anti-Trump."
In Pepperell, members of the Democratic and Republican town committees sat outside under tents to appeal to voters.
Merle Green, of Pepperell, was at the polls in support of his son, Rick Green, a Pepperell resident who ran for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District. "I was not surprised that he ran for Congress," Green said of his son.
Members of the Republican Town Committee seemed to be most concerned about Question 2, which would create a state commission to study the impact on money in politics.
The Democratic Town Committee showed support for Question 3, with Nannene Gowdy, 77, of Pepperell stating how a "no" vote would hurt a lot of her friends and family. When asked what brought her out to vote, Tamara Gonda, 55, of Pepperell said, simply, to change the country around.