MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - With so much interest in the Tuesday, August 27 elections, it's no surprise that voters were lined up before the polls even opened.
PEOPLE LINED UP
Any given Tuesday morning can be hectic at E.R. Dickson Elementary School, but Tuesday morning was even busier. Before the busy precinct even opened, there was a line to get inside.
"The thing that got me early was I've got a busy day," a voter told us.
Coming into election day it could be assumed it would be a busy because there's been a record number of absentee ballots turned in. Thirty-five hundred were sent in by the cut-off day - that's nearly four times the amount of the last election.
DIFFERENT CANDIDATES; DIFFERENT TAKES
For the early birds, the future of Mobile is on the ballot. Incumbent Mayor Sam Jones is facing a strong challenge from Sandy Stimpson. We talked to supporters of both candidates at E.R. Dickson and Mae Eanes Middle School. We found different takes on Mobile's direction as a city.
"I think Mobile is on the brink of turning into something better than it has been but I don't want more of the same," a Stimpson supporter told us.
"I think Mobile is already headed in the right direction, so I'm hoping we keep it that way," a Jones voter said.
"We're losing our children," a Stimpson voter said. "That's a big issue for my age group. They're moving to bigger cities where there are more opportunities."
"Sam been there for us all the time, Mobile is fixing to bust open and we still need his guidance," another Jones supporter told us.
"I think we need some different leadership that looks at things in a different way," a Stimpson supporter told us. "We need to grow. We need some jobs in this town."
"We think he's done a wonderful job," a Jones voter said. "We want him to continue. He's bringing much business and interest to Mobile. I think he's doing a wonderful job."
That's a snapshot of a highly contested election and the voters who will be deciding who will lead Mobile for the next four years.
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