“I was taught to vote, so I’ve voted since I was 18, a long time,” Quill said.
Hours earlier at Brown Elementary School, situated in Ward 2, turnout was far more modest. Lunchtime saw only a small trickle of people enter the school to vote. When voters came, it was generally one at a time. Although one voter said he had to wait in line — a first for him after many elections.
Some visiting the school said they stopped by because voting was the right thing to do.
“We always vote,” Gillian Chatfield said, leaving the voting station at the school shortly before noon. Both Chatfield and her husband, David, voted for Holaday.
Jack Welch, a Newburyport native, said regardless of who is on the ballot, it was important to vote.
“It’s a good habit to get into,” Welch said, adding he voted for Sullivan.
Brian Hromadka, who declined to say who he voted for, echoed Welch’s sentiment.
“I’m generally supporting the city, making sure the right people are in office,” he said.