It was a rainy Election Day on Marco Island, with a steady downpour that may have deterred some voters from participating.
The most committed people at the polls were those campaigning for candidates, like Marco Island resident Joann Haigh, 82, who stood outside of the Precinct 193 polling place, shivering in the rain as she advocated for Dixon, Penta and Hudson.
“It’s kind of foolish to be out here,” she said, “but I’m determined.”
Others followed Haigh’s example, braving the weather to support what – and who – they believe in.
"I believe in [Rommel's] principles and that he can do a lot of good," Thomas Connors, 65, said. He, too, stood outside of the Precinct 193 polling place, holding a Rommel sign while donning a Rommel hat and T-shirt.
Few voters turned up at the Precinct 190 polling location during an hour of particularly heavy rain, but that didn’t stop longtime Marco Island resident Bob Olson from greeting each voter who did show up.
“I’m trying to get the right people elected to the school board…because the greatest asset we have is our youth,” said Olson, who was supporting Dixon and Penta.