CORNELIUS, N.C. — As the sun rose here Tuesday, 20 miles north of Charlotte, 62-year-old Phyllis Driscoll was among the first in line to vote at town hall. Driscoll, who is Black, is voting for Trump, whom she believes God has sent to lead America.
Over the years, Driscoll said she has voted for both Democrats and Republicans. She supported former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. But she chose Trump in 2016 and again Tuesday, pleased with his support of Israel and convinced that “God is using him to put things back in order.”
Driscoll worked at a day-care center until the pandemic hit, but she left the job to homeschool her grandson. She acknowledged that Trump could have done more about the pandemic sooner, but “God is molding and shaping him,” she said.
Here in Mecklenburg County, early voting has already exceeded 2016 vote totals. Because so many votes have already been cast, Mecklenburg election officials predicted Tuesday’s lines would be lighter than usual. A few dozen people were outside town hall when polls opened at 6:30 a.m., and the line moved quickly.
While Charlotte is Democratic stronghold, Cornelius traditionally votes Republican. Chris Scotto, 72, came to the polls Tuesday advertising his support of the president with a red MAGA hat and a red, white and blue sweatshirt proclaiming “Jesus is my savior; Trump is my president.”
Scotto, a financial planner and real estate broker, is especially pleased with Trump’s handling of the economy. He says the president has brought back jobs and cut Chinese imports.
If Biden wins the presidency, he said, “I would truly want to give up my citizenship.”