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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 10:54 pm | Updated: 2:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Joyce Stokes, a 42-year-old orthodontic assistant, took time out of her afternoon to vote at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Mesa.

"Straight-line Republican," she said, describing her vote.

Stokes said it's difficult to find accurate information about candidates.

"I think the American people are being deceived by the liberal press," Stokes said. "The people believe the President is capable. Americans ought to be more patriotic."

Kevin Kenney, 32, said he recently moved to the East Valley from New York and found Arizona politicians to be misleading. The Gilbert resident and delivery driver said he wished candidates would focus on issues, rather that attacking each other.

"As far as candidate go, I'm very confused," he said. "All they do is throw dirt. They don't promote any issues."

Kenney added that he was happy to comply with the new identification requirements at the polls.

"I think it's a good idea," he said. "If they didn't check ID's, people could vote two or three times."

Ed Shiff, 68, and Peggy Shiff, 65, said they came to the Gilbert Maricopa Public Library specifically to vote in the gubernatorial primary race. Ed Shiff said he approved of the values voiced by Len Munsil.

"He's family oriented," Ed Shiff said. "And I'm not pleased with Napolitano."

Peggy Shiff said she hoped voters in the upcoming general election will approve a statewide smoking ban in bars, restaurants and other businesses.

"I know too many people with health problems from smoking," she said.

Bob Boren, 79, said at the Gilbert Maricopa Public Library that his vote was driven by his civic duty, rather than issues. Boren, a Democrat, said he found "nothing in particular" in the primary election to be compelling, but he still showed up to cast a vote for Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Charles Carpenter, 50, said he heavily researched the candidates before he went to the Gilbert Maricopa Public Library to cast his vote.

"Andy Biggs — that's one that comes to mind," he said, adding that he would also vote for Republican gubernatorial candidate Don Goldwater. "I read some of his info. I like his sincerity."

Kathy Roberts, 42, said she's a Republican who, nonetheless, will support Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat.

"I prefer the governor we have now," said Roberts, a Gilbert teacher's assistant. "I vote for who I think is the best person for the job."

Mike Baier, 39, said he was generally pleased by the new identification requirements he found at the polling place at Crossings Community Church in Chandler. Baier, a Gilbert environmental service worker, said he didn't find any of the candidates particularly compelling.

"Doesn't look like there's much to choose from," he said.

Dianne Miller, 36, said while voting at Crossings Community Church in Chandler that education was her primary issue. But she ran into a little trouble with the new identification requirements at the polls.

"I have to come back," she said. "My ID has the wrong address."

Robert Summers, 56, said he would cast his vote to follow his strong Christian values. Summers, an electrician, voted at the Kon Tiki Mobile Home Park in Chandler.

"If you don't vote, you can't complain," he said.

Christina Potter, 19, said she cast her first vote ever at the polling place at Tempe Church of Christ.

"First-time voter," she said. "Very excited."

Chad Sundin, 30, said he hoped the ballot he cast at Tempe Church of Christ would help swing power to the Democrats. Sundin, a Tempe musician, said he hoped to see progressive social issues emerge soon at the Capitol.

"In the state Legislature, I hope to swing the vote," he said. "I hope to have more voice of the middle-left."

Donna Hammond, 52, said she would continue to support state schools chief Tom Horne. Hammond, a Chandler sales representative, said Horne has proven to be an able leader.

"Every school board has its issues," she said. "I do think Tom Horne is doing a good job. I know there's some controversy, but I still support him."

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