As voters head to the polls today, officials reported a few problems when polling places opened in the Myrtle Beach area and turnout was steady.
Precincts in Horry and Georgetown counties opened without any major problems, according to election officials in each county. Some minor glitches were reported with a few machines.
"It looks like we might have a good turnout this time," said Sandy Martin, Horry County's election supervisor.
By 8:09 a.m., 113 people had already showed up at the Forestbrook precinct, at the Forestbrook Clubhouse, to cast their votes. It was a full house and people patiently waited their turn.
And they want change. And they want their voices to be heard.
"I wanted to vote because I have a voice and I want my voice to be heard," said Dawn McDonough, a property manager. "Our leaders need to hear our voice."
McDonough said she supports the hunting and fishing referendum, as well as a local referendum for public transportation.
"I just think people should be able to get around, especially because we live in a tourist area."
Jill Dinkle, an art teacher at Burgess Elementary School, brought her two children, 3 1/2-year-old Savannah and 2-year-old Collin, with her.
Savannah held her mom's hand, while Collin sucked his pacifier quietly in his stroller as Dinkle entered the voting booth.
"I want more money to go to the schools," Dinkle said. "I want to save my job. I'm an art teacher, and I need to keep my job. Education is my main concern, and just jobs in general."
In Little River, about 10 percent of registered voters at the Little River fire station on Bakers Street had voted by 9:15 a.m. Poll workers reported the turnout what they typically see all day.
Poll workers at Grand Strand Church of Christ near Surfside Beach said they consider early turnout at that poll to be heavy. By 9:30 a.m., nearly 200 people had voted at the site.
Light turnout was reported at 9:45 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church located on Glenns Bay Road.
At the St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church precinct, Rita Storm voiced frustrations with the folks in Washington, DC.
"Everything is a mess," said Storm, who had her 4-year-old granddaughter, Mahala in tow. "I want real, everyday people in Washington, not these politicians that have no flipping idea what it takes for real people to make ends meet."
Storm said she wants national legislators to strengthen our military.
"Honestly, we need to build up our military, not make it smaller. The stronger our military, the stronger our country."
Storm said she is tired of government oblivious to people's concerns.
"They don't know what is going on, and they don't want to know what is going on," Storm said. "They don't care because our problems are not their problems."
Locally, Storm wants to see the area get sufficient public transportation.
"Maybe, it will help with traffic," she said.
Judy Dow, a Coastal Carolina University employee, said she is ready for change.
"The general consensus is that [President] Obama and the Democrats are not doing well," Dow said. "And I want my vote to help change that."
Dow, like every other voter coming in and out of the St. Mary's precinct, wants our economy to create more jobs.
Dow added that she hopes the local economy, especially, will get a much needed boost.
"I hope we can promote the Myrtle Beach area more and our tourism industry," Storm said.
Gene Pennywitt, a retired salesman, said he wants our nation out of debt.
"We can't go on giving money away," Pennywitt said after casting his vote. "We are too far in debt. We've got to get out of debt. We can't keep on borrowing money."
Pennywitt is also passionate about public transportation and supported the referendum concerning it.
"A lot of people don't have automobiles," Pennywitt said. "We need to make sure they can get around."
By 9:30 a.m., 95 people had voted at St. Mary's precinct. Last time, a total of 200 voters showed up.
Voters read "Statewide Constitutional Amendments and Explanations" printed on yellow sheets of paper as they waited to vote.
The smell of freshly brewed coffee, provided by the church, permeated the room.
Four boxes and one bag of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, also provided by the church, were on an adjacent table, but voters didn't indulge.
They came to vote, not eat and drink, and that's what they did.