Western New Yorkers Make Their Voices Heard

November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 8:42 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Rachel Elzufon

November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 8:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - When voters cast their ballot, each may consider a different issue.

This year the economy has been center stage -- and lately, so are some very polarizing issues. Some voters tell Eyewitness news they are also taking a close look at abortion, family values and women's rights.

Jobs has been the focal point of every candidate's campaign this year.

Democrat or Republican, every name on the ballot wants to convince voters they have what it takes to fix the economy.

For Western New Yorkers, that's a big issue. Darlene Grey explains she thinks more people will vote than normal because "I think it's more important these days, with insurance and the economy and jobs."

The Board of Elections expects a 75 to 80 percent turnout, which is typical during a Presidential Election.

However, some poll workers say this year's number could be higher.

Early in the afternoon, poll worker Joseph Trimpler told Eyewitness News "This is the biggest crowd we've ever had -- right now -- and we're only half way through."

Many voters say the economy and healthcare are the biggest issues.

Sandra Jardine says "We're severely in debt -- more so now than ever before."

However, there is another debate that has both sides of the political aisle fired up -- the battle of abortion rights. Some voters tell Eyewitness News this could bring out two separate voting groups: liberal women and conservative Christians.

Julia Merrill said she has been tracking "Obama and Romney going back and forth between where women stand."

Merrill continues saying "I don't want to back track. I want to keep moving forward as women.

However, others say America's family values are heading in the wrong direction.

Reverend Raymond Laverley, Jr. says for him it's all about "family values and abortion."

He explains "A nation that drifts away from God is a nation that's in deep trouble and that's what we see in our nation."