A steady flow of voters was reported in Choctaw County, Ala., as the state participated in Super Tuesday presidential primaries. Voters said they would not have had it any other way.
"Because it's our civic duty and we want to make sure we get the right person in," said Ethel Dasis.
"I mean it's Black History Month. We haven't always been able to do it," said Timaka Wade. "It's a blessing to be able to do it."
With about a 5% increase in the number of newly registered voters leading up to the primaries, Choctaw County was in line with the rest of the state. Alabama had 58,000 new voters register within the last three months.
Alabama also made history with primary voting because this is the first time that the state has joined about two dozen other states in casting ballots on Super Tuesday.
According to Choctaw County Probate Judge D'Wayne May, moving the primary elections from June to February was a good decision.
"As a matter of fact it's quite exciting," May said. "Presidential nominees were pretty much elected by the time we voted in June and this brings Alabama into the mix as far as feeling like you are making a difference."
The voters we talked to seemed to agree.
"We've got more time now between now and this fall with the general election when everybody's really got their minds made up," said voter Floyd McCary.
"This could make a big difference," said Donna Hannah. "Today could make a big difference."
When it comes to making a difference, some voters say the make up of the ballot already has.
"Because I'd like to see females have positions and blacks have positions. It just shows us that we're more together now. We've come a long way," said Rosie Larson.