At the polls: Sanders voter defends ‘right to choose’ whether to vaccinate

ELIOT, Maine — Andrea Martin, 37, a Democrat who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016, said she voted for him again in Tuesday’s presidential primary.

“I like his ‘model of disruption,’” Martin said. “Things were done when they were needed most.”

Despite his “progressive nature,” Sanders can bring people together, Martin said. The candidate will even glean support from some of President Donald Trump’s former voters, she said.

Martin, who has lived in Eliot two and a half years, said it was tough to choose a candidate when there were so many running. But that also meant there were more viable options on the table, she said, adding that she liked Elizabeth Warren, too.

On the immunization question on the state ballot, Martin said she voted “yes” to restore the religious and philosophical exemptions to the state’s vaccination requirements in schools and health care facilities.

“I really, really, support vaccinations,” she said, “but people should have the right to choose.”

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