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    Donkey adds some novelty to voting in Winterville

    November 12, 2018

    WINTERVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The donkey at the Winterville Fire Department on Tuesday was not a statement on political parties. It was just for fun.

    Ronald Hines, one of the owners of Winterville’s landmark Dixie Queen restaurant, brought a real live donkey to the Winterville South precinct on Tuesday morning the lighten the mood and entertain the voters. He was there for several hours.

    “It was kinda on a dare from my brother,” said Hines, wearing overalls and long gray beard. “I said, ’Do you think I won’t bring her, because I will bring her. I said, ‘I don’t know nobody else who’s bringing their ass to vote.’”

    Hines is the uncle of District Court judge candidate Daniel Hines Entzminger. The Dixie Queen is nearby the fire station. He hung a hand-painted sign around the neck of the Donkey, named Ellie May. It said “I brought my ass to vote.”

    “The main thing is to give people something to see or do around here,” Hines said. “You know it’s kinda quiet out here, and they see this donkey here and they’ll say, ‘Well it was worth coming out here and voting.’ So they’ve enjoyed it, and we’ve enjoyed it and we’re hoping next election we can bring another one out here to break up the boredom.”

    He said everyone from old people to little kids stopped to pose for photographs with Ellie May. He said the donkey was calm and felt better in town than she did on the farm.

    “I don’t know if anyone else in the U.S. has done this today,” Hines said. “Their asses are voting, but I don’t know if they brought a four-legged ass to vote.”

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    Information from: The Daily Reflector, http://www.reflector.com

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