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Even some elected officials didn't vote

How do you convince people to vote when several of Craig’s current elected officials can’t find time to make it to the polls?

“I just plain forgot,” Moffat County Treasurer Robert Razzano said. “I don’t really know why.”

Razzano said he had plans to stop by City Hall to cast a vote for Craig City Council members but that time got away from him.

Moffat County Treasurer Suz-anne Brinks was another person whose name didn’t have a check by it on the voter registration list.

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead had no comment when asked why he couldn’t make it to the polls.

And it wasn’t just elected officials who didn’t exercise their democratic rights.

Ten percent of eligible voters made it to the polls Tuesday — 549 out of 5,334, That’s higher than the 7 percent who showed up for the 2003 election and about par for election turnout.

“If we have 300 people vote, we consider that very successful. It’s pretty sad, really,” Meeker City Clerk Lisa Cook said. Meeker’s last municipal election saw a 6.9 percent voter turnout.

Routt County’s voter turnout can range from 7 percent in a primary election to 91 percent in the 2004 presidential election, Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said.

“Municipal elections typically have a low turnout,” she said.

“I forgot” was one of the most- given reasons Craig residents had for not showing up at the polls.

“It just slipped my mind,” Moffat County Morning News Editor Mike Hagan said. “Yesterday was a production day, so I just didn’t have the time.”

Even though he didn’t, Hagan said he believes people should vote.

“There’s really no reason not to vote,” he said.

“I just feel terrible,” business owner Nadine Daszkiewicz said. “I forgot about it. I’ve never forgotten an election in my life.”

JoAnn Quade didn’t make it to the polls, something she feels bad about.

“I guess I can’t gripe for the next two years,” she said.

Despite her slip, Quade still hopes people recognize the importance of voting.

Razzano advocates combining municipal elections with county elections as a way of increasing voter turnout.

“It would help if they did it in November,” he said. “It just feels more like election time.”

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