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Voters trickle into Maybell polls

John Vandelinder

A presidential election comes just once every four years, so it’s only natural the topic would dominate conversations around the nation, including Moffat County, Craig and even Maybell.

But on Tuesday morning, you would have been hard-pressed to find anybody inside the Maybell Community Center muttering the words Obama or McCain.

Political talk is forbidden on Election Day inside the community center – which doubled as one of the three Moffat County voting centers on Election Day.

So the four Moffat County election judges – Kathy Ogle, Lorena Shaffer, Charlene Scott and student judge Nick Cammer – sitting inside talked about everything and anything they could think of that didn’t involve amendments, and potential senators, governors and presidents.

They greeted the trickle of voters who passed through the door on a first- name basis, sent them through the four steps required and directed them to their voting machine.

“We’ve had seven people so far in the first 45 minutes,” Scott said.

“We haven’t even had time to eat a donut, my gosh,” Ogle said laughing.

For a day carrying heavy implications nationwide, Maybell’s community center was light-hearted inside.

“Grandma Sally” Haskins poked her head from behind a voting machine.

“Oops,” she said. “How can I change my vote on this thing?”

Cammer gave her a printed sheet of instructions – his duty on this day – and Grandma Sally continued her task of solving the hi-tech voting machine riddle.

“I have no use for these computer things,” she murmured.

Ogle, Shaffer and Scott hadn’t voted yet – Cammer is not old enough – but it was just a matter of time before they would spend a few minutes on the other side of the judge’s table.

“We just pick a slow time,” Ogle said.

“When we get bored, we’ll get up and vote,” Scott added.

“Cowboy Sam,” who declined to give his last name, strolled in like a character in the show “Cheers,” as all four judges echoed, “hi Sam,” in unison, except for Sally, who only heard his voice, but still recognized a fellow Maybell resident.

He turned to cast his ballot, took one look at the voting machine at least 60 years younger than him, and let out a sigh.

“Hey Sally,” he said, knowing it was her although he couldn’t see her. “You going to help me with this?”

The room filled with laughter.

But it was a day when residents in Maybell let their voices be heard.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or