Eagle, Gypsum see steady stream of voters
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Although most of the county’s voters cast their ballots by mail or in early voting, the polling places in Eagle and Gypsum saw a steady stream of voters Tuesday morning.
Just after 8 a.m., more than 70 people had already voted at Gypsum’s town hall. Before voting, resident Scott Gordon said he expected to be “impressed” with the turnout.
“The turnout might be unprecedented,” Gordon said. “There’s been a lot of heated discussion this fall. I’ve found there are more people in general who are interested in this election than in the past.”
About 100 feet away, Tom Davis was waving a sign for Mohamed Ali Hasan. Davis is part of Hasan’s paid staff, but he agreed that this may be a milestone election.
“I think it’s fantastic there are as many people turning out as there are,” Davis said. “I think the days of apathy have been wiped clean.”
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Most voters are drawn to the top of the ticket in presidential election years, and the voters interviewed downvalley Tuesday morning were no exception.
“It would be breat to see some fresh faces, some new ideas,” Gypsum resident Jason Mullins said. “We need a change from the last eight years.”
Voters interviewed Tuesday morning talked mostly about the economy as the issue at the top of their minds. Some mentioned fuel prices.
Dave Metzler of Eagle said he hopes the next president can tackle the high cost of health care and the country’s foreign policy.
John Brgoch of Eagle said he hopes the next president takes on issues that didn’t get a lot of attention during the campaign.
“I hope he takes on immigration, and lowering spending,” Brgoch said. “We’re being taxed to death.”
Brgoch was unusual among the Tuesday morning voters in that how he voted for president didn’t affect his votes in races for the Colorado Legislature and Eagle County Commissioner.
“I went both ways,” Brgoch said. “I want to see some new blood.”
Most other voters, though, said their vote for president did affect their votes down the ballot.
“I’m pretty much sticking with the party,” Metzler said.
While most voters in Eagle and Gypsum seemed to be using the electronic machines, paper ballots are available for those who ask for them.
Beverly Smith asked for a paper ballot, saying she’s just more comfortable using the old system.
“I got frustrated trying to use the self-check-in at the airport,” Smith said.
No matter their affiliation, voters believe whoever wins the presidential race will face a tough job after inauguration day.
“I think you probably have to be crazy to run for president,” Smith said.
And in Eagle, Jennifer Daly said she’s happy to have the races run.
“I think we’re all ready for it to be over,” Daly said.