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Editor's Favorites: Sunset Hills and Crestwood Voters

I was out at the polls Tuesday morning, and met several interesting residents and campaign volunteers.

Stray observations:

  • While reporters love a good sound bite, my favorite answer to "What brought you out to the polls today?" is something along the lines of, "Because I never miss it!" 
  • Camaraderie among campaign volunteers: at a precinct in Affton I noticed two volunteers making friendly conversation and greeting voters beneath their umbrellas, and I didn't think anything of it--until I realized they were holding opposing signs. Dave Chilenski (on behalf of Scott Sifton) and Kay Brillhart (for Jim Lembke) spent the majority of the morning and afternoon outside that day--now that's dedication!
  • I only heard from one resident who had issues at the polls. Linda Gier, who's been living and voting in Crestwood for 19 years, said her name wasn't listed at her usual voting place. It took a little paperwork to get her cleared to vote at the site.
  • Sunset Hills resident Kirby Puckett was one of several residents who was interested in the Akin-McCaskill race. He said Akin's rape-related comments were egregious, and Puckett "does not support legislative religion."
  • The busiest times at the polls in Crestwood and Sunset Hills seemed to be early on. A volunteer for Deb Lavender said the line at Sunset Hills City Hall stretched out the door at 5:30 a.m.
  • Timing is everything: Jan Liebel said she only waited about 10 minutes to vote. Her husband, who arrived at 5:45 a.m., had a 45-minute wait.

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