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Low but enthusiastic turnout in County

Low but enthusiastic turnout in County


November 6, 2002
Sentinel Staff Writer

SANTA CRUZ - They came, they checked in, they voted.
Despite low voter turnout, Santa Cruz hummed last night with the
sounds of a divided, devoted electorate.
“Short of a revolution, you know, you gotta vote,” said Natasha
Tribe-Keystone, 23.
“Nothing would hold me up” from voting, said Dorothy Del Mar, 76.
Voters interviewed all agreed on that, but disagreed on everything
For Del Mar, the biggest issue was the impact of students. “If they
don’t live here, they shouldn’t be voting, I don’t care if they do go to
school here,” she said. “They’ve ruined this town.”
Tribe-Keystone, a recent UC Santa Cruz graduate, said, “The reason
I vote is because my grandma’s a conservative Republican. That’s one
vote I disagree with, so I just try and cancel out that.”
Many polls were quiet until the evening rush. But eventually a few
throngs gathered.
“I’ve been here a number of years and we’ve never had a line,” said
Jerry Towner, a precinct inspector working the Louden Nelson
Community Center. As he spoke, some 20 people stood patiently in
the hallway .
A few difficulties also broke the quiet. “Numerous” voters were
missing from the election rolls because they registered recently at the
Department of Motor Vehicles, said Gail Pellerin, the county elections
manager. The DMV, for some reasons, did not forward their
information, Pellerin said.
A less vexing but more raucous irregularity occurred outside Calgary
Parish Hall downtown.
“The gentleman with the campaign truck and the torch is 106 feet
from the polling place and argumentative,” said Robert West, 27, an
election volunteer.
He was referring to John Golder, an outdoor guide who had parked his
slogan-festooned pick-up truck barely outside the legal distance from
the polling place and lit a flame to attract attention. One slogan read
“Purge progressive politics.” A canoe mounted on top read “Yes on P.”
Minutes later, a radically different-themed truck made a left turn into
the parking lot. It was a small electric vehicle with plastic windows
and a sign promoting Green Party gubernatorial candidate Peter
Out stepped Marilyn Strayer, 54, ready to cast her vote. “When I
was a Democrat, I considered not coming, then I became a Green.”
More voters came and went, and at 8 p.m. the ballot boxes were
sealed and carted away.

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