Strong Election Day turnout reported in Chugiak-Eagle River

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 12:51
  • Voters wait in line at the polls at the Eagle River Town Center building on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Poll workers reported steady turnout on election day. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Poll workers reported steady turnout on Election Day in Chugiak and Eagle River.

“It’s been very steady,” said Jane Barnes, who was working the polls at Chugiak High School in District 13.

Barnes and her fellow workers — Nancy Daugherty, Esther Hulse, Dotty Eldred and Sharon Wild — had been at the school since 7 a.m., handing out ballots and answering voters’ questions. The women had a stash of cookies and snacks to keep them hydrated, as well as a package of Oreos brought by a grateful voter.

“We get to see our neighbors,” Barnes said of the poll work, which in addition to handing out and collecting ballots includes checking voters’ names and addresses against the rolls.

They’re also responsible for making sure all political opinions and campaigning are kept out of the polling place.

“We don’t allow any politicking inside,” she said.

For the most part, she said voters Tuesday had been in good moods. The busiest time Tuesday was in the morning, she said, with a fresh surge expected after work in the evening.

At the Eagle River Town Center building, precinct chair Chuck Armstrong estimated 600 voters had been through as of 3 p.m. Armstrong said there were lines in the morning, and more began to form as he spoke.

“It’s been busy,” he said.

Polls close at 8 p.m. To see a list of polling places in Chugiak-Eagle River, visit the Alaska Division of Elections website.

Check back tonight for results.

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