What was missing from polling precincts in Denver on the most democratic day of the year was voters.
“I was in and out in no time. There was no voters,” says voter Richard Rizzo, outside the precinct at South High School.
That was also the case at the Wash Park Recreation Center.
“Not much activity actually. I was surprised there wasn’t a voter line,” says voter Mark Lester.
And at St. John’s Cathedral at 14th and Washington–same story.
“Good morning. Coffee, cookies?” asked election workers of voters at the precinct.
Instead of long lines, voters getting coffee and cookies—and also their choice of voting booths—many sitting empty.
It seems only election workers waited—for voters to arrive—as “I voted” stickers wait at the ready.
“It’s not voter apathy. It’s because people have gotten the job done,” says Glenn Ellis, supervisor of the polling precinct at the Wash Park Rec Center.
Ellis says there was a rush of voters when they opened the polls at 7 a.m. One voter even got in line to vote at 5:55 a.m. But the rush was done by about 8:15 a.m.
Early voting, no doubt, helping reduce the crowds.
Of the 353,000 voters in Denver County, more than 200,000 had already voted early—leaving about 153,000 to vote at 149 polling places in Denver, says Alton Dillard, spokesman for Denver’s Clerk and Recorder Office.
Michelle Morgan was one of those who waited to vote today.
“Just because I procrastinate. I still think it’s a right, I want to exercise, and so it was important for me to get here today,” she says.
“I know you can do it early, do it a million ways. But I like being there, on that day,” says voter Forrest Leas.