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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 5, 2008

Hats off to the Emmet County poll workers who manned the polls Tuesday.

It takes a special breed to be a poll worker. They’re paid very little, go through a lot of training, and have to have a combination of patience and a steady nerve to handle the hurry-up-and-wait sort of crowds that come to the polls.

Poll workers have to have an incredible amount of objectivity to deal with some of the comments that they hear all day long. Luckily for them, elections only last a day.

Poll workers also have to sort through the myriad write-in candidates: Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Hugh Hefner (and his playmates) … they’ve seen it all. And still they manage to do their jobs with perseverance and humor.

So thanks a lot, folks!

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 5, 2008

Speaking of the election, apparently a lot of people switched parties to vote for Democrats locally in Tuesday’s primary. According to the Emmet County Auditor’s office, to what extent people changed parties to vote in the primary will be known once all the voting data is compiled.

There was apparently a lot of interest in both the race for sheriff and supervisor locally. Chief Deputy Mike Martens had 969 votes with 683 for Brent Shatto, both Democrats, while Gene Haukoos had 172 votes, meaning that 1,652 people voted for a Democrat for sheriff while 172 voted for Haukoos, the Republican.

A similar thing happened in the supervisors’ race, with current Auditor Bev Juhl the top vote-getter with 1,207 votes and 1,046 for Board Chair Alan Madden and 1,017 for incumbent Roger Anderson, all Democrats. The two Republicans running for the three supervisors’ seats were incumbent Randy Beaver with 178 votes and newcomer Tim Schumacher with 133 votes.

Undoubtedly, the apparent huge change of registration by Republicans to Democrats was due to two factors: the enormous interest in the local elections and a new state law that allows people to change their party affiliation at the polls when they vote.

Essentially, the new law gives people the opportunity to “vote twice” for the candidates of their choice.

It will be interesting to see what happens in November, both nationally and locally.