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Stevens Point polling center extends voting hours

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A Stevens Point polling center will be open an extra 30 minutes Tuesday night to make up for opening late that morning.

City Clerk John Moe tells Newsline 9 a Portage County judge approved a half-hour extension for the 7th District polling center at the National Guard Armory. That polling center opened thirty minutes late Tuesday morning.

Moe said he wanted to make sure everyone in the district got a chance to vote.

Polling volunteers say they arrived at the armory at 6 a.m. to setup, but the doors were locked.

Moe says it took about a hour to track down the person in charge of unlocking the building.

"Unfortunately by the time we got there, got everything set up, got everything going, it was actually 7:30, so we missed that first half a hour there when people should have been able to vote," said Moe.

Volunteers say they turned away about five people during that half-hour period.

"Two of them actually waited and said, 'I have nothing else to do, so I'll wait,'" said Gary Wescott, a polling volunteer. "Three said they'd be back later. They were all very understanding."

Doug Meyers and his wife live right across the street from the National Guard Armory. They planned to get their voting done early.

"Karen and I like to go vote in the morning around 7:00 a.m. to 7:15 a.m., before we go out to work," said Meyers.

But at 7 a.m., the voting center across the street was still closed.

"It was definitely an inconvenience this morning because we normally vote first thing in the morning, but I was concerned because when you get an election like that you want to make sure you get as much participation as possible," said Meyers.

Meyers says he made plans to vote after work.

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