Fort WashakieBy Ron Feemster (9:38 a.m. MST)
Head election judge Kay Pingree is bracing for a heavy day of voting. With a voter at every booth, she aid 44 people had cast ballots by 8:45. “It’s presidential,” Pingree said. “But we also have three seats of five up on the local school board.”
She walks over to the ballot pasted on the door and counts. “Eight people are running for three seats. It will be pretty steady voting all day. We are ready for a pretty heavy turnout.”
Pingree had a stack of voter turnout flyers by RezAction stacked on the desk at the entryway. But they were turned face down.
“That’s a little too much like campaigning,” she said, holding up a flyer. “You know, ‘Go all native.’ We don’t need that here. The T-shirts and the food are all over at Rock Hall.”
Her slightly brusque and protective manner – mother to the voting precinct – thinly disguises her pride in being part of an election. She waves at the voters sitting down.
“Voting is a sacred rite, don’t you think?”
Pingree wouldn’t let us shoot photos of her. “This is about voting. It’s not about me,” she said. Then she shooed us out the door and sent us to the feast.
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