You know a precinct is small and cozy when someone stops you in the parking lot and asks: “Are you 57?”
By that, she meant Voter No. 57.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, 57 people had cast their votes at the North Buffalo Lutheran Church, aka the Kragnes Township Precinct.
“I’m sure we’ll get a lot more this evening,” said head election judge Nancy Valenzuela.
The three election officials on hand observed that people had only had to wait in line a couple of times.
Once was so a man could register for the first time. The second “voterjam” consisted of a mom with two preschoolers and a third child in a stroller.
The pace was far from grueling, which made for a not-too-stressful day for election workers. The three women sat in the church’s comfortable reception area with the kitchen right behind them. Hot coffee was never more than a few steps away.
“It does feel like Ladies Aid because we can just sit and talk,” said election official Julie Sorenson.