8:00am – Voters line up early | TheUnion.com

8:00am – Voters line up early

Dan Burkhart Clyde McKinley looks on as Wallace Judd hands over his ballot.
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At 7 a.m. today, a time when Nevada Union High School students usually find their choice parking spots at First Baptist Church, there were more voters than students parking their cars there.

The church is at 1866 Ridge Road, across the street from the school.

Inside the church hall, Wallace Judd waited cheerfully in line. The church hall doubles as a polling venue during elections.

“I just wanted to get my vote registered now,” Judd smiled a few minutes after polls opened throughout the county.

Waking up early to vote was not a problem for Judd; he’s an early riser and usually starts his day at 5:30 a.m.

As for poll worker Lee Tope, his 15-hour work day at the church began at 6:15 a.m. While many residents were still asleep in their cozy homes, Tope was setting up the voting booths and posting signs to direct the voters to the appropriate church room.

Working at the polls is fun at times but Tope calls the job more his civic duty. This is his third year on the job.

Tope was impressed by the immediate turnout.

“Last year, we didn’t get that many voters so early. They were lined up today at 6:45 a.m.,” Tope said.

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