Few voters at campus polling place

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:55 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Though few may know about it, MU’s Memorial Union was also a polling place for Tuesday’s primary election.

As people walked in the Union’s side entrance, most would shoot a quick glance into the voting area before moving on to the coffee shop, meetings or other rooms in the building. With few people to help, most of the election judges bided their time in the voting area.

Only one person in Union Square was wearing an “I Voted” sticker. She was sitting at the table drinking coffee and working on her laptop.

Tracy Rittenhouse, 27, is a graduate student at MU. However, she lives and is registered in Ashland, where she voted this morning.

“I was there a few hours ago, then came in to get some coffee,” she said.

Having the voting booth right down the hall from the coffee shop didn’t seem to have any effect on the business.

The morning’s cashier, Cynthia Adkerson, said she had only served three people so far.

“I didn’t even know there was an election this morning,” she said.

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