St. Louis power problems influence at least one voter

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:07 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

Margaret Gill’s great-granddaughter, Sadie, 4, might be the youngest person to walk out of a Columbia polling station with an “I Voted!” sticker.

“She got one, too,” Gill said as Sadie showed off her sticker with pride as she held her great-grandmother’s hand.

As Gill, 90, stepped out of the air-conditioned comfort of the Columbia/Boone County Health Department and into the 90-plus degree heat of the blacktop parking lot, electricity was on her mind.

“I think as large as Columbia is getting, we don’t want to do without it like St. Louis did,” she said.

Gill said she voted in favor of the electric bond issue. Sadie bounced around Gill’s knees as she explained that talking with a friend of hers in St. Louis who had gone five days without power convinced her that investing more money in Columbia’s power structure would be a good idea.

“They were even out of ice at the store,” Gill said her friend told her.

Gill said that she had worked the polls for 28 years but was not going anywhere near the new voting machines.

“I guess I’m an old fogey,” she laughed.

She also stressed the importance of voting for every citizen.

“Every vote counts, don’t you think?”

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