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Town election today, slow going at polls

By Staff | Jun 1, 2010

Smooth, yet slow. That’s how Town Recorder Lori Robertson describes poll activity so far during today’s municipal election. The historic Entler Hotel at the intersection of German and Princess streets is the site of today’s election and will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

As Town Recorder, Robertson is in charge of making sure that today’s polling goes according to plan. This is her first time overseeing Shepherdstown’s election. Making her job easier, she says, is the presence of a number of experienced election volunteers.

Addressing the “slow” pace of voting so far, Robertson says that this years election seems to be drawing less interest than in 2008, when she was elected to the Town Council. She says that the lack of a contested race in this year’s municipal election is translating into a slow day. “There are no contested races this year, none,” said Robertson in an interview today. “Things are pretty mellow.”

Robertson smiled as she recounted how election worker John Chrisman, in a loud and boisterous voice, bellowed an official announcement up and down German Street declaring the polls to be open earlier this morning. Chrisman will reprise the role later tonight as the polls close at 7:30.