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Forum staff reports, Published June 12 2012

Voters 'steady' in Scheels Arena's first time as polling site

FARGO – Scheels Arena saw its first faceoff with Precinct 16-03 voters in Tuesday’s primary, the first time the indoor hockey center has been used as a polling place for the new precinct.

As of early afternoon, 115 voters had cast their ballots in the primary, which features four statewide measures and a proposal to extend a half-cent Fargo infrastructure sales tax.

“We’re kind of been steady,” said Jaime Adams, an election judge for Precinct 16-03, adding that a steady stream of voters have been coming in, though not in overwhelming numbers.

The new precinct is south of Interstate 94 on Fargo’s southwest fringe, and serves voters in both the Fargo and West Fargo school districts, as well as a few rural voters.

Judy Millar, another election judge, found the spacious lobby of Scheels Arena, festooned with Fargo Force hockey banners, accommodating as a polling place.

“We have a lot of room,” she said. “I’ve worked in a lot of smaller places.”

One voter, who declined to be named, said he was most eager to cast his vote in favor of Measure 2, the proposal to eliminate the North Dakota property tax.