“C’mon, we’re going to save our country,” Josh Fowler said to a friend as he approached the Eric Rood Administrative Center to vote.
For him, saving the country meant voting against Joe Biden.
“I’m normally nonpartisan,” Fowler said, “but I don’t see Biden as competent enough to run the country. Sometimes he can’t even speak and I don’t think we should have that.”
The site was one of several venues in the county where citizens could cast their ballots on a host of local offices and measures, as well as who they wanted for president.
George Wagner, who also voted at the administrative center, said he suspects the record breaking voter turnout prior to election day — around 70% of Nevada County voters — may have been why his in-person voting experience was easy. Wagner said he would have voted regardless of the wait, had there been one, but his concerns about COVID-19 were allayed by lack of crowds.
“I didn’t have to wait in a line,” Wagner said.
The administrative center opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, said citizen poll observer and Nevada City resident Barbara DeHart.
“There hasn’t been much of a line,” DeHart said, “but it’s been a steady stream.”
Wagner said he has a “spiritual conviction” about fulfilling his civic duty via voting.
“It’s such a responsibility, honor and privilege of every American to do our part in this beautiful country we live in,” Wagner said. “The biggest issue for me is apathy. I don’t care what side you’re on. There are so many issues to address.”
Nevada County resident Fran Vyverberg said she feels a similar sense of obligation as the daughter of a World War II Navy veteran who graduated from UC Berkeley.
“I was blessed to be raised around beautiful people who have done