Chattahoochee Chatter: Election Day hangover from booze, b'days

May 21, 2014 

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com Frank Myers is surprised by the staff at El Vaquero election night with a sombrero and the singing of Happy Birthday as he tries to check voting results in his race for school board. The plan was hatched by Myers' wife Cheryl, who said his birthday is actually Thursday, May 22 but she thought it would be both a good surprise and the opportunity for his friends and political supporters to add their birthday greetings. She said he will be 54. 05/20/14

MIKE HASKEY — Mike Haskey

Why? Because Martin wanted to be able to serve beer and wine to his guests, which would have been illegal at his own Macon Road HQ. For the record, no booze was seen flowing at Tomlinson's party.

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But there was booze at El Vaquero. And sombreros. And feliz cumpleaños.

Elected Tuesday night to the Muscogee County School Board, Frank Myers turns 54 today.

He was surprised by the staff at El Vaquero with a sombrero and the singing of Happy Birthday as he tried to check voting results.

The plan was hatched by Myers' wife, Cheryl, who said she thought it would be both a good surprise and the opportunity for his friends and political supporters to add their birthday greetings.

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Myers' win over incumbent Beth Harris wasn't a big upset to most. But there was one surprise Tuesday.

In perhaps the biggest upset of Election Day, the veggie pizza was the first kind to be gobbled up -- well before the pepperoni and sausage and supreme -- in the L-E newsroom.

Have no fear. The calories were made up later in donut holes.

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But that doesn't mean waiting at those polls doesn't leave us parched …

At Eddy Middle school, one of the poll workers came out of the library long enough to bring a bottle of cold water to the lone reporter waiting for the tally.

Said reporter was and is grateful.

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There never seems to be enough time.

At one precinct Tuesday a woman arrived at 7:15 p.m. and was upset to find that she was too late to vote.

The poll worker said they had been open for 12 hours. A man standing nearby added three weeks of early voting to that number.

Ten minutes later, another frustrated would be voter arrived. If only there was such a thing that told time …

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The poll workers at the Muscogee Elementary precinct had to get creative when they discovered the tapes from the voting boxes were way too long to hang on the inside of the school doors and still allow the public to see the results, because the doors have glass on only the upper half.

They decided to hang the tapes on the outside of the doors, but then they realized they would be mangled as folks went in and out of the building, because the tapes extended along the ground.

They finally decided to hang the tapes on the outside brick wall adjacent to the doors.

We admire their persevering public service, even if the Ledger-Enquirer was the only one to really take notice!

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