Republicans attempt to thwart voter apathy with monster-size voting machine

ROUSES POINT The polls have closed, the votes are in and the people have had their say. And, its the hope of the Town of Champlain Republican Committee a larger than life voting machine helped to add to voter turnout on Election Day. If youve traveled through the Town of Champlain heading toward the Village of Rouses Point, you may have noticed a massive 8 ft. by 8 ft. voting machine at the intersection of State Route 11 and Wyeth Road. The large, plywood structure was created by county legislator area one candidate Larry G. Barcomb and fellow members of the local GOP committee as a means to remind voters, as the machine reads, to Vote Nov. 6. We were just wondering how to get the voters out, said Mr. Barcomb. Its kind of an off year. Its not a gubernatorial or presidential election. If this brings out a few extra voters, its worth it. With about eight to 10 men sitting around brainstorming how they could fight voter apathy, Mr. Barcomb said, the idea to create the prodigious polling place was born. After about four evenings, the monster machine was built and painted a patriotic red, white and blue. Following its unveiling Nov. 2, GOP candidates posted their election signs on the structure. Though Republicans came up with the idea, members of the Democratic party were welcomed to post their own posters as a sign of interparty cooperation in getting voters to the polls, no matter what their political affiliation. The main thing is, you have to keep it open to both parties, otherwise, it looks like just another political thing, said Mr. Barcomb. Mr. Barcomb and members of the Republican committee added they thank Chaudry Khan for allowing them to place the voting machine at his business, Sultans Sunoco.

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