ELN: Winery smooth fit for county officials as new polling place

Most voters cast their ballots at churches and schools on Tuesday. Not Tracy Scott. She voted at a winery.

Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway, more often a site for weddings, was a vote center for the first time in a presidential election, said owner Bob Witham, who was approached by county election officials because the winery met the necessary location requirements.

The winery’s chateau, where the voting machines were set up, was easily accessible for voters with plenty of parking outside, said Janice Rich, Mesa County Clerk.

The chateau also was the required 100 feet or more from the wine tasting room.

Rich said she thinks both Two Rivers Winery and Mesa Mall are unique places to stage elections and that the winery was essential because of its location.

“We were looking to be strategically located out on the Redlands,” Rich said. “There are a lot of buildings in the Redlands, but they are all together. (Two Rivers Winery) was another area on the Redlands not close to other vote centers, so we can spread voters around. That gets to be challenging in Mesa County.”

When Scott, 46, was living in Cheyenne, Wyo., she voted at churches, so Tuesday was different and special.

At noon on Tuesday, Scott walked from her job as a server in the wine tasting room, over to the chateau,
signed her registration card, voted and returned to work — all in 15 minutes.

The winery makes and sells white and red wine, but no blue. “Sometimes the grapes look blue, like blueberries,” Scott said.

Scott said several people had come over to taste wine after voting. The tasting room closed at 6 p.m.

“A lot of people haven’t been up here,” she said. “There’s curiosity.”


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