Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 | 9:59 a.m.
CARSON CITY – At least 40 Republicans got off on the wrong foot Saturday in their effort to attend the presidential caucus and some were pretty upset.
“That’s it,’’ says Lois Kelly. “I’m getting ready to go for Obama I’m so fed up.”
The Republicans scheduled 12 of their precincts to cast their votes at the governor’s mansion. But two days before Saturday, they changed the location. And apparently the party was unsuccessful in notifying everybody of the switch.
More than 40 Republicans showed up at the mansion Saturday morning. There was a small sign outlining the switch but it didn’t give any directions to the new site of the Senior Center. And the sign could not be read from the street.
There was no one stationed at the mansion to re-direct the voter.
Debra Rodich, when informed by reporters of the switch, said, “We’re supposed to be the organized party.” She said she did not receive any notification of the change and she called the party “very arrogant.”
“This is very discouraging,” she said.
Gary and Melisse Morrison said they got the notice of the change of location and drove to the Senior Center. But they left without voting. There was no place to park and the line to cast the ballot was half-mile long.
Melisse said she had a cast on her leg and she was not about to stand in the 24 degree cold weather for possibly an hour waiting to cast her ballot.
“We’re going to change to be independents,’’ said the Morrisons. They had driven to the Senior Center, And after leaving there, drove by the governor’s mansion where they stopped and agreed to talk to reporters.