Voters Meet Bikers At Polls

7 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, August 04 2010 Aug 4, 2010 Wednesday, August 04, 2010 10:54:13 AM CDT August 04, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - Columbia's Mid-America Harley Davidson dealership will be welcoming more than just bikers Tuesday.  The dealership serves as a polling center for Tuesday's primary election.  This isn't the first time the dealership has been used as a polling center but with this week's National Biker Roundup, more people than usual are expected to show up.

The Roundup is expected to draw as many as 35,000 bikers to Columbia this week.

Some in the community are worried that the bikers will scare people away from the polls, but dealership owner Steve Tuchschmidt says that should not be an issue.

"No, not at all," Tuchschmidt said.  "Voters come in and they end up engaging with us, checking out the store, talking with customers, it's really a good experience for everybody."

Samuel Moore from Chicago is among the bikers in town for the event.  He agrees with Tuchschmidt.

"We're just here to have fun," Moore said, talking about the bikers.  "Not to scare people away from voting."

Fellow biker Chirs Robinson echoed a similar statement.

"People should understand that someone who can afford to spend $30,000 on a motorcycle isn't a hooligan," Robinson said.  "Chances are they're educated and they understand how things work.  There's no reason we should have any affect on the election."

To help the voting process move efficiently, Mid-America Harley Davidson will have voters enter the building through a side door to ease congestion.

The Boone County Clerk's office did not return calls for this story.

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