Call me wierd, strange, old-fashioned...
I like the whole concept of actually "doing" the voting thing, so, I went to the polls...just for the act of going there and casting my ballot at the time and place, etc.
...everything went smoothly, though...and the queues were rather long, but, I went in and actually waited all of about maybe ten minutes...people went in, did their thing, and left...no troubles, no machine difficulties, no jams, no nothing...at least in our precinct, we were lucky.
I'm posting a comment quite late but we were in Vegas on election day. We had voted in early voting before going. There were about 5 people ahead of us. The thing that was interesting is that the ones I talked to had never voted before. Most were in their 40's. I am in North Carolina and it finally got it right !!
This was the first time I've been old enough to vote in a presidential election, and it went off without a hitch for me. It took me only about half an hour to ride my bike to the polling place, vote (maybe 2 minutes in line), and get back to campus for class. No problems at all.
I live in a community about 45 miles NW of the City of Chicago (Obama's hometown and where I moved here from). Local news showed lines several blocks long at multiple voting locations throughout Chicago. Waits were in the 2+ hour vicinty. Many of the African-Americans interviewed on the street talked about this being THE FIRST time they had ever voted. One woman said that she had never voted before because it would not have made a difference in her life. She was taking her mother and grandmother to vote, as well. It was going to be the first time any of them had cast a vote. Three generations. It was such an emotional interview. I thought that spoke volumes about the importance this election has to so many disenfranchised in our country.
Interesting that I live in a Republican strong-hold county, McHenry. Not one Obama sign have I seen, at all. Well, just one and it was hand painted, nailed onto a telephone pole and it read, "Obama is the AntiChrist" I was very surprised to see that our county's majority went with Obama. I honestly think people were living in fear of showing public support because (1) he is a Democrat and the county is SO Republican and (2) he is Black and our county tends to be Redneck (Our county's nickname is "McTucky")
I had no line, no waiting at all. However, the day after the election, I'm riding my Goldwing with an Obama sticker on it, and was nearly side swiped while making a left turn by some impatient horn blaring SUV with McCain stickers on it. Oddly enough, I experienced little harrassment before the election; but, after...whooeee. For those who don't remember or didn't know, South Carolina was the first state to secede from the union in the civil war. Around here, some people are pretty snippy about Obama winning, fortunately I think they're a minority. Still, anecedotally, I had one conversation with an elderly (80's) man who was complaining about the economy and those in power. He gave out so many Democratic talking points, I assumed he was a dem. I said something about Obama, and he exploded... without going into the details... I'll just say I misread him, the old south, and kkk is still alive, you just have to know, or in my case, not know where to look! South Carolina is now a red state and remained so.
Oh, and I'm originally from Pennsylvania, and I've heard my dad and others refer to Pennsylvania as Pennsyltucky. They could have just been referring to Western Pennsylvania, I never gave it much thought.
i'm from PA central, my olks are still there. i think carville said, there's pittsbrgh, pholadelphia and in between is alabama. played out that way this time too on the map. all red in the middle even though the state still goes blue overall
I noticed on the news last night (and this is, of course anecdotal) that the precincts with problems hadn't a white person in the lines and the precincts with no waits hadn't a black person in the lines. Which isn't a judgment on the people in the lines (or lack thereof), but perhaps of the resources put toward particular precincts... concerning!
In any case... Obama made it! :-) Now, if only the judicial race I'm watching would finally be called and I could relax about who's going to be on our circuit court (#43).
Grace and Peace,
small town no waiting, step right up!
MWK's Token Estrogen-American
Yeah, Oregon is so much smarter than some states. I got my ballot by mail and voted last Thursday.
About 2 hours and 15 minutes. Stood behind a man originally from Liberia who flew in yesterday to vote, and in front of an immigrant from India who was a first ("fuhst") time voter and who was nervous as hell.
There's an excellent article in today's Washington Post about how LBJ made this election possible - quite thought provoking:
Think less, enjoy it more.
I waited for 1 hour 10 minutes in early voting in downtown Atlanta a week and a half ago before leaving for SAFF. The lines here have been crazy and over 1/3 of registered voters had cast ballots be close of early voting last Friday. A colleague of mine waited for 1 1/2 hours this morning, arriving 1/2 hour before her polling place opened.
I was in line for an hour for ADVANCE voting this past Saturday. The advance voting had been all over the place. Some people waited several hours while others were done in five minutes.
"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright
I did absentee as well... :)
Since I'm rarely home on Election Day, I always file an absentee ballot in Pennsylvania...mine was sent in a couple of weeks ago.
I dropped my absentee ballot in the mail on Friday.
I had to wait in line approx 2 minutes, that's a traffic jam here in Little Valley!
Yeah, here in Western New York we look at those long lines and go huh? I voted this morning and there was just the person already voting ahead of me. The other districts in the polling place (4 districts vote there) had 10 or 12 people in line. I took mom to vote this evening and she waiting a couple of minutes for the person voting. We were told this was the highest voter turn out in years.
Only in line for 30 minutes here in my Philadelphia neighborhood.
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