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Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Pulling The Lever, Punching The Chad, Tapping The Touchscreen

Polling Stationnilexuk via FlickrI've already gotten texts from friends in Pennsylvania and Harlem as they vote this morning; both say they're experiencing lines that stretch for more than a city block. How did it go for you? Please share your voting experience in the comments; I'm going now before heading into work, but I'll be checking in here all day.

Get out there...and happy voting!
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Blogger Briefs29 said...

Picture it: Chicago, 6:10 am. Waited in a line about a block long. Voted and and out at 7:10. It was good to see so many people out voting - more than I've seen there since the 2000 election.

Everyone wants to be part of making history today.

11/4/08, 8:39 AM  
Blogger ModFab said...

Updating from my phone...voting smooth as sailing right now at my polling place. One of the older volunteers said he'd never seen so much early turnout, but the mood in line wasn't tense. There seemed, in fact, to be an air of quiet positivity in the air.

For the first time in history, I just voted for a black man for President. How cool is that?

11/4/08, 8:54 AM  
Blogger FleshPresser said...

I got to the poll shortly after 7:00AM, and was out by a little after 8:00AM... I was voter number 117 at my polling place. I didn't mind waiting at all... felt like the best wait of my life, as a metter of fact.

11/4/08, 9:08 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Park Slope, BK. Polling Station line stretches for 1 1/2 blocks. This morning CON ED man reads my meter. Tells of huge line at Clinton Hill Polling Station at 6AM. While leaving he stops turns to look at me and says, "there's hope for this country yet."

11/4/08, 10:44 AM  
Blogger Roger said...

Arrived at my polling place (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) at 8:04am. I waited in line but wasn't really bothered because I was reading "Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution." I was out a little before 9am. It was very quick and easy. But really, NYC still uses lever machines to count votes. How antiquated!?!

11/4/08, 11:06 AM  
Blogger TP said...

No lines at all ... Oregon's ballots are all done by mail (mail 'em back or drop at the polling place by election day). Totally civilized!

11/4/08, 12:03 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

Everything went smoothly for me in Rhode Island. I went around 1 p.m. and there was no line at all. At the place where I voted, there were a few older African-American women poll workers. It made the day seem even more poignant and historic. I mean, 45 years ago, there were places in this country where they couldn't even vote.

And ModFab, you're making me feel old! I voted for Jesse Jackson in the Democratic primary in Connecticut many years ago. Does that count?

11/4/08, 4:01 PM  
Blogger qta said...

Got to my polling station at 6:20 a.m. in Silver Spring, MD and was out at 8 a.m. The polls opened at 7. By the time I got there... the line was already winding down the street. But the mood was great and everyone working the polls was very efficient.

11/4/08, 5:34 PM  
Blogger Dr. S said...

Four years ago, I waited for 10 hours to vote. This year, when I walked down the hill to our community center during my lunchtime, it took me only ten minutes to do the whole process. Lots of people here--possibly half our community--went to the next town over (the county seat) and voted early. This year, everything was ready for lines: we had machines *and* paper ballots, just in case, because in 2004 no one believed that the paper ballots brought in as emergency voting relief would actually be counted. I voted on paper because the machines still creep me out a little. I did not get an "I Voted" sticker; for some reason, no one was handing them out when I was there. It was a very different scene, compared to 2004. And it was a different scene all over town: the weather was in the 70s and sunny (compared to grey, drizzly, and frigid four years ago), and people seem buoyed up. Granted, we live in a little bubble within Ohio, but I'm still hoping.

11/4/08, 6:59 PM  

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