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  •  I'm dreading Tuesday (9+ / 0-)

    I voted in the Missouri primary back in August I think it was. It was my first time at this polling place since I moved. It was a pretty meaningless primary for Dems and I only voted to test out that since moving, there wouldn't be problems with the change of address on my registration and the fact that the address on my drivers license doesn't match what's on record. I had no shenanigans and voted successfully.

    They had only 4 electronic voting machines set up, and I had to wait in line for around 10 minutes, for a low turnout primary. Granted, I am in a heavily republican area so there were plenty of who I presume to be republicans voting (and I thank them for choosing Todd Akin), but at my old polling place, I didn't even wait 10 minutes in either the primary or general in 2008. I overheard a poll worker tell someone else that they were only expecting this many machines in November. So who knows I'll be standing in line - what's worse is it's in a tiny church basement that smells like ass. The fact I vote at a church bugs me too, religion should have no place in voting, period. A brand new fire station opened up from me a year or so ago, I don't see why they can't set up a polling place there instead. But I digress.

    I don't have a problem with a short wait. 10 minutes for a high turnout general election wouldn't bother me, it's completely understandable. But if they're only planning on setting up 4 machines, leading to what I imagine will be long waits, that's just ridiculous. We as a country can do better.

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:27:50 PM PST

    •  I agree with you. (6+ / 0-)

      I hate voting in the church where I'm registered. It reminds me that I quit going to that church when the good reverend started preaching against scary brown Muslims and Immigrants taking over the country and forcing Sharia Law on us. That hateful old turd is usually hanging around the voting hall or just lingering outside. I would like to not see him this time around but at least I don't have a long wait like some do.

    •  Totally Agree! (4+ / 0-)
      The fact I vote at a church bugs me too, religion should have no place in voting, period.
      Given the First Amendment's separation of church and state and that there's a clause that says there shall be no religious test to run or hold office, voting inside a church is wrong, wrong, wrong!!!

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 10:34:42 PM PST

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      •  agree (3+ / 0-)
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        My voting place is also in a church and I hate going to vote there. Even my kids have questioned, "why do they have polling places in a church, isn't that illegal?" I also noticed that the church puts nice big posters about themselves during election time - advertising/recruitment. What about separation of church and state?

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