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  •  MN-05 (7+ / 0-)

    Polls opened at 7 AM.  I walked over at 7:40 AM.  Line out the door half way down the sidewalk.  This was about half the length of the line at the same time during the 2004 election.  In this heavily DFL (=Dems) precinct, I would like to have seen a line as long as two years ago, but lots of  people voting is good.  One electronic machine and about eight optical scanners, which is what I used.  Go Keith!

    •  The electronic machine (1+ / 0-)
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      4jkb4ia

      actully isn't a voting machine. It's an electronic assist for visually/motor-impaired voters to generate a ballot for the optical scanners. Electronic touch-screen, with large characters if necessary for visually-impaired, or audible electronically-generated voice cues for the totally blind, and a keypad for those who can't manage the touchscreen. There's still a paper trail after the ballot is fed into the scanner to be counted. They're new this year; another thing Minnesota seems to be doing right.

      We are men of action, lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 10:09:33 AM PST

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    •  MN-03 all is right in this world (1+ / 0-)
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      Ckntfld

      I went mid-morning.  Noted hubby hadn't voted yet.

      I was the youngest one there and I ain't no spring chicken.  Lots of activity as in cars coming and going and very nice poll workers.

      We use the scanners.  No problemo.

    •  I was voter #700! (3+ / 0-)
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      papercut, 4jkb4ia, Ckntfld

      In Uptown Minneapolis (MN-05) at my precinct.  I just have to say same day registration is probably the best thing ever.  I moved between the primary and general,  and while I submitted a new voter reg. card at my new address, not suprisingly, I wasn't in the book.  But, after a quick trip to the county office to update my Driver's License, I was able to register and vote in my new precinct!

      •  Sec o' State web page sux (3+ / 0-)
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        4jkb4ia, Ckntfld, Fantastic

        I sent students in my class the web pages for how to register at the polls.  I would say the failed injunction against Kiffmeyer's web site has merit.  It is simply not easy to find the information about registering at the polls.  It is several pages in on a rather unlikely seeming page.  Same deal for information on what you need to vote.  The SoS page should have three big buttons on every page remotely connected to the election: where is my polling place, what do I need to vote, how do I register to vote.  This information should be easily and onviously obtainable.  Sigh.

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