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So I live in Cobb County, not exactly a liberal place (see Gingrich, Newt).  I decided to vote today with early voting, and headed to the closest and most convenient place for me - the Galleria Mall.

I walked in to the mall at 10:02am (By Jocks and Jills for those cobbians) and saw a short line.  I cheered internally, and struted over the short line, only to find out there was a staging area before you got to that line.  I nodded, a little nervously, and walked with about 10 other folks to the other side of the mall...where there was a line of 100-200 people at least.  I wasn't sure if I should stay, as I had only allocated about 2 hours to vote before work.

I overheard a rumor from the line saying it would only take an hour to vote, so I marched to the end and made small talk with those around me.

I was surprised how fast Line #1 was moving, and within half an hour (and only 10 pages into my book) I was being shipped off from Line #1 into Line #2 (which was that first line I saw.)

From there we winded our way through an old restaurant, and eventually ended up where you sign a form for early voting.  That line took another 20 minutes to work through.

Finally it was Line #3, where they looked you up on the voter electronic database.  They had a dozen computers with 1 not working.  After 10ish more minutes the poll workers sent me to the computer, got checked in, got my card, and went and voted.

Quick voting - democrat when available, one race was between a republican and libertarian so went for the libertarian there, and the rest were unopposed (I toyed with the idea of typing myself in, but in the end voted for them anyhow.)  Four ballot measures, voted yes on all of them except one that seemed fishy about using tax revenue marked for schools for development (which I think is for the beltine, yet, but I work in the eduction field and want to make sure schools get all the money they need.)

While confirming my ballot, which was correct (so no evil diebold mistakes on me today), I took a moment.  I cherished seeing that "Obama" and that "Martin" on my ballot.  I looked around, and about half the voters in line were white and half were black (It could have been 60-40 white-black, but certainly looked 50-50 to me.)  If we're getting that kind of turnout in Cobb County...look out for a shocker on election night.

The entire experience took be about an hour and fifteen minutes.  Now, thats fantastic.  Most of my friends had about a 3 hour wait, and some of the news says 8 hour voting lines yesterday.

But no problems here, in what was one of the best voting experiences I've ever had (keep in mind my first election was 2000, voting on a butterfly ballot in Georgia after waiting 4 hours.)  The poll workers were very professional yet friendly, and had things moving along at a quick pace.  The location was great, and indoors!  (Cold here today, well, cold for Atlanta in the 40s) If you're in Cobb County, GA, and want to vote early, go to the Galleria Mall location.

So now that I've voted, I think I'll volunteer for the Obama campaign on my day off this upcoming Friday...

Originally posted to timatkins on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 09:56 AM PDT.

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  •  Go'bama! (23+ / 0-)

    and go Martin!  

    If you feel generous, hop on over the the martin for senate campaign website and drop a few bucks.  I've seen a lot of sleazy ads from Saxby and Company lately, including one last night that got me so angry...I...well, got angry at the NRSC

  •  Thank you. Georgia early stats still (5+ / 0-)

    showing about a 35 % AA turnout.

    Wish that New York State had early voting.

  •  Link to story about clayton county (4+ / 0-)

    Don't tell me about the "new politics" if you're an asshole.

    by Ms Johnson on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 10:05:54 AM PDT

  •  I live in Cobb County also. Last night I took my (5+ / 0-)

    son to basketball practice and drove by the voting facility on Austell Rd.  The line was clear around the building, my husband went to pick him up at 730PM and the line was still as long.

    I'm not going to vote early, the place where I vote is within walking distance and I will be there at 700AM on Nov. 4th.

    •  Probably a smart idea. (1+ / 0-)
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      Lines are crazy and I think w/ early voters out of the way (which is great and i'm one of 'em) and many more polling places open on Nov 4, lines will be shorter. I'd probably get there by 6:30 just for good measure! Good luck!!

      When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between these two. ~nisargadatta maharaj

      by qotsa73 on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 10:08:47 AM PDT

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    •  I went back and forth a lot (2+ / 0-)
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      allep10, BellaNJ

      on whether to vote early or not.  Glad I did in retrospect.  The lady behind me in line waited in line at that location yesterday and it was nuts, so she tried the Galleria location and loved it.

  •  Lucky you! Took me over 6 hours in Gwinnett! (4+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, allep10, TDreamer, BellaNJ

    Glad you had a better experience (though it wasn't that bad - i'm just glad I got to vote for Obama)! I also chose that Libertarian over the Repub. haha. Lots of uncontested races though. I had to "soak in" Barack & Joe's names a final time too! I was grinnin like a damned idiot!!

    Go MARTIN!!

    When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between these two. ~nisargadatta maharaj

    by qotsa73 on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 10:07:41 AM PDT

    •  No Lines In Fayetteville (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't know what it is about Fayetteville, but again I was able to walk in with no line and vote... all in all took maybe 10 minutes to get from my car to vote to back in.

      Although the ladies manning the polling place said the lines had been bad every other day so I guess I just got lucky.

    •  That's funny! (0+ / 0-)

      When I voted in IN, I kept pushing it back to make sure that checkmark hadn't moved from Obama/Biden.

      Then I just looked. and LOOKED some more. and finally hit that red submit button.

      le sigh

      WIll Mccain answer the phone at 3am? depends on which house you call

      by Ambboogie on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 10:52:17 AM PDT

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  •  Things Not so Great in Gwinnett! (4+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth, allep10, qotsa73, BellaNJ

    My husband's been waiting in line in Gwinnett for 4.5 hrs today.  Last I talked to him, he said he was around 10 people away from the voting booths.  Complete ridiculousness.

    •  Doin better than I did! (2+ / 0-)
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      allep10, BellaNJ

      I was at the Centerville Community Center most of yesterday! I was just glad to see such a great turnout, and everyone was so kind to each other.

      When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between these two. ~nisargadatta maharaj

      by qotsa73 on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 10:09:41 AM PDT

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  •  Write-ins (1+ / 0-)
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    I remember reading a story once from somebody who won an election as a write-yourself-in candidate: the only other person to vote in that race was the incumbent, and local election law required that the tie be broken by a random drawing.

    Damned if I remember who or where, though...

  •  Forsyth County less than 20 min (0+ / 0-)

    I haven't voted yet, but Forsyth County has the early voting wait times on their website. This is a mostly Republican county, but the southern edge shares a border and some diversity with Fulton County. The northern part is very rural and white. This is the county where the KKK used to make news for marches. Very Republican in past voting.

    The good news is that all of the northern polling stations apparently have no lines, as their wait times are all under 20 minutes. Only the sothern most polling station is longer, in the 20-40 min category. One could assume this means that Republicans are not turning out for early voting:

  •  Everything is relative... (0+ / 0-)

    I guess.  An hour and 15 minutes would not be considered short by some including me.  Here in Cincinnati I have never waited more than five minutes since I returned to Ohio in 1977.  This includes last week at our county board of elections site where my wait was in the 2-3 minute range.  I think you should be lobbying your county board of elections for more machines to shorten waiting in the future.  More than one hour waits are unacceptable.  In Ohio if the wait is more than 30 minutes the polls are authorized to use paper ballots to speed things up.

    •  Its partly due to expectations (0+ / 0-)

      of waiting 4 hours to vote.  Given the space they were in, I really can't imagine cramming any more machines in for early voting than they already did.  They did open up this location for the first time this year (or so I heard.)

  •  Almost 5 hr wait in DeKalb Co., GA (0+ / 0-)

    A friend waited almost 5 hours yesterday Oct. 27 at the Memorial Drive polling place in DeKalb.  That area is majority Democratic.  At one point all the machines were down.  What is going to happen Nov. 4?

  •  Scott County, IA (0+ / 0-)

    Has several satellite voting places, mostly libraries.  The one nearest to me offers alternating hours so that people who have odd work schedules have a chance to vote.  One day, they are open 10-5, the next it's 1-7.  That's a lot better than the court house hours.

    Unfortunately, every time I plan to vote, something happens.  I am on the second day of trying to get my furnace fixed.  It's only about 58 degrees in here but, since that matches my age, that's as cold as these old bones want to be.  If I don't hear from the furnace guys tomorrow, I may zip over to the library.  I did find out that I have the day off (actually flex time) on Tuesday so I could stand in line if I must.  I really, REALLY, REALLY want to vote now, though.  I want that big old grin thing goin'. :-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace." - Walter Mondale

    by luckylizard on Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 04:39:40 PM PDT

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