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Good Morning, Texas!

Early voting started this morning here in Texas.  I'm wondering how the polling stations are looking for people.  If you have some commentary or thoughts, leave them here.

I'm in Central Texas, and I voted soon after the poll opened, in a grocery store.  They have a "Mega Early Voting Center", but I chose a polling station closer to me.  I didn't think they'd have much business there.

When I arrived shortly after nine, there were a few people, two or three, at the voting booths, but by the time my husband and I finished voting for the 45 races and 12 local ballot initiatives (which took a while), every voting booth was full and there was a line of people waiting to get checked in.

It makes me laugh a little how obvious it is who is a Republican poll worker and who is a Democrat.  The Republicans are all male, white, middle to later-aged, button down shirts, and scowls on their faces.  The Democrats are diverse and friendly.  Are you surprised?

If you're in Texas and voted today, take a moment to comment on how your polling station looked today.

Have a great day!

Originally posted to coquiero on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Houston Area Kossacks and TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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  •  Need to research the propositions first (6+ / 0-)

    But will probably hit the SW Austin Randalls later today. That location usually goes GOP, but not too strongly. I'd say the average age of the poll workers is about 80.

    Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

    by grubber on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:09:55 AM PDT

  •  We voted just before 9 a.m. (12+ / 0-)

    at the polling place nearest our house. I thought we would be one of the first, and that we might be the only people there. That was certainly the case every other time I had voted early in a presidential election

    Not this time, though. The room was hopping. Not much waiting, but a steady stream of voters coming and going. One of the pollworkers mentioned they got slammed right as they opened.

    It seems like a lot of people couldn't wait to get into that voting booth this year. Oh, and in case you're wondering: Dallas County is blue, and is staying that way.

    I got a little teary eyed. I have been bringing my daughter with me to vote since she was a baby in my arms. Today she cast her very first vote in a presidential election. Straight Democratic ticket! That's my girl.

     When I went online to look up early voting locations, I noticed there seemed to at least twice as many locations as in 2008, and the hours open were much more generous, with plenty of time to vote outside of normal business hours. The difference is that since 2008, Democrats control the county's governing body and replaced the longtime elections supervisor with someone who seems to be a lot more committed to the idea that democracy is best served when more, rather than fewer, people vote.

  •  I voted... (7+ / 0-)

    I live in Far North Dallas (Plano/Lewisville) area and I voted on my way in to the office this morning. I got there about 10 minutes before the station opened and there where already about 15 people in line.  The line grew pretty long behind me.   Everyone working in my station looked to be over 55 and all the machines were new state of the art machines so there were some delays.  I stood up at the counter for 15 minutes waiting for them to figure out how to print out the sticker that I needed to sign.   They were very very nice, but you could tell they could use the help of some tech experts.  Other than that it I did notice that the line was pretty diverse. I live in a part that's mostly white, middle class to affluent and ultra conservative and probably is going to go for Romney by 60 points but it was encouraging to see a diverse line up early and voting.  Surprisingly I didn't hear a lot of "Obama sucks" talk which is very common in my area.  

  •  Getting together with some friends (6+ / 0-)

    to make a party of voting tomorrow...our liberal group will vote in a very red polling station (there are quite a few of those on this side of town!) and enjoy a celebretory lunch...we do band together down here!

    And then phone calls, phone calls....making more phone calls....

    Looking forward this Thursday...hoping to snag a tkt to see former President Clinton who is swinging into San Antonio to campaign for Pete Gallego in CD23....trying to oust the teahadist that beat Ciro Rodriguez in the tea party debacle of 2010. It's close....hoping for a Dem pickup in this district! Every vote counts!

    "one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress" -- John Adams

    by blue armadillo on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:29:10 AM PDT

  •  Just voted in Harris County (Houston area) (7+ / 0-)

    Early voting locations opened at 8:00 a.m.; I showed up at 9:00 and could barely get a parking spot. More crowded than I've ever seen. Nine-page-long ballot took plenty of research, but as always, I was prepared. From the time in the booth, it appears that quite a few people voted straight ticket. That's how we've wound up ousting some really decent people of both parties in years past while installing some truly awful people.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:30:29 AM PDT

    •  I've never seen a straight ticket option (5+ / 0-)

      like that before.  I thought that was interesting.

      I didn't do it, but I tell you, with so many races, it was practically impossible to research each one thoroughly.  

      A lot of the races were single candidate, or no Dem on the ballot for the local offices.

      I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

      by coquiero on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:33:29 AM PDT

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      •  In addition to Democrat and Republican (3+ / 0-)
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        there was an option for Straight Ticket for Libertarian and Green. Obviously those latter two parties don't have candidates for 100% of the offices on the ballot, so I don't understand that.

        Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

        by cassandracarolina on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:44:37 AM PDT

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      •  I vote straight ticket Democratic (2+ / 0-)
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        in Houston (Harris Co) regularly because I simply refuse to reward a Republican with my vote. You can easily go back through your ballot and select Greens or Indies in select races with no Dem option, which is what I do.  I'll be doing a vote date with Mr Delilah on Saturday and we will have lunch after as we always do.   I will cry because I also do if there is a Clinton or an Obama on the ballot, and Mr Delilah will say "there there" and hand me a tissue.

        I vote Democratic because I am a woman with self-respect , who rejects bigotry of all kinds, subscribes to science, believes in universal health care, embraces unions, and endorses smart internationalist foreign policy.

        by Delilah on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 11:29:28 AM PDT

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    •  I don't do straight ticket (7+ / 0-)

      Some races don't have a Democrat, but I like to make sure that I vote against all Republicans. ;-)

      Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

      by grubber on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:37:47 AM PDT

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  •  Caveat on mail in ballots !!!!!! (4+ / 0-)

    We are voting  mail in absentee for first time since we will not be in TX to vote.

    Envelope is very big but feels pretty light.

    Ban nock  had diary on problems people are experiencing in other states with not putting enough postage on mail in.

    Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM MDT
    Colorado (and Ohio and Montana) Mail in Ballot Voters Beware+*
    by ban nock
    We went to the Post Office Saturday to mail ours and sure enough it cost more than just a single stamp to mail!  Glad we didn't just throw a stamp on it and put in the mail box at home!

    Happy early voting all!

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    by divineorder on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:44:04 AM PDT

  •  Published to Tex Kos and republished to (4+ / 0-)

    Houston Area Kossacks so more people will be able to see this and add to the comments!

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:47:38 AM PDT

  •  Voted this morning in Big D (5+ / 0-)

    . . . near Northpark at 10:00 or so.  Short but steady line of voters.  Since it was a bit into the work day there seemed to be a lot of retirees and housewives--probably a lot of Park Cities people at this location.  All very high-tech with scanning bar code on voter registration card, printing out labels etc.   I did go through the whole long ballot . . .if in Dallas, don't forget the bond issues at the end of the ballot.
    Romney will carry Texas but we added a couple of votes to Obama's popular vote totals.
    I'll be interested to see how many races get called quickly on election night due to high volume of early voting.

    •  Those bar codes proved to be a challenge (3+ / 0-)
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      As I said in an earlier post, I stood at the counter for 15 minutes while four workers tried to figure out how to get the machine to print after they scanned the bar code.  In defense of the workers, I was probably only the 15th person to vote so I'm sure they've gotten it worked out by now.  I'm at work now here in Park Cities area. Go Team Blue!  I think you are right about races getting called earlier because of the high volume of early voting.  There was a 70 year old guy in front of me when I voted this morning that said that this was his first time ever voting early. I think more people on both sides will be voting early.  

  •  Thanks for starting this thread, coquiero! (4+ / 0-)

    leaving soon to go vote in Guadalupe Co (No of San Antone) will check in later.

    Rec this up Tex-Kossers, and please let us know how it goes.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Oct: Miners are cheaper than props.

    by JayRaye on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 09:07:42 AM PDT

  •  Voted In Denton, 9 AM (3+ / 0-)
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    Short line.  Carroll building parking lots filled.

    They had 18 voting machines.  When I went to mine the other fourteen were in use.

    Voted straight.  

    No waiting longer than 10 minutes.  

    People were swarming in as I left.

  •  Heading out to Randall's (4+ / 0-)
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    This will be my first time voting in a Presidential election in Texas.  It's sort of a weird system you guys have here.  I tended to vote by mail when I lived in Kansas, but here it seems you have to be on your death bed or on an extended vacation out of the country.  
    J/k (but only slightly)

    I made the big mistake of waiting till election day to vote in the primaries.  It took me almost 30 minutes to get to my polling place, which even my GPS couldn't find.  Whatever happened to voting at your local school or fire station?  Then when I got there everyone seemed to know everyone else, except me of course.  Then there was an argument over whether I could vote because even though I showed up on the voting rolls, and all the information I gave them was correct, I had a green voter registration card when the newest one was yellow.  (The yellow one showed up in my mail a week after the election----thanks Texas!).  Let's just say it wasn't an experience I want to repeat.  So off to vote early at my local Randall's!  I'll drop in with how it went when I get back.  

  •  I'm making a family outing of it and (3+ / 0-)
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    voting on Saturday!

  •  Denton Noon Carroll Courts Building (3+ / 0-)
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    Line stretched out into the street to the parking lot.

    Denton County Chairwoman stopped to put out an Obama sign beyond the markers.  Voters saw and recognized her.
    They began cheering her.

    I have no idea what it means in the long run, but it sure nice to see.

  •  Voted! Breezed right thru, but (2+ / 0-)
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    line beginning to get long as I finished voting.

    Our Democrats don't have much chance, but still no reason to let the repugs win without a fight.

    And, then, who know's, we just might get a pleasant surprise!.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Oct: Miners are cheaper than props.

    by JayRaye on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 11:52:25 AM PDT

    •  How I voted: (3+ / 0-)
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      Dem wherever I could.

      And if no Dem, I voted Green.

      And if no Dem and no Green, I voted Lib.

      That way I voted against the Republicans wherever I could.

      Point being to do everything the I could to weaken the stranglehold of the Republican Party in this part of the state.

      Now here is what is sad: for several offices, Republicans are running unopposed. This is something that both the Comal Co Dems and the Guadalupe Co Dems plan to change! Next election, we plan to have a Dem running for every single office. They even asked me what I would run for. Little old me! Told them that I'll run wherever I'm needed rather than see any Republican running unopposed again!

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Oct: Miners are cheaper than props.

      by JayRaye on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:09:11 PM PDT

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  •  ~30 in line at the SW Austin Randalls lunchtime (3+ / 0-)
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    I would guess 70% GOP :-(

    Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

    by grubber on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:18:50 PM PDT

  •  It took 20 to 30 minutes to vote in Clear Lake. (3+ / 0-)
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    The line moved very quickly. I noticed that most of the voters were older and whiter than me. I'm 54 y.o. and a Pilgrim-American so that's pretty old and white.

    The sample ballot was so long, I told my husband that we were actually voting on who could live in Harris County, one by one. The people around us seemed to think that that was a good idea.

  •  I was the last voter of the day. (3+ / 0-)
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    I presented an official letter from the County Clerk's office which happened to come in the mail today. They asked why I didn't have an ID and I told them that the letter should be enough. She was about to check the poster so I brought out my VID card to make her life easier while reading from the relevant line of the poster. "Official mail with Voter's name.

    I voted straight D and added a democrat who failed to make the ballot, but was a certified Write In for State Rep.

    I finished up by voting against every Republican by selecting the Green Party candidate with a couple of Libertarians as a last resort.

    Turnout was 252 today compared to 140 two years ago.

    The County Clerk came in to close up for the day and I told her about my attempt to use the letter she sent me. I said my goodbye's and said that I will see them at the election judges' training (the subject of the letter).

    I, for one, have no problem being led by a 3500 year old Pharaoh who was trained by space aliens on a distant star.

    by Tomtech on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:28:11 PM PDT

  •  About an hour wait this afternoon. (2+ / 0-)
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    Fiesta at Kirby and OST (Houston). Maybe a hundred in line ahead of me, perhaps more. Line all the way back to the store and back to the front again, with a short curl across the front. Kept moving so it didn't seem like an hour.

    It was like this four years ago.

    This is probably only the third or fourth heaviest (predominant D) EV poll in Harris County, too.

    I'm encouraged.

    "You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think." -- Dorothy Parker, who knew someone like Jeff Gannon

    by PDiddie on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:54:46 PM PDT

  •  Unofficial word was that (1+ / 0-)
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    there was record early voting at the location I went to in Harris County after I got off work today. Got in line at 4:03 and walked out the door after voting at 4:50--there were still 150-200 people in line.

    I know many of the election judge/clerks at that location from my local Democratic group. Also saw several other local Democratic activists who were voting on the first day so that we can concentrate on GOTV in our precincts.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by nomandates on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:56:39 PM PDT

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