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I'm currently living in Houston on a work assignment even though San Francisco is my home. Yesterday was the last day of early voting in Texas, and I went to my precinct on West Gray Street in central Houston to cast my ballot.  

Romney will win Texas handily.  But there was a seemingly big turnout at the community center where the polling place was located.  The crowd in line waiting to vote was also very diverse -- young/old, male/female, African-American, Latino, Asian, white.  That's the present and even more so the future of Texas, which will one day make it a purple state, perhaps as early as 2016.

And, since I had my Texas voter registration card, I did not have to show my picture ID, thanks to a judge who barred the Texas Republicans' attempts to suppress the vote.  The poll workers were polite and efficient.  The whole process took less than 30 minutes.

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  •  I am a Tx resident (11+ / 0-)

    although my home is in Hawaii, so Tx is where I vote as well. Mr Delilah and I waited close to two hours in line last saturday .  The demography of voters in line looked very Democratic.   If there is a lack of voter enthusiasm, I didn't see it today.  It was quite a contrast from 2010 when the crowd didn't look Democratic-friendly.  I know the state is going to Romney but the city will go to Obama, and maybe even Harris Co.  I am hoping 2016 makes it a purple state. For now, though, this is a year when the popular vote is going to be close... So this is a case where every Democratic voter in very state is voting to run up the score for Obama and Biden. And Dems down ballot like Sadler for Senate.

    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 Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 01:41:02 AM PDT

  •  Last Saturday (4+ / 0-)
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    there was a very long diverse line when the polls opened at 7:00am. Harris County will have sections of deep Blue and Bright Red, but the main color is a light blue. Texas is changing and I wonder what the margins will be this time around.

    The Spice must Flow!

    by Texdude50 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 03:39:35 AM PDT

  •  thanks for the good news! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Harris county is probably blue (1+ / 0-)
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    Voted at the same place as you did (West Gray) 8 days ago. Took about an 45'-60'. Overall, same observations as yours. Houston, Dallas, Austin actually tend to be (very) light blue. But then rural Texas is so deep red, it determines the state despite the metros going blue. It will take some time, but Texas will eventually become a "battleground" state although it will be tough because of the dependence of the economy on oil (especially Houston). What's up with rural people voting totally against their economic interests? Here in Texas, they dope them with a good dose of religion.

  •  Voted on Thursday Night (1+ / 0-)
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    The missus and I voted on Thursday night over at the Bayland Community Center.  We waited in a very diverse and fairly young line of people for about an hour.  One of the nice things was that people weren't leaving the line.  We only saw one couple, who admittedly had a young baby in a stroller with them, see the line and then leave.  

    We finally got into the room with the voting machines about 705pm.  We had both come straight from work and neither of us had remembered our voter registration cards so we just handed them our licenses.  No hassle, no fuss, even though my license still has my folks' address and I haven't lived with them for about six years.

    We walked out of the polling location about 715pm, and there were still a few hundred people waiting in line.  I have to admit that it was nice to have seen that many people there.  I feel that voting is just about the least we can do for our country.  

    On a separate yet related note, being a Democrat and an attorney, I have to admit how infuriating it is that the Green Party and the Libertarian Party can field candidates for statewide judicial offices like the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals, or the Railroad Commission, but we Democrats can't seem to get our act together and put a candidate in all of those races.  My wife asked why bother putting candidates in races you know you'll lose, or are very likely to lose, and I told her that the only way to guarantee that you'll lose an election is to not have a candidate on the ballot.

    Also, it appears that Democrats are doing pretty well in Harris County this time around.  Let's hope we can do well statewide and across the Nation next week!

    If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.- THOMAS PAINE

    by Crazycab214 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 06:27:06 AM PDT

  •  I voted in downtown Houston on first day of EVing. (1+ / 0-)
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    I rode my bike to avoid parking hassles.  Two people were in line ahead of me with 30-40 voting stations, all filled.  Easy-peasy.  Less than 5 minutes.  My bumper sticker says Turn Texas Blue.  I believe in that.  

    It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. - The Declaration of Arbroath 1320

    by htowngenie on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 12:23:55 PM PDT

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