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So I arrived at my polling place at 7 a.m.  I'm in a blue state, so low pressure.

But still, there were three tables--one for district 12, one for district 13, and one for district 15.

District 13 had about six people in line.  District 15 had two people in line.

District 12?  About 25 people in line.

What to do?  More after the ornate fill-in bubble.

Furthermore, there was one person working the district 12 table, and three people at the district 13 table.

Cause and effect?  Ya think?

So I just went over to the woman who seemed to be in charge and suggested that she shift someone from the table with a short line to the table with the long line.

For some reason, this had not occurred to her.  (She was probably tired already, having gotten up really early to begin staffing the polling station.)

At any rate, she made the change immediately.  

Lo and behold, the district 12 line breaks into two--A to L and M to Z.  And things start moving a bit more quickly.

Moral of the story:  Don't leave it to the lawyers!

I'm not saying start an argument.  And certainly keep your own cool.

But if you see an easy and obvious fix, respectfully suggest it to the person in charge.

In doing this, use your courtesy and common sense.

If he or she doesn't make the fix, ask why not.  

If that explanation does not seem convincing, call your local Board of Elections and report the problem.  Sometimes the person on the other end of the phone will ask to speak with the person in charge of the polling place to clarify matters.

Making the voting run smoothly today is everyone's business.

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