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Just got back from standing in line to vote. Took over 50 min.. That didn't even happen in 2008.

The line went out the door. People in walkers stood. No one complained. Not a single person left. People brought kindles, kids, books, & patience. I thanked the poll workers for their efforts & brought a smile to their faces.

I triple checked that the machine registered my vote. I smiled. Pushed the complete ballot button. Got my sticker. Then went to leave.

The line was now like being in Disney. It went around serpentine like inside the lobby. At least a two hour wait. No one was leaving. More were headed in.

I am excited. If this is the turnout in a quote "state that doesn't matter" then I cannot wait to hear from my fellow Kos in battlegrounds.

Merry Maryland indeed.

Oh, & an informal poll of all the ladies at the gym this am. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US COULD NOT SLEEP LAST NIGHT. We woke up worried & determined to vote to protect our rights!

(Hope question 6 passes with flying colors as well!)

Originally posted to mamaeps on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:12 AM PST.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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  •  WONDERFUL! (1+ / 0-)
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    JanetT in MD

    Voters across America determined to protect their rights. Just a few more hours baby!

    This is our moment...this is our time! President Barack Obama

    by ankae on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:17:06 AM PST

  •  Indeed. I believe Maryland is one of the most (2+ / 0-)
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    JanetT in MD, crankypatriot

    progressive states when it comes to voting rights.  My only complaint about MD is they use those damn Diebold machines.  So far it hasn't caused us any problems.  But I want, and never thought I'd say this in 2012, paper ballots.  Some things just need a paper trail and I feel voting is one of them.

    •  I agree about paper, but (3+ / 0-)

      actually I really loved the machines with levers. I liked checking the levers I pulled to make sure I did everything right!

    •  Couldn't agree more (1+ / 0-)
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      InformedDiva

      On the way to the polling station this morning I talked to my kids about the possible problems with the voting machines and wished there were a paper trail.

    •  I miss the booths (3+ / 0-)

      I am probably the last generation of voter that experienced the old booth with the curtain.  There was something so dramatic about flipping the little switches and then pulling that huge lever at the end. So much more gratifying that just pushing a box on a screen that reads "Cast Ballot."

      "When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along." --Carl Sandburg

      by Mote Dai on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:46:27 AM PST

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      •  Wow, booths with curtains! Must be before my gen. (1+ / 0-)
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        Mote Dai

        My first vote was in 2000.  I was one disillusioned 18 year old.  Losing was one thing, but the SCOTUS thing really rattled me.  And I remember having that feeling that my vote didn't matter.  Yet the civic responsibility my family conveyed kept me voting in at least the Presidential elections.  Wasn't till Obama that I got fully immersed in politics and government.  Now I'm a walking politico.

      •  I was an election judge when they had booths (1+ / 0-)
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        Mote Dai

        And the problem was that at the end of the day we had been working for 14 hours and we were tired.  You pull the paper out of each machine, and then on the tally sheet added the 6 or 8 or however many machines there were together.  They didn't give us adding machines or calculators, just pen and pencil and paper, so I have no doubt we messed up the arithmetic and recorded the wrong totals.  We were all anxious to get out of there, drive downtown and turn everything in, and go home.

        "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

        by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:19:32 AM PST

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  •  Love my state (1+ / 0-)
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    FourthOfJulyAsburyPark

    I live in MD too and also could not sleep last night.  I woke up early, ready to vote.

    My fingers are crossed for question 6!

    •  So did and do I (0+ / 0-)

      I walked to the polling place, arriving about 8:30, and waited for about an hour to vote.  The election workers did a good job keeping the line winding inside the school and not outside.

      This contrasted with 2008, when I drove down at 6:50 to get there when they opened, and found a mob of people, noplace to park, and a line stretched for blocks.  I drove home, had breakfast, and walked the mile, and when I arrived at 8:30 there was no line at all.  I expected the same this year, especially as there was no early voiting in 2008 - that's when we approved it as an amendment to the state constitution.  So at least in my precinct, more people are voting this year in the morning than in 2008.

      Hoping marriage equality and the Dream Act both pass and gambling expansion is defeated as a pox on both their houses.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:24:58 AM PST

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  •  It was like that... (1+ / 0-)
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    FourthOfJulyAsburyPark

    .... for early voting too.  Waited in line for about an hour, but the line moved steadily, everyone was patient and in good spirits, and the poll workers were fabulous.

    I stood in line briefly next to a man who told me it was his first time voting ever -- he had just become a US citizen, and in his country of origin, he had never been able to vote before.  (I didn't get a chance to ask him where that was, though).  

    Maryland DOES have a very good system, and the poll workers have always been very conscientious -- they get very thorough training and put in very long days to do their jobs.  

    Keeping fingers crossed that Maryland will also be the first state to ratify marriage equality at the ballot box....  Vote YES on Question Six!  

     

    •  We live in Rockville... (1+ / 0-)
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      FourthOfJulyAsburyPark

      ...close to Olney.  I was an election judge in 2006 and 2008 and remembered that there is a lull around 9 AM. My wife and I loaded our 8-year-old into the car at 8:50 and drove to the poll in under 10 minutes. Parking lot almost empty. We picked up our Democratic sample ballots and walked inside where there was no line whatsoever. We both checked in in under 2 minutes and were at voting machines immediately. We both voted straight 'D', for 4 and 6, against 7, and walked out to the hall where we bought baked goods from the band boosters. Then walked back to the car and drove home. Arrived at 9:20.

      30 minutes including travel time. It should be this easy for everyone.

  •  35 minutes here (1+ / 0-)
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    FourthOfJulyAsburyPark

    I live in suburban DC in a predominantly black area (over 80%) and I waited about 35 minutes.  We had seven machines and two provisional ballot stations. The line was moving quickly.  The workers said the line had been steady throughout the day.  At my location, whenever there is a first time voter, they announce it loudly and everyone claps.  Mostly it is young adults.  But one time it was an elderly woman.  Very cute!

    "When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along." --Carl Sandburg

    by Mote Dai on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:44:39 AM PST

  •  60 minutes in the DC suburbs (1+ / 0-)
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    FourthOfJulyAsburyPark

    Got to the polling station around 9:30, finished around 10:30. I voted absentee ballot in 2008 so don't know what it was like then, but this was the longest I'd ever had to wait in line in my life - normally I just walk right up. And the line was longer when I left than when I got there.

    Everyone was in good spirits, though.

  •  Now let's just hope Bartlett loses (0+ / 0-)

    and we pick up a Dem seat in the House

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    by Naturegal on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:53:50 AM PST

  •  60 minutes in North Baltimore County. But I (0+ / 0-)

    suspect it was mostly "got-to-get-to-work voters". I was there at 7am when the polls opened.

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:40:19 AM PST

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