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Here, in my (relatively affluent) little corner of Southern California, I just got back from voting.

No hassle finding my polling place - same place it's been for the last 9 years.
No lines (I had to wait 3 minutes for my ballot).
No poll watchers.
No "True the Vote" goons.
No voting machines - just a paper ballot meant for a bubble reader, and a black felt-tip pen, filled out in a cardboard folding voting booth.
No problem sussing out how to vote on California's extensive list of ballto propositions - the state voter guide, Ballotpedia.com and local Democratic Party provide excellent background materials.
In and out in 20 minutes.

Now why can't everyone's experience be so simple and straightforward?  The fact that some people have to wait hours in line, and face the threat of being hassled by poll "watchers" means that the Constitutional guarantee of Equal Protection is being violated for some every time a Presidential election comes around.  It's not just un-American, it's anti-American, and it damned well ought to stop.  Federal elections should follow federal voting criteria so that petty little state apparatchiks can't subvert peoples' rights.

I hope your voting experience is a good one, and that we all get to celebrate tonight.

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  •  same experience here for me (3+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid, highacidity, BlueDragon

    on the other side of the country in the Northeast.  The fact that it is not this simple for everyone is obscene.

    Best wishes to all today.

    “No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They cry. They dance. They live, they love, and they die, and that matters. That matters.” ~Elizabeth Warren

    by Domestic Elf on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:54:08 AM PST

  •  I'm Thinking a Photo of Your Face & What's Parked (4+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid, 4CasandChlo, BlueDragon, ipsos

    in your driveway would give about 80% of your answer.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:54:52 AM PST

    •  Yep - people running elections think... (3+ / 0-)
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      BlueDragon, Rich in PA, ipsos

      ...I'm the "right" kind of voter.  Little do they know...

      The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

      by TheOrchid on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:59:05 AM PST

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    •  WA State Shuold be the model: (2+ / 0-)
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      Ballots our sent to your residence by mail.  Within 15 days you must fill them out (can do real research) at your liesure.

      We were lucky, we were well prepared on the issues and went straight Dem and on to progressive positions on ballot initiatives.

      The whole thing took 15 mintutes, we voted while making our daughter her dinner.  After dinner wer re-checked our ballot inititatives, then sealed the pre posted, pre stamped envelope.  Signed our names on the outside of the envelope and put it in the mailbox outside our house.

      It works perfectly so far, and we have been able to donate time to other progressive (elderly) to ensure that their vote matched their intentions.

      Best system in the world.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

      by 4CasandChlo on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:16:06 AM PST

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  •  Took me 5 minutes in Minnesota (1+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid

    No line. No id. Plenty of staff. Plenty of chairs. Plenty of equipment.  It is not rocket science to make it work.  If you want it to work.

  •  A sunny day in rural upstate NY (3+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid, sfbob, ipsos

    no lines, no hassle, felt like America

  •  Same here in NY, an hour north of NYC, (1+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid

    Friendly and efficient, well staffed, I was in and outta there in 10 minutes.  

    What some voters have to endure to vote -- or give up trying - is $#@%& obscene.  We really have to push for Federal standards and oversight.  I would like to know how we can make this a priority.  Tired of hearing, again and again, reports that some voters (often black, funny how that works) were forced to wait hours.  Kind of knocks out a lot of the single-mom demographic, doesn't it.  How convenient.

  •  I voted on my dining room table (2+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid, BlueDragon

    two weeks ago.

    We should all be able to do that.

  •  MOST of the nation is fine (1+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid

    Florida has a deeply ingrained systemic failure, and Ohio this year had a Republican administration that has gone out of its way to create their situation. Pennsylvania has the unfortunate problem where the photo ID law was "trained" and not removed from books, in spite of (later) court rulings.

    Flame away, fling your donuts, but other "problems" are largely either isolated incidents, or magnified for "outrage" value.

  •  Here in New York (1+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid

    I'm in Rego Park in Queens, New York, and voting went easily.  I'm at a new polling place, but they notified me well in advance, and I was in and out in 15 minutes.  

  •  Same here. Voted in Northern California. (1+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid

    Showed up when the polls opened. There was a line so it took about 40 minutes. No hassles.

    Have you googled Romney today?

    by fou on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:21:25 AM PST

  •  Ammend the Voting Rights Act to require... (3+ / 0-)
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    TheOrchid, ipsos, Minnesota Deb

    a polling place for every 3000 voters or some other number based on science.

    Plato's " The Cave" taught me to question reality.

    by CTDemoFarmer on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:31:26 AM PST

  •  Polls opened at 6:00 am in Missouri and, like the (0+ / 0-)

    diarist, had the same setup (paper, black pens, etc).  I was in at 6:30 and out by 6:45, just as the place began to fill up with going-to-work voters.  No poll watchers, no candidate signs outside, everyone polite and non-politlcal.  Would folks in PA, FL and Ohio have such an easy time voting.

    "By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed." Adolf Hitler

    by pittie70 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:59:34 AM PST

  •  Took the kids with me on the way to school (0+ / 0-)

    Western NY: In and out in under 15 minutes; would have been less if I hadn't run into a former co-worker on the way out and started chatting.

    No ID needed. Paper ballot that can later be counted by hand if there's any dispute about the machine count. I still miss the friendly clunk of our old lever machines, but I know they were getting very hard to maintain.

    And might I have let my politically-active daughter help me fill in the "Obama" bubble? I'm not saying... ;)

    Intended to be a factual statement.

    by ipsos on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:41:43 AM PST

  •  same here in the heart of Minneapolis; (0+ / 0-)

    a steady stream of voters, all races, no waiting in line. Of course, our Secretary of State is a Dem, so that might explain the smoothness & transparency of our current voting process. Also of course, one of the (Republican) amendments up for a vote this year wants to muck up the process.

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