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I am in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles so I know that my vote won't swing the election but I love to hear about people's experiences so here is mine.

I woke my hubby up about 6:45 which he did not appreciate. He would have preferred waiting until after work, but I was too excited to wait. We got to the polling place at about 7:15 and it took us a few minutes to find street parking. I got into line while hubby parked. We waited about 25 minutes. There ended up being two lines for the two precincts at that location. We were at the green table. There were three people with a book each where they checked us in, checked us off, had us sign and gave us our ballots. We had our sample ballots filled out and there weren't too many races, eleven propositions and three county measures. It took me about 2 minutes and my hubby twice that time. I brought my completed ballot to the poll worker, he put it through the machine and gave me my receipt once it was accepted along with my I voted sticker. He thanked me for voting and I wished him a good day. The poll workers were cheerful and friendly.

We were numbers 32 and 33 at our table so I'm going to guess that about 70-80 folks had voted by 7:45 am, 45 minutes after the polls opened. There were 6 booths for each precinct and they stayed pretty full during the 25 minutes we were there.

What was your experience?

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  •  A reminder (3+ / 0-)
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    Knockbally, commonmass, naiomih

    that two states (OR and WA) have no polling places.

  •  I voted by mail in Los Angeles County last week (5+ / 0-)

    and now I feel really left out of everything.  :(  I may even walk up to my local polling station with my ballot stub and beg for an "I Voted" sticker, just to be part of it.

  •  vbm (4+ / 0-)
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    Knockbally, commonmass, majcmb1, naiomih

    VOTED by mail two Weeks ago in Moreno Valley, dropped of my ballot in person

  •  Voted in Berkeley (5+ / 0-)

    at the Senior facility around the corner from my house. It was a shorter line -- about 10 people ahead of me when I arrived, but was getting longer as I was leaving.

    This election is no longer a fight for the heart and soul of the country. This election is about our country deciding whether or not to continue having a soul.

    by Fe Bongolan on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:24:39 AM PST

  •  I dropped my ballot off at the San Bernardino (5+ / 0-)

    Registrar of Voters.

    The fewer hands touching it, the more likely it will be read. They validated that I had done everything properly - signed everything and sealed it correctly - before accepting it.

    I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

    My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

    by pucklady on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:24:53 AM PST

  •  Hello, Silver Lake! (3+ / 0-)
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    naiomih, commonmass, majcmb1

    North Shore of Massachusetts, here.  I was running late, and thought twice about voting in the morning, but the polling place is literally over a wee hill, and took me a minute to walk.

    At the front of the old Masonic Hall, there was no line.  However, when I got inside, there was a substantial amount of people.  I think there were 20 or so voting booths?  I ran into a friend and we chatted for the short wait.

    And then I voted straight Blue.  We also had initiatives to legalize marijuana and end-of-life choice.  Three non-binding resolutions, including one that said:  We agree that corporations are NOT freaking people!  But worded more elegantly.

    So I voted, and am glad, and everyone around me seemed pleased that we were all there, doing our bit for democracy.

    The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?” - Aldo Leopold

    by Knockbally on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:25:50 AM PST

  •  Like half of California voters (4+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, majcmb1, pico, naiomih

    I mailed my ballot two weeks ago. They've received 80,000 mail-in ballots and are expecting a deluge of at least 100,000 more in my county today.  It'll take a week or two to process all of them! Link

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:31:34 AM PST

  •  I cannot vote (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, majcmb1, naiomih

    ... I am the "foreign" part of a bi-national gay couple. My husband voted at a public school on the Upper East Side in Manhattan... I was with him. It was a wonderful experience b/c this is a neighborhood that is likely to go for Obama like 98%... Best moment of the day: a mom with her 5-6 yr old girl getting to the front of the line and then the poll worker making small talk, and the mom turns to the girl and says, "So what are we doing here?" ... and that wonderful kid smiles like the sun and screams out "Vote for Barack Obama!"...

    I could not vote today. I hope this is the last time...

  •  voted in oh (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, majcmb1, naiomih

    Voted early in Batavia OH and took my son and his wife who is first time voter and we all three voted for OBama and had no problems.

  •  Surf City, CA (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, majcmb1, naiomih

    I voted at a church in Huntington Beach, CA. Like you, I know my vote doesn't really matter for the Presidential election, although as a school employee, Props. 30 and 32 have potential for huge impact in my life.

    The nice thing about how they set up the voting this year was that each precinct area had their own set up and they directed us via local landmarks, i.e., church, school, grocery store so there was no trying to figure out which precinct number I live in, just "I live by the church". Easy peasy.

    •  We all have a vested interest in education (0+ / 0-)

      I hope 30 passes and 32 goes down in flames. I am also hoping 37 passes. Anything Monsanto is for I am against. I don't really like the top two system that is in place now with the candidates. I worry that progressive dems are going to get buried. I hope I'm wrong but It seems like a lot of opportunity for shenanigans.

  •  I'm on my way soon to vote in Woodland Hills (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, majcmb1, naiomih

    The extreme irony for me is that they changed our polling place to, get this, the local Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints temple. Yes, our voting location is a Mormon temple. I will take great satisfaction in wearing my Obama Biden tee shirt and voting against Romney in his church. Ya think they may steal my vote?

    •  Be prepared to turn your shirt inside out (1+ / 0-)
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      Sybil Liberty

      or cover it up with a jacket, unless you're planning on civil disobedience. I haven't been trained in this area, and shanikka would know right off the bat, but ...

      "Electioneering" means the visible display or audible
      dissemination of information that advocates for or against any
      candidate or measure on the ballot within 100 feet of a polling
      place, an elections official's office, or a satellite location under
      Section 3018. Prohibited electioneering information includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:
         (a) A display of a candidate's name, likeness, or logo.
         (b) A display of a ballot measure's number, title, subject, or
         (c) Buttons, hats, pencils, pens, shirts, signs, or stickers containing electioneering information.
         (d) Dissemination of audible electioneering information.
      California Elections Code Section 319.5

      Your shirt is fine until you are within 100 feet of "the room or rooms in which voters are signing the roster and casting ballots."

  •  rural MN (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, majcmb1, naiomih

    I was at the polling place when it opened at 7 and was 4th person to vote in my precinct.  The scanner/tabulator machine didn't work! I had to drop my ballot into a box and was told it would be scanned after somebody came and fixed the machine.  I came home and fired off an email to the MN Sec of State's office to be sure it was reported.  Surprisingly, I received a reply within a half hour.

    I voted absentee in the last two presidential elections, but this time I decided to make the twelve hour drive home, so that I could vote in person.  

    •  That is a long drive! (1+ / 0-)
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      Did they get the machine fixed?

      •  long drive, you betcha (0+ / 0-)

        4 years ago, when I voted absentee from Canada, I had to drive 75 miles to North Dakota to get my ballot envelope notarized and mailed.  8 years ago I voted absentee from China, and I had to fly one hour from the city where I worked to Beijing to deliver my ballot to the American Embassy.

        They didn't get the machine working while I was there.  I assume election officials in the county seat had been called, and an IT person was on the way.

        •  Good or bad assumption (0+ / 0-)

          In some corners of our country, specifically the bottom right corner, assuming it'd all be okay is a bad assumption. In Minnesota, where almost everyone is painfully honest, things actually will be okay.

          The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

          by Korkenzieher on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:44:01 AM PST

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  •  I voted early by absentee ballot (2+ / 0-)
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    majcmb1, naiomih

    last week in Tenants Harbor, St. George Maine. Then exchanged local gossip with town clerk and later, with the postmaster.

    Oooey, gooey Norman Rockwell experience that left even my blood sugar a little on the elevated side. ;)

  •  Hi there SoCal Neighbor! (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, majcmb1, naiomih

    I voted this morning in a Buddhist Temple in North Hollywood.  Parking was easy and the line was short.  I was in and out of there in less than 25 minutes.

    While I was on line, I observed a young man being held over to side due.  The Poll worker was on a cell phone asking about whether or not the young man should be allowed to vote.  It seems he was on a "pink list" the poll worker had just received that morning.  It was also called a "DBA" list.  The gist of the problem seemed to be the young man was already on record as having received an absentee ballot and the poll worker wanted to make sure it was okay for him to vote.  

    Seemed like a legitimate concern to me.  After I voted, the young man was no longer there so I have no idea how things ultimately worked out.  I just hope everyone does everything they can to exercise their right to vote.

    And I'd love to hear if anyone knows what the "pink" or "DBA" list might be.

    Nothing is so bad as something that is "not so bad"!

    by Free2bMe on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:53:26 AM PST

  •  I voted in WA state last week by mail. (2+ / 0-)
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    majcmb1, naiomih

    I filled out my second straight Dem ballot....put it in the envelope provided and left it by the mailbox for my mailman to pick up.

    Easy peasy!

  •  Voted in Northern CA, (3+ / 0-)
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    majcmb1, naiomih, KayCeSF

    a North-Bay community. In my county we run our own ballots into the tabulator, with a volunteer poll-worker observing only in case there's a problem with the feed. I like that no one touches our ballot after it's been completed and before it's run through the tabulator.

    A decent crowd at my precinct (a local elementary school multi-purpose room) around 9:00 a.m. but with two precincts in one building everything running smoothly, poll-workers pleasant and took me longer to find a parking place than it did to cast my ballot...that was the best part - available parking was sparse.

    It should be this easy in all 50 states, you might say.

    Why so easy? California's consistently low voter turnout. b'cuz? b'cuz of the fact that national elections are "called" by the networks hours before our polling places even close  -   many voters don't believe their votes mean a damn thing in the overall scheme...and they're right. Except, of course, for our essential state and local races and ballot initiatives, to say nothing of the fact that our president will need every single popular vote he can pull in.


    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:06:18 AM PST

  •  Orange County. There was a protester under an (1+ / 0-)
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    umbrella protesting, well, everything. She says (I know her... she's a nut case) that all voters get screwed because all politicians are corrupt.

    Voting went smoothly, and they were quite busy for this area.

    Three people in front of me. We're a small, rural area.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:22:18 AM PST

  •  Sherman Oaks here (2+ / 0-)
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    naiomih, BeninSC

    I live a block away from the polling place, so it was a quick walk there.  

    I know from experience - I used to be the Inspector for my precinct - that there is usually a huge rush at open that dies down about two hours later, so I timed it for 9am.  Only a small line when I got there, and I was in and out in under 15 minutes.  Everyone was friendly, optimistic, and cheerful!

    It was definitely bustling there!  The booths didn't remain empty for long!  It made me feel very good about turnout: even in this heavily Democratic bastion a small line had formed while I was voting.

    I'm off to do some GOTV.  Good luck everyone, STFIL, keep your chin up and don't let anyone disenfranchise you!

    "Spread happiness" -KO

    by gloriana on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:24:40 AM PST

  •  Dripping Springs Texas (1+ / 0-)
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    First day of early voting at my county precinct office, was first in line, but was an hour early and ran off to get breakfast adn when I got back I was 5th.  Dripping is in Hays county just southwest of Austin. We have ESlates, I believe, with no paper trail.  They are easy to use, and work well but still suck.  I'll take an optical scanner and a voting receipt any day.

    •  Its just a little tear-off receipt (0+ / 0-)

      with the ballot number, but I wouldn't like the voting machines with no paper trails either. In fact, the year they tried those out on us I went to the county and voted early on an absentee ballot so that it would be paper.

  •  This year, for the first time (1+ / 0-)
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    I was assigned the polling place of my dreams - my dear friends and neighbors garage across the street here in La Crescenta CA  (foothills of the San Gabriels, just 6 miles northwest of Pasadena).  The lines were quite long when I first got up so I thought I might wait till after work to vote;  however by the time I was ready to leave, the lines had disappeared.  I called a colleague at my office and said I would be a little late, then sauntered across the street.  It took all of ten minutes, and I had the added pleasure of being greeted by my neighbor's sweet doggie as he was returning from his walk.  

    I guess I've been really fortunate to have voted in CA all my life - I've never had any problems at any polling place, and have always enjoyed the experience.

    My community is pretty red (so is most of my family) but I've never seen or experienced any unpleasantness one way or the other.  As I got on the 210 Freeway to go to work, I did see some people on the sidewalk by the on-ramp, smiling and waving Romney/Ryan signs.  I gave them a thumbs-down sign because I think given the demographic around here, they'd probably been getting nothing but smiles and thumbs-up.  I figured a little dash of cold water would do them some good.


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