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Just wanted to post something positive in the midst of all the negative, (but hugely important) diaries of voting issues here today. Everything in my town was well organized, and orderly. It actually took longer to get the midget in and out of the car than it did to vote.

Simply put, have hope that voting can be done well, and perserverance when it isn't. And if it isn't, have your town officials talk to those in my town - they have it down to a science.

Now for the LONG night of waiting...



My voting experience today was...

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

    by DeathDlr73 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:37:07 AM PST

  •  Glad to hear it (2+ / 0-)
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    TBug, jennyp

    My Grandparents lived their whole life in Fitchburg and it is where my mom and aunt grew up and lived for awhile.  I miss going back for the big thanksgiving day game and cheering for the red raiders.

  •  Things all good in Westford MA too! (1+ / 0-)
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    I just got back from voting, and its nice and orderly in my town too.  The folks at the polls did say they had over 1000 folks in the first three hours they were open.  Westford is a smallish town, so that means turn out is heavier than in 2008, at least as of noon.

    Go go Elizabeth and Obama!

    "Life is short, our work lasts longer" Rose Wilder Lane

    by HarpLady on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:53:36 AM PST

  •  Easy in Leominster, too (1+ / 0-)
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    Easy, but one of the poll-workers told me that turnout has been really great.

    I can't even imagine the hardships they're putting folks in Ohio and Florida through. It's absurd! I have never waited more than 15 minutes to cast a ballot.

  •  Yay! (1+ / 0-)
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    I live in CT & work in NYC now, but Fitchburg is my hometown! My mom and her father both grew up there. In fact, my mom just moved away this year. Glad to hear things went well in the 'burg!

  •  Over in Westminster, MA (0+ / 0-)

    Was actually busy at 8:30AM.  I was 7th in line ...

  •  I thought it important to put out (1+ / 0-)
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    something positive with all the negatives coming out. Perhaps being a blue, progressive state for so long has something to do with it....

    "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

    by DeathDlr73 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:02:52 AM PST

    •  We do have it good in in Massachusetts (1+ / 0-)
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      I remind my children of that too!

      "Life is short, our work lasts longer" Rose Wilder Lane

      by HarpLady on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:08:31 AM PST

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      •  Mass Ex-Pat (0+ / 0-)

        I haven't lived in the Commonwealth for a long time, but I saw Fitchburg and had to come into this diary.  My Dad's best friend was a Fitchburg guy and you never stopped hearing about Fitchburg this and Fitchburg that from him.  :)  I loved voting day in Massachusetts.  Here in Washington State it's almost anti-climatic since I voted more than a week ago and my vote was already counted.  We have vote-by-mail and I think it's fantastic.  I sometimes wonder if that's why WA bucked the trend in 2010 and actually voted MORE blue that year.  No having to go stand in line anywhere.  Make out your ballot in the comfort of your home and either put a stamp on it and mail it or drop it at a local dropbox at your leisure (before voting day.)  Couldn't be easier.  

        And I loved growing up in Massachusetts.  I love it here in Seattle and would never leave here now, but Mass is a great place to be from.

      •  My experience in MA today was a 20 min wait... (0+ / 0-)

        because a bus load from the Senior Center was dropped off ahead of me. The workers were apologizing for the wait and offered us cookies. :)

        Arrogance is ignorance matured.

        by jennyp on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:18:36 AM PST

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  •  Voted in Fairhaven (0+ / 0-)

    I went at lunch time, waited about 5 mins. Easy and quick. There are two precincts voting at my locations and both were much busier than usual and it was smooth sailing. Keeping in mind that we still use paper ballots!!

  •  Huge Springfield turnout (0+ / 0-)

    My brother reports that his precinct in Springfield had run out of ballots by noon.  One of the poll workers told him that they'd gotten the usual number of ballots and that had NEVER been a problem before.  (His is one of the strongest Dem precincts in the city.)

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:53:16 AM PST

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