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Our collective voting experiences in my office. We are in Montgomery County, which is just north of Washington DC. One coworker lives in Prince Georges County, which is a bit more to the east.

So. I voted early, the Sunday before the hurricane. Got to the polls at 5:00 pm (they closed at 6:00pm) and stood in line for 2 hours.

By the way, it was frikken cold here this morning. It was about 35*. First time there was frost on the windshield. It's still only 42*, but at least the sun is shinning.

Both of my coworkers were at the polls when they opened.

My coworker from Prince Georges County stood in line for about an hour. Outside for about half of that time. Did I mention it was cold? Her grandson was with her and it was his first time to vote, so he got a round of applause from the crowd.

My other coworker is Montgomery County. She was standing in line for 45 minutes. Seemed longer because she had her 4 year-old son with her and he was NOT happy to be standing out in the cold. She bundled him up and stuck it out. Hopefully he hasn't been scared for life against voting.

Other than the long waits, no actual problems. No voter intimidation or vote challenges. Looks like Maryland and Northern Virginia are having high turn outs.

Four more 44!

Originally posted to Annie B on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:03 AM PST.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "Life is too important to be taken seriously" Oscar Wilde

    by Annie B on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:03:14 AM PST

  •  I early voted on the 1st Day (3+ / 0-)

    in Downtown Silver Spring. Thank God I did, it was 70 that day. there were about 17K early votes that day in Silver Spring.

  •  I voted this morning in Baltimore (3+ / 0-)

    Arrived at 8:30 and waited for about an hour, the election workers did a good job keeping the line winding in the school building and not outside.  

    "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 11:14:51 AM PST

  •  I voted in Montgomery County (2+ / 0-)
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    dharmafarmer, JanetT in MD

    I got there just as the polls opened and had to stand in line about 45 minutes to vote. Fortunately the line was all inside the building and wound around several times before you got to the table where you get your card for the machines. I didn't have to stand in line that long in 2008. My precinct is very diverse economically and ethnically. The woman behind me in line was voting for the first time.

    I did my stint outside handing out literature to the entering voters until 9:00am; I was starting to lose feeling in my toes.  There were a couple of very sour-faced middle aged white men handing out No on marriage equality lit. They didn't seem to get many takers but I'm still on tenterhooks about that passing.

    All in all a good, if cold, morning.

    You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

    by yellowdog on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:23:11 AM PST

    •  One thing I noted... (0+ / 0-)

      ... when I voted (first day early voting, Silver Spring) was that with all the other signs around the plaza -- I didn't see a SINGLE SIGN opposing Question 6.  A lot of signs FOR it, and a lot of people in line wearing the Yes on 6 sticker that someone was passing out.

      That's the one issue I'm most on tenterhooks about in MD -- I know who's going to win the electoral votes and Senate race.  

      •  I was confronted in line (3+ / 0-)

        by an overly tanned bleach blonde church lady that was telling people if 6 passes, kindergartners will be forced to learn about the mechanics of gay sex and that they will turn gay too. I called her bullshit on it, as did another woman (a teacher) who was a few people back from me. The teacher said, well you know, its already in the MoCo curriculum to teach condom usage starting in 5th grade, which sent this woman into overdrive. She even called sexually active girls "damaged goods". People laughed her up the block and she stormed off in the a huff.

      •  There were signs against 6 (0+ / 0-)

        at Takoma Park polling place today (though more signs FOR)-- my 11-year-old pointed them out because they offended her.

        I was able to go in the middle of the day and my wait was perhaps 1 minute.  My husband said there was a long line this morning when he arrived prior to 7 am, but that it moved fast and they were through within a half hour.

  •  I voted early on the 27th (1+ / 0-)
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    it was 70 out.

    Sent my husband and daughter out today and they said it was practically deserted although poll workers said there was a rush earlier.

    Maryland does a lot of things correctly. Maybe we should establish an exchange student program to teach the rest of the country how it's done.

  •  Glad it went smoothly for you, (4+ / 0-)

    but lots of Marylanders are having problems.  I just finished a shift at an Election Protection call center and the following are some notable ones -

    - reports of insufficient numbers of voting machine cards, particularly at Baltimore City locations;

    - voters in multiple counties who are on the voter rolls, but who are being given provisional ballots without adequate reason;

    - a caller who reported that three of his coworkers were fired when they showed up late for work after voting, despite being told that they could vote first and despite that Maryland law allows for two paid hours to vote;

    - a caller in PG County who reported discrimination against the disabled because of a nursing home director who was indiscriminately deciding who, among her patients, could go to vote in the home's van;

     - a voter's wife who reported that a Bain-owned company had required employees yesterday to fill out a questionnaire indicating who they were voting for.

    Those are the ones I remember off the top of my head.
    Take the Election Protection number with you when you go out to the polls and report any problems you see / experience, People.


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