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My wife and I voted this morning and it was quick and easy.  I don't know if this is true for all of New Mexico, but in Dona Ana County we have 39 "Voter Convenience Centers" this year.  No need to vote at your precinct; any registered voter can vote at any VCC in the county.

Our closest VCC was our usual polling place -- the Radium Springs Community Center.  There were two clerks sitting behind a table in the entrance foyer.  There was one person ahead of us in line; we had to wait less than 5 minutes.  I handed the clerk my voter registration card that had been mailed to me in June, she scanned the barcode, and asked me my birthdate to doublecheck my identity.  Then a printer printed up my personalized ballot.  The entire process took maybe 3 minutes.  

When my wife and I had our ballots ready, we went into the main room and were greeted by a friendly pollworker... somebody we knew, which was a nice touch.  (One advantage to living in a rural area.)  She directed us to the voting cubicles and told us to have at it.  After we had filled out our ballots, we walked over to a table and fed them into one of the two automatic ballot readers.  That was it.  I didn't keep track of the time, but surely it was less than 15 minutes.  There were 14 voting cubicles in the room, and no more than 3 people voting at any one time.  

I read about all the voting problems eleswhere in the country (many of them caused intentionally to suppress the vote) and am grateful to live in a county with such an elegant election system.

(Maybe I was being paranoid, but it seems like every male voting there wore a cowboy hat and spoke with a twang.  I pegged every last one of them as Republicans.  But then again, I look like a redneck myself, so you never really know.)

Originally posted to soarbird on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 12:25 PM PST.

Also republished by New Mexico Kossaks.

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