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I've been reading/scanning the diaries today, and a lot of them have been about all of the bad that has been happening.  Well, not everything is bad.

If you have a story about voting today, tell it!  Doesn't have to be positive or negative, just has to be a story you want to share.

I'll start with mine below the Squiggle of Power.

I got to the polls early this morning - about 6:45.  For me, election day is like Christmas - I don't sleep well the night before, and just want to go and deliver my presents.  I like to vote in person, because I like to see the people, and get a feel for their numbers and temper.  In 2008, the lines were long, and full of happy people.  In 2010, the lines were short and grumpy.  So I had a fair idea what was to happen even before the results started coming in.

SO this morning I got there and the sun was shining and there were already 4 people ahead of me.  The Poll people were setting up in the room, and we were in the lobby, but they had a coffee pot on, and let those interested come in and grab a cup.  By 7:00 there were about 40 of us in line, mostly pretty cheerful, and fairly diverse as far as age, ethnicity and attire went.  

The church where the polls are set up has big glass windows in front, and as we were standing waiting for the polls to open, I noticed a guy walking down the street.  He was filthy - looked as though he hadn't washed or changed his clothes in a few days or weeks (quite a few people like that where I live, sad to say), and as he proceeded down the street, he was casually pulling up the "POLLS" signs and tucking them under one arm.

I called to one of the poll workers "Hey - do you see that?", and they all came out and chased the guy (who was by now laughing and staggering) down the street to where he dropped the signs.

One of the poll workers put the signs back up, and instead of being angry, everyone seemed to get a chuckle out of it.  Another positive sign.

At 7:00, they called the lady who was first in line into the room and had her witness the single zeroed out voting machine (which is almost never used) and the empty ballot box, and then let us vote.

I was out the door by 7:10, and the line went a fair ways down the sidewalk.  maybe 50 people.

It was a good day to vote, and I have a good feeling about the election, at least locally.

How was your voting experience?

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 01:22:39 PM PST

  •  Miracle Mile, Los Angeles (1+ / 0-)
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    ranger995

    5 people in line, took 10 minutes. Totally uneventful.

    Not much of a story.

  •  In and out (2+ / 0-)
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    ranger995, Hey338Too

    In the middle of Omaha. Then again it's white and conservative.

    But my pasty, blue-eyed self fooled them by voting straight Democratic!

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 01:26:03 PM PST

  •  Husband and I cast ballots #30-31 today at our (3+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter, ranger995, Hey338Too

    precinct around 6:40 or so. Not as busy as 2008 was, but Illinois has done major early voting, as has our particular county. Steady traffic though, people leaving as we arrived and more arriving as we left.

    Husband also went around delivering campaign lit as I slept.

  •  Easy peasy... (1+ / 0-)
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    terjeanderson

    Got to the polling-station about 6:45, watched the supervisors finish taping the signs up as ~35-40 people got in line behind us, and was cheered by all as I fed vote #1 into the scanner.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 01:32:49 PM PST

  •  Dropped my ballot in the mailbox ten days ago. (2+ / 0-)
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    terjeanderson, Stude Dude

    Hey, nobody said it had to be a good story.

    The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

    by Orange County Liberal on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 01:33:07 PM PST

  •  I went to my polling place this morning. (1+ / 0-)
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    terjeanderson

    Gave them my name, got my little voting card, waited in line 5 minutes, and hit the buttons for all the Democrats.

    Hopefully we'll live happily ever after.

  •  3 Minutes 40 Seconds in Total to vote (2+ / 0-)
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    terjeanderson, trumpeter

    Not counting parking the car, It took me under 5 minutes to vote and leave the polling location in a city of 200,000 people.

    I have newfound admiration for those who wait insane amounts of hours to cast a ballot. You are the real heroes in this election. From a solid blue state of California, I thank you — swing state voters, for putting up with all the Republican bullshit and badly implemented election laws.

  •  Well lets see here, I pulled out of the driveway (1+ / 0-)
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    terjeanderson

    at 2:50, drove over to city hall, parked, voted, drove home and pulled back into the driveway at 3:22. Oh, the drive home included a stop for a gallon of milk and a movie. One of the many joys of life in a small town.

    Fuck me! He made it. Will Scarlet

    by dagolfnut on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 02:00:52 PM PST

  •  Smooth in small town Vermont (1+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter

    Went to town hall around 12.30 pm in my small town of only a few hundred people...

    Just two campaigners standing outside... one each for the local state legislative candidates.  (Thanks to redistricting, my heavily Democratic town is finally connected to a close-by town instead of being part of a district with 4 towns on the other side of the mountain and a Republican state Rep who ignored us. Instead, we'll be part of ousting a Republican incumbent and replacing him with a Progressive/Democratic woman.)

    Inside, no line for voting. Walked up to check in - even though they know your name and face (hey, it is a small town), you must state your name so it is recorded. They also comment on liking the spelling of my name - which the same women behind the table do every election... No ID needed.

    About 4 other voters in the hall at the time. Took my paper ballot, walked over to one of the little booths, and filled in each of the circles on my optical scan ballot - for Obama/Biden, to re-elect Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch, and Governor Peter Shumlin. Voted for the Cass Gekas for Lt Governor, the bright young woman who stepped up at the last minute to challenge the moderate Republican incumbent. Voted for great Democratic candidates for Treasurer, Auditor, and the incumbent AG and Secretary of State.

    Voted for both of the Democratic candidates in my 2 sea conservative state Senate district - including the one moderately liberal nominee and the conservative incumbent (I struggled with voting for a guy who is anti-choice and who voted against marriage equality - but he is an economic populist and still better than the Republican options.) Voted happily for the State House candidate.

    Remembered to flip ballot over and vote for the 5 Justices of the Peace - only five candidates were nominated, all Democrats, most of whom I know.

    Walked over to the ballot box, stated my name again to be checked off there, but the ballot in, and put my little "I voted" sticker on my jacket. As I left, several of the poll workers called out "Goodbye Terje".

    Friendly, easy - and in and out in under 5 minutes.

    Could have voted early, but I love this experience. One of the benefits of small town life.

    My rural nearly all white town will end up giving more than 70% of the vote to Obama and most of the Democrats running - we're the most Democratic town in our county. Judging from past elections, at least 80% of the voters in town will turn out, but it might be even higher this year thanks to a vigourous GOTV effort for the legislative race.

    My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world - Jack Layton

    by terjeanderson on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 02:01:57 PM PST

  •  1 hour 42 minutes in New Orleans... (1+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter

    ... there were probably 100 people in the line when I got there and about the same number when I left.  According to one of the people I talked with, the line earlier this morning was 3 to 4 times longer.

    I live in a fairly diverse part of New Orleans, did not see a single Rmoney representative the whole time I was there.  The polling station was checked in on by OFA on at least two separate occasions.  The poll workers themselves were excellent and very helpful to those who needed it.

    The ballot was fairly interesting in that President Obama was the first name on a fairly long list of candidates.  Rmoney may have been the 4th or 5th name on the list.  I really wasn't prepared to see that many names on the list running for President.  

    Since there were a number of Constitutional amendments on the ballot, it took much longer than usual to vote.  Even being prepared for the amendments, they way they were laid out on the voting machine made them a bit complicated to get through.

    All in all, I didn't mind the wait.  Everyone I talked to was in a good mood.  As usual, very professionally handled by the polling station.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 02:13:58 PM PST

  •  Not my voting story, but my pootie would (0+ / 0-)

    vote for Gary Johnson! Well, that's better than Rmoney, I suppose.

    I found this site from a link on ICHC, you type in your cat's characteristics and it "tells" who yer pootie would vote for:

    http://www.candidatesforcats.com/

    It's nice for a little fun while waiting for the exit polls & returns to start coming in :)

  •  Voting was a snap... (0+ / 0-)

    took no time at all. It is completely and utterly inexcusable that any state should be experiencing lines lasting for hours.

    If voting is a right, then the process should be standardized to the point that you will NOT have difficulty voting. At my polling place there were at least 20 voting booths. This isn't rocket science after all.

    Take the best procedure out their and make it the National norm. This is nonsense that anyone should be in a line for hours to vote.

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 03:03:37 PM PST

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