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I left work at 5 pm.  I got home at 5:45 pm.

I walked into my community's polling place at 5:50 pm, talked with a volunteer, signed my name, voted, and was about to leave and go home when it dawned on me that I was alone.

I decided to postpone my leaving until the next voter arrived.  After a minute or so,  I took out my phone and started the stop watch.

My stop watch read 9 minutes 18 seconds when the next voter walked in and I stopped the timer.  It must have been close to 20 minutes that I was the only voter in my polling place.  20 minutes!

Alone for 20 minutes.  In one of the largest cities in America, I was the only voter in my polling place for 20 minutes, two hours before the polls closed.  

I cannot stress enough how uncomfortable and incredulous I was feeling.  

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  •  My Mom Runs The Elections In Her District (7+ / 0-)

    We talk after almost every election cause I am a nerd on that point. Where I live. Where my mom lives. We can vote faster than you can order a Big Mac. I mean literally you can vote in a mater of minutes. But alas few do. It pains me.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:39:44 PM PST

  •  A Good Friend Of Mine Lives In Cleveland (1+ / 0-)
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    sandblaster

    took him three hours to vote. I am not joking when I say I can vote in faster than I can order a Big Mac. I think that is actually kind of neat.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:50:54 PM PST

  •  It is creepy. (9+ / 0-)

    I used to love the process of going to the polls and marking my ballot there.  It felt so patriotic and so satisfying.  In recent years, however, I have voted by mail.  Permanent absentee.
    I don't get the same emotional jangle on voting day, but I find the mail-in method much more convenient.

    Maybe that is why your polling station is empty.  Let's hope that people in your district are voting by mail.

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 09:22:02 PM PST

  •  I voted by mail (1+ / 0-)
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    Naniboujou

    Also, found many friends had not been paying attention and asked me who they should vote for!

    Pitiful turn-out and surprising, after lines outside the polling place where I volunteered in November.

    I must be dreaming...

    by murphy on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:27:06 PM PST

  •  Last week when I walked into my community's (10+ / 0-)

    polling place at 7 AM (polls open at 6AM) they told me I was the first person to vote. The volunteers had been sitting around for an hour waiting for someone to show up.

    One jokingly said to me--You're going to decide the entire election.

    I said, if I'd known that I would have run.

  •  I miss the election day voting (0+ / 0-)

    I always used to run into people I knew, but hadn't seen in a while.  I really looked forward to going to the polling place to vote and see who I'd run into.

  •  The other people were too busy (0+ / 0-)

    watching TV and bitching about the government.

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 05:21:53 AM PST

  •  My office becomes a polling place (0+ / 0-)

    at every election.  I do not work the election and my desk is not a voting booth.  I am not a poll worker and I do not answer questions regarding the voting process - the poll workers at their table do that.

    The only one where there's a line is the Presidential Election every 4 years.  

    The 1st Bush election was orderly, well-mannered, and quiet.  The 2nd Bush election and the 1st Obama election were frightening, there was violence, anger, and vandalism - people flushed things down the toilets to cause them to clog and overflow, holes were kicked in my desk, things were broken, the police had to be called.

    Last election, we feared it would be even worse, since this is a red state, so I took frequent pictures and blogged to let people know we were OK. It was almost as calm as the 1st Bush election, so yay - prep is everything!

    All the rest of the elections - one of them we only had one voter the entire day between the hours of 7:00 am (when the polls open) and 6:00 pm (when I left).  There were a total of 5 voters by the time the polls closed at 7:00 pm.

    For Presidential elections, we have 30 booths set up.

    Most elections, we rarely have more than one voter in at a time, and only 2 or 3 voting booths are put up. The election last Tuesday was rather busy - we actually had 2 voters in at the same time! We have 4 poll workers at every election, and most of the time, they bring knitting or quilting projects, and magazines and books to read. One of them usually brings the newest grandchild, who spends most of the time crying and bored.

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    by Noddy on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 06:20:56 AM PST

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