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Poll results: As everyone knows this election is turning out to be unprecedented in voter turn-out. How was your

Voters
49. You may not vote on this poll
  • Done in 1-5 minutes

    10 20.41%
  • Done in 6-10 minutes

    6 12.24%
  • Done in 11-15 minutes

    5 10.20%
  • Longer than the McDonald's queue in Soviet Russia.

    11 22.45%
  • Absentee vote

    6 12.24%
  • Early vote

    9 18.37%
  • I bribed the volunteers to get to the front of the line

    0 0%
  • I am a convicted felon, so I can't vote in this state

    0 0%
  • I refuse to vote.

    0 0%
  • There's an election going on today

    0 0%
  • Other (please explain)

    2 4.08%
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Thread: How was your polling station?

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    Cyburbian
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    How was your polling station?

    Not bad, had to pry the I VOTED TODAY...DID YOU sticker away from the election official (after all, why else do you vote)?

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    how long is the wait at a McDonald's in Soviet Russia?

    20-30 minutes - got my sticker too, a flu shot and a brownie

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    I must have been in the que for a Big Mac in Leningrad.

    Roughly an hour from start to finish but no complaints from me.
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    About 20 minutes total, but it should have been less - the layout for the room was flat out retarded - there were four different bottlenecks in the room for foot traffic. With the usual layout, everyone circulates through in a circular fashion, but today's set-up forced you to double back twice through the crowd of folks behind you. Moronic...must have been laid out by a GDOT engineer...
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    I drove by mine this morning just to see (I was an early voter). Based on the lines for our primary several months ago and how long I knew those took, I'd say it was about a 15-20 minute line at 7:30am (30 minutes after the poll opened).

    I'll check again this evening on my way home.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    35+ minutes waiting outside in the rain. First big rain of the year here in perpetually sunny San Diego.

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    Cyburbian boiker's avatar
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    Around 8AM this morning there was a line halfway around the polling location. probably a 45 minute wait. I'm going to leave work a bit early and try my luck in the 3:30-4:00PM hour. I'll post an update at that time.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Hooray for the blue mailbox on the corner

    Favorite City had the ballot back to me within two days of my dropping my absent voter app into the mail stream. I think I'll make up a badge, I VOTED ABSENTEE, and wear that for the duration.

    Last night I led a daddy-daughter square dance at a church. Upon departure, in rolled the tabulator and voting stations. About ten little election elves busily stamping the forms, setting up the balloting stations, taping off 10' around the tabulator.
    (Sheesh. They said it's a new state rule. I said get you some legal-size file folders, use those as secrecy folders. They had a tape measure and laid masking tape on the floor.)

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    I went at 2:30 pm. From start to finish the whole process didn't take more than three minutes... Mid-morning and mid-afternoon are the best times to go.

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    My polling station smelled like cow *&%$. Literally. It's right across the street from a large dairy farm. I *love* living in the country

    But anyway, went at 2ish and there was no one there. Population of the township is only about 1500. In the City though, there were lines of up to an hour or more this morning and at lunch time.

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    Cyburbian btrage's avatar
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    The wife and I got in line at 11:30 and we were done voting within 25 minutes I think. Which is weird because some of the other poll locations in Grand Rapids were running hour-long waits. One local news report had one wait at 3 hours. I think it really depends on how efficient the election workers are at the individual locations.

    FYI: Grand Rapids uses optical scan machines in all of its polls (I think).

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    10 minutes tops, not bad since it took me five just to color in the ovals.
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    About 20 minutes total, but it should have been less - the layout for the room was flat out retarded - there were four different bottlenecks in the room for foot traffic. With the usual layout, everyone circulates through in a circular fashion, but today's set-up forced you to double back twice through the crowd of folks behind you. Moronic...must have been laid out by a GDOT engineer...
    Change 20 to 40 and what Bubba said...
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    Five minutes.

    They don't give us "I Voted" stickers anymore because some pervert was "placing" them on women's chests during the last election. And here I was planning to be a poll worker when I retired.

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    I have never waited more than 5 minutes to vote in any election ever. However, today made up for it. 3 1/2 Hours to vote today! The poll workers told us until the census is done in 2010 and with all the growth in the last 5-8 years the district has over 3500 registered voters and there are no plans to redistrict until the census. 8 machines running and our ballot was 5 pages long with 3 state and 1 local questions (Sunday Beer Sales!). If I'm still here next year I am voting by absentee ballot early.

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    I voted early at the courthouse about a week ago, where it took me about 5-10 minutes, start to finish.

    Today, I had pollwatching duties for about 2 hours though, from 8am-10pm. There was definitely a good steady stream of people, but I'd say most people got through in 5-10 minutes (including voting). I heard though that just before I arrived, from 6am-8am, it was a madhouse, with double lines forming at each precinct. It seemed that half the electorate had voted by the time I got there at 8am.
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    isn't that special?

    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post

    They don't give us "I Voted" stickers anymore because some pervert was "placing" them on women's chests during the last election. And here I was planning to be a poll worker when I retired.
    Tea on my the lap top at that comment! Hilarious - only in Florida!

    we have church ladies up here - they announce each person into a microphone and you have to stand there while they look up your name - they announce me as soon as they see me, being a small town and all and everyone behind me chuckles - a little awkward but whatever

    the guy that watches you put your ballot in the machine thingy said to me: wow, LP, they let you vote - that doesn't seem fair somehow" - wtf?

    it is frightening who counts the votes, if you think about it - so, don't...

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    Oregon doesn't have polling places. All voting is by mail. I voted a couple of weeks ago. No line at the mailbox.

    When I lived in Virginia the poll watchers would loudly announce, "Otis has voted." Now I do that when I mail the ballot. Somehow it's not the same. I do like the ability to peruse the ballot and look things up as I fill in my ballot on the dining room table.

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    Quote Originally posted by Otis View post
    Oregon doesn't have polling places. All voting is by mail. I voted a couple of weeks ago. No line at the mailbox.

    When I lived in Virginia the poll watchers would loudly announce, "Otis has voted." Now I do that when I mail the ballot. Somehow it's not the same. I do like the ability to peruse the ballot and look things up as I fill in my ballot on the dining room table.
    I miss vote by mail in Oregon

    It took about 20 minutes. Miraculously my name was in the register. I had my doubts because I wasn't asked for any ID when I registered and didn't get a precinct card in the mail although I got a sample ballot. The electronic voting machine was weird though....looked like a big giant print out of the paper ballot. No "I Voted" stickers, must be a budgetary issue.
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    Maybe 10 minutes or so. I went mid-morning. The voting room (in a nursing home) was rather tiny so much so that all the "booths" weren't being used since there was no room to access them.

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    I have voted absentee for a number of years because of employment location vs voting location. Couldnt get back in time to vote and left before the polls opened.

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    It took 40 minutes here. There were pretty good lines this morning at 7:00 am
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    We went at 10. It took us until 11:30. Lots of tv cameras at the poll cuz of the long line.

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    Drove by three on the way home and one parking lot was full, the other two not so much. I did hear that one polling place had very few voters on Tuesday because 2/3 of the people in that district had voted early.

    On the sticker front - When I voted early, they had a roll of stickers just sitting on the table as you left. If you wanted one, just take it. If you wanted the whole roll, just take it. I actually took two and wore one the day I voted and one yesterday.
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