How Was Your Voting Experience?

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  1. Jovial

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    I vote at a small church about 0.5 miles from my home. I voted around 3:30 and there wasn't a wait. They had 3 people working there. They took my name and I signed next to my name and I got a paper ballot. (We had computer balloting a couple years ago.) There was 6 cardboard booths that we use to fill out our ballots. There was only 2 other voters there when I was there. We had 12 state propositions and a few local ones along with several elections for school board, city council, US representative, city attorney, etc. It's a good thing I figured out what I was going to vote for before going it.

    So my experience wasn't bad at all. I don't understand how at some places people have to wait for hours to vote.

    How was your voting experience? Did you have paper or computer balloting?
     
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    computer voting

    didn't know the location's whereabouts, did a MapQuest search, fudged that up, but ended up at the right spot anyway, in a shorter time than projected

    only about four other voters, so no waiting

    voted, and as I exited was asked if I'd complete an exit interview questionnaire

    smooth
     
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    Wow, besides the fact that I had computer voting... I had the EXACT same experience... voted at a church about 1/2 a mile from my house, at around 2pm, no wait whatsoever... few "electoral judges"

    cool
     
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    Vote-by-mail here in Oregon. Just a trip to the mailbox.
     
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    Was very easy. I work nights and get out at 7:30am so I went straight to the voting place. I met my mom and step-father there, they both having just voted for McCain-Palin. I went in, signed my name, waited 15 seconds for the machine, and then went in. We have mechanical voting machines here and they're easy enough to use.
     
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    one of the non-profit organizations that rents the storefront in my building is where i go to vote. i wound up running into some neighbors/tenants who also know me from working in the building, so of course there was the awkward small talk while waiting my turn. i mean what are you supposed to say "uh, so who are you voting for?" :p
     
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    I did early voting last week. Still had to wait about 30 minutes. Workers were slower than slow. Voted on paper.
     
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    Mine was fine. I was in and out in about 5 minutes. But I did see video of people standing on line for what looked like hundreds of people deep.
     
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    I was disappointed to be one of very few people there. I didn't want to wait in a mile long line, but I'd like to have seen at least a little more of a turn-out!

    I'm in CA and I cannot believe prop 8 is winning! This is so sad!
     
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    Voted by mail a couple weeks ago. Kind of anticlimactic.
     
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    Computer balloting with cash register receipt style paper trail.

    I logged onto the county website. Looked at all the locations you could vote. Here you can vote at ANY of the locations in your county. I downloaded a spreadsheet to look at which places were the busiest in the last election. I didn't have the time to wait in line for an hour, before I got to the booth, like I did in the last election. I found a place that was closer and had less than 1/4 the voters last election. Figured it'd be faster. It was :smile: I forgot my cheat sheet for all the ballot iniatives so I had to read them... Probably 8 booths were there about 5 people finished just when I arrived. In and out from the time I left til the time I got home 30 minutes.

    I think it helped A LOT that over 50% of the ballots cast were mail in and another 13% were early voting. So more than 63% of the people wanting to vote already had!

    Did anyone show their I voted sticker at Starbucks (free large coffee), KrispyKreme (free donut), or one of the ice cream chains (maybe baskin robbins) to get free goodies? :up:
     
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    I stepped into the booth and was almost immediately joined by the hot registrar who had been eyeballing me since I stepped into the auditorium.

    He asked me who I was voting for and I told him that it didn't matter, that I wanted his huge cock inside me right then and there. He proceeded to....

    Whoops, wrong forum.
     
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    It's inappropriate that the registrar wanted to know who you were voting for. Sounded like he wanted to "pull your lever." :tongue:
     
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    It was fine, I voted two weeks ago Monday. There were only 3 people ahead of me and the white folks who worked there were falling all over themselves to help me. We had computer touch screen voting, in little cubicle type things. There was no computer printout like x704 got in Colorado. That has bothered me for 2 weeks. :irked: I really wanted a paper trail. It wasn't until Obama won that I felt comfortable that my vote had counted and they hadn't just thrown out all the early votes.
     
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    Used to live in Oregon. Oregon does it BEST. (and not just in voting, either)
     
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    I voted at 6 PM at a church with about 6 four people booth stands. There was no wait. I voted late in the day, I didn't get a sticker. I got exit polled by the news. I think the newsman thought I would become that super ghetto person that gets extra rugged in front of a camera.....I disappointed them by being articulate, needless to say I was not in the news tonight. They put on a black dude in a dirty tank top. Too cliche'.
     
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    funny...once there was a huge fire near the house where I grew up...the media interviewed me & my sister (both college grads), but when we watched the news, who did we see? some crazy looking lady, with a scarf on her head & 3 teeth in her mouth who didn't even live on our street!

    back to the topic:

    I waited to go vote until a little before 11AM...my polling place is only 1/4 mile from my house...there were 5 people at the desks & there were 3 lines delineated by where your last name falls in the alphabet...

    there were 4 electronic voting machines in the room & 2 helpers...there were only 2 people in line ahead of me...when I got to the desk, I gave my name, they found it in the book, I signed the book & they gave me a number (I was #583)...then I was ushered to one of the machines...I made my selections, then cast my vote...the way our machines work is, you make your choice by pressing the screen next to your candidate's name & a light appears there...then when you've made your choices, you press the "cast vote" button & all the lights go out...no paper trail...

    after I voted, I walked out, got my sticker & a little "thanks for voting" card...

    on another note, I was extremely happy to see how many young kids were involved in this process...they had mock elections at the elementary, middle & high schools here, and they also had the high schoolers working at the polls...and it counts toward the community service they all have to do in order to graduate...there were also a few select elementary schoolers who were at the polls in order to learn about the process...and I'm proud to say that my little niece was one of them...she's a little genius... just like her uncle! :wink:
     
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    I did the early voting thing (last week) and there was a little bit of a line but I figured the line yesterday would be VERY long, so I wanted to have less of a wait (I hate standing in line!)

    Like NJ, I was worried that early voters' votes wouldn't be counted. Plus we had electronic voting with no paper trail as well.
     
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    Most here in the predominantly African American subburbs here in N.O. East went to vote quite early and I heard there were long lines which had diminished by the time we were able to get there.

    In the room were the faces of those my age and some older, and we all knew and read in each other's faces, in quiet acknowledgement and without having to utter a word, the significance of this occasion...an almost reverent atmosphere in that precise moment in time - like a snapshot in memory. A historic moment.

    And then the realization of it all, and thinking to myself that from that moment on when we look into the faces of our youth, especially the young boys - so easily led down the wrong path - look at them and say to them "you can do better...you can be anything you want to be"...it could now be said for the first time...the first time...without sounding like a crock...

    It was a very emotional moment...and there were tears.
     
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    It was great! I used a voting machine for early voting, but the easiest vote I cast was my absentee ballot. Vote early and vote often! =)
    (joke btw)
     
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