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November 4th, 2008

Duty executed @ 02:08 pm

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: satisfied satisfied

I voted this morning. The wait wasn't as bad as the worst I have seen since moving here.

Having the day off, I slept in. I figured I would vote during the lull between the morning and the lunch rush.

I live close enough that I was able to walk to the poll. I left a bit later than I had planned. The weather was prefect for a walk. I met a neighbor riding back toward our sub. I had to walk past a different precinct held in the public library. At first, I thought they had poll workers assisting those in the line, but I later determined that these were actually electioneers as the line ran outside the protection zone for that precinct. I arrived at the poll just after 10:00.

My wait on line was about half an hour. Partway through this wait one of the women behind me determined that she was in the wrong building. (She needed to be at the National Guard armory next door.) There was a sign on the door indicating what ID was accepted including Military ID and US Passports.

Processing at the desk was very efficient. One poll official was handing out ballot applications as we got to the door to the room. They had a split in the name checkers and no one else from the end of the alphabet was ahead of me. A ballot was presented and there was no wait for a booth. We might have had a few additional booths. It took a bit to get through the whole ballot. Then up to the scanner and out the door.

I stopped to talk with another neighbor for a bit on the way home but was still back in the house by 11:30.

Walking saved the fuel and frustration of driving and parking the car, and I got some exercise out of it as well.
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Date:November 4th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
I also live within walking distance of my polling place. This year, however, I voted absentee; so I won't just leave a parking space free, I'll save the people in line the 15 minutes or so it would have taken me to fill out the ballot.
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Date:November 4th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Absentee was my original plan, but, as the trip I had planned didn't materialize, I voted in person today.

I would love "no reason" absentee voting.
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Date:November 4th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
The Democrats in the Michigan legislature keep trying to pass a "no-reason absentee" bill, but the Republicans are opposed to it. Their opposition surprises me, because the Conventional Wisdom is that more Republicans than Democrats have voted absentee in the past.
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Date:November 4th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Woo! I voted 2 weeks ago as we have early/no-excuse absentee. And I walked. But I worked at a polling place this morning I had to drive to.