Long Lines At Polls

@webeishere (36353)
United States
November 4, 2008 7:33am CST
Well here in the States we have election day today. The polls opened at 7 a.m. My wife and I just retuirned from voting. The lines were long for openong time but went quickly. I am wearing my red "I VOTED" sticker all day long. So if you're from USA have you voted yet? How were the lines at your polling place? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@rusty2rusty (6765)
• Defiance, Ohio
4 Nov 08
Nope, not yet. But I am on my way out to do so. As I also have to pick up my daughter prescription medicine. I told my husband we need in by tiomorrow. As that is the last day I have any pills left for. He kinda of looked at me funny. But gave me th emoney to get it. As she had sever ADHD /ODD. If sh does not have her medicine she will not be able to focus in school and I am sure I would get a call about her.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Well ya had better make sure the meds come first huh? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• Defiance, Ohio
4 Nov 08
Yep, but on my way back I will be voting. As I will be driving right past where the voting happens in my area. So, I can't miss it.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Good deal. Thanks also for the BRs you've awarded me recently. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I actually just got back from voting...FOR THE FIRST TIME It wasn't all that bad. I went with my oldest brother and my stepdad and my brother showed me the ropes...what line to stand in, where the ballots were...and then I got a voting booth and filled in my ballot. It wasn't too bad and it took all of about 10 minutes. [b]~~MY OWN PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF**[/b]
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
At ouir polling place they have an area with a video lesson for first time voters. It goes through the process of how to vote and all the aspects of the polls etc to vote. Grats as well. Do you feel special and or privilaged now? I did my first election. Many moons ago. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I don't know about feeling special about it but I'm glad I did it...I just hope the one I voted for gets in. My Mom called me yesterday to tell me that I shouldn't wear anything with any candidates logo's on it b/c she'd read an article about some shootings at a voting place. That made me feel good LOL [b]~~MY OWN PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF**[/b]
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
4 Nov 08
How exciting! I'm proud of you twoey!
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@AmbiePam (50465)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I'm going to go vote in a few minutes. I wanted to avoid the morning rush. Last election everyone was there at 7am, so I thought I'd wait for people to vote and then get to work. But you're right, the lines always go quickly. My polling place is a local high school near here. I think it will be somewhat of a long line, but it will move quickly, I'm sure. It is around 8:35am right now, so around 9am I'll be going.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Ours is an elementary school. Thanks and hope it goes smoothly and quickly for you. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@AmbiePam (50465)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Yep, only three people in front of me.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Now that was a short line wasn't it? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I'm going vote in a little bit. I heard on the news this morning that the busiest times would be early in the morning, around noon, and after working hours. I figured I'd go in the in between times, though here in my small town, I don't expect it to be too crowded.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I we early at opening time only becuase my wife leaves for work aboput 9:30. Otherwise I'd be there about right now when theres noone in line. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
4 Nov 08
You probably had long lines from people who needed to vote before heading to work, because the polls would be closed before they could get home..I will probably be long when I go out too, around 4:30 after my husband returns home from work..But if I had a car, I would go around 2:30-3:00, when most people are at work, because I hate standing in long lines..
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Yeah it was for that reason. My wife starts work at 11 so this is why we vote early. Last year we went at about 9 and it was so slow at that time. Next election it's back to going a little later for me. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
4 Nov 08
If you go to Tim Hortons today with your stickers they will give you free coffee.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Starbucks is doing it also. But you have to ask for it. KrispyKreme is giving star shaped donuts for free as well I hear. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Way to go Grandpa Bob. I did the early voting since we went out of town and was for sure if we were coming back yesterday or today. Where I live we had a good early voting turnout and from what I have seen on TV this morning the lines are pretty long but they say they are moving along smoothly.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I guess we are expecting 80 to 85% turnout. This would be a new record. Last election we had near 80% turnout. Minnesota is one of the largests percentage turnout states I guess. Thank you for voting also. It is out right and duty as a citizen to vote. Not to mention a great privilage as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I am glad that you didn't have to wait too long in line. I will be going to vote this afternoon when my husband gets home. It shouldn't take too long because we live in a small town so I am not worried about there being a long line.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Our city is 64,000. I have no idea how many polling places we have. But there was 300 to 400 in line at 6:55 when we got there. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I'm glad you got it overwith. I have not voted yet. I hate waiting in the long lines.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
So when will you or have you already by now voted? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
4 Nov 08
The line was long, but it moved quickly. I had to wait about a half hour.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Same here, a half hour wait and there were maybe 400 in line at the time. Went very well I'd say. I was actualluy impressed the way the election judges managed the large opening crowd today. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@walijo2008 (4647)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Yes, I hear the lines are long, and no I haven't voted yet, but I plan to as soon as I get ready. I don't expect the lines to be too long where I vote, because I live out in the country in a little community, and there aren't a whole lot of people out here. Have a good day
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Yeah at the farem up North the polling place is a pole barn and maybe 200 people total copme to vote. I've never voted there but my parents related their tales of the small voter registration up there in their area years ago. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@riyasam (16571)
• India
4 Nov 08
good you did not have to wait long.my experience till date has been bad.i dread to wait in long lines.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Wht was bad about your previous experience(s) voting? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I'm registered as a permanent absentee voter because of my back problems, so I get to avoid those long lines. I sent my ballot in a couple of weeks ago. Hubby just got registered to vote just before the deadline, so he has to go after work and cast his ballot. Hopefully the lines will have dwindled down by then.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
He does not have to wait. By law all employeers are required to allow time off for the employees to vote actually. Plus this time is paid time by law. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I did not vote yet, but will right after I get off of work.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Some polls opened at 6AM. I have a friend in Missouri and they opened at 6. Her husband went then to vote and had to wait about an hour, considering there were so many ahead of him. Her son went later and waited 45 minutes. She is going at lunch and probably won't have that big of a wait. We live in Alabama. My daughter lives an hour away from us. There was nobody at her polling place when she went to lunch. She didn't go vote since her son, who is a 7th grader, gets 25 or 35 points for going with her for his history. She said he didn't need the points, but she didn't want to disappoint him so she'd wait for the long lines after work. We will be going to vote late this afternoon when my husband gets home. My son was going to vote before work, but at 6:50 this morning, there were over 200 people in line, so he's waiting!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I have never walked away from crowded polls in my years voting. I had 400 to 500 in line and it went very fast actually. Good luck with short lines and thanks for voting as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
4 Nov 08
My son lives out in the country and the voting lines were through the City Hall, back down by the Middle school,and just looped all around. He knew he didn't have time to stand in line with 200+ people and make it almost an hour to work. He has 2 hours on his job that he can be excused to vote, so I think he's leaving at 3PM to come home and vote. Hopefully he will make it before the lines get long again.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Good that you will both vote though. Employeers by law are required to give employees time off to vote and the time off is paid as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
4 Nov 08
My husband went about an hour after it opened on his way to work, and walked right in. I was about an hour later and walked right in too. Thank goodness because I had to drag my 4 year old along with me. I was hoping to not have to entertain him in line. My son thinks this voting stuff must be really cool because they give you stickers.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I think it's cool too cuz I get a sticker also. Wooo Hoooo! Are you in a smaller city or a large city? Rural area mamye? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I'm actually in a heavily populated area. A subburb of Dallas, Texas. I'm not sure why the lines were so low. There has been a lot of talk in our area about early voting, maybe that is what most people did. It is more likely a function of the pure number of precincts at which to vote. The Dallas paper had the list printed which took up two full pages for the entire area and the font must have been 2, 5 max. Seriously. Good thing I knew where I needed to go, I'd have never been able to read that without a magnifying glass.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Mauybe e loines will be huge comes 5 p.m. after others get off work etc. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
4 Nov 08
Hi, :) I just got back from voting and I was shocked by how short the line was. Actually it was so short I doubt it even qualifies AS a line. I was in and out in 15 minutes and that includes stopping for a cup of cider. This year is definately the best voting experience i've ever had. Vote in 2008!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
4 Nov 08
That's the kind of lines I like. We had to wait longer in the primaries than we did at the last Presidential election!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Was it hot apple cider with a stick of cinnamon in it? My favorite winter beverage actually most times. Coffee still ranks as the number one though. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Nope haven't made it to vote as of yet. I don't own a car and have to wait for my mom or sister in law to take me when they go to vote. I am hoping so late in the day the lines won't be to long and will move quickly.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
There are charities that pick voters up like senior groups etc. In my area they do anyhow. Hope you get short lines as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I voted. I thought I was being early the polls open at 7:00am here I got off work and headed to the polls I made it there around 7:30am and the parking lot was already full. I knew then that I was in trouble. I was met outside by a person that I haven't seen in a long time and he wanted to talk and people were constantly passing by me going inside and I was getting farther and farther behind in line. When I did get in line I was notified that I was in the wrong line. I finally got it right voted and got the heck out of dodge.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Same here. The schools lot was full and the streets nearby were getting jammed. I have handicap plates so I got a nice spot close to the door. Wrong line? Why was it the wrong line may I ask? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
4 Nov 08
You too.
• United States
5 Nov 08
The lines weren't long at all here. But our town only has 9,000 people and we went during business hours. We were the only ones in line for our ward when we arrived. I think we spent more time figuring out just what ward we were in then to actually vote.
@messageme (2821)
• United States
7 Nov 08
LOL thats funny :) Glad you figured out which ward you were in.
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