In & Out in 5 minutes!

@koalatbs (2230)
United States
November 4, 2008 9:19am CST
Hey everyone, I am so relieved... I went to vote this morning and was prepared to be at the polling location waiting in line for like... FOREVER! But, I was happily surprised... I got there at about 9:00AM and was out the down and in my car ready to leave by 9:05! I couldn't believe it! I had taken a book with me and a banana, just in case I got hungry. I really expected to possibly be there in line for at least an hour or even several. It was pouring rain so I wasn't too happy about the idea. The man at the polling place said that earlier in the morning when the polls first opened there was a long line but I guess I went at just the right time. Yeahhh!! How about you?... Did you vote today & if so, how long did you have to wait in line?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I went to the polls at 7 a.m. when they opened. There was a huge line of maybe 400 to 500 people. But the line went quickly and I was ouit in a half hours time maybe a little longer. But the line went smoothly and so did the voting. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Wow... that is a lot of people! But, I am so glad for your sake that the line went quickly and the voting smoothly too! That is great. Have fun watching the returns on TV tonight! It is probably going to be a long night. Do you plan on staying up late to watch the results come in?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I might watch a little is all. My wife gets off work at 10 p.m. So on the way to get her there will be a few States with final results. I'll listen on thew radio on the drive there and back is all I think. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Well, have fun listening to the results on the radio while driving to pick-up your wife from work tonight. I have to pick-up my husband from work later too as we only have one car and I made sure to get it today so I could go vote.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I voted today for the very first time and it was pretty good. It took all of about 10 minutes and I went with my oldest brother and stepdad. My brother kind of showed me the ropes and it went pretty quick. I also heard that ppl in other states were waiting 6-8 hours in line to vote. [b]~~MY OWN PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF**[/b]
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• United States
4 Nov 08
oh my god! I won't wait that long..hmmmmmmm
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I am glad that you didn't have to wait long either twoey68. That is nice to hear. I can't imagine having to wait 6-8 hours in line to vote! Since I am not working right now, I guess I would have tried to grin & bear it and I would have stayed until I was able to vote. But, I wouldn't have liked it one little bit!
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Yes, I voted and it took me about 12 or 14 minutes to do so. The line was about 3 people deep. When I got to my polling place there was a young boy sitting in a chair and he asked my name and looked me up in a portable electronic tablet. There I was and he told me I could go ahead. I guess that the device looks up people to see if they are registered or not. Anyways after that was the table where they gave me a piece of paper that I filled out my name and address and signed. Then they checked my identification and I went to another table that was separated by letters of last names. There they had the books with our names and addresses and I signed on the line there and they gave me a card. Then I waited in the line to vote. At that line I handed the worker my paper I had filled out and signed and she told me which machine to vote at. I voted and took my card out and handed it back to her. Again, this whole process took under 15 minutes for me. Now, if I had gone there about 30 minutes earlier there was a line out the door. I think I just missed the rush. One thing for sure, I am glad I didn't get stuck in one of those lines that was 2 hours long! I did notice that there were two more tables off to the side and I don't know if those people were registering to vote or if they did not have identification with them or maybe they had moved and were at the wrong polling place. The line for those tables was pretty long. Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Well, schulzie... I am happy that you were able to vote pretty quickly as well, like me. Thank goodness because, as you said, some people in other places had to wait in lines for quite a long time. I guess we got there at just the right time!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Glad you had a good experience this morning at the polls. We haven't voted yet. My husband is working, but he will take off early this afternoon and come home, take a bath, and then we'll go vote. We usually don't have to wait very long. And,thank goodness, it's not raining here!
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I hope you do not have to wait long Barb42. I think if you get there sometime before 5pm that you should be ok. That is what I have heard anyway. Good luck. I am very happy for your sake that it is not raining either!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Hopefully, we won't be too late in getting to the polls. I think he may get off about 2, but that means almost an hour drive home. But we will make it!
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Hi again - so... how did it go? Sorry it has taken me so long to respond, but I was just going through my discussions here on myLot and came across your post. I was just wondering how long you and your husband ended up having to wait in the line at the polls to vote? Hope all went well. Take care Barb42.
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I went about 2:30 and was in and out in 10 minutes.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
That is great Barbietre! Did you think you'd have to wait much longer in line than that? I sure did!
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
5 Nov 08
No I figured the rush might be in the morning. And besides we alwas have a great turnout here and they are very organized.
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I voted this morining and it took about 5 min. as well, There was a line for people to register however. But then I didn't have to do that. I hope you have a wonderful day your friend onlydia
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I can't believe there were people registering just today! My sister & her 18 year old daughter registered in NC a few weeks ago. I do not know if they made the deadline or not though. I hope they are able to vote.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Oh yes they all get to vote. My niece registered over a month ago and never got her card. I just had to laugh at that one. They tell you get out and vote and then don't send me the card she yells at me over the phone. I told her just go and see if they have your info if not just redo it. No big thing you still get to vote. Your friend onlydia
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
4 Nov 08
That is great. I am glad that you got in and out. I hate waiting. I have not coted yet.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I waited in a long line but it moved very quickly luckily. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Good luck when you do go out to vote stephcjh. I hope things go smoothly for you as well. I saw on the news this morning that going in the late morning hours or between 1 & 5 pm are the best times to go to avoid the long lines. Take care. Let me know how it goes!
• United States
6 Nov 08
Me too! I was jonesing a little bit - My boyfriend and I were planning to go to the polls together. His original ETA was supposed to be around 10 AM, when he came back into town from a gig. He ended up having to take a detour the night before to attend a meeting for another of his businesses. So now the ETA is 1 or 2 PM - and he calls at about 1:30 to tell me he's on his way - so now I know we will be seeing each other finally after 2 weeks, in about 2 hours - barring any unforeseen circumstances! Now - we live in a small town, and I know that a lot of people have voted early, but I'm still freaking that we will now end up in the lines created by the people who are coming in after school and work... Guess what - there was a parking lot full and the 2 streets encompassing the city building - but no huge lines! We got checked in, were pointed to the next station, given our instructions, voted and ran our ballots through the machine - zip-zap - were done and on our way back home. I think it took longer to find a parking space than it took to vote!
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Well, you and your boyfriend probably got to spend a lot more quality time together alone than you originally anticipated since you didn't have to wait for an eternity in line to vote! That is a plus, especially since he was late arriving in the first place due to his work. I am happy that you had wonderful luck too! I haven't heard from anyone yet who actually had to spend any more than about 45 minutes in line. Most people who has responded to this discussion are like you & I and were very lucky!
@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
5 Nov 08
that is wonderful... i can never go in and out within half an hour when i am voting... especially back in my home country... i never do voting in the place where i am living now because i am only a permanent residence here and i am not allowed to vote... take care and have a nice day...
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Same with my husband lingli_78 however he will become a citizen later this month! Unfortunately though, it was not in time for our election.
@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
5 Nov 08
It was the same for me, in and out quick. I went at 11:30 am between jobs. when I was leaving there was a line starting again.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Oh good ladybug565. I bet you were very happy about that considering you were driving between jobs and probably did not have a lot of extra time.
@ElicBxn (61041)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I voted back on the 24th. I took my mom over to the absentee voting when it was held at her place and voted at the same time. There was a bit of a line but it was moving pretty well. Of course, except for the 20 something poll watcher, I was the youngest person there! Even the Judge, Asst. Judge, and Clerk were all older folks.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
At least the line you had to wait in moved pretty quickly. That is good.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I live in a small town, with only one place to vote. So I figured the place would be super busy. When I drove up there were only about ten cars there - and I think all of them were working the election. Because when I walked inside I was the only one there to vote. LOL So I had no wait whatsoever. I showed my card, signed my name, marked my ballot and out the door I went in less than five minutes.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I think it is weird of things are done differently as far as voting procedures in different states. I do not like it actually, I think they should all do it the same way for better consistency. I was just reading that you had to sign your name and I remember having to do that too in prior elections, but not yesterday. I think all places should do it exactly the same way. What do you think?
• United States
4 Nov 08
Yes, I went to vote about 1 pm today and I walked right in and voted and right back out. Total of five minutes. I was prepared to stay a while. I saw the news before I left home that there was a long wait at some of the voting precinct.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Good sweetbabyjane... I glad you had the same luck as I did. I was prepared to stay awhile too. I brought my book with me, a lawn chair to sit on in line in case it was super long, and my comfortable shoes too (my crocs)!
@EAStanley (2688)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I had no long lines. :) But I live in a very small town. :) I think that I also got there at just the right time. :) All of the extremely early morning voters had already voted. :) I will not want to be there around 4 p.m. or so. :) That is when it will get crazy around here! :) I feel sorry for those who live in the large cities all across America! :)
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I feel sorry for people who live in large cities too EAStanley. I have a feeling there will definitely be some voting problems with extremely long lines in some places. It is a shame. I am so glad that I didn't have any problems and that the lines were really short.
• United States
4 Nov 08
One thing that a lot of people don't realize is that during early voting, Not all of the polling places were open, So the lines were long. In my county there was only one polling place open during early voting so of course the lines were long. It's just propaganda.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I do not completely agree, although I do somewhat because the media usually dramatizes many things on TV. However, there actually were places that had extremely long lines for voting yesterday.
• United States
5 Nov 08
Yes there were long lines, But mostly in the morning because so many people showed up early expecting long lines. Never underestimate the power of large crowds of uninformed people led by the media. The American people did not elect Barack Obama. The media elected Barack Obama.
• United States
5 Nov 08
At the place where I voted, There were about 10 times more poll workers, than voters. And I live in a large town.
• United States
5 Nov 08
I thought I got in and out pretty quickly, but my time at the polls was an eternity compared to yours. There was a line when I got to the polls, but it moved quickly. Still, I think I was there at least 30 to 45 minutes.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
I think you won 6precious102! LoL! Sorry... I think out of everyone who has replied to my post so far that you had to wait in line the longest. For your sake, since you had to wait so long, I sure hope that the person you voted for won! At least it would seem worth the wait.
• United States
5 Nov 08
Some I voted for won and some didn't.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Lucky you that you got there early. Got in and got out, I know that you were happy about that. Just think about all those that are still in line right now at four pm in the evening. Waiting to vote. At least you went early and not to late.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Oh, I know... when I went out driving the pick up my husband just before 5pm I was really glad that I had already voted. There were so many people getting off from work and I knew that the polls would be much more crowded at that time of day. It was a yucky day too with lots of rain on and off.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
8 Nov 08
Aren't you glad that you when early. Have a good one.
@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
4 Nov 08
good for you. u lucked up. no, i didn't vote.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Why not ANTIQUELADY?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
5 Nov 08
i'm not registered to vote, never dd vote but one time in my lif. when i was working i didn'thave time.now that i am nt working i really don't feel like standingin line.i'm sure that doesn't sound like a good excuse to you but that's the way it is.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Yes, when polls first open, lunch time and after 5 are the times that would be very busy..I won't be able to go until later today, around 4:30 and hope that I get there in time before th rush of people getting off work..
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Good luck to you carmelanirel! I sure hope you are able to make it before the after-work rush. Let me know how it goes! Take care.
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• United States
4 Nov 08
It wasn't too bad, only about 10 minutes for three of us, but we had other problems, not pertaining to waiting in line..
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Yes, I voted yesterday. I live in a far suburb of Chicago, and I went in the middle of the day when most people are at work, so I got in and out fairly quickly. There were actually more volunteer workers there then there were actual voters. There are also lots of votiing places around here, each covering different neighborhoods and you have to go to the one where your own neighborhood is, so everyone is all spread out. This is the 3 Presidential election I have voted for in this area and I have never had to wait in line. They are very organized with the voting here where I live.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Same with me ladym33. There seemed to be many more poll volunteers there than people voting! I think that is why our parking lots were so full! LoL