Open thread: How was your voting experience?

posted at 12:01 pm on November 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I’m currently in Southern California, and cast my absentee ballot before I left Minnesota. My voting experience was pretty pleasant; the only voting official was the First Mate, but she did insist that I clean my office as a prerequisite for voting. I’ve already checked in with the MN Secretary of State website and confirmed that my ballot was accepted, which is great news for Jill Stein and the Green Party.

Quit hyperventilating — that was a joke.

In response to a number of requests, we’ll offer this open thread for Hot Air commenters to discuss their own experiences at polling stations today. Bear in mind that these are entirely anecdotal and unverified accounts, unless accompanied by links to other sources. Let’s enjoy our quadrennial exercise in self-government together, even though we’re certain that at least 45% of our fellow Americans will be crying in their coffee by this time tomorrow.

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novaculus on November 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM

State man, state!

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I TOLD YOU SO…

From Drudge!

EXIT POLLS: RACE TIGHT
R: NC, FL
O: OH, NH, PA, MI, NV
TOSS UP: VA, CO, IA

gumbyandpokey on November 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Drudge: Exit polls say race tight

That’s sharia media-speak for “Romney ahead.”

Rational Thought on November 6, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Gulp. Did you see his exit poll state breakdown? Oh Lord.

conservative pilgrim on November 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

stacman on November 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Um, no.

This this a representative republic of federated states.

Oh looky, goofy is humping polls again.

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Yeah, I’m GAZING.

conservative pilgrim on November 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Just got back. Small precinct, so I was in and out in about 5 minutes. Asked the poll worker if they had been busy today and she said that as of 5:45, they had 70% turnout. Overwhelmingly red state and county, but that turnout number, if true, is amazing!

AUINSC on November 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

From my Facebook posts today re: my voting experience in NE Alabama.

1st post: “Just read that in Ohio people standing in line at the polls, wearing RED were told to zip/button their coats up. REALLY? We still live in ‘Merica, right? Now, while I know this won’t happen to me today in ‘Bama, I almost wish it would. Believe me, y’all would see me being hauled off to jail on the nightly news.”

Got ready later than I wanted to due to fight on Facebook with holier than thou “friend” who said that it was totally okay to ask people to “zip up to cover their team colors.” I pointed out that if anyone was wearing jeans or a blue shirt no one would say that to them. She pulled a Barry on me and never did answer the question.

2nd post: “Dear Hubby, I am headed out to vote now. I am wearing a RED turtleneck, RED scarf and gloves and RED socks. Not to mention, RED unmentionables. Do you have the checkbook with you? Go ahead and make out the check to Madison County for my bail. XOXO.”

Longest lines I’ve seen here in 6 years for anything. You would have thought Bear Bryant arose and was autographing photos of him and Sabin.

3rd post: ” If you have been following my RED saga (see my 2 previous posts from this morning) in solidarity for my voter suppressed brethren in Ohio I wore RED and lots of it to vote today. I even tempted fate by telling husband to get my bail check ready. Well, I got to our polling place and was greeted with a huge hug by the poll captain, who happens to be our next door neighbor. I got in line. I heard someone come up behind me and turned to say hello. It was an extremely good looking Madison County Sheriffs’ deputy! No, he didn’t slap the cuffs on me for insurrection. Slightly disappointed…hehee. As you can see, I didn’t get a free ride downtown nor am I in the hoosegow. I am disappointed as this was my big chance to be on the news tonight.”

Still holding out for a drunk and disorderly later on. *Clink*

Jomama on November 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Voted at the local (and actually, pretty good) “multicultural” public high school. The kids were getting out and walking by and occasionally they would urge “vote Obama” and get shooshed for electioneering with 100 feet of the polls. One kid who looked remarkably like a young Dennis Rodman (tall, oddle bleached afro) was urging “Ron Paul, Ron Paul!”

Only my local vote counts — my precinct went 96% Obama in ’08 and in sure the other 4% went Green — but my daughter gets to cast her first vote at college, in a swing state.

urban elitist on November 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Gulp. Did you see his exit poll state breakdown? Oh Lord.

conservative pilgrim on November 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Yeah, so what? I also saw them in 2004. Except they had more info then.

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Small town NC: Met at car by a GOP volunteer who gave me a card of conservative judges. Very smart in my opinion. Tons of GOP people around the poll, all within the legal distance…but a bunch of them.

Saw two community organizers, well I guess they were, just sitting in chairs. The reason I say O’ volunteers is because they were hanging by the cars with Obama signs on them. They didn’t move the entire time I was there.

Just about everyone I saw going into vote took a card from the GOP volunteer.

Quick lines, absolutely no troubles at all. I can’t judge the volume, we just moved here this year. Asked the voting station official and she told me it had been “steady” all day.

Panther on November 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Just came by to say do not pay attention to exit polls. They always Always skew Democrat. They had Jon Fn Cary winning Ohio. He did not win Ohio.

IGNORE THE EXIT POLLS. IGNORE THE TROLLS.

happytobehere on November 6, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Don’t feed it. Lew Rockwell disciple…

Del Dolemonte on November 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Who makes Lew Rockwell seem moderate, rational, reasonable, sane, polite, and civil.

farsighted on November 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Evangelicals turning out in fewer numbers than 2008!

GAME OVER.

gumbyandpokey on November 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I see the trolls have shown up.

farsighted on November 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I still don’t get the fascination with early voting. My county of 83K had about 25% stand in lines of an hour or two to vote early at the one open location and I was able to go to my precinct today and vote in 10 minutes.

As off 10 this morning about 40% of the eligible voters had cast a ballot so it’s probably going to be a pretty good turnout even though I’m in a staunchly conservative area of Georgia and none of the results here are really in doubt other than a couple of statewide amendments.

RW_theoriginal on November 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Voted around 1:30p in red-leaning DuPage County west of Chicago. No lines but compared to other times I’ve voted business was brisk, people were steadily coming and going. Funny thing in the category of updating voter registration rolls … when the poll worker looked for my name in the signature card book, a few of my family members were still in the book even though they moved about 5 years ago and one of them even lives in another state.

stukinIL4now on November 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Remember, when President George W. Bush won in 2004, the liberals were aghast, they said -”how can this be, the real election results don’t match OUR exit polls.”

They claimed THAT was evidence of election fraud.

slickwillie2001 on November 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Just recently voted for Romney/Ryan after getting out of school.

Met a girl who also voted GOP, my life is now complete. <3

Aizen on November 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

My voting experience was great – voted absentee via Florida. Requested ballot at the end of September, received an email acknowledging my request, ballot was received mid-October which I filled out and sent back the same day, and then received an email acknowledging my ballot, which also stated it had been put in for counting. The mailing back and forth cost me some postage, but worth it.

Timothy S. Carlson on November 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Yeah, so what? I also saw them in 2004. Except they had more info then.

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Ok. I’ll shut my eeyore trap and wait….If economy is the #1 issue, then this “exit poll boom for O” is crap.

conservative pilgrim on November 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Heh

Schadenfreude on November 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

TROLLCOTT

happytobehere on November 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Gulp. Did you see his exit poll state breakdown? Oh Lord.

conservative pilgrim on November 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Don’t pay attention to exit polls.

gophergirl on November 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Just recently voted for Romney/Ryan after getting out of school.

Met a girl who also voted GOP, my life is now complete. <3

Aizen on November 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Nice.

happytobehere on November 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Evangelicals turning out in fewer numbers than 2008!

GAME OVER.

gumbyandpokey on November 6, 2012 at 5:59 PM

O NOES

Axe on November 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Reminder from Ed and Cutter

Schadenfreude on November 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Gulp. Did you see his exit poll state breakdown? Oh Lord.

conservative pilgrim on November 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM

They are crap. They are crap. They are crap. Always every time every single time they skew hard democrat. Do not worry about it.

I’m sorry, if you really worry/depend on exit polls you are an idiot.

Also, TROLLCOTT

happytobehere on November 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Does is blow you away when people say they haven’t voted in years? I just can’t imagine.

Cindy Munford on November 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

It did Cindy, one man said it had been 20 years since he cast a vote. I’m wondering if Mia Love is also behind the big turnout?

JPeterman on November 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Remember, when President George W. Bush won in 2004, the liberals were aghast, they said -”how can this be, the real election results don’t match OUR exit polls.”

They claimed THAT was evidence of election fraud.

slickwillie2001 on November 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Actually, in ’04 the exit polls were right, it’s just that they reflected the conventional wisdom that Democrats vote early (and often) and Republicans vote late. But, by the time the late exit polls were added in, no one was paying attention.

urban elitist on November 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Didn’t the exit polls show a surge to McCain too? I think they did.

They seem to favor incumbents.

Omega_Rage on November 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Oh and…

TrollCott!

JPeterman on November 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I voted around 5:30 in Delaware and observed a moderate amount of people at the site. It’s like everyone had a smile on their face and the attitude just couldn’t be better. The pole workers are the best. They were welcoming and sincere.

The folk outside campaigning for their party were alive and alert. This made me very proud!

obleo on November 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Remember, John Kerry blew Bush completely out of the water in 2004…according to the exit polls.

AUINSC on November 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I’m going to think positive and envision a President Romney and his wife Ann dancing at the inaugural ball. And the next day Mitt is going to roll up his sleeves and get to work.

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

It was overcast and dreary. It was a typical autumn morning on an atypical day.
I told work I’d be late because I needed to save the world. They thought I was joking…

I went to the closest polling place, waited in line, only to be told that I was not on the list.
I saw all the other people with my last name on the list, but not me.
“And so it begins”, I mused. Dark thoughts began to swirl in my head.
“I will vote”, I declared.
“But…you’re not on the list” the smug poll worker declared.
“Regardless, I will vote. I am registered to vote.”, I affirmed.
“Are you sure you’re supposed to vote here?”, she asked helpfully.
“Ohhh….well…I know I’m supposed to vote at a church, and this church is the polling place closest to my house. Is this not precinct 57?” I inquired.
“No, this is 58.”, she stated flatly.
“Ok, then where is 57?” I asked as politely as I could.
“I dunno.” she replied dismissively.

Frustrated, yet determined, I walked away.
I found a private corner, and pulled my android device from my utility pocket.
A few button presses later, I had discovered the hidden location of this ‘precinct 57′.
It was indeed a church as I suspected, but it was further down the street.

To the liberty-mobile!
It was raining, but I was not deterred.
I had found the correct polling place, and braved rush-hour traffic to wait in line yet again.

“I don’t see you on the list.” the elderly poll worker of precinct 57 said.
So I whip out my voter registration card (they weren’t expecting that)….take THAT!!!
“it’s (spelling last name)…the letter ‘cool’ is silent”, I joked.
He was immune to my humor.
I scanned the list myself.
“Right there.” I found me for him.
“Oh ok, there you are. Sign here pl..where’s my pen?”
But there were no pens available.
The previous signer must have absconded with it I reasoned. The sneaky agent of evil was nowhere to be found.
Nearby poll workers jealously guarded their own pens as if to say “you can’t have mine!”.

The now frustrated poll worked told me I’d “have to wait or something”.
“Or something? Nice try commie…” I thought.
“You think that will stop me?” I asked no one in particular.
I brought my own pen! MUAHAHAHAHA!!!
I signed and acquired the strange looking two page ballot from the aged pen-less poll worker.

I turned to find a booth in which to vote…
And there were no booths available.
They were all apparently taken by near sighted octogenarians who were in no particular hurry whatsoever, and I was fresh out of patience.

“HA! None of you can’t stop me!” I thought to myself.
“I’ll vote right here…in front of everybody!”

And I did.

You know the old saying:
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

To that I would add,
“And vote like only yours counts.”

And that is how I saved the world today. I voted. I voted so hard. You’re welcome.

libertynow on November 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

EXIT POLL BOOM FOR O
R: NC, FL
O: OH, NH, PA, MI, NV
TOSS UP: VA, CO, IA

Cutter and Ed Morrissey

Schadenfreude on November 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Sorry coz. Indiana

novaculus on November 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Drudge took Ohio off Obama list and put it on toss up.

Rose on November 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Via Norwegian:
2004 Exit polls

NC Tossup (Bush +12)
NM Kerry +5 (Bush +1)
FL Kerry +5 (Bush +5)
OH Kerry +5 (Bush +2)
PA Kerry +19 (Kerry +2)

Average overstating of Democratic vote: 10+ points

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Drudge just moved OH back in to Toss-Up.

Omega_Rage on November 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

My wife and I voted around 4:30 this afternoon, in Royal Palm Beach, Florida and the wait in line was about 5 minutes and, since we had gone over our sample ballots and knew how we were going to vote on the numerous constitutional amendments, it went pretty fast, about 10 minutes to go over a 5 page ballot.

Now comes the fun!!!

bflat879 on November 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Sorry coz. Indiana

novaculus on November 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Thanks, I have a dossier on each and every one of y’all. But I didn’t feel like lookin’ it up.

Things are about to start moving fast again, and more information is better than less.

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Fox News has called Florida for Charlie Crist.

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Careful where you step folks, there’s some fresh dog droppings scattered in this thread.

slickwillie2001 on November 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

And that is how I saved the world today. I voted. I voted so hard. You’re welcome.

libertynow on November 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Thanks. :)

Axe on November 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

libertynow on November 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Big smile!

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I voted two weeks ago with three republicans and one former democrat. She loved Clinton, thought he did so much good…I explained to her, yeah, after 1994 and the republican revolution, he was forced to pass common sense legislation that was created by republicans.
2004, she voted for Bush.
2012, she voted for Romney.

HornetSting on November 6, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Drudge just moved OH back in to Toss-Up.

Omega_Rage on November 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Exit polls are crap, who cares what they say. The real polls haven’t even closed yet.

Oldnuke on November 6, 2012 at 6:11 PM

TROLLCOTT!!!

dogsoldier on November 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Voted at a Public Works office lunchroom this morning. The table to sign in at had two “Yes on B” stickers (LA County). I thought about asking the people working about the rules of that, but then I thought, “Why on earth would the public works employees care about condoms in porn?”

dcman98 on November 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I can’t bear to watch Drudge this early. He’ll give me a heart attack.

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Drudge is making money. Good for him. But exit polls are worse than crap. They literally always skew hard dem.

Calm yourselves you ninnies!

Oh and trollcott.

happytobehere on November 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Update on Ohio and PA, what I know that is. Two precincts in NW PA had huge turnouts, one said largest ever that they could recall. That to me is a good sign. Same for several precincts in NE Ohio, which may or may not be good.

Deanna on November 6, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Thank you HOTAIR for being so mellow today!

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Don’t pay attention to exit polls.

gophergirl on November 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Roger that gg. I had “a moment” there. Whew. It passed. :)

conservative pilgrim on November 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Fox News has called Florida for Charlie Crist.

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

:) Thank you

Schadenfreude on November 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Don’t pay attention to exit polls.

gophergirl on November 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

…and Cutter (she knows why)

Schadenfreude on November 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Until the exit polls start recording and reporting totals on, “Go F— yourself,” they’ll be crap.

benjamin on November 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

So the exit polls call the lean-red states red, the lean-blue states blue, and the toss-up states toss-up.

… alright. Given how bad these things are at detecting high Republican turnout (see: 2004, Bush; 2012, Walker), especially among evangelicals, I’m feeling good. But again, maybe that’s the whiskey.

Lawdawg86 on November 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Thank you HOTAIR for being so mellow today!

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Glorious night.

Schadenfreude on November 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

INC on November 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

The intensity and purpose of that sweet lady’s demeanor really touched me.

I forgot to add in my previous post that there was a couple, a retired Army Lt. Col. and his wife — Democrats, to boot! — who were very vocal and fervent in their support for Romney. They were one of several people who didn’t want a slate card — they were absolutely certain they were voting for Romney. :)

PatriotGal2257 on November 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Drudge is really f’ing this up. First it was a tight race. Then a boom for O. Now it’s a tight race again. Whoever is feeding him information is playing him like a violin.

MisterPundit on November 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I can’t bear to watch Drudge this early. He’ll give me a heart attack.

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Has he always done this? I did not pay attention in 2008.

JPeterman on November 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

If OH and VA are toss up in exit polls I think Romney is in good shape. They will skew republican as time goes on.

jazzmo on November 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

If the economy is the #1 issue, there is no way Obama can win.
- Gas Prices
- Higher food costs
- High unemployment
- $16T in debt
- $1T+ deficit
- Increased EPA regs
- Increased business costs (Obamacare)

People concerned with the economy and still voting Obama are fooling themselves and hurting this country.

Timothy S. Carlson on November 6, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I can’t bear to watch Drudge this early. He’ll give me a heart attack.

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Remember, he’s in the business of getting as many hits as possible. Just turn on some music, have some whiskey, and turn off your computer until the real results start rolling in. Only forty minutes until Virginia closes, and 70 minutes until Ohio. Those are the only polls that matter, and we’ll know soon enough how its going.

Lawdawg86 on November 6, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Has he always done this? I did not pay attention in 2008.

JPeterman on November 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

If there’s such a thing as news moving faster than the eye can see, it’s drudge’s election crap. “Twitchy” doesn’t even begin to cover it. I forgot that I was going to have to listen to constant drudge updates; I might have to bail a while and come back. Drudge doesn’t know anything yet; there’s nothing to know yet. Not time to check drudge yet.

I could use a stiff drink. I forget sometimes what these nights are like. This ascetic lifestyle of mine isn’t compatible with election night. :)

Axe on November 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Also, where is WI on Drudge’s list?

Lawdawg86 on November 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

We have voted by absentee ballots two weeks ago. I am hoping CA has low turnout so all of the Jerry Brown’s bond measures go down in flames and we are finally forced to face our budget mess. The train to no where for $100 billion can go down in flames.

DanvilleMom on November 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Its a great night to drink some wine and absorb motes
http://vimeo.com/5892502#

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Has he always done this? I did not pay attention in 2008.

JPeterman on November 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Yes. More than anything else, he is still Drudge.

2010, 2008, 2004, 2000…

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

we’ll know soon enough how its going.

Lawdawg86 on November 6, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Yea, I don’t think I’m going to watch even the Fox reports till late.

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I might have to bail a while and come back. Drudge doesn’t know anything yet; there’s nothing to know yet. Not time to check drudge yet.

I could use a stiff drink. I forget sometimes what these nights are like. This ascetic lifestyle of mine isn’t compatible with election night. :)

Axe on November 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM

That sounds like a plan to me. Tune it all out and go straighten up my socks and underwear drawer.

Or maybe drink myself into oblivion, pass out and be surprised in the morning. I hate this.

JPeterman on November 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

And that is how I saved the world today. I voted. I voted so hard. You’re welcome.

libertynow on November 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

[Huge grin]

Now that is an absolutely terrific story.

PatriotGal2257 on November 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Drudge is really f’ing this up. First it was a tight race. Then a boom for O. Now it’s a tight race again. Whoever is feeding him information is playing him like a violin.

MisterPundit on November 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM

He’s trolling for hits.

dogsoldier on November 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Remember, all. Stay calm ! :-)

pambi on November 6, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Yes. More than anything else, he is still Drudge.

2010, 2008, 2004, 2000…

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Time to tune him out then. That siren thing for the dud video of King Obama and the teasing about the DCCaller sex scandal should have been a clue.

Duds, both of them.

JPeterman on November 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Duds, both of them.

JPeterman on November 6, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Yea, he may have lost his Midas touch. There was also the huge Trump story that turned out to be nothing more than a bloviating millionaire spouting off about his conspiracies again. He lost a lot of credibility with those “stories”.

scalleywag on November 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

libertynow on November 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I think that might be a screen play for a movie. I laughed, I cried!! Congratulations.

Cindy Munford on November 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Alas, where I live it is all vote-by-mail. I miss going to the polling place. Ah well. The good part is that I had time to think about how I wanted to vote on a state constitutional amendment and various other ballot initiatives. And with all-mail voting, I can log onto the county website and confirm that my ballot has been received, my signature on the ballot envelope has been validated, and my ballot is in line to be counted.

ugottabekiddingme on November 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Just typed up a synopsis of my voting experience that got eaten. Aargh! Long story short, my husband voted at 6:15 this morning. My oldest on and I went up there around noontime. He is a ” Junior”, but his voter registration does not indicate that, just the exact same name as my husband, with a different signature of course. The lady at the desk seemed very flustered and concerned about it. My son said, “My Driver’s License says Jr., see here it is.” And she said “oh no no no, I don’t need to see your Drivers License!!!” Like he had tried to hand her a bag of dog doo or something. Made me laugh. What a country!

Naturally Curly on November 6, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Voted at 3:30 this afternoon in NC. There was no line at all so I was done in five minutes. It was reported a few days ago that an estimated 50% of the county had already voted early…so that may have helped today quite a bit.

lynncgb on November 6, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Welp after an hour waiting in line here in indiana, i did manage to vote.

Imrahil on November 6, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Just got done voting — in a really, really democratic district in Massachusetts. (By the time you reach the bottom of the ballot, the Republicans don’t even bother fielding a candidate for either house of the state legislature.)

This sounds like Texas in reverse. Down ballot there are no democrats running.

jazzuscounty on November 6, 2012 at 6:49 PM

And that is how I saved the world today. I voted. I voted so hard. You’re welcome.

libertynow on November 6, 2012 at 6:07 PM

If ever I meet you in person, the drinks are on me!

Naturally Curly on November 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Voted at 4:30 today in Amherst, NY. Polls were the busiest I’d ever seen them, with the two GOP polling district lines being VERY long, and the other two districts (Democrat) being nearly empty.

This is the 26th Congressional district in the newly redistricted New York. Last year we were also in the 26th District, but with redistricting out town is now is bisected, with half voting in the 27th with a mostly suburban and rural GOP base, and the other half glued onto the Downtown Buffalo area in the new 26th.

Still, if turnout is like this everywhere, the GOP may even take some BUFFALO seats in local races!

wearyman on November 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Voted here in Bellevue, Nebraska just before 3 PM. In and out. About a half dozens others when I was there.

Yakko77 on November 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Just voted, no line here in Des Moines, Iowa. Got my Applebee’s steak and some scotch on the rocks..Settling in for the night got a fire going in the fireplace…and I don’t think my liver will survive the night…

lovingmyUSA on November 6, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Report that in Virginia tons of cars with Maryland plates but people in them voting in Virginia then heading back to Maryland.

Obama will win. Democrats vote early, often and for all their dead and imagined family.

Steveangell on November 6, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Vote this morning in a Republican area in Central New York. I was the 334th voter at 9:30 am. This is very encouraging. Easy peasy, too. Although I was the first one ever to ask the poll watchers to verify my vote on the optical scanner. They didn’t know how to do it, but they do now. I don’t trust those thing and I wanted to make sure the machine read my vote as I intended to cast it.

IdrilofGondolin on November 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Voting in MA. Line was the longest I’ve seen in the 30 years I’ve lived in my town. It’s a small agro town of about 7000 so there are seldom lines. Today was about a 30min wait. I have no idea what long lines mean other than high turn out. I voted a straight repub ticket. My spouse voted a mixed one but didn’t cancel out any of my votes. That’s because I left it blank where only dems were running. Spousel unit did not and voted for the dem where a dem was the only choice. The young woman in front of me voted repub, I saw her ballot while waiting in line to turn it in. Smart girl. :)

Frank Enstine on November 6, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Voted in person today as I always do and always will (I trust USPS and Early Voting about as far as I trust Barack Hussein Obama and his entire ilk).

Our polling place for my precinct and the adjacent precinct are at the same elementary school. Being that the polling place is an elementary school full of little kids on a school day — there are no people loitering about outside at all on the premises.

Inside there were 3 poll watchers — plus the gang of 10 or so poll workers for both precincts. There were no lines but all the booths were filled when I arrived. By the time I finished checking in a booth opened up. There were a steady stream of voters when I arrived and after I left.

The poll workers at the table handling the ballots were all elderly senior citizens. Slow and somewhat confused — but appearing to be essentially competent.

After marking my ballot — I took my ballot back to the table to deposit it in the ballot box. I have always handled my own ballot in every election I’ve ever voted in since 1978 once I have received it. All the way up to depositing it into the ballot box myself. Again — I trust no one I do not know personally with my ballot. I never have. I never ever will.

The elderly lady who tried to take my ballot from me was definitely flummoxed that I would not give it to her. I told her I would deposit the ballot into the ballot box myself. She told me that I could not do that and that she has to deposit the ballot into the box. I told her that she was dead wrong. She looked at me with an incredulous look that could have made one of the noisy little children in the next room cry.

I told her that no one is permitted to handle my ballot once I possess it — and especially after it is marked. I told her that that is my well reasoned and thoroughly legal rule — and that her rules do not contain any exclusion whatsoever prohibiting my refusing to let any other person handle my ballot after it is marked nor prohibiting depositing my own ballot into the box myself.

The precinct captain — an elderly gentleman — was eavesdropping and stepped up and told the poll worker that I was correct and to allow me to handle my ballot and deposit it into the ballot box. She took that as some kind of slight because the look she gave me moments earlier paled in comparison to the look she gave him. Daggers!

Another elderly senior lady sitting next to my/the OCD ballot ‘handler’ kind of guffawed and asked, “Why don’t you want anyone touching your ballot?” I responded, “No one handles my ballot but me when it’s filled out. No one. Do you really want me to explain to you why? I assure you that you will not like my explanation.”

With a snort, a flick of her wrist, and a look down at the table-top she said, “Okay. Okay. You voted. You can leave now.” My response? “Gimme my ‘I Voted’ sticker, lady, and I will be done at that time.” Nothing further stated — and I left when she gave me my sticker.

Otherwise — uneventful vote. No Black Panthers malingering and trying to look intimidating — and no shameless displays of electoral propaganda covering the walls at this polling location — and no poll workers wearing Obama hats or any other candidates swag either.

Just grouchy old blue-haired broads who don’t know their own rules and laws — and one genial old gray haired dude keeping them in check.

FlatFoot on November 6, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I am ashamed to admit that I did not vote in this election, the first one in which I have not voted in 20 years. I now live in Mexico and have a full time job, a family, house, car … you name it. Since I no longer have a residence in the US and my last residence was in West Virginia, I thought that my vote would not matter at all. I have been praying for Romney to win and have done my best to influence my American friends to see the light but this year my voting experience has been far from anything worth mentioning.

I still pray for you guys and I hope that Romney will end the suffering of millions of families who struggle to put even the basic needs on their kitchen table.

God Bless.

Rambotito on November 6, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I am ashamed to admit that I did not vote in this election, the first one in which I have not voted in 20 years.

Rambotito on November 6, 2012 at 8:16 PM

That is something to be proud of, not something to be ashamed of.

Dante on November 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Mine?
Awesome

greataunty on November 7, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Now…where’s that Dick Morris guy?

greataunty on November 7, 2012 at 12:08 AM

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