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I went and voted early today  

post #1 of 18
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The line at the polling place was longer than I've ever seen it. I got through in about a half hour, give or take. Talked to some nice people in line.

If this place is any indication, there's going to be a heavy turnout here in Texas. Gee...maybe more than 25% of the eligible voters will vote this time!
post #2 of 18
I voted yesterday.

I requested a paper ballot and was told paper ballots are not available.

I requested a hard copy of my ballot and was told it was not available, the hard copy stays in the machine.

I think that sucks.
post #3 of 18
I went to vote early on Saturday. I was in line for about 5 mins before it was my turn. There is no way I am waiting in that line on election day. As heated as it is, I just want to go home that day and watch the results as they come in.
post #4 of 18
I voted last tuesday and i waited in line for about an hour. It was crazy. They say they expect it to bo worse on election day so I am glad I got it over with.
post #5 of 18
I voted last Friday. The worst line was the line of cars trying to get into the parking lot. Once parked, I was thru the line in about 30 minutes.
post #6 of 18
cool, remember vote earliy , vote often hehe.
i gotta leave the us again Wed, but i have arleady voted also
post #7 of 18
We are lucky. Our voting place is at the town library - so we don't even have to park - we can walk up there
post #8 of 18
I voted almost two weeks ago by mail. It's nice not having to worry about it anymore. What will be, will be.
post #9 of 18
i voted today, too - altho i didn't have much of a line. i think i was in & out in about 10 minutes.
post #10 of 18
I voted awhile ago. I breezed in and out in about 15 minutes. While I was there, I got the library card that I've been meaning to get for years!

It couldn't have been easier, and I've been telling anyone who would listen that they need to. Nobody's listened to me yet. I'm not standing in those lines on election day. I have to work that day, and I'd have to go before work since I work until midnight. I wouldn't have any idea about how much time to allow for the lines that day.

I also didn't want to risk missing it altogether...what if I broke my leg, or got the flu or something? *knock wood that doesn't happen *
post #11 of 18
I voted by mail this time. I sent my ballot back in early last week.
post #12 of 18
I'm waiting till election day and going in person. I don't want to vote early, I will probably change my mind at least twice more before then.
post #13 of 18
I happen to work for our local county government so I have election day off. That said I also work downtown in our county city building and have seen the daily lines of people waiting to vote early and at any given time between say 9am and 3pm, the line wraps around the building lobby... and there's no easy parking for it either. I'll be voting on eletion day and hoping for the best. I have a Dr. appointment at 11:30 and class at 5:30. I'll probaby go early (around 8am) after DH leaves for work.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
I voted yesterday.

I requested a paper ballot and was told paper ballots are not available.

I requested a hard copy of my ballot and was told it was not available, the hard copy stays in the machine.

I think that sucks.
It absolutely does. Our election system has lost all accountability, and all indicators are we are in for a doozy of an election day. Three of the polling locations here have an illegal number of registered voters in their districts (allowed to have like 1500, have 3400, etc).

In Ohio you could demand a paper ballot, and on the machine you could see your ballot being printed next to the screen and review it. It worries me that there are voting systems that allow for absolutely no doublechecking, and that I have to use one.

I expect general disgruntlement of the voters by Nov 5th, regardless of the outcome. Not good, not good at all. There's no excuse for a country as steeped in technology as ours to have third-world voting systems.
post #15 of 18
We vote by mail. I don't trust it, but we don't have a choice.

Laurie
post #16 of 18
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If you are having a problem at a polling place, you can dial 1-866-OUR-VOTE to ask for help.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
In Ohio you could demand a paper ballot, and on the machine you could see your ballot being printed next to the screen and review it. It worries me that there are voting systems that allow for absolutely no doublechecking, and that I have to use one.
my voting place offered me a choice of paper or electronic. i chose electronic. then, once i was finished w/my selections, i was shown a screen w/all of the choices i'd made. i could make changes at that point if i wanted. if not [mine was the way i had selected] then you went to the 'cast ballot' button.
post #18 of 18
I voted by mail a couple of weeks ago, since my overseas ballot had to be in by Halloween in order to be counted. I was advised by my county election office not to vote by fax, etc..

I can't wait to see if voter participation is >50% this year due to the "vote early" campaign. I really hope so.
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