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I voted! How busy were your polling places?
« on: November 04, 2008, 07:15:04 AM »
Got to the polls at 6:45. I waited five minutes to vote in the 2004 and 2006 elections, I waited 45 minutes this time. Never seen this sort of turnout. The biggest issue at my polling place is parking. It's an elementary school, which as we all know, they don't have the parking lots that High Schools and Churches have. The school is surrounded by neighborhoods and there are tons of 'no parking' signs everywhere.

My district is a western suburb of Richmond, Va, and voted for Bush overwhelmingly in 2000 and 2004, voted overwhelmingly for John Warner in 2000, but George Allen barely won my district in the 2006 election he lost to Jim Webb.

McCain leads the polls in my district, but Mark Warner leads the Senate Polls by a huge margin in my district, county and the state overall. Should be an interesting day. An interesting fact that I think really shows the dynamics of the election in Virginia. Given that Mark Warner is up by 30+ points on his republican rival, you'd imagine that would translate to a larger lead for Obama in Virginia which has a democratic governor.

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Re: I voted! How busy were your polling places?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 07:40:23 AM »
The biggest issue at my polling place is parking. It's an elementary school, which as we all know, they don't have the parking lots that High Schools and Churches have. The school is surrounded by neighborhoods and there are tons of 'no parking' signs everywhere.

This is true for mine as well, though I got to mine at about 7:15 ... looked in the car for my ID, realised I forgot it, drove back to get it, then went back to my polling place at around 7:20 ... And slipped right in. There were empty voting booths to either side of me, as well.

Offline Demoness

Re: I voted! How busy were your polling places?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 11:39:44 AM »
I voted a few days ago. No one else was around.

Oregon is nice.

(For those not in the know, we have mail-in voting, so there's never any trouble. :)

Offline Vekseid

Re: I voted! How busy were your polling places?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 03:43:19 PM »
Minnesota has a rather well-stocked system. No wait at all. The votecounter said it had counted ~800 votes at ~9 AM, so...

Offline Mellonlegolas

Re: I voted! How busy were your polling places?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 03:50:02 PM »
I voted today at like 10:30am which is when most people are at work so there wasn't really anyone around... I'm not sure how NJ feels about either candidate, I just moved here.

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Re: I voted! How busy were your polling places?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008, 04:08:34 PM »
Well I voted the first day of early voting in Phillips County AR and waited about 20 minutes.  I hear I'm lucky cause after that I think it took more than an hour.

Offline King_Furby

Re: I voted! How busy were your polling places?
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2008, 11:33:09 PM »
only me and 5 other people were there at the time when i went. i missed the big lunch crowd.

Offline The Overlord

Re: I voted! How busy were your polling places?
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2008, 11:58:23 PM »

45 minutes wait for me. Atlanta metro became a self-fulfilling prophecy; those that went early last week to beat the crowds ended up creating them...waits as long as 8-10 hours weren't unheard of.

Getting up on it in the mid-morning was the thing to do; I got in just before 11AM to beat the lunch crowds, and it paid off.

This evening I sit very relaxed and relieved, I've done my duty and my right as an American citizen, and helped elect our next president. We've just watched history occur, and I think we're all still trying to fully assimilate it.

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Re: I voted! How busy were your polling places?
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008, 12:03:40 AM »
I had no wait what-so-ever.  What took the longest for me was the guy sitting there making sure I knew how to use a touch screen.  How many times must I tell someone that I've used the touch screen voting system we have here before...

But all in all, I was in and out in less than 5 minutes.  And that's with the touch screen being a pain in my butt and not recording every letter for my write-in vote and forcing me to hit backspace a few times.