Well I dropped off LS and BB this morning, then I made a point of stopping for gas and a caffeinated beverage, just in case. I made my way to my polling place and was amazed by the number of cars. Strangely, there were a handfull of spaces available in the school parking lot.
Normally you enter the school at the front door and it’s a straight line down the long hall to the gymnasium where the voting takes place. The line was out the door and went across the length of the school. Which meant in was roughly twice as long as when I voted in 2004.
I was in line for 5-10 minutes when a guy who had voted came out and made a point of telling people that if there were actually two lines and if you were in precinct 4, you should go in and get in the much shorter line. I felt like a complete schmuck pushing my way through the long line and into the school and joining the line that was a third the size. After about an hour of waiting, it was my turn.
I was struck by the mood in the line….or maybe it was the lack of mood in the line. Aside from a little bit of occasional whispering, the people were pretty quiet and…purposeful. I guess I expected a little more energy and excitement, but it seemed more like people were digging in and concentrating on getting a job done.
Guess it pays to live in the sticks sometimes. I didn’t wait in line and was in and out in three minutes. I was #64 at 8:10 a.m. If I would have had to wait in line as long as Tim, there definitely would have been a mood 🙂
ditto on the small town. I went during prime lunch rush and surprisingly I was in and out. The only waiting I did was them looking me up by the last name.. Smith 🙂 A friend in GR waited 1 1/2 hours at 8:30 AM. Hubby walked in and out as I did at 10:30 AM. When I was done and leaving there were a lot more people than when I arrived but still.. no sline. It was a very pleasant experience.
btwinny, I’m so pleased that you and J both voted! Glad that you both had a pleasant experience.
I left work a couple hours early (at 3) just in case there was a line – my co-workers and I had arranged who would come in late, who would take a long lunch, etc. There was no line – I left my car at 3:32 and got back to it at 3:46! Excellent.
I will admit.. it would have taken me 10 minutes less if I hadnt gone to the elementary school instead of the high school!! When they had trouble finding my name on the list she realized I was at precinct 1.. not 3!! So I laughed, asked where the hell I was, grabbed my lil white paper and headed 2 streets down to the high school. I nabbed an awesome spot, handed them my already filled out lil white paper, got my ballot, and gave my 2 cents worth!! And its paying off!!!! I even got a free coffe at Starbucks! I dont drink coffee but my co-worker does!!
I’m actually registered in a different town than I live plus registered in my maiden name…..I went to where I was registered to vote about 2pm, walked right in, gave them my driver’s Lic and the worker stared at my driver’s lic for a bit and asked if I changed my name, I said yes…..marked me off the list and I went to go vote. I heard there were long lines in the morning at all voting locations so I’m glad I waited and didn’t have a problem.
I was lucky enough to vote early. I didn’t have to wait and was done pretty quickly. Took Sean with me and let him push the screen for my choices.
He was really into it and tried to stay up late to see who won.
Our county was the very last one reporting. Too many hillbillies counting fingers & toes, I guess. I still don’t know for sure which way my state went.
I went about 3:30. I figured it would be a prime time between the lunch rush and the right after work rush. There were just a handful of people in line. I voted, got my sticker, eyeballed the cake sitting on the table (and passed on that)and went on my merry way. I tried to figure out which would be the best times. But maybe being a bigger city allowed Lansing to have more voting precincts.
Time I also noticed that the mood was purposeful and pretty serious. I think it was the fact that so many more people were voting than ever before and there was a sense of pride amon previous non-voters.
Then I waslked out and shouted ‘woohoo McCain Rules!’. It was funny.