Skip to comments.(Vanity) How Are Things At Your Polling Place?
Posted on 11/07/2006 9:55:15 AM PST by TBP
What are the conditions at your polling place? How is turnout? The weather? The voting equipment? Was checking in easy? Were there people outside electioneering? if so, who was there, Republicans or Democrats or others?
At my polling place, thigns were slow when my wife and I went to vote about 8-ish. One of the few guys passing out literature (for the newly-Republican State Senator inmy district) was saying that the turnout had been very low. (I'm going to go over there later and see how it's going.) The only people electioneering were two guys handing out literature for the Republican and Democrat candidates for the State Senate in my district and one guy working for a candidate for county office in my district. Nobody from either side of the gubernatorial or Senate races.
The weather is good. It's in the 50s and clear. No precip expected.
We have new Diebold touch-screen machines this year. They're easy to use. But where is the paper trail? How do you recount if you need to? They felt the need to put up a big sign announcing that the electronic voting is secure and it's illegal to tamper with it. We have electronic check-in too. I'm not sure I entirely trust it; it's a blue state, after all.
I grew up on lever machines and know how they can be compromised, but I miss them. At least I had a curtain so nobody could walk by and look at how I am voting.
Let's track this all day and see how it's trending.
I was fourth in line this morning when the polls opened at 7 AM MST. The electronic machines were not working and therefore, only paper ballots were used. The officials there were not prepared for this and were scrambling finding private places for people to vote (elementary school library). They were disorganized.
In Lower east Side of manhattan----not too bad for about 10 this morning. I was #68 at my voting booth.
I am in George H. Bush's old District in Houston and at my polling station is was very busy. Even busier than the 2004 elections. And we are not in any close races.
I suspect that Republicans are steaming mad and getting out to vote. My neighbors and I pulled straight Rs!
Northern Virginia - Nice steady flow of folks. Had the option of paper or electronic(only one machine however). Chose paper and saw 15 people(5 booths) vote by paper in the time it took one to vote eletronically.
Hopefully Webb can bo back to authoring more child porn instead of heading to the District.
Rural West MI:
At 9am, polling place was packed. No place to park. Went back at 11:30, and things had thinned out.
Overcast, above average temps (mid 50s). No rain expected.
Voting was pleasant enough. Took me only a few minutes (but I had my choices made before entering.)
My polling place was moderately busy at 11:30. It was out-the-door busy at 6:30 and 7:15 this morning, same with 12:30 this afternoon. At least half of the names had already been crossed off the list when i voted at 11:30. This is not necessarily a good hing, as I live in Limo-lib country.
I just posted on another thread. We're in a heavy Dem precinct and nobody is at the polls.
I voted at 6:40 this morning. (Columbus Ohio) About 20 or 30 people there to vote when I walked in. Had 5 machines. Took about 20 minutes in and out.
There was a steady stream of voters going in when I left, but no lines forming.
No one outside of polling place handing out, distributing, questioning, or otherwise bothering anyone leaving the polling area.
Ho Hum...folks in Philly get to have all the fun!
The women checking my name were surprised that many people like myself through the day were requesting in the future that voters present an ID.
Very good in Brevard county Fl, estimating 55% turnout now.
Light rain, 5-20 minute wait, we use paper ballots ( mark the widely spaced black oval) and scantronics type machine.
No problems so far
There wasn't a line at the check-in desk (although I had a hard time getting my wallet with my ID back from the granny at the desk). Most of the electronic booths were full, but I didn't have to wait. That was a little busier than normal, but it might be because this was the first general election with the electronic booths so people were voting more slowly. The machine printed a copy of my votes for confirmation and held that in the machine for recounts which smart way to do it.
My only problem was that I completely forgot my promise to literally hold my nose shut while voting for DeWine. :-(
No one could show me where I could vote against recorded phone messages that flooded my phone over the last few days.
Also....several neighbors said those calls flipped over to their cell phones and they now have big air time charges..(.Ah! The unintended consequences of ambitious people.)
So it goes.
Everything was fine at my polling place. They have the new computer touch screens. It printed out a paper statement showing how I voted. So if they can do that to all the touch screens, that should do the job if re-counts are needed.
Unfortunately our elections will never be perfect. But having electronic equipment with a paper trail seems like an improvement.
Northeast Florida: Turn out is good, steady. No problems whatsoever. Took me 5 minutes.
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