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(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.


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1 posted on 11/07/2006 9:55:17 AM PST by TBP
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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.


3 posted on 11/07/2006 9:57:35 AM PST by lesko
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To: TBP

In Lower east Side of manhattan----not too bad for about 10 this morning. I was #68 at my voting booth.


4 posted on 11/07/2006 9:57:35 AM PST by brooklyn dave (Dhimmis better not be Dhummis!!!!------or else!!!)
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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!



5 posted on 11/07/2006 9:57:40 AM PST by avacado
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To: TBP
Just got back. I was one of 3 voters versus 25 or so poll workers. We had a new machine this year. Electronic voting. No problem. The only thing I didn't like was outside the booth they have a electronic thingy connected to the booth and the Poll worker was standing by it when I came out.
Go Reds!
6 posted on 11/07/2006 9:59:18 AM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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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.


7 posted on 11/07/2006 9:59:29 AM PST by SengirV
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8 posted on 11/07/2006 9:59:41 AM PST by Always Right
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To: TBP
turnout was low at my polling place, GWB narrowly won the district in 2004, and we switched (again) from touchscreens to optical scan ballots.

In 2004 there were 1,200 votes in our districts, this morning (10:30 am) there was a whopping 131 votes that had been cast.

Cold wet and rainy= lower turnout no matter what the MSM says.
9 posted on 11/07/2006 10:00:02 AM PST by padre35 ("money is the crack cocaine of politics" J. McCain before he left for a fundraiser)
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What are the conditions at your polling place? How is turnout? The weather?

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.)

10 posted on 11/07/2006 10:00:31 AM PST by holymoly ("A lot" is TWO words.)
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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.


11 posted on 11/07/2006 10:00:33 AM PST by Toby06 (jon carry is a piece of s#it)
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To: TBP

I just posted on another thread. We're in a heavy Dem precinct and nobody is at the polls.


12 posted on 11/07/2006 10:00:34 AM PST by dawn53
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To: TBP

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.


13 posted on 11/07/2006 10:00:35 AM PST by Slump Tester ( What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: TBP
Voted at about 6:45AM, CST in southwestern WI. No problems at all. Took about 5 minutes total.

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!

14 posted on 11/07/2006 10:01:38 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (Don't piss down my back and tell me it's rainin')
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To: TBP

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.


15 posted on 11/07/2006 10:02:15 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: TBP

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


16 posted on 11/07/2006 10:02:20 AM PST by Waverunner
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Montgomery County, Ohio this morning. It was lightly raining (praying for storms as the dems are finally getting out of bed at noon.)

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. :-(

17 posted on 11/07/2006 10:02:26 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Kerry, What part of showing heels and ass is a winning strategy in Iraq?)
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To: TBP

Lively. Animated.

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.


18 posted on 11/07/2006 10:02:30 AM PST by CBart95
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To: SengirV

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.


19 posted on 11/07/2006 10:02:54 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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Northeast Florida: Turn out is good, steady. No problems whatsoever. Took me 5 minutes.


20 posted on 11/07/2006 10:03:39 AM PST by MisterRepublican
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I'm in San Antonio and we voted last week with touchscreens. They seemed to be working very well and there was no waiting. It was quite pleasant and the volunteers were efficient. It's been said we had 120,000 early votes but I've not heard how they went.

I voted straight ticket for the first time in my life.

This morning two men were on the access road on 281 South holding a big Bill White sign. There seems to be more traffic today than normal.


21 posted on 11/07/2006 10:03:40 AM PST by Froufrou
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At my polling station in Joplin Mo. (Jasper County-very heavy Republican) the line was out the door at 7:45. Much longer line than in 2004 at the same time.


23 posted on 11/07/2006 10:03:45 AM PST by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members of the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: Logic n' Reason

Just in from WTMJ....Polling places in Milwaukee not crowded some places, some congestion in others. Polling places in outlying Republican Counties reported as very heavy. The gay marriage amendment is helping bring the conservatives to the polls, hope this holds up all day.


24 posted on 11/07/2006 10:04:19 AM PST by milwguy
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I voted at about 7:30 am in a pretty Republican precint. There was a line of about 25 people when I went in...looked to be about the same as I left. The ONLY person working the parking lot was a young lady handing out leaflets for the Marriage Amendment...most people seemed to agreeable to her. I voted on a touchscreen machine and I can't imagine how anyone with an IQ in the double digits would have a problem voting on these machines.


25 posted on 11/07/2006 10:04:38 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: avacado

is that Delay's district? If so did you write in the Lady running in his place?


26 posted on 11/07/2006 10:05:14 AM PST by milwguy
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To: TBP
What are the conditions at your polling place?

Neat and orderly.

How is turnout?

Not too good.

The weather?

Light rain.

The voting equipment?

A pen and a paper ballot.

Was checking in easy?

Yes.

Were there people outside electioneering? if so, who was there, Republicans or Democrats or others?

Yes, all of the above. On my way out I put my hand on the shoulder of the 50ish lady Republican volunteer who appeared nervous and told her, "don't worry too much, we'll be just fine".

27 posted on 11/07/2006 10:05:21 AM PST by jla
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To: avacado

On the NW side of Houston (by 610 and 290) it was semi-busy. But I live in what I suspect is a more Democrat area. I voted Rs in the national election and Kinky for Gov.


28 posted on 11/07/2006 10:05:32 AM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Authoritarianism depends on lack of information. Totalitarianism depends on misinformation.)
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Polls were slow with no waiting in uber-liberal Sonoma County, California. I was #50 at 9:30PST.


29 posted on 11/07/2006 10:05:33 AM PST by rivercat (The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. - William Shakespeare)
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I am in a conservative small town in a blue state (MA) It was busy, for a small town, this morning around 10. A lot of signs outside and people holding them, but no one approaching people. That isn't unusual in MA, you're lucky if you get a party affiliation clearly marked.

The only unusual thing was.........we have paper ballots that you feed into a machine that counts the votes. The machine wouldn't take mine. The woman assisting me said there were about 20 in the lower slot, (looked like a trash can to me LOL) and they would be counted later.

The woman after me had no trouble, the machine took her ballot. Being everything else going on I am probably just overly sensitive, it just gave me a few minutes of pause.
30 posted on 11/07/2006 10:05:45 AM PST by gidget7 (Political Correctness is Marxism with a nose job)
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The ladies at the Fire House had a minor problem with the cartridge that activates the voting machine (touch screen).

One complained to me that they should have been given a 'dry run' opportunity yesterday, so that could work out any bugs.

In the end, they got things working. I was voter # 10, right behind the local Game Warden.

After voting a straight Republican ticket, one of the ladies and I joked about all the dead people who would be voting in Philly. She commented to me about the vote in 2004, with more people voting in Philly than there were registered voters.

It was a very pleasant morning here in the hills of PA!!
31 posted on 11/07/2006 10:06:26 AM PST by airborne (No human embryos were harmed in the development of this treatment!")
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In my 90% Republican precinct, I was # 475 at around noon.
There was a steady trickle of voters.

Two Dems at the door (illegal in Pennsylvania) tried to talk to me as I entered. I showed them my "I LIKE IKE" vintage button and said: "I'm a proud Republican, voting straight Republican, since 1956". They slunk away.

Since I remembered to wear my lucky button today, things should go well for Republican candidates.


32 posted on 11/07/2006 10:06:29 AM PST by Palladin (Vote for Rick Santorum, a true prolife conservative!)
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One of the great blessings of life in the rural mountainous south is that you don't have to live among liberals. The only liberals can be identified by their Kerry stickers--and they're so disappointed that no one keys their cars. Seldom do you see a Repub sticker or sign in my neck of the woods--what would be the point?


33 posted on 11/07/2006 10:06:42 AM PST by Mamzelle
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Our polling place was packed, and since Northern Virginia has clear weather, and we have rain, this is a very, very good sign.


35 posted on 11/07/2006 10:06:52 AM PST by Darnright (http://media.putfile.com/Webb-on-Allen)
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Heavy voting in my community in suburban St. Louis County (Kirkwood, MO). My wife went at 7:30 and I went at 10:30 and we both had about 45 minute waits in line. In addition to the "closest senate race" in the country Jim Talant vs. Claire McCaskill) we have lots of constitutional amendments and other ballot items to wade through.


36 posted on 11/07/2006 10:07:07 AM PST by FairWitness
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To: guido911

In Denver they have new polling locations...new machines..and a new computer to check to see if you are registered...it is overloaded....this will be fun to watch the Democrats blame the Republicans...as Denver is 80% Democrat...from the mayor on down....


37 posted on 11/07/2006 10:07:09 AM PST by Youngman442002
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This article originated on CNN and must be excerpted and linked. Your post will be removed.

When you copy and post a published article from any source, always include a working link and source. Thanks.



38 posted on 11/07/2006 10:07:23 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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West suburban Boston...11AM...polls deserted,most likely because there's not a race in the state where the Republican is within 20 points of his/her RAT opponent.


39 posted on 11/07/2006 10:08:52 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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Raining in S. Mi.
Heavy turnout in my Republican district.
It will be a bad day for the RATS.


40 posted on 11/07/2006 10:08:56 AM PST by Beagle8U (Getting the FReepers to bring down the Dixie Chix is hard work......G.W. Bush)
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I voted at 8am this morning. Maybe 15-20 people in line.
Voted on the new electronic machine, double-checked my choices on the screen but overlooked checking the paper copy. Got in my car, turned on XM listening to Glenn Beck and first thing I heard was a caller saying to be sure to check the paper ballot that some place was reporting problems with folks voting one way on screen and the paper ballot printing something different. Oh Geez! Can't trust anything or anybody anymore!


41 posted on 11/07/2006 10:09:40 AM PST by OB1kNOb (This is no time for bleeding hearts, pacifists, and appeasers to prevail in free world opinion.)
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Magnificent, voted just before 10am, #266 at the ballet insertion machine.

I pulled out my list for the more local races that don't have a party affiliation, had to make sure I voted for the conservative.

Dad provided me with the list, he's magnificent too.

Down on the highway overpass a bunch of young folks were holding signs for Gil Gutnick, R MN,

geuss they know they're issues too, magnificent!


42 posted on 11/07/2006 10:10:35 AM PST by Son House
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I stopped during work for a sample ballot and it was quiet. That was around 9:30 AM. I will be voting around 4 PM and it will be quick,my wife and I will fill in one circle and deposit it in the counting machine,which looks like a copier with a slot in the top. Talked to my mom this weekend and explained the candidates to her commercials had her mad at all them. She will vote quick and my stepfather was not sure on how to vote(registered democrat he is)My mom went through the ballot with him and it looks like he will vote with the republicans....sorry Murtha!!!!!!sorry casey! sorry fast eddy!!!!
43 posted on 11/07/2006 10:11:02 AM PST by GregB (Please pray for my grandchildren,Anna and Jacob!!!)
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It was misting when I went in to vote at noon.

No line, no wait, showed I.D., took my paper ballot to the box and marked my circles... I was # 198.

No one was in line behind me, but a car did arrive as I was leaving the lot.


44 posted on 11/07/2006 10:12:43 AM PST by INhsmom
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To: TBP
Sidenote....given that the only name on my ballot for the House was a Marxist RAT,I voted for myself for the House of Representative sooooo....if the RAT is somehow disqualified,I may sign my next FR post "Representative-Elect Gay State Conservative"!

ROTFLMAO!

45 posted on 11/07/2006 10:12:54 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: GregB

God bless you and your parents for voting against the Demscum Murtha/Casey/Rendell!


46 posted on 11/07/2006 10:14:36 AM PST by Palladin (Vote for Rick Santorum, a true prolife conservative!)
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I didn't notice where there was any count of how many people were voting.

I voted around 11:30 in a pretty easy atmosphere. The voting machines were nearly all occupied full but I got on right away.

This was the first time I'd used a touch-screen voting machine and I thought it was impressively smooth. They gave me a card, I stuck it into the machine and they took it back. Not sure why that was or how that part works.

But voting was very easy and I thought it was well designed overall. I was able to punch a "Straight Ticket" Republican button that made voting trivial but took too much of the drama out of the process.

I'm in Carroll Township, Washington County, PA (near Pittsburgh). I happen to really not like where I live at all so I'm not sure what its political affiliation is overall. Hopefully by the next election I will have moved :-).

D


47 posted on 11/07/2006 10:15:24 AM PST by daviddennis
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To: milwguy
"is that Delay's district? If so did you write in the Lady running in his place?"

No. I am in the district next to DeLay's district. But I have a good feeling that the Republican, Shelly Sekula-Gibbs, will win DeLay's district. There are some pissed-off Republicans in that predominately Republican district and Shelly Sekula-Gibbs did a good job on TV ads to get the word out.

48 posted on 11/07/2006 10:15:25 AM PST by avacado
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Montgomery County, PA (suburban Phila.) - voted at ~noon, quiet at the polls. There were 2-3 folks out front, but I didn't stop to chat and find out who they were apart from one of our local township commissioners (Dem) whose office had phoned us with statements against McGill and Greenleaf. They were polite. One of them pointed out the ballot initiatives since I clearly wasn't interested in their electioneering. We have a proposals for expenditures supporting Persian Gulf veterans and a local open space acquisition program. Seldom do I support additional government spending, but these I can support.

No problem with the equipment. They are the same touchscreens we've used before (Sierra?). One of the poll workers is a long-time family acquaintance, so we chatted a bit. Check-in process was orderly - no signs of White-Out. I appeared to be the only voter there when I arrived, but another lady was leaving the second booth as I was departing.

Rain is forecast later, and it's mild and overcast now. Our district is pretty divided, but trends Democrat now - it's been changing over time.

49 posted on 11/07/2006 10:15:39 AM PST by Think free or die
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To: pgkdan

I was not on the list!! They had to call the court house and get a OK for me to vote.. I have voted here for 30 years, I voted on a touchscreen machine..


50 posted on 11/07/2006 10:15:39 AM PST by navysealdad
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