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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the meet-the-new-boss dept.

Government 821

Today is Election Day in the U.S., and polls are open even in Hawaii now. The current Slashdot poll gives a snapshot of how many readers have voted or plan to vote; more rigorous and wide-based polls are easy to find. If you're taking part in today's election, what have you found? Did you or will you vote electronically, or on paper? How long did you wait to vote? Did you vote weeks ago by mail? How much time did you put into making your choices? It would be helpful if in comments you start the subject of your post with your 2-letter state abbreviation, like this: "TX - About to go get in line to push some buttons."

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OH - small town, went fine (4, Informative)

wawannem (591061) | about 2 years ago | (#41896621)

Voted first thing this morning... Based on the number of commercials running in Ohio, and the tight margin between the candidates, I've been watching the news online expecting to see some controversy start brewing. Fortunately, I've been disappointed thusfar.

OH - Columbus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896785)

Voted first thing this morning as well. Went fine. Bigger turnout than I was expecting at that time.

LA - New Orleans (2)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 years ago | (#41896913)

LA - Went to my polling place about 8:50am this morning. Small line, about 4 people in front of me.

Electronic voting, but is not a computer terminal or touch screen. It is a large sheet of paper with candidates and referendum items on it, that allow the buttons for each choice to show through.

You push the screen to see a 'X' appear by the choices you like, push the OK button, and your done.

Re:OH - Columbus (2)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 2 years ago | (#41897043)

Woo-hoo, don't need to change the subject line!

Voted at 6:30AM. By that point the line was already 5x longer than it had been in the 2008 election, and I was glad to have arrived at 6:00 to the polling center.

Re:OH - small town, went fine (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41896787)

Voted first thing this morning... Based on the number of commercials running in Ohio, and the tight margin between the candidates, I've been watching the news online expecting to see some controversy start brewing. Fortunately, I've been disappointed thusfar.

For living in a battleground swing state you have my deepest sympathy. It can't have been easy and you probably will feel like punching one candidate or the other (or both) in the face given the chance. Meanwhile, the utter filth and scum who are behind so much advertising have made their fat to live off of until the next presidential election cycle, which starts in about 14 hours.

MN- Quick and easy (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896637)

In and out, kind of how I wish sex was...

Re:MN- Quick and easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41897045)

In and out, kind of how I wish sex was...

Or how you dream it is?

GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (4, Interesting)

Cito (1725214) | about 2 years ago | (#41896641)

My drivers license expired in 2005, and I never bothered getting it renewed. So I don't have a "valid ID" even though I'm on disability.

I was turned away not allowed to vote for not having a valid id :)

I said oh well, not like voting matters anyhow due to electoral college bullshit and went home

Really? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896759)

http://www.sos.georgia.gov/gaphotoid/default.htm [georgia.gov]

A Georgia Driver's License, even if expired

Re:GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896793)

"I said oh well, not like voting matters anyhow due to electoral college bullshit and went home"

I'm so glad you didn't vote. Uneducated people shouldn't vote.

Re:GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (4, Insightful)

Nyder (754090) | about 2 years ago | (#41897011)

"I said oh well, not like voting matters anyhow due to electoral college bullshit and went home"

I'm so glad you didn't vote. Uneducated people shouldn't vote.

How is that any different then educated people not voting?

Re:GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896811)

You should have checked the law before going to the polls. According to the GA Secretary of State website, you can vote with an expired driver license: http://www.sos.georgia.gov/gaphotoid/default.htm

What IDs are acceptable?
-Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
-A Georgia Driver's License, even if expired
-Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
-Valid U.S. passport ID
-Valid U.S. military photo ID
-Valid tribal photo ID

Re:GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896815)

Did you bring the expired ID with you? Georgia law says you can vote even with an expired ID. Source:

http://www.sos.georgia.gov/gaphotoid/default.htm

Re:GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896859)

I think you've heard the term "electoral college" used too many times and don't really understand the meaning. Your state's electoral college will vote for your state's popular vote candidate. Your vote matters as part of your state's popular vote.

Re:GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896869)

I call bullshit:
http://www.sos.georgia.gov/gaphotoid/default.htm

Re:GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896917)

I said oh well, not like voting matters anyhow due to my state's decision on how to assign votes in the electoral college bullshit and went home

FTFY

Re:GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (2)

RocketScientist (15198) | about 2 years ago | (#41896961)

Missouri requires ID, but the types of ID they take are legion. Driver's license (even expired), water, electric, or phone bills (with your name and address), state-issued non-driver ID, CCW ID, property tax receipt. We don't require a photo ID, just some kind of ID, mostly to prove you're voting in the right place. It's pretty fair as far as I know, a good balance between preventing voter fraud and turning people away unjustly.

State-issued non-drivers photo ID's here are like $8 by the way. Probably about what they cost to produce.

Re:GA- not allowed to vote due to id problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41897049)

If you did get turned away from the polls, and you did bring a valid form of ID, and if that ID is an expired license and it is a valid form of ID, then you should file your complaint with 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767. This is the number for the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington.

FIRST (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896645)

OH YEAH AFTER 8 YEARS!!!!

NA;DV (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896647)

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in.

DC - won't vote, doesn't matter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896649)

Not a Democrat, so my choices are basically worthless. Why waste time voting when there's no chance of it counting?

Re:DC - won't vote, doesn't matter (4, Insightful)

poity (465672) | about 2 years ago | (#41896925)

maybe get Gary Johnson above 5%? It will change the national discourse even if you don't agree with him 100%.

FL: early voted (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896651)

Long ballot, lines moving quickly. Heavy turnout.

My experience... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896659)

Waited 15 minutes in line and then voted electronically on a diebold machine with no apparent problems.

CA - El Segundo - "lines" of two or three people (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896661)

Hi -

Punch card ballots, as always. No crowds at all.

- Tom

VA disenfranchised (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896665)

VA - Filed registration 45 days ago, didn't take effect, told yesterday by three election offices to vote where I was previously registered, two hours of driving, turned away, told to file provisional ballot where I live, provisional ballot where I live must be defended.

Apparently these guys made their money and did their job:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/virginia-voter-fraud-case-expands-to-focus-on-gop-firm/2012/11/02/76285252-24eb-11e2-ac85-e669876c6a24_story.html

I've read about this happening to other people but can't believe it happened to me. Understand what voter ID laws are. They are voter fraud laws - they create voter fraud. Can't believe it happened to me.

Re:VA disenfranchised (5, Interesting)

gman003 (1693318) | about 2 years ago | (#41896891)

Happened to me as well. I moved a few months ago, went to the DMV to renew my license with the new address and register to vote.

Never got my new drivers license. Never got a registration card. I checked today, I was never officially registered. I'll be checking my debit card records to see if they took the money for it - if not, I will be contacting a lawyer.

I will also be filing a complaint at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/Complaints.html [virginia.gov] . Might not do much good, but I'll do it anyways.

(Not that my vote would've mattered much - I was going to vote Libertarian)

Re:VA disenfranchised (2)

jittles (1613415) | about 2 years ago | (#41896991)

When I left California in 2008, I registered absentee for the Nov 2008 election. I never got my ballot in the mail. I contacted my county election officials and they told me it had been mailed and they even had the correct address. I don't know what happened to that ballot, but I never got to vote that year and I was pissed. For all I know they had someone vote for me. But then again, it could have been lost in the USPS too (though I think that is rare these days).

Re:VA disenfranchised (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41897047)

I am surprised by this. I also live in VA and moved 3 weeks ago, I informed the voter registrar's office and they told me I should vote early as they could not get all of the paperwork completed in time. Went to the early voting office, filled out a form and proceeded to vote 2 weeks ago.

Your experiences are very worrying, I am glad our local (Fredericksburg) can find their rears with both hands, on occasion.

s/voter/voting/ (1)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | about 2 years ago | (#41897007)

You are not the one creating the fraud. The fraud is being thrown at you.

MN - Easy line, easy people (1)

bchickens (255621) | about 2 years ago | (#41896667)

Went pretty smooth out here in minnesota, but I went bright and early!!!

UK - Not pressing any buttons today... (1, Insightful)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | about 2 years ago | (#41896669)

But fuck: I'll take another four years of Obama then...

Re:UK - Not pressing any buttons today... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896857)

Four more years of Obama? That'll be a buttfuck, all right.

Re:UK - Not pressing any buttons today... (-1, Flamebait)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 years ago | (#41896987)

But fuck: I'll take another four years of Obama then...

Yeah, easy for YOU to say...you won't have to live with him for 4x more years ruining your country.

Voted by mail (4, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41896675)

For me the kicking and screaming and foaming was all over a coupla weeks ago.

The best of it: Gave me time in the privacy of my own home to leisurely read through the pro and con positions on things, choose local officials, flip coin, etc.

The worst of it: Didn't stop the junk mail or advertising. :P

Re:Voted by mail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41897015)

Ditto! Mailed in two weeks ago. We're permanent absentee voters.

NJ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896679)

NJ -- Voted at 7am before getting onto the bus to work. EZPZ

i voted 3 times already (4, Funny)

alen (225700) | about 2 years ago | (#41896681)

i used the provisional ballot at a polling place by my house, then by my kid's day care and at work during lunch

just to make sure at least one will be counted

Nice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41897029)

i used the provisional ballot at a polling place by my house, then by my kid's day care and at work during lunch

just to make sure at least one will be counted

I like a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. Nice.

Almost no line (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896695)

1. Go at 10 AM and you beat the morning and lunch rush.

2. Huge numbers of people have voted early or by mail. That reduces poll turnout.

Paper or electronic were a choice. I chose paper. I still have no way of verifying my actual votes based on the receipt. Why is that?

IA - Voted on paper. Peaceful. 2 minute wait. (1)

joelwhitehouse (2571813) | about 2 years ago | (#41896701)

No obvious voter fraud here.

AZ - Voted by Mail On OCT 13th. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896703)

Same day the ballot arrived in the mail.

KY-Small City (1)

Ben4jammin (1233084) | about 2 years ago | (#41896707)

No line when I went in, very small line forming as I left (less than dozen people) No issues went smoothly.

Re:KY-Small City (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41897013)

No line when I went in, very small line forming as I left (less than dozen people)
No issues, went smoothly.

FTFY

No exit pollers lurking about? I used to tell them I voted for myself.

MA: 06:30 Lines. (1)

jk379 (734476) | about 2 years ago | (#41896709)

Voting started at 07:00 out by 07:30.

Twin Cities, MN - with Scantron (2)

PaisteUser (810863) | about 2 years ago | (#41896715)

Everything was orderly and calm at the polling place in our hometown. I was in and out of the polling place in 10 minutes.

I'm curious to know how many places are using computerized voting machines in the country? MN still uses Scantron machines; it's hard to screw up, and cheap to operate.

Re:Twin Cities, MN - with Scantron (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896911)

Not voting with a Scantron, but I am voting in Scranton, PA. Computer machine with a touch interface over here.

Re:Twin Cities, MN - with Scantron (1)

PaisteUser (810863) | about 2 years ago | (#41896997)

Not voting with a Scantron, but I am voting in Scranton, PA.

I like what you did there.

SC - 1 1/2 hour wait. not too bad (3, Interesting)

hackula (2596247) | about 2 years ago | (#41896725)

Annoyingly long line this morning but no big deal. It's only once every 4 years. Strangely noticed 5 to 1 male turn out, in a largely suburban precinct. Don't know what to make of that yet.

IL provisional ballot for the lose. (1)

Loughla (2531696) | about 2 years ago | (#41896727)

I forgot to update my polling place when I built a home. So, I got to fill out the sweet provisional ballot.

Re:IL provisional ballot for the lose. (2)

Loughla (2531696) | about 2 years ago | (#41896763)

Oh, and it was a really short wait with friendly people. And the lead polling judge even baked cookies for today. God bless small town America.

MI - hour wait but worth it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896733)

Waited in line at the polls for around an hour (8am, pre work rush?), but happy that I got to cast my first ballot for the POTUS.

KY - Not voting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896743)

There is no chance in hell of Kentucky going to Obama (who I would vote for) and since the popular vote means shit I don't see the point in leaving work when I have more pressing issues to address.

TX - not even going to bother (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896757)

I probably would have voted for R-Money, but he's already got this state on lock

TX - I bothered anyway (1)

arootbeer (808234) | about 2 years ago | (#41896901)

North Austin - poll workers were competent and the systems were working well. My polling location had 8 E-slate machines running. I was in and out in about 30 minutes, with the line consistently about 15 people deep. Voting in-precinct: there's a lot more to vote on than just the Presidency.

MN - voted this morning (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896769)

The way that all polls should be run.

a) Got in line to receive a ballot voucher. Last names A-G, then H-R, then S-Z in three separate lines. Identified myself (no photo ID) and signed by my name in the voting register. Received a marked ballot voucher from the poll worker.
b) Got in the next line to exchange the ballot voucher for a ballot from another poll worker. Scantron-style, fill in the bubble.
c) Got in the next line to wait for an open poll booth. Marked my ballot (was tempted to write in Lizard People) in secret.
d) Got in the next line to insert my ballot into the electronic reader. If I had mismarked the ballot it would have been rejected at that time, it would have been marked spoiled, and I would have received a blank ballot with instructions to fill in the bubbles properly.
e) Got my "I Voted" sticker and went to work.

The longest step in there was c), which had about ten people in line for a dozen voting booths. I was in and out within twenty minutes and this was with the pre-workday rush.

The only improvement that I would make would be in c) above, which is where electronic balloting could be worthwhile, with the absolute ironclad requirement that d) above be used. An electronic voting machine is acceptable if and only if it produces a human-readable ballot, which I then verify for accuracy, and then submit into the electronic reader, which will tally the votes and retain the actual ballots for recount purposes.

Hanging chads? No paper trail? Voter suppression due to ID requirements? None of that here. Same-day registration, too, which is why MN consistently leads the nation in turnout.

CA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896773)

There was no option for Gordon Freeman so i just voted Romney

CA - Voted on paper, in and out. (1)

Crash24 (808326) | about 2 years ago | (#41896779)

Somewhere in San Joaqin Valley. Started right after the polls opened (0700 PST), there was practically no wait...though I imagine it's going to get much busier after business hours. Decent age cross-section, too.

WA - voted by mail 2 weeks ago (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896783)

Washington state is all vote-by-mail. Works great -- can set aside a few hours to research the issues and make well informed decisions instead of "guessing" based on memory recollection.

Re:WA - voted by mail 2 weeks ago (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896915)

Also did this, I'm not sure of the cost of mailing vs. polling stations, but I have to believe it leads to more informed decisions. Who did I want for county auditor again? Well I saw the Vote Smith sign on the way in, maybe that was it.

I get the states' rights thing... (1)

brainproxy (654715) | about 2 years ago | (#41896791)

But maybe an open sourced voting machine run by a non-profit? Maybe a civilian department? Private companies making voting machines doesn't seem like a great idea. And there are always the conspiracy theorists who will use it as a psychological out so they never have to accept a loss. Let them find another out. Like the Illuminati and mind control or something..

UK - posted weeks ago. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896803)

Hello to Jason Isaacs

NJ - Postfix Server Still Voting (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896807)

My postfix server has been voting all day in NJ.

FL - Orlando, Long line! (1)

KevinH456 (564212) | about 2 years ago | (#41896825)

My line in Florida was long as hell. I waited two hours and the line was longer than when I left. My district is tiny, so it seems like everyone came out this morning to vote.

OH - voted in person (3, Informative)

tylikcat (1578365) | about 2 years ago | (#41896829)

Headed out latish in the morning to avoid the lines - things were busy, but not insane. No problems with my somewhat complicated ID. My helpful online guide had not given me all of the right judgeships on the ballot, so I ended up leaving a few blank having no clue as to who these people were. (It could be worse - my labmate had a similar experience, but in his case it cost him a chance to vote against the person who thinks that jihadists are trying to infiltrate textbooks with sharia law.)

And I forgot about the excellent http://www.judge4yourself.com/ [judge4yourself.com] website, which could have helped considerably on my judgeships problems. No, really, if you're in Ohio, check it out.

Generally painless. I do miss being able to sign up for absentee ballots and stay signed up, rather than having to re-do it every time.

AZ - voted at 10am to avoid the long lines. (1)

bryantthesmith (862805) | about 2 years ago | (#41896833)

When I got to the polls at around 10 there were only 3 people in line in front of me. I spent 2-3 hours researching the various candidates and propositions on the ballot.

NC -voted 10/19, paper ballot, no wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896839)

No line, several at the voting tables but no one ahead of me.

WA - Mailed in the ballot Sunday (1)

sabinelr (1061112) | about 2 years ago | (#41896843)

The voting results will probably be a done deal before they even open my ballot.

WA - everyone votes by mail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896847)

We received our ballots on 16 October. We have until today to either drop it off or have it postmarked.

Interesting captcha: forges

NE-Voted by mail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896855)

Received my ballot 2 days after requesting it (via mail as well). Simple to fill in with my handy-dandy #2 pencil.

NC - today 11am, no line, 10 marking ballots (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896861)

Paper ballot, no wait, no hassle.

FL - Couldn't vote (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896867)

I was blocked by Black Panthers on my way into the voting station.

NC - Absentee (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896877)

Worst part was researching candidates. Not because researching sucks but it's hard to find information outside of campaign sites.

CA - voted by mail weeks ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896883)

Mailed in my ballot several weeks ago.

Vote early, vote often (1)

whutchis (312194) | about 2 years ago | (#41896885)

Voted about 7:30 in PA. Short wait - went as smoothly as ever.

Kansas City, MO (2)

RocketScientist (15198) | about 2 years ago | (#41896887)

Got there 10 minutes after they opened (6:10am) and was out before 7. Lines were long but moving quickly. Efficient process and good poll workers, who don't get nearly enough credit for what they do. Scantron-style voting machine (paper ballots ftw). The stuff I expected on the ballot (President, senate, congress, governor and associated state executive, state representative, and a ballot measure) along with a couple other ballot measures I wasn't familiar with but I read through and voted on.

IA - no issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896893)

Was voter #235 in my ward of ~2,500 people @ 11am. Not sure if that qualifies as high turnout but that seems pretty good considering that the polls close here at 9pm central. Wasn't asked to show an ID, just had to confirm my address and date of birth.

WA - Not allowed to push buttons. (1)

chinton (151403) | about 2 years ago | (#41896895)

I had to color in lines, stuff my ballot into multiple envelops, then drive it to a ballot drop box. Thanks, WA, that is much better than walking to the polling place that used to be a block away.

FL - No problems. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896897)

@10am - The line had 26 people. I was surprised(!) there were so many so late in the morning. I was done and gone in 25 minutes.

@1:20pm - Passed by the polling place... No waiting.

VA - Hour long wait, record lines (1)

blackanvil (1147329) | about 2 years ago | (#41896909)

Just got back from voting. It was an hour long wait, and according to the poll workers, it was the shortest it had been all day, they had never seen turnout like this before.

GO THE FUCK AWAY (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896919)

This slashdot, not CNN, Foxnews or every other fucking newsite on the Planet (including only 50 US-States), so FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK OFF, NOT THE WHOLE WOLRD GIVES A RAT'S ASS

WI: voted. (4, Informative)

John Hasler (414242) | about 2 years ago | (#41896931)

> what have you found?

The usual: three elderly ladies at a table in the town hall, our 100 year old ballot box, a voting both, and an electronic voting machine (a new one: the manufacturer of the $6000 original went out of business and the machine could not be used without their support).

> Did you or will you vote electronically, or on paper?

Paper, of course. I could have voted "electronically" but I'm not that stupid.

> How long did you wait to vote?

Wait? I suppose if we had delayed until after supper we would have had ten minutes or so to chat with the neighbors.

> Did you vote weeks ago by mail?

I don't approve of that other than for extraordinary circumstances where a voter cannot possibly get to the polling place.

> How much time did you put into making your choices?

I made my decision long ago.

FU - This isn't MF Twitter (-1, Troll)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 2 years ago | (#41896935)

>> It would be helpful if in comments you start the subject of your post with your 2-letter state abbreviation

FU - This isn't MF Twitter

OH - Smooth other than the wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896937)

My precinct (the entire state?) ditched the paper sign-in books in favor of two computers. One was being used by 5 poll workers trying to find a single voter and the other was having trouble with a voter trying to cast a provisional ballot. The poll worker said something about the computer having trouble with people on her street. It caused the line to back up to the door. I spent more time waiting to get the card for the voting machine than I did actually voting.

I overheard someone tell a poll worker the machine was indicating a vote she hadn't cast. She caught it in time to fix it.

Many of the candidates in my area are running unopposed, including our representative in Congress.

The people who inevitably gather outside polling places left me completely alone. I didn't get so much as an offer of a sample ballot or a "Vote xxx" from them.

NE - voted last week (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896941)

Early voting for all who want it in this state. All you have to do is request a ballot to be mailed to you, and you either mail it back or use the dropbox at your election office. Needed the time to do research beforehand as there were candidates and issues I wasn't really familiar with. Mostly looked at newspaper endorsements for help on those, but did look in other places as well. I'd say I spent about an hour on it.

Re:NE - voted last week (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41897003)

I should note also that although this state is more or less a "lock" for Romney, I still voted because I had interest in the senate race and one of the state issues. It's important to cast your vote on those "down-ticket" items even if you think or are sure your vote won't help your preference for president any. This is the system we are stuck with until somebody finally abolishes the electoral college.

KS Early voted 2 weeks ago (0)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 2 years ago | (#41896945)

Thankfully, my lil' county still uses paper ballots & #2 pencils. I did have to show my drivers' license to prove I wasn't one of the billion brown horde flooding up from Mexico. Being Kansas, I wouldn't be surprised it they nightly toss out the early ballots deigned not RED enough.

Prelude: About 2 months ago, I went into make sure I was still registered even though I had not moved or changed anything. The lady behind the counter found me in the roles and announced "Here you are: DEMOCRAT!" out loud, with the party said even louder, akin to a scene out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. W.T.F.

No problems (1)

EzInKy (115248) | about 2 years ago | (#41896949)

Went in about 11am, showed my ID, signed my name, was given a paper ballot, marked my choices then fed it into the scanner. Took all of about 5 minutes total from entering the building to walking out with my receipt.

CA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896955)

San Mateo, CA: Electronic voting machines that printed out my selections on paper to inspect. The way it SHOULD done.

VA - paper of course (1)

sideslash (1865434) | about 2 years ago | (#41896959)

Having the knowledge that I could probably personally hack electronic voting machines if I studied them a while kind of freaks me out.

Today everybody presented ID (first time in my experience this was required), and nobody seemed to have a problem. Very friendly, trust-engendering atmosphere. I love living in a rural area.

CA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41896965)

The presidential race is a foregone conculsion out here, largely expected to favor the incumbent -- so the bigger battles have been over various ballot propositions, all of which can probably be best summarized thus:

Regarding California Statewide Ballot Propositions and all the out of state money attempting to sway our votes -

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."

Voted a week and a half ago (1)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 2 years ago | (#41896981)

Early voting ftw. There was a line at the time, but not a bad one. Afterward I went across the street and had a beer.

NC - Pretty much no line, no hassle (1)

sirwired (27582) | about 2 years ago | (#41896985)

There were two paths to the front entrance of my polling place: One involved going through the gauntlet of electioneers, the other right through the door. (Guess which one I chose.)

Once inside, there were all of two people in line in front of me in the voter look-up line. While most of the voting booths were taken (crazy-long ballot today... lots of judicial and minor statewide positions up for election) there was no wait for one.

Electronically scanned paper ballot; that's the format that makes the most sense to me. Electronic scanning for efficiency, paper backup for posterity.

CA - Drop off Mail in Ballot (1)

Chees0rz (1194661) | about 2 years ago | (#41896993)

Filled out ballot last night/ this morning. Drove down the street to the local fire station. Skipped the line and put my ballot in a pink bag (matched the envelope color so it Just Made Sense). Drove to work.


this was around 8:30 am... line was only about 10 people deep.

CA - took ten minutes to vote (4, Interesting)

levork (160540) | about 2 years ago | (#41896995)

No one in line ahead of me. Filled out paper ballot, fed ballot into Sequoia machine. My ballot was three pages, double sided - over ten propositions to vote on in California! Spent more than a hour doing research on them last night.

Oh yeah, this is my first election! Newish American citizen - proud to exercise my right to vote :)

A lot of trouble (0, Troll)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#41897005)

Went to polling station, black panthers were blockading the entrance, then the UN blue hats showed up and scared them off, that was nice but then they were watching us right near the booths...kinda makes you feel uncomfortable. On the way out I peeked through a door where I saw a guy with a laptop plugged into a disassembled voting machine, he was hammering away at a CLI and cackling maniacally.

*trollface*

GA, Forsyth County (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41897035)

North end of Atlanta metro area. 90 second wait for my card, no wait for a voting machine, at about 0915. Total of less than ten minutes from getting out of my car to getting back in it. Electronic voting. No paper trail. :(

OH (1)

captainkoloth (99341) | about 2 years ago | (#41897037)

I got in before the lunch crowd. It went quite smoothly

Why I do not vote (2, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#41897041)

Why I Do Not Vote by Michael S. Rozeff

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff224.html [lewrockwell.com]

I'm voting for Johnson, and I live in a very close swing state, and I truly hope the balance hangs on less votes than the 3rd parties get, but I like Rozeff's article anyway.

Two choice quotes by Mr Rozeff:

"I don't believe in representative government under our Constitution. The Constitution has no legitimate authority over me. I have never signed off on it."

"I do not wish to endorse a system that has produced and continues to produce what I think are pragmatically bad results."

I particularly like the first quote. Kind of mind expanding. The D and R parties want to use the constitution as toilet paper, other than the R have been beating the drum for almost 5 years that Obama is a Kenyan, and that little clause about prez being native born is sacred, but the rest of the constitution and BoR is just used Charmin so don't worry about it. Yet in the long run, what do I care for or against the constitution, Like Rozeff writes, I never signed the damn thing anyway and if I wrote it, it would look a bit different. So as a thought experiment, say he came from Kenya, what do I care, the cleaning lady at work is an illegal el salvadorian and no one cares much and its not my rule, nor do I much care about that particular rule.

There's been a couple other good articles along these lines on zerohedge recently, but I didn't save the links. Oh well.

FL the line was an hour long at polls open (1)

Nadaka (224565) | about 2 years ago | (#41897051)

polls opened at 7, it took me an hour in line before I could vote.

There were some shenanigans with an elderly black guy in front of me not being on the register.

Filled out both ballots (Florida has 11 constitutional amendments and a there were a dozen votes of confidence for local judgeship's.

There was an electronic voting machine that no one used, cast a paper ballot on election day. Its more likely to get counted that way.

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