Tuesday, November 04, 2008

2.5

Number of hours I waited in line this morning to vote.

Hurrah for record-breaking turnout!

23 comments:

Briane P said...

I only waited 10 minutes -- but I was number 333, at about 11:45 a.m. In 2004 I voted at 7 p.m. and was 58. So yay!

Crimogenic said...

Urhhh, not looking forward to the line to vote, but wouldn't give up the opportunity to cast my vote for anything, well almost anything :)

Kerry said...

impressive!

I didn't wait at all. Which makes me wonder about all these rednecks in my neighborhood...

oh, well. still got all weepy as I was casting my vote. guess I'm a sucker for it.

Gina Black said...

OMG! I'm so excited by the turnout. Maybe we really *do* live in a democracy.

I voted by mail. No wait.

Doughboy said...

As our lovely Queen would say, how very splendid, I wish you all the best of luck. You've all done a jolly smashing job & I hope you're all feeling proud of yourself.

I'm sick with excitement and I live in a tiny island west off mainline Europe - just East of Ireland. None of this voting malarky is anything to do with us and yet millions will be awake half the night waiting for the results.

Are the non-religious allowed to pray for one night? Or should we just get drunk? Either way that will be the only rational response I would think

driver said...

I did not wait at all, nor was I on the register. How could that be? The nice people said I could vote "provisionally" and decided I had not lived in the neighborhood very long. I reminded them that I knew most of them, having resided there for 9 years. I saw my mail lady. She said her husband was treated the same way. She was on the roster. He was not. My husband was on the roster. I was not. I was told my vote may be "thrown out."

Precie said...

WOOOOOO!!!!! Democracy at work!

I was voter number 103 at my polling place...at 8 am (polls opened at 7 am)! In my tiny hamlet, I'm pretty sure 103 votes in an hour is unheard of!

Anya said...

I waited for about 45 minutes. While the wait wasn't very fun (and I gave the woman in front of me the creeps because I kept scoping out her kindle) it was exciting to see all the people. My polling place had always been pretty empty in the past.

Whirlochre said...

I managed 46 minutes, but then realised

a) I'm not eligible
b) I don't even live in the US
c) The queue was for 2-for-1 hot pants.

What I love best about queues is that the longer people have to remain stood in them, the more their secret passions sneak through the skin pores of their habitual masks.

Christy Raedeke said...
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Christy Raedeke said...

I wish every state would use vote-by-mail like OR, CA, CO, and WA. There's no reason we can't all fill out our ballots at home in our pajamas, with research and data (and gin) at our fingertips...

Trixie said...

No wait at 2:00 in the afternoon. Then I went to get my free "I voted" coffee at Starbucks. Yay! I love free coffee.
Voter turnout is really high according to CNN.

Victoria said...

Voter 714 on paper ballots at a little elementary school in MO, at 1pm. No wait.

Pamala Knight said...

The benefit of living a block and a half from the polling place (the home for the aged) is that I popped in and Mr. Crankypants election judge handed me my ballot straight away. Fifteen minutes later, I was on my way back home.

I think that all of the early voting helped too.

AC said...

Just 20 minutes in line makes me think that taking a very late lunch and voting around 2 p.m. was a way good idea.

And BTW, I like standing in line to vote. There's something kinda thrilling about standing with total strangers who might be really different from you, but who are there for the exact same reason you are--becasue they care about the future of the country.

angelle said...

yay for mail-in ballots sent two weeks ago!

Anonymous said...

anyone who says they love to stand in line to vote has never waited more than 2 hours in the cold. i don't need to stand around a polling place to feel democracy in action. i wish ny had a mail-in system.

writtenwyrdd said...

I vote absentee as a matter of course. And WOOOOOT!!!!!! Obama wins!!!! I'm jazzed.

Beth Partin said...

I voted on Friday at the Church of the Holy Comforter (yes, that's its real name).

I didn't see any lines in downtown or uptown Denver, but I wasn't around in the morning when voting started.

Kim Kasch said...

No lines here in Oregon!

And history was made today!

James Klousia said...

No wait in the walk to my mailbox to send my ballot back. I didn't even have to get out of my PJs. :)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Whoohoo! Well done, Americans!!!

Crimogenic said...

Surprising I waited 0 minutes. Seriously. Apparently people in my polling aread decided to vote early.