Did You Vote?

I’m waiting until Ian gets home to vote. I love taking him into the booth with me and having him push the buttons. Though I do have to remind him not to loudly announce our votes to everyone in the room.

What are you seeing at your polling areas? Long lines? People with signs?

I’m rushing around to clear my to-do list for the day, so I can hunker down in front of the TV with my cell phone in hand. I’ll be on twitter all night, I’m sure. We were contemplating an election party, but I’m going to be too glued to my online conversations to chat with real people.

21 thoughts on “Did You Vote?

  1. I live in a suburb of St Louis that leans Democratic, and there was a fast-moving line when my wife and I voted early this morning–polls open 6am here. No signs except the usual campaign yard signs a respectful distance from polling place, and the usual group of pleasant election officials. People were eager to vote, though no one looked particularly pleased when they exited–I wanted to go up to the younger voters (I’m 65) and apologize for giving them such weak choices. I really don’t want to watch the election coverage tonight–we usually watch it on PBS (I like the commentators), but perhaps well watch a movie or I’ll grade papers instead (I’m a community college English professor). I was happy to see so many people come out to vote–makes me feel better about the future of the country.

  2. I’ll vote after work. I’ll also take my son because my wife is doing election protection and he’s still too young to leave at home.

  3. I generally vote in the afternoon on the way home from work. Can’t wait!
    I’m having some friends over tonight to watch results. I will be glued to Twitter as well, but I feel the need for female company.

  4. Voted at 6am this morning; by the time I got in, there was already a long line. Paper ballots ended up being much quicker than voting by machine, because for whatever reason people willing to wait even longer for a screen, then deal with paper and pencil. It was a good morning. Saw three people from church, saw my next-door neighbor, joked with local media folks that were shooting footage. Took just under 30 minutes when all was done. A good start to the day.

  5. No, the line was at least half an hour just to get in the door of the polling place. And my wife said it was worse by mid-morning. I attribute this not to massive enthusiasm–this morning I saw only the second Hillary bumper sticker I have seen all campaign–but to incompetence on the part of the NYC Board of Elections. I was going to skip the presidential row anyway. I might check back on the way home.

  6. I voted early, but have been to several polling places to pick up data from poll watchers or drop off signs (one of my friends is running for state rep). At 9 or 9:30 none was particularly busy.

  7. I voted. Lots of people with signs for a local race. It’s nice to see people on both sides enthusiastic about their pols.

    1. I voted. It was quick and painless. The old dudes manning the polls said that traffic was high. The guy in front of me was like 90 wearing a baseball covered with veterans’ pins. Another guy was complaining because he was divorced and had a new address, so he needed a special ballot. Mentioned a “rigged election,” but he was handled effectively.

      Cities have to expand their voting locations. One-hour waits are an unreasonable barrier.

      1. I feel like there are a lot of locations around here.

        I went in and there were a lot of people ahead of me with eligibility/paperwork issues. It turned out I was one of them–we moved 3.5 years ago with an infant at the time, and a couple months later, I got a form in the mail that I just tucked away (assuming it was the registration card). It turns out that was important…

        Oops.

        Not that it matters for outcome in our state, but I was planning on voting for Evan McMullin/Nathan Johnson (double Mormon ticket).

        Someone online had the amusing suggestion that the Republican primaries should be reordered so that the primary states would go in order of most Mormon-least Mormon as LDS people seem relatively immune to DJT’s charms.

        http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/ut/utah_trump_vs_clinton_vs_johnson_vs_stein_vs_mcmullin-6154.html

    2. I voted three weeks ago. It was marvellous – in and out in ten minutes, and I haven’t had to bite my nails down to the nubs since. The election was OVER for me, and since I see it Hill and Don as a choice between dreadful and dreadful-er it was a relief.

  8. I voted early back the end of September. We moved last month and everything would have had to fall into place perfectly (yeah, right) for us to establish residency in our new state in time to vote. We made the right choice–we didn’t finish all the necessary steps until AFTER the deadline. This election was way too important to chance it so I’m glad we made the choice to vote early. Still, it would have been nice to have voted in our new state, which is a swing state, rather than our former state, which was pretty much a sure thing. It’s already been called for Clinton.

  9. Yep. I voted over my lunch hour as I like my students to see me wearing an I voted sticker. Election judges said it had been steady, but not overwhelming. No lines. I was in and out in five minutes. I voted Republican, Democrat, and Independent…depending on the race. Also voted for our local school board candidates.

  10. There is an interactive map on the NYT showing movement from Romney’s 2012 map–Trump’s improvements over that map are massively centered over the Rust Belt and eastern upper Midwest. There’s very little movement elsewhere.

    Do we call this a “Northern strategy”?

    It looks like the realignment that MH has been talking about.

    Well, time to see if the Swedish Bikini Team is busy.

    1. Not a realignment. That’s Reagan’s coalition bouncing back and kicking one last time, plus sexism. Here people voted for Trump and a straight ticket of Democratic row offices despite the fact that two of those row offices were most recently held by Democrats who were convicted of crimes.

      I’m going to figure out how to help get Democrats in the state legislature elections because I think the 2020 redistricting is most important important long term.

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