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Americans, how long did you wait in line to vote?

   Discussion: Americans, how long did you wait in line to vote?
Songbill · 19 years, 1 month ago
I waited an hour and 45 minutes. Damn that last name of mine-- the A-L line was moving at about a half an hour rate. We are still old school hanging chad type voting in St. Louis.
nate... Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
No line.. just walked in, made my lines connect on my sheet of paper, and fed it into the machine.

But then, I went around 10am.. while most are at work.
:)

Songbill Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
So you feed the ballot into a machine? We put ours in a big metal box that looks like it has served valliantly since Woodrow Wilson was elected.
nate... Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
Yep...just slide it in.. "doesn't matter if it's face up or down", according to the woman.

Wait... we are talking about voting, right?

;D

Songbill Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
Hello!
Josh Woodward Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
10 minutes or so. Of course, my town is about 500 people.
dave "buh" Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
That's funny, I waited about as long as you did but noticed that the M-Z line outnumbered the A-L names four to one in my district.
Erato · 19 years, 1 month ago
None. I voted absentee a few weeks ago (in pa).
dirty life & times Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
ditto.
ChrisChin is Getting Old · 19 years, 1 month ago
Went in a little after 8AM and was done in 20 minutes, including the time used to take a survey for Asian American voters. I managed to get into work only 15 minutes late. So waiting time probably was about 10 minutes.
angelmusicmaven Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
Zip... went in around 7 am expecting a line and they ushered me right in. What's better, the polling place is on my street, 2 blocks away, on the way to my train. Couldn't make it any easier.
lawrence · 19 years, 1 month ago
people in the A-K line waited for closer to four hours. for some reason, our line was a lot shorter.
nate... Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
JEEEEsus.

That's insane!!
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 19 years, 1 month ago
there were two voters ahead of me, one was my mother. I spent more time than that voting because I did six write-ins.
It's a girl! Back · 19 years, 1 month ago

We went around 10:30 this morning. I think we were in line 5 minutes tops. And that briefinterlude was spent smiling at people cooing over Maddie and being disturbed by the little kid artwork on the walls (this one picture had all these scary pumpkins and the caption "please god kill all the mean people")

We're all fancy pants-- we've got computerized voting now.

J. Andrew World Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
But there was a long line for R-Z had a line whille the lines for A-Q didn't. That was odd.
Heartbreak sucks · 19 years, 1 month ago
I went and there were a bunch of folks who had the same idea of going at lunch-time. I waited about 2 hours. There were people walking out because they couldn't wait that long, but it's only going to be worse later today...
Jºnªthªn · 19 years, 1 month ago
But we showed up 10 minutes early. There were about 15 people in line by the time we left.
sheryls · 19 years, 1 month ago
with a WWII vet with very bad smoker's breath who said something about liberating france. outside in the rain :P but i didn't mind the rain so much.
Andrea Krause Back · 19 years, 1 month ago

Man, if you're going to liberate the french you should at least give them umbrellas.

sheryls Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
o.O yeah i guess i worded that wrong :D
goovie is married! · 19 years, 1 month ago
maybe 15 minutes? the actual voting process took longer, thanks to all the judges we had to vote on, and a badly-designed ballot. i actually had to redo my ballot because i screwed up the first time, tho you can insert a chicago voter joke in there if you want instead. :P
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
What kind of physical ballot is it?
Misch · 19 years, 1 month ago
I never remember which district I'm in (It's the 4th district, damnit!), so that took about two minutes to find... then 2 minutes more for me to have my name found in the district book and me sign it... then 15 seconds for the voting booth to become free, then about 1 minute to make my choices, pull the handle and leave. All told, about 6 minutes.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
I'm in the 24th Assembly district and the 7th electoral district. I remember that as Willie Mays/Mickey Mantle, their numbers were 24/7 respectively.
A girl named Becca Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
Dude....can't you just remember 24/7?
As in, like, all the time?
renita Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
dude... can't you just respect someone else's mnemonic device?

as in, not being condescending?
Kris 'engaged' Bedient · 19 years, 1 month ago
I walked right in, they found my name in the book, signed twice. took off my Kerry pin so I wouldn't be breaking the law, went into the voting booth, took a deep breath, voted for Kerry, and left. about 5 minutes.
Starfox · 19 years, 1 month ago
10 days ago during early voting.
Doktor Pepski, kommie · 19 years, 1 month ago
I took me 10 minutes to register and vote, but still many people.
Kat Kunz · 19 years, 1 month ago
...but the kicker is that it wasn't because the voting booths were full--it was because the old men behind the tables were SO FREAKING SLOW about checking your license, etc ("kunz? like judge kunz? oh, you have the same birthday as my wife and son! sagittarius, right? you guys are supposed to be pretty smart..."). once I finally got my ballot (go punch cards go), I had my choice of *three* empty booths to choose from. ninnies.
A girl named Becca · 19 years, 1 month ago
...just long enough for the guy in front of me to notice me and move to the side so I could sneak past him to the L-P line.
Agent Scully · 19 years, 1 month ago
And I was number 509 in my district
danced with Lazlo · 19 years, 1 month ago
I walked into the school at around 1:15 pm, signed in, walked into the booth, pulled the lever, toggled the toggles, pulled the lever, and was out.

I forgot to wear my "Fight Voter Apathy, Lower The Voting Age" button. Feh.

If you want to buy one, they're a dollar.
Josh Woodward Back · 19 years, 1 month ago
Crap, I forgot to wear my "Save The Rainforests, Comb Your Hair" pin.
Mamalissa! · 19 years, 1 month ago
7:00 PM

Enter school, go to cafeteria

at first table, get district number

at second table - sign book, get card

Wait for guy in booth to finish

give card to attendant, enter booth

pull lever from left to... left to... lever is stuck. inform attendant. wait for attendant to reset machine. pull lever from left to right.

toggle toggles (Democratic ticket on the Working Families Party line)

pull lever from right to left

exit booth, thank attendant

peruse PTA bakesale on way out. purchase cookie. eat cookie. feel civic.
rufus t firefly · 19 years, 1 month ago
Not a single person in front of me.

I did wait in a line for the 7th grade bake sale outside the polling area :).

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