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Old Nov 6, 2012, 12:21 PM   #26
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I live in Northern California, and it took me no more than 10 minutes this morning on my way to work around 8:00 am. When I walked in my precinct I was the only voter there with a good dozen polls standing empty. Two other people walked in by the time I left.

It seems like an anti-Florida experience, where I've heard of people having to wait for hours to cast a ballot.

What was your experience like?

How is it possible that we tolerate situations like Florida? Can anybody rationalize why it should take so long to vote? It's deplorable, IMHO.
i live in FL and It took me 1/2hr in line and about 10-15 minutes once I got my ballot. I did early voting last week. The reasons for the long lines was because it took people a very long time to actually go through the ballot and cast votes because the ballot was so long. 12+ amendments and referendums. If you did not bother to study up on them it would take you a while to go through them all. I study up on them all and it still took me 10-15 minutes to go through the whole ballot and fill in the circles.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 12:28 PM   #27
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It took me just north of 90 minutes. I arrived about 10 minutes after the polls opened. I was the 120th person to vote in my precinct. The other precinct was around 110. (Two precincts vote at the polling place near my house).

Pretty good turnout for a rainy cold morning.

Also, apparently SC's absentee voting has "shattered records" this year.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 12:33 PM   #28
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About 45 minutes. I got pulled aside and asked to see extra forms of identification. I'm guessing it was due to my wearing a "I'm gay and I vote" t-shirt here in rural Ohio.
Extra forms of ID? Did you have to show any ID in the first place? I am for voter ID laws, but this sounds like discrimination.

I didn't have to show ID and I wasn't taken aside (they did compare my signature to my voter registration signature). I was wearing my "I own guns and I vote" t-shirt in a mid-size city in Albany County NY and everyone was pleasant.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:20 PM   #29
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Extra forms of ID? Did you have to show any ID in the first place? I am for voter ID laws, but this sounds like discrimination.

I didn't have to show ID and I wasn't taken aside (they did compare my signature to my voter registration signature). I was wearing my "I own guns and I vote" t-shirt in a mid-size city in Albany County NY and everyone was pleasant.
I've already been in contact with the Ohio Board of Elections.

The older lady who was the volunteer at the check in desk took me aside and insisted on seeing my driver's license. After about 10 minutes of scrutiny, she went and got her boss (younger guy, about my age), he took one look at me and went "I feel that your license is possibly a forgery, I need to see another form of ID". I just rolled my eyes and pulled my pay stub from my purse and smiled my most saccharine of smiles and finally got to vote.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:27 PM   #30
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Amazing, I wonder if they will do anything about it. Keep us posted. If the Ohio Board of Elections gets back to you. Did others see this happening?


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I've already been in contact with the Ohio Board of Elections.

The older lady who was the volunteer at the check in desk took me aside and insisted on seeing my driver's license. After about 10 minutes of scrutiny, she went and got her boss (younger guy, about my age), he took one look at me and went "I feel that your license is possibly a forgery, I need to see another form of ID". I just rolled my eyes and pulled my pay stub from my purse and smiled my most saccharine of smiles and finally got to vote.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:29 PM   #31
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Some shady business going on in this election:

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes...-democrat.html

Is this how the left intends to win this? By coaching and coercing voters? How disgusting.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:34 PM   #32
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Some shady business going on in this election:

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes...-democrat.html

Is this how the left intends to win this? By coaching and coercing voters? How disgusting.
Uh, maybe the woman who needed help said she wanted to vote for all Democrats? That the best you guys have?
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:36 PM   #33
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in los angeles; less than five minutes.....a short line of voters ahead of me to sign the register but then there were enough voting stations that there wasn't a wait to actually vote
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:36 PM   #34
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Some shady business going on in this election:

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes...-democrat.html

Is this how the left intends to win this? By coaching and coercing voters? How disgusting.
Actually, are you sure that guy wasn't Republican? I read an article earlier that said on some voting machines, if you select "all democrat", it actually selects everyone but Obama who is democrat. So people can think they are voting for all democrats but are not voting for Obama. Otherwise, it is 1 person and maybe that person had a lot of questions from older adults regarding how to vote, vs who to vote for. Beyond all that, it is a bit of heresay in that the person could've falsely elaborated the story.

Some other shady things going on include voting machines in PA where if you select Obama, it marks Romney instead.

In VA, there are stories of 'someone' calling democratic neighborhoods telling people they can vote by phone and they don't need to go to the polls (ps, they can't).

In AZ, they sent out sample ballots in Spanish that said voting day was the 8th while the english versions said it was the 6th.

On and on, lots of shady dealings and they seem to favor Republicans.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:43 PM   #35
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Some shady business going on in this election:

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes...-democrat.html

Is this how the left intends to win this? By coaching and coercing voters? How disgusting.
Just a small sample of what republicans are doing :

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/0...raight-ticket/

"Oregon election worker fired for altering ballots to Republican straight ticket"

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Electioneering in Pa. :

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/elec..._voter_in.html

"Voter fraud signs are voter intimidation, local Democratic activist says while filing complaint"


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Voting machine gives Romney vote instead of Obama vote :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdpGd...layer_embedded

"I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney's name and started tapping very closely together to find the 'active areas'. From the top of Romney's button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama's name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein's button was fine. All other buttons worked fine."
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:52 PM   #36
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Voting machine gives Romney vote instead of Obama vote :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdpGd...layer_embedded
Very curious machine. The machines in my precinct were not touchscreen; you had a rotary dial that you would turn to select a box, and it would mechanically click each time, so you knew for certain when you had turned it from one checkbox to the next. Once you selected the checkbox you wanted, you would press the (separate) Enter button.

I could absolutely see calibration issues coming into play with a touchscreen, but I wouldn't have guessed anything like that.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 01:58 PM   #37
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The older lady who was the volunteer at the check in desk took me aside and insisted on seeing my driver's license. After about 10 minutes of scrutiny, she went and got her boss (younger guy, about my age), he took one look at me and went "I feel that your license is possibly a forgery, I need to see another form of ID". I just rolled my eyes and pulled my pay stub from my purse and smiled my most saccharine of smiles and finally got to vote.


Good for you for being patient enough to just roll your eyes.

I'd have been inclined to say, "are you ****ing kidding me?!"

And then they'd have carted me off to jail.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:03 PM   #38
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My wife and I got to our polling center 30 minutes before open, was out and on our way for a quick breakfast about a total of 45-50 minutes later.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:03 PM   #39
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I was the 177th person not to vote cause I didn't register.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:04 PM   #40
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That's what she said.

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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:05 PM   #41
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I voted! Came home about 20 minutes ago. Took me all of 10 minutes, if that. No lines, but every booth was constantly occupied. I heard talk of long lines earlier around 10am. The voters were probably split 50-50 black and white. Not surprising, seeing as I live in Maryland. I hope everyone else has a smooth experience, too. If you haven't voted yet- get off your lazy ass and VOTE!
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:06 PM   #42
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Took my 5 minutes once I got there. Me and some friends carpooled, then figured out we're all in different voting districts so we had to drive to 3 polling stations. It took a total of 30 minutes for the 3 of us to vote.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:09 PM   #43
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45 minutes altogether, around 9:30am. Would've been an hour and a half, but a lady from the election staff noticed I was using a cane (after almost knocking me over) and let me skip the second line.

There were about 300 people crammed into a 30x30 foot room (and more lined up down hallways and around the block in the COLD, with more arriving every minute) at my polling place, with under a dozen booths for filling out ballots (of which half were missing pens) and 2 of 5 ballot scanners working. Argh.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:13 PM   #44
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Amazing, I wonder if they will do anything about it. Keep us posted. If the Ohio Board of Elections gets back to you. Did others see this happening?
The lady I talked to said they'll send someone to talk with me in the next few weeks.

I made sure to repeat everything they said to me, loudly. My roommates were with me as well. I had an older gentleman (i'm guessing 70's) who was in line, stop me on the way out and ask "You did get to vote didn't you little lady? If not, I'd bust some heads." I reassured him and headed to my car to call the Board of Elections.

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Good for you for being patient enough to just roll your eyes.

I'd have been inclined to say, "are you ****ing kidding me?!"

And then they'd have carted me off to jail.
As enraged as I was, I couldn't bring myself to flip out, mostly because I'm sure that's what they expected me to do. I wanted to be the grown up in the situation, instead of the "militant lesbian that assaulted election volunteers" on the news.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:17 PM   #45
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I early voted with my brother and one of his friends. We spent more time driving to city hall to vote than we spent voting. We got there we had 1 person in front of us. It was a very smooth operation.

Did get a huge laugh out of the fact that the person in front of us and the 2 people being process who I know are hard core GOPers in a very republican area along with the very pro voter ID law crew used wait for it, there voter registration card to prove they were allowed to vote. I got a laugh out of that one. the 3 democrate voters *aka my brother, his friend and I, all used our DL to show we could vote. I though it was funny.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:26 PM   #46
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I mapped out directions to my polling place this morning. Google maps said 3 minutes, but I walked instead and it was less than 2 minutes.

Google maps path in blue from my house, the path I took in red. It took as long to get to my polling place as it took to vote.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:29 PM   #47
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I was the 177th person not to vote cause I didn't register.
Cool story, bro.

I submitted an absentee ballot a while ago. I was still set up to do it from 2008 when I was living in Chicago as a Michigan resident. It was so quick and easy. However, we have a fun 6 proposals on ballot, so it took some time to research those.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:30 PM   #48
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2 hrs to vote for the Republicans of my choice and yes for Amendment 1 which prevents people/biz from being forced to pay for healthcare
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:32 PM   #49
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I mapped out directions to my polling place this morning. Google maps said 3 minutes, but I walked instead and it was less than 2 minutes.

Google maps path in blue from my house, the path I took in red. It took as long to get to my polling place as it took to vote.
You really ought to reconsider that image, even with all that stuff blacked out I was able to find that area on Google Maps in under 5 minutes
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:34 PM   #50
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You really ought to reconsider that image, even with all that stuff blacked out I was able to find that area on Google Maps in under 5 minutes
Hmmmmmmmm....I thought that would cover it. Maybe I should take out everything except my house and the polling station.
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