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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election day

Took a swing by the precinct on Trinity Ave. at around 8 this morning on my way in. If there were any lines, they weren't coming out the door. Early voting has probably helped that a lot. Hopefully the rain is not keeping anyone from their civic responsibilities.

At work, an Orange County co-worker told me she waited in line for almost 90 minutes to vote, most of that outside, and a Guilford County co-worker described his touch screen voting experience. I had thought that all of NC's counties were using paper ballots this year. Guess i was wrong. We'll keep an ey open for any reports of tabulation difficulties in Guilford.

How about your precincts? Any good stories to tell?



  • Personally, I am happy with paper ballots. here's to hoping the scanners work properly.

    i was voter 50 this morning at around 715am at the Ag-Extension building, in and out in 10 minutes.

    workers were making sure to let everyone know about the "Straight Ticket" bit, as well as the reminder to flip the ballot over and vote on both sides of the sheet.

    no pester-y campaign related people were about.

    By Blogger Vera, at 10:06 AM  

  • Nothing exciting. It took me 15 minutes to vote, the vast majority of which was spent walking to the poll (Club Blvd School) and back. The booths were full, but I only had to wait about 20 seconds for one. This was shortly after 7am.

    By Blogger Brian, at 10:31 AM  

  • I give Mike Ashe a lot of credit for making sure that Durham voters have no interesting stories to tell about their voting experience.

    By Blogger Barry, at 10:36 AM  

  • EK Powe (Precinct #3) was steady like Club Blvd School. When lines did form, they moved quickly. Saw several new faces.

    60% of the precinct early-voted.

    Hot coffee and donuts outside made for a festive community gathering spot. A historic day.

    By Blogger John, at 11:29 AM  

  • In southern Hillsborough I was voter 71 at ~6:40 a.m. There was a bit of a line when I got there, but I think some of that was from the pre-6:30 arrivals.

    No line at the downtown Hillsborough polling place, which I drove by on the way to Hillsborough Obama HQ, where there was little to be done. A couple dozen supporters were downtown waving signs.

    For kicks, I drove by the Orange County Republican Party office in Hillsborough. One car out front. Lights on inside but no visible people.

    I took a nap. When I woke, I heard that Durham was reporting "we have enough volunteers but they need some in Roxboro" so one of my pals and I boogied up there and canvassed for a while.

    (Some places have said they're only trying to do door tags now. But in Durham yesterday and today in Roxboro, we were still trying to reach humans.)

    At one place, we were looking for a 20-year-old resident whose name I can't recall. Her mother answered the door and said that she (the mother) had voted early and that the daughter would be voting at lunchtime after her morning classes. "Does she need you to call and remind her?" we asked. "Oh no," she said, "She knows if she don't vote, she's gonna get a beating."

    We met two people who didn't vote because they hadn't gotten their paperwork together with the BOE in time. Disappointing.

    By Blogger Marsosudiro, at 3:20 PM  

  • p.s. The voting machine instructions posted at my Hillsborough place seemed to indicate that you were supposed to put your ballot in, wait to see if the machine was OK with what you had, and then hit "confirm" or "cancel", the latter of which would return your ballot.

    But when I walked up, it just sucked it in like normal, and the ballot person said, "OK!"

    Maybe it only gives out options if there's a maybe problem?

    By Blogger Marsosudiro, at 3:22 PM  

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