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My voting high lasted the whole way through the hour and a half long line from 6 all the way to 7:30. I ran into cheetahmaster but we were only able to grin knowingly from afar across our two copies of the book club book. The guy in front of my was super chatty. I learned about his retirement plan:

"Well, I'm at the point where I'm either going to win the lottery, or marry a woman with a really good retirement plan. And I am starting to realize that I buy alot more lottery tickets than I go on dates."

Everyone was pretty civil, except to the guy who walked in, saw the line, and turned around to leave. There may have been booing.


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Nov. 8th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
I think it's good to have these close races, sometimes, to remind people how important it is to actually get out there and vote.

Just today, I was getting, "Oh, this is Texas, there's no point in me voting," from somebody. Dude, Ann Richards is rolling over in her grave. Or, better yet, "Ann Richards will take your ass out!"
Nov. 8th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
boo'ing is totall appropriate in that situation.
Nov. 8th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
I thought it was hilarious how everyone banded together to boo the guy. Many of us had already been standing there 45 minutes. :)
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
That poor dude, he probably had to be at work! And probably had to make money so he could buy the medications for his sick mother whose expensive and life-giving meds are no longer covered by medicare! (Part D bastards!)

Anyway, I never condone booing, you never know the whole story.

In any case, I'm very happy with out Ohio turned out... there were a few.... issues on the ballot that have me ready to go to any concert/bar any time... I can't wait until it takes effect.... La!
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
"with how" I can never make thoughts this early in the morning! Eep!
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Anyway, I never condone booing, you never know the whole story.

i completely agree... both for the reason you stated, and because i'm hard-pressed to imagine a situation in which being derided for my actions would incline me to change them. granted, the guy who left most likely could not have been talked into waiting, but isn't it at least possible? jeers and sneers have an almost zero chance of changing his mind. not that anyone booing would have been *trying* to change his mind. it's still not a nice way to behave.
Nov. 8th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
Having lived in both the suburbs and the city, I can say with assurance that the way they arrange voting here is better. In the town I'm from there were 20K people and only one polling station, which inevitably suffered the long lines and people leaving that you describe. In addition, when they moved the polls they didn't send out any notification (although you could look it up online), and there were no representatives at the old polling station to direct people where to go. I know one year my parents didn't end up voting for that reason--they were tired, my mom's handicapped, and after driving to two places they *thought* voting might be they gave up.

In Philly, by contrast, there are polling places literally every four or five blocks. I've never been more than 1.5 blocks from mine, and while the location changes nearly every year (it's mainly abandoned storefronts since the local schools aren't handicapped accessible), they send out a postcard telling you exactly where to go and what the hours are. If you do happen to go to an inactive former polling place, there are big signs outside instructing you where the new one is with a phone number to call if you aren't sure. In other words, our piss-poor voter turnout is especially pathetic in light of the fact that there are people who not only come to your house to register you but they also come to your house on Election Day to remind you to vote... sigh. The main problem with this system is that the actual polling places tend to be staffed with neighborhood yahoos. I'm used to it now, but I remember when I first moved here I was horrified that voting was conducted by two guys on folding chairs with Teamsters jackets.

Nov. 8th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Our polling place is a senior center so our neighborhood yahoos are a bunch of sweet little old ladies. They were very taxed by the long lines, but nobody seemed to be really sweating it. The biggest problem was that voting itself took forever if you hadn't prepared because there were alot of amendments and things to read.
Nov. 8th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
ps. Congratulations! Hee hee.
Nov. 8th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
I totally got up early to watch the press conference webcast. My excitement was sort of tempered with the fact that it sounds like everything about this "set of select shows" will be predictable. And I'm going to have to see them in an arena (I am not surprised) and as far as I know, that just sucks.
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
The one thing I love about living in the "back-country" is that I had one person in line in front of my at 4:30 in the afternoon. :)

And boo! on Virginians for this whole same-sex marriage ban crap.
Nov. 9th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
I like the old man's retirement plan. :) My uncle does a lot of the lottery investing himself these days.
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