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Voted at around 9:45 today. I headed out at 9-ish, but since my polling place is a school, and a bus was just letting out its load, I headed over to the shops and bought some non-perishable groceries, then came back and voted.

No line; there was only one person ahead of me when I got there and by the time I'd been handed my ballot, the booth was empty. And by booth I mean "little blue table on stilts with a dungeonmaster's shield wee cardboard wall around it so no one can see which answers you're filling out on your scantron sheet, until you carry it over to the little machine that sucks it in, at which point everyone you walk past can see the line of black ovals down the middle."

No challengers, and only one polite, well-dressed campaigner outside on the school steps (campaigning for our district's Democratic representative), but they did ask for ID when checking my name/address before handing me a ballot. Didn't specify photo ID.

Didn't get a sticker. :(

maeyan says there was no line when she voted at 11:15-ish either. maeyan would also like to make it known that she really really really really really really really really hates the scantron voting machines, and wants the paper punch-ballot machines back.
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chicken_cem

2004-11-02 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Lucky bitches. ;-)

We had a HUGE line waiting to get a ballot, a line which I might add, completely obscured the voting booths from the other line (the line of people waiting to vote). And the scanner voting machine thingy jammed. So our votes are *supposed* to be hand-counted later.

mpoetess

2004-11-02 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)

There was no trouble with the machines while I was there, but apparently the woman ahead of maeyan got her ballot rejected because she accidently voted for 2 different people for senator. Which to me is a happy thing, if it spat it back out at her and told her to fill out a new one, rather than just invalidating the whole thing later.

amberfox

2004-11-02 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)

In my opinion, that's the best thing about the Scantron ballots. (The worst is the hand cramps I get using them.) I still like the punchcards, though.

mpoetess

2004-11-02 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)

(The worst is the hand cramps I get using them.)

God, yes. My hand *still* aches. But I was damn well going to fill in every appropriate oval fully and completely and not make any Evil Stray Marks.

slashmommy

2004-11-02 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)

I find the best way to ensure getting stickers is to take a munckin with you. When I left we had my "I Voted" sticker and 2 or 3 "Future Voter" stickers. :)

mpoetess

2004-11-02 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)

I think my polling place just didn't have any -- I didn't notice anyone with a box of them. *considers sneaking back in just to get a sticker, but is too lazy*

swmbo

2004-11-02 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)

SCANTRON!!

Mine was electronic and I got to use the touchscreen. Which makes for very, very easy voting and stuff but is still kinda freaky. Except I like the little ballot, woosh. It makes me feel like I should get free movie tickets or something.


amberfox

2004-11-02 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Touchscreens. *shudder* We use them here, and I'm well-versed in how they work and everything, so I know they're as absolutely reliable as the county could get them, but they still make me twitch. I want my punchcards back!

mpoetess

2004-11-02 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)

I haven't seen the touchscreen kind yet. Those make me a little more nervous than the scantron (since the scantron ballots can at least be hand-counted).

sarabi

2004-11-02 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

If it's any consolation, I didn't get a sticker either. Even after all the effort I put into not smacking the woman with the small boy. But then nobody else did either. We can blame that on Duh-bya too.

We have the punch ballots. And a big huge safe with a hole in the top that you put your ballot in. I'd be OK with the scantron ones. I wouldn't trust the touchscreen ones any further than I could throw one. I work too much with computers to trust one.

Oh, and stole icon. In case you couldn't tell. :-)

mpoetess

2004-11-02 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

We can blame your not smacking the woman with the small child on GWB? Damn!