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Tue Oct 23, 2018, 04:02 PM

THREAD: Your experiences voting

Post them here: good, bad, exciting, uplifting, etc. Be sure to post where you voted!

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NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 OP
Brainstormy Oct 2018 #1
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #6
crazycatlady Oct 2018 #2
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #10
crazycatlady Oct 2018 #25
MaryMagdaline Oct 2018 #3
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #7
Blue_true Oct 2018 #64
yardwork Oct 2018 #4
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #8
yardwork Oct 2018 #9
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #11
TomSlick Oct 2018 #5
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #13
ProudLib72 Oct 2018 #12
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #14
ProudLib72 Oct 2018 #15
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #16
Cha Oct 2018 #17
Texasgal Oct 2018 #18
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #34
Blue_true Oct 2018 #66
Tavarious Jackson Oct 2018 #19
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #35
True_Blue Oct 2018 #20
Jamaal510 Oct 2018 #21
lithiumbomb Oct 2018 #22
Akacia Oct 2018 #23
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #36
sakabatou Oct 2018 #24
Zing Zing Zingbah Oct 2018 #26
herding cats Oct 2018 #27
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #37
Dem_4_Life Oct 2018 #28
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #38
LeftInTX Oct 2018 #57
Dem_4_Life Oct 2018 #59
aquamarina Oct 2018 #29
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #39
aquamarina Oct 2018 #44
yuiyoshida Oct 2018 #30
rsdsharp Oct 2018 #31
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #40
rsdsharp Oct 2018 #53
UTUSN Oct 2018 #32
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #41
KatyMan Oct 2018 #33
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #42
Pity Puddles Oct 2018 #43
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #47
CTyankee Oct 2018 #45
lunatica Oct 2018 #46
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #49
lunatica Oct 2018 #50
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #48
mulsh Oct 2018 #51
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #52
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #54
DFW Oct 2018 #55
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #56
Revanchist Oct 2018 #58
lunatica Oct 2018 #60
Glimmer of Hope Oct 2018 #61
Blue_true Oct 2018 #67
Glimmer of Hope Oct 2018 #68
skip fox Oct 2018 #62
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #69
Blue_true Oct 2018 #63
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #70
Sunsky Oct 2018 #65
NastyRiffraff Oct 2018 #71
Sunsky Oct 2018 #72

Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 04:36 PM

1. Georgia lines are LONG!

3 hours in some cases. I mailed it. Hubby went to front of line by virtue of being a VOP. (very old person.)

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Response to Brainstormy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:10 PM

6. Wow! Go Georgia!

Great news

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 04:43 PM

2. Voted in NJ

Technically from PA. I sat at my desk at work and filled out my ballot. Then I put it in the mail.

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Response to crazycatlady (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:15 PM

10. More and more people are voting by mail

I never have, just because I'm a sucker for going to the polling place. But mail does make sense.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 01:11 PM

25. I haven't voted in person in about a decade

Then again I work on campaigns so I'm never around on e-day.

One thing I've never received was an 'I Voted" sticker. My laptop needs it.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 05:06 PM

3. Smooth sailing in Fort Lauderdale

I get the ballot mailed to me. Then I walk it in. I always take it to a heavily democratic early voting place. Went to African American Research Library. Wish there had been more people voting but they had act together. Outside democrats were handing out BLue Cards with all suggested votes, even for constitutional and charter issues.

Smooth and efficient.

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Response to MaryMagdaline (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:12 PM

7. Good to see Florida has its act together

Who doesn't remember the hanging chads in 2000? I love Florida, BTW; I lived in Tampa for about 10 years.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 10:07 AM

64. Somebody waiting in line with me joked about no hanging chads yesterday.

People were talking about the scanners that are being used across Florida now.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 05:17 PM

4. Early voting in very blue precinct and city in purple N.C.

Lines were longer than usual Sunday afternoon for early voting. Enthusiasm among voters seemed high. The precinct workers were very careful and meticulous.

In my city, it's always a choice between progressive and even-more-progressive, so not representative of the rest of the country. However, heavy turnout here is needed to win progressive races statewide.

We have some nasty underhanded amendments to defeat. Beyond that, no significant statewide races this year in NC.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:14 PM

8. Yay, NC!

Always good to see long lines & enthusiasm. And precinct workers who know what they're doing!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:14 PM

9. And we have paper ballots that are scanned and saved.

I love my town.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:17 PM

11. Same in Maryland

I'm SO glad MD got rid of those voting machines. I was an election judge when we had them and it was chaos. People were complaining that the machine kept changing their vote. It was a nightmare.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:24 PM

5. Easy going in Arkansas.

New voting machines that print out completed paper ballots which are scanned and saved.

If poor rural counties in Arkansas can do it, why can't everywhere else?

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:18 PM

13. Good question!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:17 PM

12. Less painful than a flu shot for sure

Got a ballot in the mail, filled it out, sealed it up, signed it, dropped it in the box at the elections office.

I have also been asking my students if they have voted. No, I don't pressure them to vote a certain way. I just politely ask if they have voted or are planning on doing so.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #12)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:19 PM

14. What do they tell you?

I'm very interested in student voting...are they doing it? Are they enthusiastic? Knowledgeable?

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #14)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:25 PM

15. Yesterday I asked two of them, a white dude and a Hispanic woman

Both are 18. The Hispanic woman said she had filled out her ballot already and had her dad put it in the box. The white dude said he hadn't received his ballot. I may have said something to him about how he should be excited that this is the first election he could vote in.

Mainly, I'm trying to generate some enthusiasm among the younger voters.

I will keep on asking till Nov 6th. I'm curious too.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:26 PM

16. Thanks for doing that!

We really need to get young people to vote.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:28 PM

17. Great idea, Riff! Thanks to all of you who

have already voted. I vote on Nov 6, 2018.. a few blocks from my home

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:30 PM

18. Texas.

Went yesterday morning and the line was around the building! Didn't have time to wait and had a full day today, So I will try again tomorrow.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #18)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:49 PM

34. Great to hear about long lines

I usually hate lines, but I won't mind at all if there's a big one when I vote tomorrow.

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #18)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 10:12 AM

66. Try during the 1:30pm-3pm time slot. You may need to jig your schedule.

Some times are off hours for voting, try going then.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:30 PM

19. Oregon vote by mail...

 

It was a family affair. Coffee and muffins at the kitchen table with a lap top open. Very nice0

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Response to Tavarious Jackson (Reply #19)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:50 PM

35. Ooh, sounds like fun!

A family gathering to vote is beautiful!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:33 PM

20. Super easy! I mailed mine in last Wesnesday

I was so happy the day my ballot came. I've been praying for the midterms ever since Putin put Trump in the WH. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could've kept me from voting in this election.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:35 PM

21. I received my ballot

in the mail a few weeks ago, and have taken my time with researching the candidates and measures, and who they're endorsed by. As for the candidates, I chose Gavin Newsom for governor, Barbara Lee for re-election in Congress, and Cat Brooks to replace Libby Shaaf for mayor.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:43 PM

22. No issues in Fulton County, Atlanta

I voted yesterday in a deserted library. No issues.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 10:05 PM

23. Voted at my kitchen table in Washington State

with my daughter. It was her first time voting. We studied the voters guide for info on some of the initiatives but other than that straight Democrat.

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Response to Akacia (Reply #23)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:52 PM

36. Wonderful that you voted with your daughter

I bet she'll remember this always.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 10:13 PM

24. Never had a problem since I vote by mail

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 01:13 PM

26. Already did a week or two ago by mail in Maine 2nd district

Super easy. Not much else to say there.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 01:16 PM

27. I voted Monday in Texas.

I lost my drivers license apparently somehow over the weekend doing flood cleanup and had to use my passport for my ID. Other than having to explain to the person there it is a legal form of ID, it was seamless. The wait was only 30 minutes. I arrived at 1:30 and was out at 2:01.

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Response to herding cats (Reply #27)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:53 PM

37. Glad to hear you weren't overly hassled

over your ID. Go Texas!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 01:26 PM

28. San Antonio, TX

There was already a long line when I got there and then saw Beto for his mini-rally which was awesome then myself a some friends headed over to the line. The line was to the street and we waited in line for maybe an hour (not sure my phone battery died). The line was moving fast since the election judges were not questioning people like they usually do and scanning id's having you sign and then get in line for a voting machine. They had 15 machines set up and as soon as I was done they would rush someone else to the next one. Very efficient. I saw on the numbers that at that location yesterday there was about 1400 people and there was 1500 people yesterday.

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Response to Dem_4_Life (Reply #28)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:55 PM

38. Long lines in Texas!

Wonderful to hear, and particularly good to hear that they weren't questioning people.

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Response to Dem_4_Life (Reply #28)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 12:08 AM

57. In San Antonio too!

Beto came to my EV location at Maverick Library. It's cool cuz it's right in my neighborhood. I made flyers and invited a bunch of people.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #57)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 09:21 AM

59. Awesome! I watched that one on FB Live.

He came to my neighborhood too at Brookhollow. It was so cool to see him over in my neighborhood LOL

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 01:33 PM

29. I am a permanent absentee voter in Orange County, CA

For the first time in my entire 30+ years of voting, my absentee ballot never made it to my mailbox. So today I called the registrar of voters to ask where my ballot was. I was told it was sent on October 9th so I asked them why I haven't gotten it. They confirmed my details and suggested it was possible it got hung up at the post office or maybe put in the wrong mailbox. We have those multi box units in my complex so it could have been put in someone else's box. They will be sending me a new ballot that I should receive by October 30th but that I should check back this Friday and Monday to track its progress. I told them in no uncertain terms that I was not happy about this and will be leaving a little note in my mail box for the postman.

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Response to aquamarina (Reply #29)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:56 PM

39. Yikes! Hope you get it soon

I know you'll be keeping an eagle eye out. People are fired up!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #39)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:09 PM

44. Absolutely.

I protect my right to vote with as much vigilance as I protect my social security number and credit information. No one gets to f*&^(*&^k with my right to vote!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 01:36 PM

30. Mine was easy,

Received my ballot in the mail. Sat at home at my desk, filled it out. Walked one block to the mail box and dropped it in. Done and Done.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 01:48 PM

31. I voted about 2 PM last Friday afternoon

at an early voting satellite location (which happens to be my normal polling place). Very few people there when I arrived, which by design on my part. It took about ten minutes to fill out the ballot, most of which was devoted to the judicial retention portion.

Technically it's an absentee ballot, but I prefer to do it at the polling place rather than at home and then mail it in. The only thing missing is feeding the ballot into the scanner myself. Instead you hand the absentee envelope to an election worker.

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #31)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:57 PM

40. Interesting. I've never heard of that.

The in-person absentee ballot, that is.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #40)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 09:32 AM

53. There are places in Iowa that do it. Primarily in the metro areas.

I live in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines, and the public library has been a satellite for early voting (or at least part of early voting) in mid term and presidential election years for 10-12 years. It opened on October 8th, and continues through Halloween. Early voting started several days before that in Iowa.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:35 PM

32. The MAGAgites were out in force, were easily identiable

The "caravan invading us" is doing its job of whipping them up into their default hysteria and frenzy and cram the polling sites. They were identified from their BURNING EYES, their zealous determination on a mission when they strode around, their fierce suspicion of others who might not be one of theirs. Plus on the local news an ignorant wingnut was complaining that he had not been allowed into the voting area because he was wearing his idiotic MAGA red cap, but he said he is going back today to vote. If it were the other side going back twice, the wingnuts would say he was VOTING twice.






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Response to UTUSN (Reply #32)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:59 PM

41. Not surprising they the MAGAts are out there.

Of course they have a right to vote, but I hope there's no violence.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 03:43 PM

33. We voted about noon today

in Ft Bend County TX, west of Houston. A very diverse area. The line was sort of long, not out the door long, but took about 20 minutes to get to the booth. Lots of different people, young and old. It was pretty easy, no nastiness (we live in a pretty posh area even though our subdivision and the one next doorish aren't). All in all quick and easy.

We were thinking it's a shame we don't have a stronger Dem candidate for governor, although I suspect that was a lost cause anyway.

Go Beto!
Go Sri Kulkarni!

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Response to KatyMan (Reply #33)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:01 PM

42. Go Texas!

The eyes of the country are on you!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:03 PM

43. Received the mail-in ballot

 

Sat down, after helping my son with his math homework, opened up the ballot, filled out the first page straight Dem. Then came the 2nd and 3rd pages of initiatives, voted on them, stuffed it into a new envelope that requires my signature. Signed it, and added 71 cents to the envelope and mailed it. I'd say the stamps were the poll taxes. But, whatever gets the job done. I already posted the general acceptance notice from my ballot trace letter.

In addition, I'm registering my non-political wife to vote this year.

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Response to Pity Puddles (Reply #43)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:10 PM

47. Excellent!

Every new voter is a prize.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:09 PM

45. I love Election Day. I enjoy the brief trip to the polls in the cooler Nov. weather...

I feel very patriotic and grateful that I CAN vote...

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:10 PM

46. I voted today in Santa Fe, NM

Slow moving lines of cars going in and out. Dozens of voting booths and maybe 10 people taking preliminary information. This made the lines of people move very quickly. Two machines taking the ballots.

People looked pretty determined.

I feel really good because I know the Democrats are the early voters!

I voted straight Democratic ticket.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #46)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:14 PM

49. New Mexico

I usually think of NM is kind of a sleepy, easy-going state with very kind people. I was stuck there once when our van broke down; the people in the little town were VERY nice and helpful.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #49)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:25 PM

50. Yes! The people here are polite and friendly

Everyone greets everyone. People seem to like it here a lot. Iím new but I already love it. Lots and lots of ethnic cultures here too.

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Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:40 PM

51. Got our ballots a couple of weeks ago. I filled mine out on Friday, wife filled hers out on Saturday

On Sunday we took a nice drive down to Alameda County Superior Court's ballot drop box. Dropped our ballots off and then a short drive around Lake Merritt and our neighborhood on a sunny autumn day in Oakland, CA

For a couple of elections after we move to this neighborhood there were problems opening polling place and residents were offered the option of being permanent absentee voters. Which we took and have opted to retain.

The local polling place is a firehouse. I have only heard good things about the process from my friend who is currently stationed there.

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Response to mulsh (Reply #51)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 04:43 PM

52. Interesting process

I'd never heard of it before today; someone else in this thread posted something similar.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 10:25 PM

54. FINALLY! My turn

Early voting started today in Maryland. In a close-in DC suburb there was no line outside but lines inside the building to all stations (check-in, ballot pickup, and scanner). I had to wait for a voting booth...I've NEVER had to wait for a voting booth, even in a presidential year. Waits weren't long; process was very efficient.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 10:29 PM

55. Boring. I got my absentee ballot in the mail from the States.

I filled it out, took it to the post office (Ä3.45 due to size and weight for overseas mail), and sent it off to Dallas.

Are you breathless from all the excitement yet?

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Response to DFW (Reply #55)

Thu Oct 25, 2018, 10:32 PM

56. Which is why I prefer to go in person

Of course I do understand why people vote absentee (especially when you're overseas!). But I have fun voting, and I always meet some cool people.

Thank you for voting! I'm excited for every single vote.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 01:44 AM

58. Can't vote yet, it's not election day

No early voting, mail voting and very limited absentee voting in my current state.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 09:40 AM

60. Kick

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 09:49 AM

61. I am in California and I am glad I received a mail in ballot!

So far it has been a bit time consuming. I just need to figure out the judicial section. Any guidance on the judges would be much appreciated!

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Response to Glimmer of Hope (Reply #61)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 10:23 AM

67. On Judges, check the California Democratic Party website.

Or try the League of Voters. Judicial retentions are tough. You may try reading up on each one online and see how they were first appointed and who appointed them. Brown appointees should be a yes, Arnold ones not so much.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #67)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 10:24 AM

68. Thank you!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 09:52 AM

62. I first voted in Wood County at 18 years old 1968.

I remember two of my write in: Dick Gregory for president and Eldridge Cleaver for sheriff.

Very uplifting and I keep telling my students about it, trying to encourage them to vote. How great it feels at 18, etc.

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Response to skip fox (Reply #62)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 02:40 PM

69. That was my 1st year voting too

In Falls Church, VA. Voted for Hubert Humphrey, but my preferred candidate had been Robert Kennedy. I was devastated when he was assassinated.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 10:05 AM

63. Voted early. Had around a 10-15 minute wait in line.

All else went smoothly, finished voting in around 20 minutes. Got my "I voted" sticker.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #63)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 02:41 PM

70. I'm always glad to hear about lines

In many places, including where I vote, that's unusual in midterms.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 10:11 AM

65. 1st day of early voting

I voted in Northern Broward county (same place I've been early voting for a few years now). I couldn't find parking and I've never had that issue before. There was a line but not too long. There were numerous minority voters. I also noticed that there were more voting booths than usual and I had to search to find an empty booth (only 2 were available). Normally there would be many empty booths.
Issues- (Minor) the ballot pages were handed out in a different order than my sample ballot, so I had to sort them out. It's the 1st I'm having this issue.
While at the booth, I heard someone complaining about a jammed machine.

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Response to Sunsky (Reply #65)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 02:43 PM

71. I had the same issue with finding a booth

It wasn't a big deal; in fact one of the poll workers was walking around helping people find an empty booth. But it was something I hadn't seen before, even in a presidential year.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #71)

Fri Oct 26, 2018, 02:47 PM

72. Hopefully it's a sign of good results on election night nt

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