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Fri Oct 28, 2022, 12:49 PM

Just voted in Harris County.

I'm in the 2nd congressional district, one of the red parts of the county. It took about 30 minutes from the time I got in line until the time I walked out. There were definitely more people than usual, especially for mid term. I saw about 9 people younger than I (mid 40s), so that has me a little concerned considering where I live. Anyway, there were a total of 92 races and bond type issues to vote for, and since the legislature eliminated straight party voting, I had to select every single Democratic candidate. There was one race that only had a republican and libertarian running, so I skipped that one.

Anyway, I hope my concerns are proven unfounded, but it is Texas.

Happy voting!

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Reply Just voted in Harris County. (Original post)
rownesheck Oct 2022 OP
Sucha NastyWoman Oct 2022 #1
rownesheck Oct 2022 #2
Vogon_Glory Oct 2022 #3
Texasgal Oct 2022 #4
ananda Oct 2022 #5
LetMyPeopleVote Nov 1 #6

Response to rownesheck (Original post)

Fri Oct 28, 2022, 01:26 PM

1. I attended poll watchers training yesterday,

The Harris County ballot is the longest ballot in the country. Plan accordingly. They are concerned that long lines and technical problems with these new machines may be a problem, especially problems with jamming when the ballots are fed into the readers.

One point they made is, donít feel like just because nothing much happens on your shift, that you are wasting your time - that nothing much may happen BECAUSE YOU WERE THERE. Iím hoping that is the case.

Apparently the Harris County Democratic Party has plenty of poll watchers.

We arenít allowed to talk directly to voters, or anybody really, unless we are concerned about improper procedures. Then we bring it to the election judges attention. If that doesnít remedy the situation then must go outside the poll boundaries to call the party to report a problem. We canít use phones or any kind of visual or sound recording devices indside the poll. We can just take notes or call HCDP. They do not want us to put ourselves in any potentially dangerous situations.

Iím curious if you noticed any poll watchers (as opposed to election judges and clerks) at your polling place?

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Response to Sucha NastyWoman (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 28, 2022, 01:58 PM

2. I didn't notice any.

There were a lot of people inside and out, so there may have been some.

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Response to rownesheck (Original post)

Fri Oct 28, 2022, 04:17 PM

3. I voted early in Travis County yesterday

The lines werenít super-long, but they were doing better business than they usually do in off-years.

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Response to rownesheck (Original post)

Fri Oct 28, 2022, 09:41 PM

4. Voted in Travis County today.

There was a line, but I went to a mega center, so the line went fairly quick.

Observation: Lots of young people.

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Response to rownesheck (Original post)

Sat Oct 29, 2022, 12:06 PM

5. I voted last Monday here in Austin.

There were more people there than I've ever seen.

I hope that's a good sign!

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Response to rownesheck (Original post)

Tue Nov 1, 2022, 06:17 PM

6. My son voted today in Harris County

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