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chappysmomchappysmom Posts: 107Registered Users
Those in the U.S., have you voted yet today?
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Not yet. I'm going after work. I like going to the polls on election day for Presidential elections. Anything else, I vote early, but Presidential elections sends me to the polls. It's exciting to see democracy in progress (yeah, I know. Cheesy and sentimental, but I don't care!)
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  • LaVidaCurlyLaVidaCurly Posts: 58Registered Users
    Our polls opened at 6:00 a.m. I was there at 6:15 and I waited 45 minutes. Someone parked in front of a person's driveway and they couldn't get out to go to work. So, she called the police and the police came. But, he made an effort to find the woman and gave her a break because she was in the midst of voting. That was nice!
  • amerasiancurlsamerasiancurls Posts: 168Registered Users
    our polls opened at 7am, i was there at 7:15 and had about a 45 minute wait. but, i voted! :)
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    My husband voted this morning. The polls opened at 7:00. He got there at 6:55 and was number 4 in line. He said by the time he left there was a line out the door.
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  • deezee02deezee02 Posts: 1,509Registered Users
    i voted last month!
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  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    Not yet. I'm going after work. I like going to the polls on election day for Presidential elections. Anything else, I vote early, but Presidential elections sends me to the polls. It's exciting to see democracy in progress (yeah, I know. Cheesy and sentimental, but I don't care!)

    Me Too! I love voting, it's so exciting.
  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    I plan on voting over my lunch hour. Am hoping because this is a small town that I will have time. If not, I already told everyone I wasn't coming back till I voted.
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  • msrebamsreba Posts: 143Registered Users
    Only just woke up about 20 minutes ago. Will be voting before work.
  • deedlesdeedles Posts: 2,466Registered Users
    Yep! I have

    Polls here in Maryland opened at 7:00 am I arrived at my polling place at 6:45 am and there were about 15 people ahead of me and like PH said after I finished and left there was a HUGE line out the door and around the school!!!! I think we are going to see voting in record numbers!!!!
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  • CurlsWannaHaveFunCurlsWannaHaveFun Posts: 251Registered Users
    I got to the polls at 6:40. I was there for TWO HOURS to vote. It was a nightmare but I did it. The polls opened late, the organization was terrible, very few booths and to top it off they had misprinted the ballots. Incompetence in elections is not cool. :(

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  • perfectlyfrizzycurlsperfectlyfrizzycurls Posts: 39Registered Users
    I have to vote at a church which I find completely repulsive, so I haven't voted yet. I will walk around the corner and cast my vote once I get enough caffeine in me that I won't kill someone who mentions Jesus. It should be against the law to have polling places in churches.
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    Yeah, voting with the Jesus is your savior signs hanging above me almost made me want to vote for Kerry out of spite! Ugh. I don't like it either, pfc!

    I voted. The only reason there was a line (two people) in front of me was because the woman manning (womanning?) the table was sloooooow. She failed to ask for any sort of ID, and she almost didn't *let* me sign that I'd voted. :roll:

    By the time I left, there was a line out the door and up the hill to the parking lot!


    I voted Bush, and was unhappy to do so, but would have been even more unhappy to vote Kerry! Ugh.
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  • BohemianRenegadeBohemianRenegade Posts: 1,078Registered Users
    I had to get an absentee ballot since I thought I was going to be in Haiti. I put it in the mail Friday and I hope it arrives by the close of polls today. One thing I don't understand is how they count the absentee ballots in time, I mean do they even matter? Since they don't get them to the close of the polls and someone has to physically count them, do they? Or do they just go with the polls from the actual day?
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    Since they don't get them to the close of the polls and someone has to physically count them, do they? Or do they just go with the polls from the actual day?

    Not *always*.

    For example, last election they had quite a few ballots from overseas military in areas in which even if every single one had voted against Bush, he still would have won. If it's statistically possible for them to affect the vote, they will be counted.


    This is why we don't *truly* know Bush didn't win the popular vote last time, too. Regardless, I don't understand why no one has done anything about changing the electoral college, because each vote SHOULD count.
    The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
    -Speckla

    But at least the pews never attend yoga!
  • BohemianRenegadeBohemianRenegade Posts: 1,078Registered Users
    NetG wrote:
    Since they don't get them to the close of the polls and someone has to physically count them, do they? Or do they just go with the polls from the actual day?

    Not *always*.

    For example, last election they had quite a few ballots from overseas military in areas in which even if every single one had voted against Bush, he still would have won. If it's statistically possible for them to affect the vote, they will be counted.


    This is why we don't *truly* know Bush didn't win the popular vote last time, too. Regardless, I don't understand why no one has done anything about changing the electoral college, because each vote SHOULD count.

    Well, that's disheartening.... But, I am from Tennessee and we are expecting to go Bush all the way and that's who I voted for, so I guess it will be okay.
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  • SkySky Posts: 58Registered Users
    I got to the polls at 7:05 am and there was already a huge line and almost no where to park. It took me a little over an hour to vote & that was because I got lucky. Most were looking at a minimum of 2-3 hours.
    The building where I vote has 2 seperate precincts voting in different parts of the building. My precinct is much smaller so we were able to get in and out much quicker.

    Are you serious about a church turing you off to voting and/or swaying your vote? The space isn't symbolic of anything. I think it's very common for large halls to be used at churches & schools. Where else could they find the space? I doubt hotels would give up their conference rooms for voting. I vote in a church and never once even thought twice about it.

    Go out and vote!
  • perfectlyfrizzycurlsperfectlyfrizzycurls Posts: 39Registered Users
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  • perfectlyfrizzycurlsperfectlyfrizzycurls Posts: 39Registered Users
    Sky wrote:
    Are you serious about a church turing you off to voting and/or swaying your vote? The space isn't symbolic of anything. I think it's very common for large halls to be used at churches & schools. Where else could they find the space? I doubt hotels would give up their conference rooms for voting. I vote in a church and never once even thought twice about it.

    Go out and vote!


    There are 6 elementary schools within 10 blocks of where I live. They could have found other places. This is also a college campus so halls are plentiful.

    Yes, voting in a church turns me off a great deal. I don't like setting foot in churches and today I am being forced to do so just to vote. I am not a Christian and I find being forced to walk in a church an afront to my rights as a citizen. I plan on challenging this as the neighborhood polling place in the future. Where I am from, we vote in schools.
  • Summer91Summer91 Posts: 265Registered Users
    Hubby went first thing this morning at 6:30 and had an hour and a half wait. I went at 10:30 and waited an hour and 15 minutes. It's been raining heavily here off and on all day, its good to see it's not keeping people from voting. I didn't mind it so much because I took my Gameboy Advance to play :D . I guess it's a good sign the polls are so crowded, people are out voting!
  • Summer91Summer91 Posts: 265Registered Users
    Yes, voting in a church turns me off a great deal. I don't like setting foot in churches and today I am being forced to do so just to vote. I am not a Christian and I find being forced to walk in a church an afront to my rights as a citizen. I plan on challenging this as the neighborhood polling place in the future. Where I am from, we vote in schools.

    I kind of don't get having voting polls in churches either. It doesn't bother me to vote in a church, even when I wasn't a Christian. But it seems interesting considering the whole church and state thing. I realize the two are different issues, but I still find it a bit ironic.
  • papayahedpapayahed Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    Summer91 wrote:
    Yes, voting in a church turns me off a great deal. I don't like setting foot in churches and today I am being forced to do so just to vote. I am not a Christian and I find being forced to walk in a church an afront to my rights as a citizen. I plan on challenging this as the neighborhood polling place in the future. Where I am from, we vote in schools.

    I kind of don't get having voting polls in churches either. It doesn't bother me to vote in a church, even when I wasn't a Christian. But it seems interesting considering the whole church and state thing. I realize the two are different issues, but I still find it a bit ironic.

    Are you voting inside an actual "Church (with pews and altars)" or a church owned building?
  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    My polling place is in a church- it doesn't bother me. I'm there to do my civic duty, not to hear a sermon. I got in and out without a wait- # 29 of the morning.
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  • DeCurloDeCurlo Posts: 28Registered Users
    Went to vote at 7:15 am. Not one line. Didn't wait at all.
  • multicolorcurlsmulticolorcurls Posts: 85Registered Users
    voted absentee about a month ago.. hope my vote counts and NC doesn't go republican by a gigantic margin as it normally does.. maybe it'll even go democratic *hopes* I'm soo sad that I'm not at home to go out on election night.. its just not the same without that excitement
  • Summer91Summer91 Posts: 265Registered Users
    Are you voting inside an actual "Church (with pews and altars)" or a church owned building?


    Yep, a real honest to goodness church. They had the polls in a big, empty, open type of room though. No stalker priests or magical attacking bibles anywhere that I could see.
  • loosecurlsloosecurls Posts: 637Registered Users
    Cast my vote @ 10:23 this morning! Explained to Betsy what an important day it is & how when my grandmothers were born (1902 & 1903) their mothers didn't have the right to vote yet so as women it's a must that we get out & exercise our right to vote!
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    I suppose I can't judge you because you married a serviceman and it is wartime. Boo hoo. You must be loney sitting at home with nothing else to do but pick on people. Why don't you go masterbate again?
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    Sky wrote:
    Are you serious about a church turing you off to voting and/or swaying your vote? The space isn't symbolic of anything. I think it's very common for large halls to be used at churches & schools. Where else could they find the space? I doubt hotels would give up their conference rooms for voting. I vote in a church and never once even thought twice about it.

    Go out and vote!

    The two people who complained about voting in a church (myself and PFC) already voted.

    Yes, it bothers me to vote in a church with all these posters hanging all over about Jesus my savior, etc. It really struck a chord with the amount I get annoyed with Bush's bible thumping ways. I do not care about a candidate's religious affiliation as long as it doesn't cause him/her to forget reason or the interests of those he/she represents. I think Bush DOES allow his religious affiliation to affect a lot of his decisions, in many cases to the detriment of aid societies saving lives all over the world. Since that's toward the top of the list of issues I have with Bush, seeing all the signs hanging up around me reinforced that belief.


    I should note that, this was in a meeting room at a church-and the signs which were hanging up are not normally there. I think that's what bothered me most. They were put up specifically for this election. That violates all sorts of laws, I believe. I wouldn't have a problem with being in a room in which there were stained glass windows of Jesus or crosses, if those were normally in the room.


    And there's an elementary school right by the church which didn't have voting. I'm used to voting happening at the schools.
    The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
    -Speckla

    But at least the pews never attend yoga!
  • Summer91Summer91 Posts: 265Registered Users
    I think Bush DOES allow his religious affiliation to affect a lot of his decisions, in many cases to the detriment of aid societies saving lives all over the world.

    Just wondering if you'd explain this a little further (if you don't mind).
  • badgercurlsbadgercurls Posts: 3,077Registered Users
    That's really strange that they have you vote in churches, especially when there are other secular buildings (like schools) that could be used. I could maybe understand if it were in a very small town with no other buildings large enough, but even that would still be rather odd. It would bother me to vote in a church, especially if there were (new) religious posters/symbols/etc. everywhere.

    I'm leaving in a few minutes to vote at my voting location - a firestation.
  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    Most towns, I believe, are getting away from voting in schools mainly because of threats from the terrorists that they might do something to disrupt the election. After the seige and killings at the school in Russia, I think a lot of those behind the election process thought it best to pick places other than schools. In my small town they use the court house, churches, community building in one township, and firehalls in a lot of townships. There were several schools used prior to 9/11.
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