Tuesday, November 07, 2006

VOTE

we used to vote at the planetarium which was kind of cool, if we had voted early we still would have i think. instead voted this AM at a big UNC administration building, in the rain. not many people there -- i was expecting lines -- but it was just after most people would have gone to work so maybe that's why. when we fed our big paper ballots into the box my wife asked about the paper trail. the poll worker said "it's in there" pointing at the ballot box machine. i said "you mean it's not shredding them when we put them in? it sounds like it!" he looked a little scared, maybe just scared that someone could be so stupid, though he soon grasped that i was thankfully joking. the poll workers were great and extolling aloud the virtues of every voter excercising their patriotic duty etc... it makes you feel good, even though there are no tight races in our area.

i just hope it's not raining like this in VA, MO, MD, PA, TN, MT, NJ, or anywhere else where things are tight...

VOTE! anyone got any good voting stories?

9 Comments:

Blogger jkristian said...

happy election day!

not really a story, but i'm happy to say that after voting for more than ten years i finally got to vote in an actual voting booth, with all of the levers and switches and everything. for various reasons (the machines are broken, absentee ballots), the last time i'd been in a voting booth was when i was in fifth grade and we got to do a practice run. it's a good thing because i really would have had no idea how to work the thing otherwise, and i was too scared to ask anyone there.

12:46 PM  
Blogger armando said...

My wife and I were hoping that today's rain here in Charlotte wouldn't discourage people from going to vote. Especially the folks who have to walk or take a bus to get to the polling place.

Election day is always an exciting day for us. Feels like you do indeed make a difference. We brought our kids, ages 3 and 4 months, with us. Never too early to get them interested.

1:57 PM  
Blogger hermance said...

It was a little strange voting in Williamson County, TX (a Republican stronghold north of Austin) after voting for the last several years in OC, NC. In a good number of races, there weren't Democrats even running. It was either a Libertarian opponent or nothing. It's an odd day when you're tempted to vote Libertarian if only to send the message of how much you hate these Republican thugs. Maybe next time I'll run for County Commissioner.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Jason T said...

man just getting to vote feels like it is worthy of story even if nothing anecdotal happens.this year,as is the norm here in alabama there is very little for us dems/liberal indepedents to get excited about.not alot of quality candidates being fielded on either side for that matter but in a pinch i've found i feel better trying to vote out an unsatisfactory incumbent(which is invariably either a republican or dixiecrat holdover.) one positive is that even though the day was wet and dreary there was very strong attendance at my polling place.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Seth Pomeroy said...

I watched an white southern old lady have a friendly conversation with a middle aged chinese woman. I was amazed that, in the 45 minutes I was behind them, they never discussed politics. It was strangely entertaining to watch them interact. That's America baby...

I live in Tennessee and it's been pouring rain all day. Still, the lines were quite long when I went and I hear they've stayed that way. So there's still a chance. Well, at least I'd like to believe there is.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Forrest said...

What a great night, and it could all get much better. Please Mac, send all of the Merge lawyers to Virginia!

5:52 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

i voted at the durham board of elections downtownish. It was a Saturday so where were quite a few people there. A man was standing to the side of the line and one of the volunteers said 'sir come let's get you voting!' [or something as equally scripted] the man said 'no, I already voted thanks" to which this volunteer replied "It's ok, vote again! everyone does!"

Have you ever been trying say something to someone in a loud crowded room and just when you're about to speak everything quiets down and you're the one person left yelling?...and soon the one person everyone is staring it?... This was that volunteer. It couldn't have been anymroe perfect.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Peter Terhune said...

One the way to the polls at the local high school, I passed a farm where a llama was watching over a herd of grazing sheep. It struck me as a political metaphor in the making: all it needed was some deep thinker to interpret it.

3:41 PM  
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2:03 PM  

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