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Old 11-04-2008, 03:44 PM   #51
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I agree Fisher's Mom. I can understand why people don't vote, but I also think if you don't vote, you can't complain. If I have voted, I therefore have a right to comment on the actions of those elected. If you don't vote, I don't believe you can say anything - you have a right to try and change what you don't like.
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Old 11-04-2008, 06:16 PM   #52
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No lines when I got there. In and out in about 5 minutes. Now when I was leaving there was about 11 or 12 people in line.
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Old 11-04-2008, 06:47 PM   #53
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ROUND 2:

I went back to my polling place at 3pm. No line this time. Voted. Back at work now.
I'll stop at Starbux for my free cup of coffee tonight.
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:15 PM   #54
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We didn't have to wait more than a few minutes. This was the first time we have used the electronic voting machines here. Looks like Pageland may finally be moving toward the 21st century.

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Old 11-04-2008, 09:23 PM   #55
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I was the first person to vote in my town this morning! about 10 people behind me at 6am.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:20 PM   #56
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Whoa! What a day!

I arrived at the precinct at 5 a.m. and we set up our machines and, here, as in jabbur's area, we used both electronic and paper-like opportunities to cast votes. I assisted voters with the electronic machines and learned to expand my patience skills.

I live in a very, very rural area and the turnout was amazing. From the time the doors opened, the line went out of the building, onto the sidewalk and into the parking lot until nearly noon. At one point I thought my eyeballs were going to float, if you get my meaning.

Steady stream all day long, even up until the 6 p.m. closing time.

Lots of new first-time young voters, which is lovely to see. In past years Buck and I didn't see as many as we thought there should be. Gotta exercise your right to vote. I'm happy to live in a country where we are free to do this without issue.

However, as homecook mentioned, many voters didn't know where they were supposed to vote. Fortunately, our precincts are relatively close together (read that about a mile or so) and it was not inconvenient for the voter to go to their correct polling place.

I'm wasted but happy I could assist and serve.

P.S. The most exciting part of the day was when one young man challenged his ability to vote at our precinct. He got into a "serious" argument with one of our polling officials, the sheriff was called and things went kinda negative from there. The young man later came back with a gun. Fortunately there was no issue when he returned.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:37 PM   #57
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...P.S. The most exciting part of the day was when one young man challenged his ability to vote at our precinct. He got into a "serious" argument with one of our polling officials, the sheriff was called and things went kinda negative from there. The young man later came back with a gun. Fortunately there was no issue when he returned.
Yikes! I'm glad things didn't turn out badly. It seems to me that in the amount of time it took him to go get his gun he could have gone to the right polling place!

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Old 11-04-2008, 10:41 PM   #58
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LOL Barbara!!!! No kidding!
Some people's kids, huh?
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:49 PM   #59
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Yikes! I'm glad things didn't turn out badly. It seems to me that in the amount of time it took him to go get his gun he could have gone to the right polling place!

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Thank you, Barbara. It had more to do with his qualifications to vote (because of driver's license thing) than his appropriate precinct, but he didn't see it that way. He's had some law-abiding issues anyway so it was no surprise he caused some problems.

Still, it was a little scary.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:53 PM   #60
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I stood in line for maybe 20 seconds - it could have been 3 seconds if the voter and "voter helper" didn't talk about how they knew each other years ago No ID required, as usual. That always amazes me!
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