OPEN THREAD: Tell Us About Your Voting Experience

It took me about 45 minutes to vote for Hillary for the fifth time this morning. In 12 years on the Upper East Side, I’d never had more than three people in front of me but this morning the line wrapped nearly around the block. New arrivals were clearly surprised to find such a crowd, but everybody was in high spirits and it was actually fun. Let us know how things went for you.

  • pj

    voted by mail….easy peasy

  • TK
    • Tiger Quinn

      I wish I could read that.

      • olandp

        It is worth it, click on it, then make the screen bigger and bigger.

      • John30013

        I don’t know if you’re vision impaired, but in case you are, these are basically “been there, done that” messages comparing Trump and his policies to the rise of Hitler. They’re a warning to America.

        • Tiger Quinn

          Just difficult to make out – but thank you, that gave me some clarity. Cheers!

      • ColdCountry

        Click on the image, then hit “ctl +” until you can read it.

  • Butch

    You never have to worry about lines at the Gourley Township Hall in Menominee County, Michigan, but we’re headed there in about 10 minutes.

    • Gustav2
      • SoCalGal20

        One thing I miss about Michigan. Pastie’s are delicious! (Thank you, immigrant Cornish miners!)

        • Joe in PA

          I thought they were the things strippers put on their boobs. Who knew?

          • Reality.Bites

            I think they’re pronounced “passtees” rather than the stripper’s “paystees”

          • SoCalGal20

            Haha! Two very different things!

            Fun fact: The pasties for boobs are pronounced with a long “a”, pasties you eat are pronounced with a short “a”.

          • Joe in PA

            Oh, I don’t know if they are so different…the ‘clean up’ might be fun. πŸ™‚ lol

  • Mike C

    Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Went a half hour after the polls opened. In and out in 10 minutes.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Took about 10 minutes from beginning to end and we wore white to show support for Hillary and to honor the women who made it possible for women to vote today. Everyone was pleasant for a change and I’m glad I’m done.

    • lymis

      White? After Labor Day? You rebels!

      • sam

        Lymis………I call the winter white………….cashmere.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        LOL, all for a good cause.

    • ColdCountry

      Just think. There are women alive today who, only in their lifetime, got the right to vote. And they weren’t “given” that right, they fought and clawed and suffered for it. VOTE, Ladies!

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        It’s why I never miss voting. It would be like spitting in the face of those who fought so hard.

      • StraightGrandmother

        I AM, trust me I am!
        And so is my husband.

  • Cara Rosenberg

    It went well. It was the first day of early voting. Went smoothly and surprisingly busy. Then got thing in the mail from the clerk with a paper she forgot to have me sign. Had to send that in a few days later.

  • thom

    early voted in savannah, GA last week. took about an hour. the polling spot closest to my apartment was at a 3 hr wait time. we drove 15 min to go to a less populace area in the county.
    we must have just hit the right time. lots of friends had to wait 2-3 hrs at all early voting places in the city.

  • Earl

    I tried to vote, but there are no polling stations here for your nation’s election.

    I’ll notify Fox News. I’m sure they’d love to scream about how evil the election riggers are that I’m being denied a vote in your nation’s election.

    • Irishsupporter

      Same here, I love to vote for Hillary but I’m afraid there’s no polling stations here in Ireland!

      • LackofFaithify

        It’s called mail in absentee ballots! πŸ˜›

        • Earl

          The evil dogs who run those things ask for things like proof of ‘citizenship’. I showed them my Canadian birth certificate, and my passport, but they wouldn’t give me a fucking ballot.

          I’m Suing!!!111

  • JoeMyGod

    I miss the satisfying “ker-CHUCK” of pulling that big red lever. Scanned ballots in NYC now. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e097e954b07a757cc4e8841e5fd1d4d167beb5a532fb5847192ca03857f51844.jpg

    • Sam_Handwich

      we had those machines in the city i grew up. i remember them jamming sometimes.

      • BobSF_94117

        Our grade school was a polling place, so they set up the machines early and let us use them for our school election. I remember the names were all installed at the very bottom switches at kid height, so we could reach them.

    • Michael R

      The days of hanging chad .
      ( also see ” pregnant chad ” )

      • LackofFaithify

        It was a horrible reality show series.

      • lymis

        Wasn’t Chachi in that one?

    • shellback

      The draperies are just dreadful.

      • Rt1583

        Government Chic.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      IIRC, a bell rang when the handle was pulled. “Ker-ching!”
      It was like playing a slot machine or moving the island on “Lost”.

    • Soetoro Marx

      I used these voting in New York State in the 1980s. I was telling my wife about the tactile pleasures of clicking the little metal levers down, and the defining final statement of snapping the big lever back to record the ballot and open the curtain. It was a real-world interactive experience, likely now gone forever, I’m afraid.

  • Mark

    Early voted here.

  • Dramphooey

    Yesterday at work the person who sits behind me was jabbering two another neighbor about how funny the movie “Idiocracy” is and how in it dumb people produce more children instead of smart people “like us.”

    She then asked my neighbor about the election. The neighbor said she was undecided that I personally believe was her way of saying “none of your business.” The Idiocracy fan went on to say how she was voting for Jill Stein.

    I like Mike Judge but I’ve never seen anyone but the targets of his film rave about it.

    • LackofFaithify

      The Stein camp rolls on to inevitable victory!

      • lymis

        You misspelled “obscurity.”

        • LackofFaithify

          Was that mean?

          • IamM

            Not if it goes over their heads.

            Poor things. Bless their πŸ’•.

    • MonochromeMouse

      “I like Mike Judge but I’ve never seen anyone but the targets of his film rave about it.” It’s kindof like how hardcore conservatives don’t realize South Park constantly mocks them, it mocks the far left too but they at least know when they are being made fun of.

      • Dagoril

        Beavis and Butthead was the same way. So many people who liked it didn’t realize that B & B were idiots being made fun of by the show.

        • Todd20036

          Ah, but you are wrong. Beavis and Butthead were also quietly noble… in the most obnoxious way possible.

          1) Their father was absent
          2) Their mothers were inattentive.
          3) They held down jobs.
          4) They got themselves to school.
          5) They “cooked” their own meals.
          6) They weren’t obviously bigoted.
          7) They never gave up (when it came to women)
          8) They were very self depreciating and very unashamed about it.
          9) More often than not, they managed to do the right thing

          PS) Their tastes in music rocked..

      • Acronym Jim

        Not to mention Stephen Colbert. Another master was the blogger Al Weisel who wrote as “Jon Swift.” He satirized a “reasonable conservative” so well he pulled in both liberals and conservatives. He was a man who knew well how to emulate his namesake.

        He is no longer with us, but his family has kept his writings available to this date.

        http://jonswift.blogspot.com/

        • MonochromeMouse

          I used to have a friend who thought Colbert was being 100% serious, and even said of his fake run for president that he was the kind of hardcore conservative america needed.
          and holy fuck, I lurk on far right sites like freerepublic all the time to keep up with what the crazies are planning and I see them quote “John Swift” all the time, idk if it’s the same guy but the quotes are always outrageous and borderline fascist and obviously stripped of all context

          • Acronym Jim

            If they aren’t suggesting that undocumented immigrants eat their “anchor babies,” they’re probably quoting Al.

    • RobynWatts

      Maybe she could relate to that couple that never had kids.

    • Rt1583

      A measure of good comedy is whether or not the target of said comedy comprehends they are the target.

      I would venture to say that Mel Brooks is the contemporary master of this.

    • NancyP

      Yes, “undecided” is the polite way of saying “none of your business”.

      • Todd20036

        Mostly, I thought “undecided” meant, “I want attention”

  • Charles in Bloomington

    Early voting broke all previous records in Bloomington, IN. No wait this morning when my polling place opened at 6am. The BF and I voted so hard for Hillary.

    • Michael Abbett

      Monroe County, an island if sanity in the nightmare that is Indiana.

      • Charles in Bloomington

        We do our best to cancel out as many Red votes as possible.

    • lymis

      Here’s hoping you take the Senate seat and the Governor’s mansion!

    • moebym

      I used to live there! The People’s Republic of Bloomington! πŸ™‚

    • Ray Taylor

      Howard County. I voted Friday, I was the only voter there.

  • boatboy_srq

    Northern Virginia. School gymnasium. Queue took 40 minutes to navigate (usually <5) – but at least everyone was able to wait inside. Calm, pleasant experience except for the wait.

    WARNING WARNING DANGER WILL ROBINSON! Virginia has a "Right to Work" item on the state ballot, enshrining that particular piece of nastiness in the state constitution.

    • Lena

      Yeah, I bristled at that ballot question – and voted accordingly without second thought other than a most venomous “Bastards!” aimed at you-know-those-people.

    • LackofFaithify

      It is a Right to Work law. A right to work without decent pay or representation.

      • lymis

        And a right to fire anyone for any reason.

    • skyweaver

      I’m also in NoVa. The wording of that initiative is really messed up. I spent about an hour last week with a printout of the ballet item and my coworkers and I think we finally figured it out what it was saying

    • IamM

      Georgia’s Rethugs have an ’emergency manager for schools’ amendment on the ballot.

      Get out and vote if you haven’t already. Even if you don’t flip your state blue today, at least you’ll make yourself heard.

  • Tiger Quinn

    “The Center For Spiritual Living” is where we’re voting in Palm Springs (ugh) – doesn’t open until 7a and I just got up, rode my bike down to the main street to see what’s up – alread a line around the block. It’s 4:30 in the morning.

    • thom

      Crazy

    • Guy z

      Love it!!

    • Stubenville

      Holy crap!

    • Reality.Bites

      Yeah, but folks need to be out by 11 in order to catch the early-bird dinner specials.

  • Craig S

    Being a good democrat, I also plan to vote for Hillary 5 times today

    • shellback

      Only five? pffft!

      • Craig S

        I live in Connecticut — my quota is low. I’m expecting my democratic brothers in Chicago to hit double digits by noon!

        • Mike Plass

          Chicagoan checking in, already voted 10 times and it’s barely passed 8:15am.

          • Craig S

            Right on brother. For a moment, I thought about casting ballots in honor of all of my ex’s. Then I realized the polls close at 8pm. FML.

          • zhera

            Oh you!

        • TheJudgement

          Boy that joke sure is funny. Why don’t you repeat it 20 or 30 times. And then will be true in the world of dittohead Republicans. Good grief.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Being a good Canadian, in spirit, I’m voting Hillary along with all of you. I can’t wait for our Prime Minister Trudeau extend an immediate invitation to Madam President Rodham Clinton to visit our country.

      • abqdan

        I can’t wait for Trudeau to apply for citizenship and come sort out our government!

      • Reality.Bites

        Although few Americans are aware of it, it’s customary for a US President’s first foreign visit to be to Canada. At least for Democrats.

        Dubya made his first to Mexico, as we had a Liberal government in power. Reagan did the same, with Pierre Trudeau in power, making Canada second with an official state visit. Dubya just attended a summit. His father’s first visit was to Canada.

        Jimmy Carter never made an official visit to Canada at all, but was a pallbearer at Pierre Trudeau’s funeral, along with Fidel Castro.

        Nixon made us tenth on his list, but then again, when he first met Pierre Trudeau and shook hands Trudeau said he’d count his fingers.

        Two of Johnson’s first three visits were to Canada. Kennedy’s first was as well. Back down to number three with Eisenhower. Number four with Truman and number one with Roosevelt.

        Generally when it hasn’t been Canada it’s been Mexico. Speaking as a Canadian I’d have no problem with Clinton visiting Mexico first. There are some fences that need mending, as it were.

        • TheJudgement

          Good reply. It’s funny how Republican posters think they’re being all smart ass and then in one post one can make them look so silly.

    • JT

      This joke will be reported as serious in Britefart in 3 … 2 … 1

      • Craig S

        Shit… I need to update my profile pic. There’s only once chance to make a good first impression.

        • BlueberriesForMe

          Is that a NY Yankees logo? Tsk.

          • Craig S

            No. It is the logo of the 27 time world champion NY Yankees. Thanks for making a note of it. πŸ™‚

    • Michael Abbett

      If you need a tornado sent anywhere I’m on call today, just give me a heads-up.

      • glass

        If you can just pinpoint it really well, I request Trump tower. Just don’t mess up any other part of Manhattan, Trump has already tried that.

      • ShawnSwagger

        Mar-A-Lago, please.

        • DaveW

          Um, that’s a historic property. Why would you want it damaged??? He actually restored it faithfully to posts original condition when no one else would spend the money. Broken clock or something but that’s the truth.

          • ShawnSwagger

            I had no idea. Good to know.

    • crewman

      I’m actually dead, so I will probably only vote for her 3 times.

      • Craig S

        Thanks for your service. Rest in peace.

        • TheJudgement

          It’s funny how the Republicans create a lie and then run with it as if it’s true. Good grief. You don’t think people are onto your silly little games?

          • Craig S

            someone needs a cocktail

          • TheJudgement

            Derp

        • Amandaenewsome

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      • Michael Abbett

        I’m gonna dig out our Ouija board and see if I can whip up some action. Knowing my luck I’ll conjure Phyllis Schlafly…

      • Jeffrey

        Oh, I forgot that dead democrats were only allowed three or fewer votes. Jeez, the voting guidelines are so complicated.

        • TheJudgement

          Another Republican repeating lies. Is this all you guys have? I feel so sad for your side. And on top of that you’re stuck with an idiot like Donald Trump. At least you went the whole way out of being the stupid party

          • Jeffrey

            LOL yeah, you don’t know me and I guess the joke went over your head.

          • TheJudgement

            No
            Everyone on the Internet is best friends forever

    • ColdCountry

      I live in a small town where the people at the polls know everybody by sight, so no cheating here. I also voted early.

      • Craig S

        One man’s cheating is another man’s enthusiasm.

        • clay

          We are still talking about the election, right?

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            This will be an erection to remember.

          • Craig S

            yes. yes we are πŸ™‚

      • zhera

        Psshhh, excuses!

    • Vote early and often!

    • zhera

      Being a forriner, I’ve already voted eleventy times for Madame President. It’s a global interest in this election, you know.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        We thank you from the bottom of our bottoms

    • Gigi

      I’m not even American and I voted for Hillart twice.

    • Clive Johnson

      If you need transportation I can help you bump it up to at least 8.

      • Craig S

        If I had a dollar for every time i’ve heard that:)

    • Todd20036

      I’m a bad person. I voted for a local official because he’s a gorgeous, gay man.

      But I also voted for Clinton

      • clay

        I voted for Brian Sims, then right up the ballot.

        • Craig S

          yeah, i’m old school that way too… right up the ballot then drop it in the slot.

          • After the SCROTUS illegally shafted us with 4 years of the Shrub…? Who the hell trusts machines. Not this ol’ queen!

        • DonnaLee

          Lucky you, you get to vote for him. I’m at the other end of the state from you dear. But despite going about 2pm like I always try to do, there were still about 20 people there. Usually there are just a few, since early ones already came and left, and people are still at work.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I’m driving a bus full of ” illegals ” county to county. After that, I am treating them to tacos and margaritas

    • Dave

      I’m sure you’re joking but for those on the alt side of reality I think what he meant was that he voted for her twice in her senate runs, once in her 08 primary against Obama, once in her primary run against Bernie and today = 5 times voting for Hillary.

    • Oh’behr

      I took ballots to the cemeteries. Some of those names are difficult to fill in on the ballots since they’re so weathered on the gravestones. So I guessed. /s

  • Run4Fun

    The hardest part was finding a working Fax machine in Denmark to send in my Florida overseas ballot πŸ˜›

  • Blake Jordan

    Is the USA going to fuck over the world today!?!?!?!?

    • LackofFaithify

      Well, yes, but it’s just a matter of exactly how bad the fucking will be for the world. πŸ™‚

    • lymis

      No. Today we’re going to pretend that the rest of the world doesn’t even exist. (You know, like any other Tuesday.) Any fucking will have to wait until tomorrow.

  • LackofFaithify

    I early voted 2 weeks and 1 day ago. The three old ladies in charge were just as nice as ever, required no sort of blood sacrifice and gave me a sticker and a lolly at the end of it all. Well, ok, just a sticker.

    • Silver Badger

      Poor baby. Here, I have something you can suck on all day.

      • LackofFaithify

        Hehe.

      • Guy z

        so wrong. Love it

    • skyweaver

      The nicest people in the world work at polling places, I’m convinced.

  • Blake Mason

    I need you all to vote the fuck out of this election folks.

  • Chris H.

    Voted by mail. I’m glad NJ makes it easy to vote my mail if desired. Haven’t voted in person in quite a few years.

  • RobynWatts

    I’ve voted early in North Carolina. I had no problems.

    Side note: A few days after, I had received a call from the North Carolina Republican Party asking me how I was going to vote in this election, never minding the fact that I am registered as a Democratic! Big mistake on their part……

    Needless to say, our conversation was short.

  • Lena

    Reston, Virginia. Long line 45 minutes after polls opened at 6:00AM, but line moved briskly so was out in 25 minutes. No armed poll watchers, but then the polls are at an elementary school. Quite a few had blue Democratic sample ballots …

    • Beagle

      We voted absentee-early at the Fairfax County Government Center a month ago. No line, but sample ballots were available outside. The R volunteer sat under a tent waiting for people to come up. The D volunteer was out in the open talking to people.

  • Guy z

    I am one of those immigrants “the Donald” describes…in my case, taking professor jobs from hardworking Americans. I can’t vote, so I’ll let my morning class out 30 minutes early and allow students leave my evening class at any point if they forgot to vote. I can’t tell them whom to select, but hopefully they pick the right person πŸ™‚

    • I checked with my Tuesday afternoon class last week to find out if anyone had not already voted early. If anyone in my class was going to vote today I was just going to cancel the class and give them all a make-up at the end of session break week. Luckily they had all voted and my break week may just end up being a real break week.

      • Guy z

        Nice. College of Engineering here. About 50% international. I’ll get clobbered if I tried that. lol.

    • Reality.Bites

      Just tell them a C might not be great, but a T is way worse than even an F.

      • Guy z

        Hehe. I like paying my mortgage. Sugar daddy hasn’t asked me out yet… πŸ™‚

  • Snownova

    I already voted in the real Illuminati elections last week. Grand overLizard Rasz IV will ascend to the shadowy throne come the winter solstice.

  • 20 min. In at 6am, out at 6:20. Of course I voted Blue. Duh. And I’m off tomorrow so I can stay up late and overindulge in SADZ. Glorious SADZ!!

    • Joe in PA

      I know. Plus you’ll be hung over. πŸ™‚

      I hope PickyPecker posts that “HA HA” graphic (from the Simpsons?) along with a picture of KellyAnne.

  • geoffalnutt

    Small town in Maine. Polls opened at 7am…I was there. Out by 7:20. Crowded, but the lines moved rapidly, indeed. Great feeling.

    • ColdCountry

      Also in small Maine town, but voted early. I like going to the town office to vote, but have this fear that something will happen to prevent me. A friend, who likes to vote in person, just called to say that her great-grandson is in Maine Med with what started as a strep throat and is now fluid on the brain. She will be voting, however, her grand daughter might not be able to. And that is why I voted early!

  • Michael Abbett

    Husband and I tried to vote at 6AM but the lines were about a block long, as they were just opening. Went back in half an hour and it still took about 40 minutes in line. We voted straight Democrat. We’ve never, ever had to wait in longer than 5 minutes or so in line since the first time we voted here in 2008, south side of Indianapolis. We’re in hillbilly country, so I am sure there were a lot of Orange Hitler voters there. It was at a high school and a student came in with a Trump t-shirt on. Horrors. There wasn’t anyone protesting or challenging voters and most people seemed to be quiet and respectful, probably because they know our side is outnumbered and they’ll win so why bother. Hillary has no chance in Indiana, but we we’re more interested in replacing Pence with Gregg as governor and getting Bayh elected. Now I pop a Xanax and wait…

  • Tiger Quinn
    • Dagoril

      The Lady Miss Kier!

  • Sam_Handwich

    I will go vote in an hour or so, my polling location is just two blocks away. Only time i ever waited in line was 2008 and it was certainly my pleasure to do so.

    • Joe in PA

      Yeah, I’m waiting till the before-work-crowd clears (all two of them). I have neighbors that work the polls so it is always a fun time.

      • petewestcentral

        That was one of the nice extras for me, too, voting on election day. A couple of elections back, my best friend was too ill to go to the polls. We had always gone together to vote. It spooked me and I started voting early.

    • skyweaver

      The only time I have zero problem with waiting in line is voting. It feels really good that we all bothered to do so.

    • Joe in PA

      We can’t do both? πŸ™‚

  • vorpal

    My voting experience was traumatizing.
    The absentee ballot came by email.
    I filled it out, gave it to hubby, and he mailed it for me.
    Thoroughly exhausted.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Lol !

    • LackofFaithify

      It at least came with a cat treat, right? In place of the “I Voted” sticker?

      • vorpal

        The treat in casting my vote as I did was in not being grabbed by the pussy. No amount of kibble can compensate :-).

        • LackofFaithify

          lol

        • olandp

          I’ll bet if Don the Con did grab you the claws and fangs would come out!

          • vorpal

            Believe it :-).
            This pussy is a bristling mass of hair and sharp, pointy teeth!

          • skyweaver

            As it should be.

      • bambinoitaliano

        and 21 hours of nap time.

    • Guest

      Where are they accepting email voting?

      • vorpal

        I fixed it. We received the ballots by email, but they had to be mailed via diplomatic pouch.

        I think, though, that a Republican friend if mine says that she absentee voted in Texas via e-mail. Given her political affiliation, I didn’t press the issue too much ;-).

        • Reality.Bites

          Maybe just ask who she voted for.

          It’s important to know if it was The Voice or Dancing with the Stars.

    • Reality.Bites

      When will this madness end?

      • vorpal

        I am just so tired of having to do not only things, but also stuff, and sometimes even activities.

        I think I need more minions.

        • DonnaLee

          Minions are awesome when you can get them.

          • vorpal

            The demand does, unfortunately, seem to overwhelm the supply, doesn’t it?

    • MB

      I just texted my 3rd vote for Hillary. Now back to bed. The sun is barely up here. Who the hayull came up with this early-morning voting anyway ?>?

    • BlueberriesForMe

      Please take the next few weeks off. The holiday season is approaching and you KNOW what that’s like.

    • Todd20036

      Beer helps.

    • Bomer

      I voted by mail. Filled it out the night I got it then waited for the following morning to mail it. The last time I opened my door at night there was a tarantula waiting for me so I don’t do that anymore.

  • vorpal
  • JW Swift

    The morning news here in S. Fla. just said that more people have already voted in early voting and by mail than all of the people who voted in the 2000 election.

    I voted by mail several days ago. Since it’s always on a work day, it can be tough to be sure I can get to my polling place in time after leaving the office.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    Seattle, WA – voted early two weeks ago. Took a nice evening drive over to a local library and dropped my and the man’s ballot in the Dropbox. In other news, getting braces this morning! No more lip biting. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/671033dcf67a042aaa3ea0a7c8a52a921f5cfd57864c21c94bd8ac4a5357d0e5.png

    • skyweaver

      Hey awesome on the braces! I’m going to get them in about a year and a half after I get my daughter out of college

      • CharlestonDave

        Just a head’s up, but my periodontist told me that having braces as an adult increases risk of gum recession and periodontal disease, years after the braces. I had braces as a child and again as an adult, and now struggle with keeping gums healthy. So stay up on the regular exams after you get your beautiful new well-aligned teeth!

        • skyweaver

          Thanks! I didn’t know that.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Just voted in Philly. About a 20 minute wait. Not bad.
    Go Hillary!!!

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Reality.Bites

      Factoid: Martha Stewart’s Apprentice was a top ten show in Canada.

      • Blake Mason

        And Trump threw her under the bus when it did not perform well here is the US.

      • Jeffrey

        I watched it. Never watched Trump’s Apprentice, but Martha’s was good. I met Martha once and she was quite nice.

    • Ginger Snap

      It’s good thing.

    • Todd20036

      I hate the DTs

  • olandp

    I’ll go in a few hours, have to decide which pearls to wear and how many ropes.

  • GeneInSJ

    I’m in a small town so voting is normally hassle-free and easy. I got there at about 6:30 and was out in 15 minutes. It was busier than normal.

  • Blake Mason

    O/T The continuing results of BREXIT… even the royals aren’t immune,,, Prince Harry’s black girlfriend (and her family) has been receiving vicious harassment from the web trolls/racists and the mainstream press…. https://www.royal.uk/statement-communications-secretary-prince-harry

    • Rebecca Gardner

      That’s so disgusting. What is going on in the world with all the hate and bigotry? His girlfriend is smokin’ hot so I’m just guessing they’re jealous.

      • LackofFaithify

        Who wouldn’t be, she’s dating a hot prince!

  • Phil

    It took five minutes and I did it 4 weeks ago. IL has early voting. It took them longer to explain the ballot than it did to execute it. Yesterday, however, there was a line at the Board of Elections office.

  • David

    I live in Georgia. I did early voting a couple weeks ago. It was about a 45 minute wait. In all, not too bad.

  • iamanotheru
  • stuckinthewoods

    We live in a rural majority R county (the bluest part). All the polling signs up were Trump. Polls opened at 6. When we got there at 7 the parking lot of the church (only place with a parking lot) was more full than usual. Inside only one person ahead of us, we marked our ballots and were out in minutes. We must have missed the rush because cars were lined up to enter the lot. Drove home, Hub dropped me off on pavement and I hiked in. Took longer to do that than vote. The longest wait we’ve had was 2008 but this looks like more than 2012. It’s less social than it used to be but still low key.

  • WildwoodGuy

    Voted by mail here in WA State two weeks ago. No lines at the ballot drop-box… though there was one car behind me after I got there!

    • Blake Jordan

      Doesn’t your state have 2 electoral college voters that won’t vote for Sec. Clinton, even though she will certainly win the state?

      • Guy z

        Madness…and they complained about super delegates.

      • WildwoodGuy

        So far as I know, here in WA State we only have one electoral voter who has vowed not to vote for Clinton. He (Robert Santiacum) of the Puyallup Tribal Council was a Bernie supporter and doesn’t believe that Clinton supports American Indian interests. He faces a $1,000.00 fine as a ‘faithless elector’ but said he doesn’t care.

        The Tribal Council issued a statement saying that he had pledged to support the winner of the state’s popular vote and “risks dishonoring himself” if he does not do so.

        I have no idea how this will play out. If there is a second electoral voter you know about, please advise.

        Thanks!

        • Ray Taylor

          When I lived in Tacoma, Santiacum was often in the news for some BS,

          • WildwoodGuy

            I’d never heard of him before this election. So… guess I’ve been lucky so far? Maybe we’ll never have to hear of him again after this election? One can hope!

  • Voted by mail while my husband made dinner…it is the WAY it should be in this country…

    http://volusiademocraticparty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/VBM-SLOGAN.gif

    • iamanotheru

      so much easier ..

    • ColdCountry

      You know, I was thinking that. Given how populous our country has become, and how they are shutting down so many polling places, allowing people to vote early should be mandatory.

    • mrfy

      Was very easy here in suburban Seattle. Dropped our ballots at a drop box about 10 days ago.

      • You gotta LOVE IT…I also tracked my ballot…

    • DonnaLee

      See we can’t do that in PA. It’s like you have to have a REASON for voting by mail, and it better be a good enough reason for you to not get your ass out today.

      • I live in Washington, one of three US states (Oregon and Colorado are the others) that does all its voting by mail.

        Here’s how voting went for me. I got my ballot in the mail about two weeks ago. One night last week, after dinner, my family gathered around the dining room table. On one side, we had our ballots. On the other, we had Washington state’s official voter guide, along with several informal voting guides from some of our favorite publications and people.

        We went through the ballot vote by vote β€” president, governor, on down to ballot initiatives on carbon taxes and public transit β€” discussing the opposing arguments, allowing the boys (11 and 13) to ask questions. Overall, it took about an hour. When we were done, we put our ballots in a special envelope, affixed stamps, and dropped them in the mailbox. That’s it.

        We did this at our leisure, not during proscribed hours. We weren’t subject to the vagaries of weather or the idiosyncrasies of polling staff. We didn’t have to show any ID or wait in any lines. We had plenty of time to research and mull over each vote.

        It felt deliberative, civilized, like the way human beings ought to vote.

        • DonnaLee

          The one good thing in my county is that everyone is within a mile of a polling place. Most people can walk to them. I could Technically walk to mine, but it’s downhill, and it would take me 30 minutes to get there, but about 4 hours to get back, due to how steep it is.

  • Voted here in Dallas on the first day of early voting. Very glad I did as it has been raining here now for over 24 hours. Am hoping that the huge turnouts in early voting will help out with results as this rain will probably cut into voter turnout today.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Rain? His Wonders To Behold. πŸ˜‰

    • Mike in Texas

      Heavy rain down here in San Antonio too.

  • Ginger Snap

    Just VOTED! Lines were way longer than usual this early. The ballot collection box broke down while I was there so they were collecting them in a box to be entered as soon as its fixed I have confidence that it’s all good though there were more than enough people guarding them.there was just one guy putting up a stink that it was rigged($50 bucks it was a tRump voter) everyone else was not concerned.Just called city hall and repair man was on his way. I’m off to pick up my four voters to bring them to their polls to vote before work. Go Hillary!!!!!

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Thanks for your help getting out the vote!
      Every vote counts in this historic election!

    • LackofFaithify

      You really did get to vote 5 times!

    • GayOldLady

      Good Work Ginger!!!! We’re on our way to Madam President Hillary Clinton.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I vote by mail but I haven’t mailed it in because the polling place for my neighborhood is the lobby of my building. So, in a couple of hours, I’ll put some pants on, go downstairs, and drop off my vote for Hillary Clinton!

    • Tiger Quinn

      Same here. I was going to mail it in but I wanted to be part of the spectacle.

      • Mark

        Was going to early vote – but I wanted to go in on the election day just to see for myself if any dastardly trolling was happening…..

        Will be leaving here in a couple hours for a round of errands – and then on to Blue Ridge to vote and pick up a couple lotto tickets. I figure if Hillary is getting 2:1 odds…….

    • Joe in PA

      Dang, you mean I gotta wear pants to vote?

      • ColdCountry

        A pants suit will do.

    • Acronym Jim

      And here, I thought I was the only one who doesn’t wear pants at work.

    • ColdCountry

      I kinda wanted to be part of the voting day spectacle, but had this fear of something happening to prevent me, so I voted early.

    • Ray Taylor

      How handy.

    • Todd20036

      Skip the pants. The officials will let you up to the front of the line.
      Several questions asked….

  • Homo Erectus

    I voted by mail weeks ago. No lines, no worries about your race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. You don’t even have to get dressed. I don’t understand why every state doesn’t have this option. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/be886eca45dd3b38fa6727bc8f6a08af9809caae8a2fdf352c050753864686fe.png

    • Michael R

      there should be a way to know your mail in vote was received – ???

      • Gustav2

        In Ohio, you go to the Sec of State’s website and check if it has been received/accepted.

      • Homo Erectus

        There is. You go to the website a few days after you mail your ballot and enter your voting info. You receive a confirmation that your ballot was received and you can download the “I voted” thingie above. If it was received with errors (forgot to sign, name mis-match etc.) you can request a do-over.

        • BobSF_94117

          And what if there’s an error and you don’t check-in on the website?

          • Gustav2

            If your phone number is on the inner envelope, they will call you if there is a problem in Ohio.

          • WildwoodGuy

            Same here in WA state. I accidentally forgot to sign the outside of the envelope… they called me. Asked me if I’d sent in my ballot? I told them I had. They told me I’d forgotten to sign. Could I come down and sign it? Sure. I did, and everything was cool.

          • Homo Erectus

            You go to jail.

      • T-Batwoman

        In Colorado the outer envelopes have bar codes, they send you text updates as your ballot makes it’s way thru the process.

        • Silver Badger

          One of the many benefits to living in paradise.

          • T-Batwoman

            SOOOOO true! πŸ˜‰

      • Cuberly

        In CA counties have a website where you can check the status of your ballot. They received mine the day after I mailed it.

      • WildwoodGuy

        Here in WA State, we can go to WA.GOV/vote and check the status of our ballots. Mine is currently “received for tabulation”. Mail-in ballots are truly the *ONLY* way to vote!

        • Michael R

          I like that , Virginia is behind in these things .
          I’ve mailed in a rebate for things and never gotten the rebate ,
          you really want a way to make sure with your vote .

        • Ray Taylor

          2008 and 2012 I was able to vote by mail being a senior citizen. They dropped that convenience this year in Indiana. In my county we can to vote at any polling station in the county. The computer finds your voting record and shows your picture to the clerk to compare with your ID. Then prints your personalized ballot on a high speed printer. I hope this all works today.

          • WildwoodGuy

            I am curious what the reasoning was behind dropping the vote by mail for seniors? Can’t imagine any *GOOD* reason… but then, Repub.’s rarely can come up with ‘good’ reasons that are also legitimate. And I have to assume that the change was due to some Repub.’s changes to the voter rules.

            Good luck with your voting today! Hope all goes well!

    • Reality.Bites

      Because some states really need to encourage their residents to get and stay dressed.

      • Homo Erectus

        This is Florida fer chrissakes. You only need clothes for funerals and weddings.

  • octobercountry

    Here in rural western Pennsylvania…. Voting started at 7.00 am, I got there at about five or ten minutes after the hour, and was about the 22nd person to vote. So, it was busy (for this neighbourhood), with a short wait to step into the booth, but in general still a quiet, low-key experience.

  • joeyj1220

    My husband (of 20 years) and I moved to Canada 9 years ago since there seemed, at the time, no way for him to stay legally in the US (he is Mexican). I voted very proudly 2 weeks ago via absentee ballot.

    • Tom000

      So do you still have any connection to the United States?

      • joeyj1220

        family still in the States

  • Tiger Quinn

    Oh man, I hope this blows Trump so far out of the water that he won’t be able to refute it in any way. Rumors are that Pence will concede for him – that’s perfect.

    • disQusTed

      Trump’s concession speech:

      “You people are horrible. Terrible. The worst. Don’t come crawling to me when there are no jobs left in this country because I’ll tell you that I told you so. Your only hope is that by launching Trump TV, which I am doing tonight by the way, I will bring Crooked Hillary to justice and lock her up. I am the only one who can do this. Good luck with that whole republic thing. I’m off to Moscow for some well-deserved vacation time.”

  • Michael R
    • Mark Ross

      You can keep posting as much as you want. We don’t mind at all.

      • ohbear1957

        I’d get my ass to his poll in a heartbeat.

        • JohnFS

          Whether to go to his poll or his pole. Hhhmmmmm decisions, decisions πŸ˜‰

        • ShawnSwagger

          Sarah Palin said yesterday on Fox that “polls are only good for strippers and cross-country skiers.” I’m not making that up.

          [Funny thing: when I first started typing that comment, I mis-typed and it somehow came out as “Satan Palin”]

      • karmanot

        Ah huh!

    • KCMC

      LICK!
      I mean like!

    • Robincho

      If I thought Brian’s ass were waiting for ME at the polls, I’d vote so fast that the speed of light would appear to be on thorazine…

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Your post is helping my post.

    • Jeffrey

      This is not a crowd that complains about seeing Brian Sims.

    • David

      Never stop posting this.

    • Todd20036

      Now, if you could just find a picture without his shirt on….

    • Keiffer

      My Philly suburb (Montogomery Co.) polling place was empty. I took a book just in case but I was in and out in about 3 minutes. I feel guilty when I look at those in 4 hour lines and shake my head saying WTF?

      Looked for Brian on my ballot but I had to resign myself to vote for a different D.

    • sisterfalconer

      are there any pix of him without his shirt? dear god?

  • John Sherwood Jr

    I voted early here in MD. Filled out my ballot which got rejected by the machine. Had to void it and fill out a new one.

  • Michael White

    I voted early 2 weeks ago, but my husband took his aunt yesterday and had to stand in line for her (she is elderly) for about 65 minutes. The officials said they have never seen so many early voters. This is South Bend, Indiana a sane island in an ocean of hater madness. Our mayor is gay and won reelection by 80%.

    • I used to Live in South Bend, (right off Mishawaka ave by IUSB). Cute mayor too. πŸ™‚
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Buttigieg

      • AnotherJosh

        He has my vote. πŸ˜€

      • Ray Taylor

        Maybe I’ll be around here long enough to vote for him as Governor.

    • Fritz Keppler

      Geaux Irish!

    • Cherry

      I live in IL and my local library had early voting. The three times I was there, the lines were long. But seemed to move steadily.

      I wonder if this election will have a record turnout?

  • bitwise

    My husband and I voted on the first day of early voting in Texas. There were so many people, we still only waited about 45 minutes thanks to the efficiency and professionalism of the election workers. A big thank you to everyone who works to ensure our election day goes smoothly!

  • Matt C

    This is the first presidential election in Colorado where everyone registered was mailed a ballot. I mailed my ballot back October 18th, and got confirmation a couple days later that my ballot was accepted. The entire process is very easy. The changed the law so folks can even register to vote until election day. Overall I will say the last couple weeks have been slightly challenging waiting for today to arrive. My hope is that tonight Hillary wins in a landslide and the media has been calling the election much closer than it is to generate interest. Ideally I would like this to be called early so I can go to sleep on time.

    • T-Batwoman

      Same here, CO voter, mail is the way to go! Gives you time to research all of the nominees and judges up for renewal.

  • BostonBud

    Boston: in line 15 minutes before voting place opened. Took 45 minutes in total. HUGE line down the block and around the corner.

  • Gustav2

    β€œVoting before Election Day has become so commonplace that it is reshaping how campaigns are waged, and how Americans see the race in its final, frantic days.”

    β€œThe spread of early balloting is forging new habits that are forcing campaigns to rethink how they allocate their resources. And it tends to favor those campaigns that are more technologically sophisticated and can identify, draw out and measure its support over a longer voting period.”

    • OdieDenCO

      I got 3 robo-calls yesterday all from republican candidates. Coloradan’s have been voting for 3 weeks now. Calling on election eve, to me, is a waste of time.

      • Rt1583

        You forget, these are the same people who will show up at your death bed trying to get you to receive Jebus as your lord and savior. They see the election of their leader as just a step below this as one of their “Christian” duties.

    • sherman

      I assume there used to be many more polling places open, because I can’t imagine how it was possible to vote in the past if everyone voted the same day. I don’t remember hearing much about early votes until the last few elections.

  • dcurlee

    I voted early. Walked right in and voted

  • Terance Greene

    I’m in Sacramento Cali over here y’all. My coworker and I dropped off our absintee ballots at City Hall last week. Then we treated ourself to Pho for lunch @ a family owned hole in the wall resturant on J st.

  • Oikos

    Crowded at 7:30 am. I live in a heavily republican district.

  • Stubenville

    Has Faux Snews called the election in favor of Trump, or are they waiting for the west coast polls to open first?

    • canoebum

      No, but they have started calling for the impeachment hearings.

  • kelven

    I been doing vote by mail for a while now. Usually, I take the finished ballot to the polling place on Election Day, but this year I did the early drop off on Halloween.

  • Dan

    I’m glad I voted absentee a month ago because now I can leave work tonight and go directly to the store to get the groceries I need for tacos.

    • Doing the same when I get out of class. Best friend (a rare commenter on here) and his partner are having me over for Taco Tuesday Election Results TV. I’m bringing the chips and dip. They know my cooking skills far to well!

      • And the best friend just texted to let me know: “I Varted!! That’s when you vote while crop dusting the whole room with farts!!”

        My life is just magical…

      • Steve Teeter

        I have to be in class too, till 9:00 Central. Don’t know how I’m going to concentrate.

    • HandyAndy

      I stocked up on my taco supplies on Sunday. Doing a whole fiesta tonight. Tacos, chimichangas, homemade refried beans, guacamole, salsa. Going to eat till we burst, then spend the night on the couch watching the returns. Hubby and I have a side-bet on the time the first network calls it for Hillary. Whoever is closest gets a happy ending.

  • T-Batwoman

    I voted two weeks ago by mail, the civilized way to vote πŸ˜‰ Seriously though it took me three hours to fill out the ballot, I had to research all of the 20+ judges up for renewal.

    • sherman

      I got a voter guide from the local Democratic office which allowed me to select the right judges.

  • Frostbite

    voted 3 weeks ago. took me all of 5 minutes. wish the ads went away after i was done.

    • Rt1583

      I fear he’s not going to go away any time soon even after he loses.

      • Frostbite

        oh that’s a given. there’s money to be made in whining about “rigged elections”

      • RoFaWh

        Possible fallout from an HRC victory:

        1. Drumpf plays the sour grapes card, claims he never really wanted to be Prez anyway, it would be a step down for such an important person.

        2. Drumpf has a very public, very obvious total breakdown and is carted off stage in a white jacket wriggling like a beetle turned onto its back.

        3. Drumpf continues to stir up political shit.

        3a. …and slowly shapes the Drumpfkins into a genuine fascist party. Or

        3b. …and thereby exploits his followers financially and ruins most of them.

        3c. …and transgresses laws against treason and/or sedition and spends the rest of his life behind bars.

  • Ninja0980

    Hubby and I just voted.
    We were in out and less then five minutes after voting blue up and down the ballot.
    Now all we can do is wait… and hope enough states will go for Hillary and the Democrats like NY will.

  • yeah it’s me

    Love that Oregon is 100% vote by mail. Our two Senators put forth a nationwide vote by mail bill – it’d be nice if that actually went somewhere.

    • sherman

      Saw someone on twitter a week ago mention his experience standing in line to vote there. The reply he got was that Oregon was vote by mail. Busted.

      • yeah it’s me

        WTH? Dumbasses…

    • mrfy

      I miss voting in person, but I do appreciate voting by mail, and being able to vote early. Dropped off our ballots about 10 days ago here in Washington state.

  • Mike in Texas

    I started out on the first day of Texas early voting after arriving home at 11:30 the previous night after a long flight from Italy. After waiting 45 minutes in line, a poll worker came out to give us some indication of wait time. She said it would be 2 more hours from where I was standing. Jet lag got the better of me, so I went home and then came back the following day. The line was even longer on the 2nd day, but it was moving along at a better pace. The whole thing took 75 minutes on the 2nd attempt. I believe the long wait on day 1 was mainly due to poll worker inexperience. They were a lot more efficient the 2nd day.

  • JDS

    The hubby and I early voted in downtown Boca Raton FL. There were no issues.

  • Dramphooey

    I’ll have to vote after work. I live in a small, rural township that usually has no line. This morning a line and an overflowing parking lot.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Make sure you get in line in time!
      Don’t let your chance to vote slip by.

      • Dramphooey

        I will and I won’t!

  • PrisonDoc

    It took me 45 minutes also. But interestingly – NO TRUMP SIGNS! Apparently he gave up Northern VA.

    • Randy503

      or they had no one to work the polls, more likely.

  • CB

    It took half an hour on 25th Street at 6:15. Fortunately, the polls are right next to my building. I found it surprisingly emotional to vote for Hillary and for the historic vote for a woman. Was interviewed by a London radio program outside. The host was surprised by my enthusiasm for Hillary. Now comes the waiting!

  • Robert Rhea

    I voted early on October 19th. I live in Tennessee, so that Vote probably won’t effect much. My hope is that at least if I bring the margins down, then some Republicans might think about becoming actual human beings.

    Wish I could have voted for Hills every day since the 19th

    • CharlestonDave

      Sometimes you have to get close before you can win. Thanks for voting!

  • Michael R

    artists conception of Pence concession speech

    https://s17.postimg.org/ux6p8jmrz/pence_spanked_cinderb_block.jpg

    • Silver Badger

      Too much class for Pence.

      • Joe in PA

        And smarter.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          And stronger.

    • Ray Taylor

      Where is my sledge hammer?

    • CharlestonDave

      Hollow concrete blocks are strong, solid, and lend themselves well to building something that will last, for a reasonable cost. You might even call them “authentic.”

      Not really what I think of when I think of Trump/Pence.

  • skyweaver

    Haven’t voted yet. Plan to mid-morning. Can NOT wait to vote for Hillary. Honestly I’m hardly even thinking about Trump. All of my civic and feminine pride is coming to the fore. I’m so excited I can hardly eat. GO HILLARY!!!! YOU GOT THIS GIRL!!!!!!!

  • Sean

    My ballot arrived in the mail on Oct 20 and got put in a ballot drop box a mile from home on Oct 20.

  • Tom Graham

    I voted by mail 3 weeks ago. I am flying from Munich to Texas today. Get home just in time to watch the HTC victory.

  • greenmanTN

    I early voted, my sister and I went together, at the National Guard Armory. She whispered to me “I think we might be the only Democrats here,” but I hope not.

    It took less than 10 minutes.

    • Reality.Bites

      Is it possible to get results down to the level of the polling station where you voted, just to see how close your perceptions were?

      • greenmanTN

        I tried to look up early voting results in TN but they’re having “technical difficulties” and aren’t available. But TN isn’t a swing state and will probably go to the Cheeto, appallling as that is.

      • ColdCountry

        You can get results by town here. You can’t everywhere? Or if a place has multiple polling places, do they just do the entire town/city?

      • CharlestonDave

        Results are available by precinct here. They’re usually published in the daily paper the next day.

  • HandyAndy

    Big turnout at my polling place here in the Lower FL Keys at 7:30, but they had things moving along very efficiently. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3cb4f3319955f614737def78a9d682a39912e8317f5f91db3147582b9e4c73bf.jpg

  • sherman

    Voted early weeks ago. Maybe 8 people in front of me, including a very chatty white woman who looked like the poor non-college Trump demographic. Was pleasantly surprised when a little of what she said made it clear she was a Hillary supporter.

  • Trevor Brown

    I voted on the first day of Early Voting in Austin Texas. I arrived promptly at 7AM and there was already a line out the door and around the corner of the grocery store that hosted the voting booths. It was a mixed crowd but I didn’t see many in line that were what you would call “basket of deplorables” types. It was mostly folks under 50, and I was pleased to see that women outnumbered men in line. Once I was in line it took about 30 minutes to get through the door and to check in.

    An enthusiastic poll worker, an older African-American gentleman, was kind enough to walk down the line of people waiting and ask if anyone’s address on their ID didn’t match the address on their voter registration card. Those people could still vote as long as their registration was still for Travis County apparently.

    Once inside the staff were friendly and helpful. They gave me my number and said “take any open booth, follow the instructions to vote for your candidates, and when you see the screen that says ‘Your ballot has been recorded’, you’re done and you can go.” It all went smoothly for me but that’s to be expected in a wealthy Texas county…

    • LackofFaithify

      Ahh, the soothing click of the spinning scrolling wheel and the giant NEXT button and best of all, the Big, Red, CAST BALLOT button. πŸ™‚

      • Trevor Brown

        They really tried to make these machines idiot-proof but we all know how that goes. I could see how if you got a particularly loose scroll wheel it could “Oops!” roll over one more click and land on “vote straight party Republican/Democrat” but even so you then have to acknowledge that as your choice before going on to the next screen. AND even then at the end it shows you everything you picked in summary (with another chance to change your mind) before you cast the ballot.

        • LackofFaithify

          My first move when I went into the cubby was to touch the screen before I remembered, right, scroll wheel. lol

  • Drayfield

    Long line but I was in and out in 10 minutes!

    • Rt1583

      Considering this is a serious and somber issue being discussed would it be wrong to spin that down the gutter?

      • Treant

        Feel free. I always do.

      • Silver Badger

        Yes, yes it is. I believe the correct response is “only 10 minutes?

      • ColdCountry

        It is never wrong here. That’s one of the things I love about this place.

  • greenmanTN

    Even though I voted early, i want some tacos! PickyPecker has a lot to answer for! πŸ˜‰

    • Silver Badger

      You may have taco’s. Do they have tacos in Tennessee? I thought your folks made do with “grits”. (Just exactly what is a “grit” anyway?)

      • Joe in PA

        Is “your folks” anything like “you people”. πŸ™‚ Bitch. LOL

        • Silver Badger

          Not at all. Folks are family. Those people are Republicans. And that’s “Old Bitch” thank you very much!

      • greenmanTN

        We do have tacos in Tennessee, and I make some really awesome spinach, goat cheese, and bacon grits, baked in the oven. πŸ˜‰

        • Silver Badger

          You still didn’t tell me what a grit was. Why was it named after a grain of sand?

          • greenmanTN

            Like I know? They come in a circular box from the grocery store and we eat them because we’re Southern and it’s like a law or something. It’s like iced sweet tea and pimento cheese- we just do it.

            πŸ˜‰

          • Silver Badger

            I totally understand. I was born in Nebraska.

          • greenmanTN

            Nebraska isn’t one one of those places where they eat scrapple is it?

            Scrapple, menudo… that just ain’t right. πŸ˜‰

          • Silver Badger

            Nebraska is corn and beef. Lots of each. Menudo is a Colorado thing. Ick. Fortunately we do Burritos too.

          • Ray Taylor

            Looks like no one is answering you. Grits is corn washed in lye to bleach them and puff them up. Then they are washed, dried and usually ground up bit. A whole lot of work.

          • RoFaWh

            That first step soaking in lye makes hominy,, hence “grits” is sometimes written “hominy grits”. Hominy is surprisingly important in aboriginal North American diets because the process converts some of the nutrients in corn into others that are missing, making hominy a much more nearly complete food than straight untreated corn.

            I think, but am not certain, that the masa harina tortillas are made from is itself made from hominy.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Pennsylvania is Scrapple country.

          • greenmanTN

            Yeah, the Pennsylvania Dutch, right?

            There are very few organs I will put in my mouth and scrapple isn’t one of them.

          • CharlestonDave

            I miss goetta, which is a bit like Scrapple. Fried slices, often with a touch of maple syrup. Used to have it growing up, but it seems to have been a local thing in KY/OH/PA. Haven’t had it for years. There are some country butchers in SC that sell liver puddin’ but I am not enamored of it. Of course, there’s always BBQ hash. πŸ™‚

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Don’t know about scrapple, but menudo is often served on Sunday mornings as a “hangover remedy”–it’s about as effective as all the others!

          • CharlestonDave

            Greenman, sometime when you have time to spare, treat yourself to stone-ground fresh grits (not the instant kind). Well worth the trouble. Keep ’em in the freezer to stay fresh.

          • stuckinthewoods

            The word comes from Old English “grytt” which means coarse meal. It’s ground corn, basically the same as polenta. Corn is native, and some words for corny things such as “corn pone” cornbread are Algonquian, the earliest English in VA recording their “appone” bread.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • DonnaLee

      That would be great. I had to explain to a millennial why it would be fabulous if Hillary picked Anita Hill for Supreme Court. I had to eventually send him looking at wiki to figure out the humor in it.

  • Jonathan Renteria-Elyea

    I arrived at 6:45 in Kalamazoo, MI, and the line was out the door. It stretched through the parking lot by 7 when the polls opened. Mine was the 21st ballot cast, and I saw a couple of progressive candidates waiting in line on my way out. “Hey, I just voted for you!” Spirits were high.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Joe in PA

      Nice touch with the ball cap and overalls. What’s up with the day-glo orange though?

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        Orange? Must be a Trump voter.

        • Joe in PA

          I think he was already identified by the color of his skin (oh and his age, his size, his ball cap, overalls). πŸ™‚ Not that I’m stereotyping or anything. /s

      • ColdCountry

        Hunting season. You see a LOT of orange around here in November.

    • skyweaver

      Yes, Tony. People showed up because you prayed. Not because a Walmart version of a Bond villain is running and people are showing up because of him

      • CharlestonDave

        “Walmart version of a Bond villain.”

        I like that.

        It’s right up there with Samantha Bee’s “orange STD” and “America’s burst appendix.”

        • RoFaWh

          Now that you draw attention to Skyweaver’s very astute phrase, I must comment that it overstates the Drumpf entity’s quality. I’d say he’s more a James Bond version bought at (or, shoplifted from) a low end dollar store.

          • CharlestonDave

            A few years back, I had a friend who told me that her family couldn’t afford a Walmart Christmas this year, so they were having a Big Lots Christmas. So I guess it’s like gay bars, there’s always one a little tackier that you can descend to.

    • Silver Badger

      Yep, all them Democrats were God’s answer to your prayer.

    • iamanotheru

      FU Tony !

    • Cuberly

      Does anyone believe it when they claim they do their pray shit?

    • ColdCountry

      It’s funny. They pray the right person will be elected, then disagree with the results. Like they know more than their god. I asked my Christian – Obama voting – sister why it never seemed to occur to them that god’s choice HAD won, and that they were wrong, and she just sighed and said, “good question.”

  • Watson Mulkey

    No wait at my polling place during primaries, but I arrived exactly at 7am and waited an hour to vote. The line seemed like folks from all walks and was generally cordial. Greenville, SC.

  • moebym

    On the second day of early voting (October 23rd), I joined the line at an early voting location (a small trailer in a parking lot of a large strip mall) at ~9:15 am. There were about 15 people queued up. Overall, the process took no more than 20 minutes or so.

    One vote for Hillary and Dems downballot in the battleground state of NV.

  • hdtex

    Early voted 2 weeks ago. Chicago suburbs, surrounded by Drumpf signs. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bd95bdad718095bad3e917bed69b92372f2fe897bad620e8bbc6a7af42210467.jpg

    • mad-dog

      Early voted 2 weeks ago in one of the reddest districts in IL- huge signs for all of the (R) candidates everywhere, but only one or two dinky ones for dRumpf. I suspect there will be a big difference between the top of the ticket and the downballot races.

  • RepublicansRNotConservative

    Joe, how long was the wait the first 4 times you voted for Hillary? (J/K, but the sentence structure is going to give the Alt Right nightmares).

  • tcinsf

    Said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a permanent “vote by mail” voter here in SF, and the system is awesome. The ballot arrives in the mail, you have time to go through the monster (24 local initiatives plus Dog knows how many State initiatives.) in the comfort of your home, and you can track your ballot by mail and verify its received. Picking the HUMANS tp vote for was easy … but with the initiatives it was nice to have the pamphlet and internet access to analyze each one.
    And you KNOW with that many initiatives, there will be people at the polls reading the ballot for the first time… so it could get gruesome.

    • Jmdintpa

      thats why i live vote by mail. I can sit down and study the ballot and the amendments and all these judges they always have on there.

  • Stubenville

    So I’ll be heading over to my assigned polling place in about an hour, after the pre-work crowd has thinned out. We couldn’t ask for a nicer day here in Pennsylvania; high 60’s and sunny.Did I mention that the transit strike was settled over the weekend and traffic should be back to normal today in Philadelphia?

    • skyweaver

      I saw that! I was so happy!

  • Dwight Williamson

    We voted in Orlando suburbs early, October 26 . My mother is 84 and hopes to see a woman president in her lifetime. Why not today! Ten minutes in and out.

    • Reality.Bites

      Hint: if you want a good Christmas present tell her that now you hope there isn’t a woman president for at least 50 years.

  • Circle Thomas

    The line at the polling place closest to the White House is longer than I’ve ever seen it–two blocks. Everyone is really chill about it.

  • Chucker999

    Early voted for HRC in Florida last week with no wait. Drove by early voting Saturday to see 75-100 folks in line at 2:00 pm! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1bbe4ba6c7336ba79dc01dafd5c37d2a900313f2af2c8e12ae50b1bb690283b.jpg

    • Jmdintpa

      the library down from me has had crowds all week. I voted by mail weeks ago.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      He doesn’t sound very confident about the Cheetos’ chances it seems.

    • Gustav2

      So he knows he has lost.

    • Cuberly

      All that money and he can’t afford a chin.

      • Reality.Bites

        He has a chin. It’s just very small. The Trump genes strike different people in different places. If it’s not the chin it’s the fingers. If it’s neither the chin nor the fingers, well.

    • RoFaWh

      Makes you want to walk up to him, slap him hard, and tell him to stop being so f’ing delusional!

      Funny how the Drumpf clan thinks that saying something false over and over makes it true.

  • Silver Badger

    I voted for Hillary a couple of weeks ago. By mail and tracked my vote via the internet. Good stuff. Today my folks will cast their ballots for Hillary too. It will take them awhile being dead and all, but I KNOW I can count on their votes.

  • AdamTh

    “It took me about 45 minutes to vote for Hillary for the fifth time this morning.”

    Hmm….. You might want to clarify that – before Drump claims you voted 5 times TODAY!

    • Silver Badger

      Whats to clarify?

      • AdamTh

        “fifth time”… I’m assuming that includes her senate races and primaries. But I doubt Drump supporters will realize that.

        • Silver Badger

          Silly me. That’s not the way I understood it at all.

          • RoFaWh

            That’s because you are, at the very least, not a Drumpfling. Your soul may be black with sin, but at least not that!

          • Silver Badger

            Well Bless your heart!

        • Tiger Quinn

          Should we care what they think?

          • ggg

            Well Trumpians do cause a lot of trouble with all their misunderstandings . . . we could easily have Trump using blog comments as “proof” that people were voting 5 times each and screaming it out everywhere with wall to wall media coverage.

  • Warren

    Moved to FL a few months ago and had the best voting experience ever, I voted by mail a month ago! You can track and get acknowledgement that your ballot was received. This was way better than the lines I always waited on in NYC.

  • olandp

    One time, many years ago, my polling place was in a black church. The ladies working the polls always remember me. An African American woman was asking the workers how she should vote, but the told her they couldn’t help her. Then one said, “Why don’t you ask this man, he always votes.” Fortunately I had taken the sample ballot that was sent out by our Congressperson, Corinne Brown. I told her that I wouldn’t tell her who to vote for, but I had my flier and she was welcome to use it. I stood next to her, but did not look at her ballot. I early voted once, but feel more connected voting on election day.

  • Nychta

    I voted by mail weeks ago. Easy. But I kinda missed waiting in line with fellow voters at the polling place. Favorite voting memories are from my time in Wisconsin, standing in line among other citizens, outside in the chilly morning.

  • Fritz Keppler

    I have to be at work at 6 am, so couldn’t vote this morning. But. I get off work at 3, and will head straight to a nearby Taco Bell (no reliable taco trucks around yet, maybe in 2020), then to vote. In 2012 it took about a half hour.

    • Fritz Keppler

      (Arlington VA)

      • stuckinthewoods

        Wish VA had early voting, it would make it easier. We need a national standard.

        • Fritz Keppler

          Amen!

  • AnotherJosh

    I voted early in Indiana. When I arrived, there were around five people in line in front of me, but we ended up waiting around twenty minutes because the receipt printers that went with the iPads weren’t on speaking terms, and the patient but technically challenged senior citizen poll workers were on the phone with someone from the state to try to get them reconnected. Once that was fixed, voting continued at pace and I was on my way home about half an hour after I arrived.

  • Jmdintpa

    I voted by mail on Oct. 8. I like doing that because then I can read about the amendments, all these judges etc and feel I can make a better decision. Good Luck everybody. here we go !!

  • medaka

    I voted a month ago by mail. I haven’t lived in the US for 27 years, and am still registered in SF. I don’t think it’s possible but I would love to change my registration back to PA.

  • KCMC
  • Tom Scharbach

    About a half hour to vote at poll opening. If this is an indication of how the day is going to go in our polling place, I expect we’ll see long lines between 4pm and 8pm, when the polls close.

    • Stubenville

      Folks – please check the time your local polls close and if they stay open for people already in line; not every state is open until eight. Vote earlier in the day if you can.

  • Tallulah

    I voted online about three weeks ago. The good folks at the Colorado Sec of State’s office talked me through the process; which pdf forms to download and how to send them back. They sent me a confirmation that my votes had been received and counted. Yay!

  • GayOldLady

    In the words of President Obama, We’re fired up, Ready to go!

    Go Hillary – – – 2016

    https://media.tenor.co/images/1107dbee8c3c14478ee209740f1774c4/tenor.gif

    • Joe in PA

      Damn, I love that shimmy. πŸ™‚

      • GayOldLady

        Me too!

    • RoFaWh

      She’s going to be a great President. I can hardly wait for the first time the GOP tries obstructionism and she makes it clear to them just why that’s a really bad idea.

  • Jeff Beauchaine

    Poll opened at 6AM and I got there about 6:15. the place was already mobbed and the line well the door but it moved quickly and I was on my way in 15 mins.

    Despite a huge number of trump supporters in my area (Manchester, NH), only the Democrat sign holders we’re at my ward when I was there.

    • Ninja0980

      How do you think the state will go?

      • Jeff Beauchaine

        It’s hard to say: we’re usually a smart people who see through the B.S. but Drumpf and really stirred up the muck that usually settles at the bottom. Just now I almost lost my job from wanting to go off an 3 customers (two wearing “bengazhi (sp?) matters” shirts) going on about how Obama and Clinton are letting in illegals and it’s the christians that are being attacked by isis and they’re the ones we need to be saving, not the Muslim. It took a lot of strength not to go off on them!!!

  • Joe in PA

    Dammit, I can’t take it…I was going to vote mid-day, I off right now!

  • lymis

    We early voted the second week of early voting here. The village hall is about five minutes away. When we got there, it was busy, but there was no line. Our area has digital voting machines that print out a paper backup copy. Everyone was friendly and professional. In and out in next to no time.

  • TomF.

    I got to the polls early and was only 4th in line. But the poll workers had a bit of trouble setting things up, so we were not admitted until 5 minutes after polling time. No big deal. I signed in, went to my precinct table, got my ballot, filled it out, and scanned it. The scan was accepted and I was good to go. Not a big deal. But man, there were dozens of folks in line as i left, about 6:50am. I am waiting with bated breath for the results tonight. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, folks!

  • SoCalGal20

    Thank you, Joe, for creating this thread. I love reading everybody’s stories.

    In my case, being in CA, I choose to have my ballot mailed. This time around, unfortunately, I sat down this past weekend to fill out my ballot and promptly spoiled it on the second item. So now I have to go vote in person. Luckily, the polling place isn’t too far. I’ll head over around 9am.

    • kareemachan

      Our ballots (WA) tell us what to do if you make a mistake, very clearly and concisely.

      But… I’d probably make sure my ballot had no chance of being rejected, too. Last time I voted in person (OR), I took my list of choices in with me so I wouldn’t have any brain freezes at the wrong moment.

  • By mail. Three weeks ago. What lines?

  • Randy Ellicott

    Me and the husband voted in our philly suburb! 40 min wait a lot of first time voters!!!

  • Richard

    Philadelphia. Locust Street Jefferson Hospital. No lines outside but inside a huge line snaking every which way. I chose to return later

    • iamanotheru

      remember it’s the law , as long as your in line at 8pm they still have to let you vote. I would get there much before that though.

  • Talisman

    I voted early on 10/28. I live in rural-ish GA.

    There was 1 person in line in front of me, and 5 people actually voting. Took me less than 15 minutes. We have touch-screen voting machines with no paper back-ups.

    The worst part of the whole thing was that, for almost all the races, there were only Republicans. I opted to abstain for those races. It’s shameful that the Democrats seem not to be trying.

    When I was leaving, there were 4-5 more people walking up to the entrance. The poll workers said that they had not been overwhelmed, but were seeing a steady influx of voters.

    • Herald

      IN this corner of SC there were several uncontested races too. I agree — shameful!

    • stuckinthewoods

      Uncontested races happen here too. I also abstain from voting for the R in order to maintain my perfect record.

  • Herald

    Just got back from voting. Before I just walked in, this time the line was about 45 minutes + long. Everything was very calm and orderly. Interesting fact in SC there are 7 choices for President. I was also pleased to see the Democrats at the top of each category, in red SC.

  • sam

    Here at our voting place in Bridgeport CT at 8 AM, Husband and I voted at around 8AM no lines……..BUT when I put my ballot into the scanner it would not take it.
    So I started screaming ***VOTER FREUD*** and about 3 people came over to the voting scanner to see what was going on.. The machine was jammed. Otherwise everyone was extremely cheerful and in great moods.
    We did hear that one voting place within the area, line were already forming.

  • Tiger Quinn

    About to get the husband up and head over to “The Center for Spiritual Living.” You can hear the crowd from my house two blocks away. No idea what it will be like – this city can be really weird about certain issues, even with its huge gay population and tourism. No idea what the voters will be like.

  • Marides48

    With such a long ballot (Many Caliifornia propositions) completing my absentee ballot took long enough last week. I walked it to the PO a week ago. I hate waiting in lines.

  • xersnoyl

    We voted on the second day of early voting at our awesome public library/city hall. Had to wait about 10 minutes but by the time we left the line was out the doors and into the parking lot. The poll workers were vigilant with the long tape measure and made a couple of Trump supporters move back behind the 100 ft. limit

  • FloBear

    Delightful experience in Fort Lauderdale. No line, no wait,ample staffing. We vote at an assisted living facility, so my husband and I did have to wait briefly after receiving our ballots because two motorized scooters had collided in the center of the room, but it was quickly sorted out with no injuries to eldsters or their rides.

    • Marides48

      I’ll have to check that place out for future living arrangements. I love bumper cars!

      • FloBear

        We realized today that the place was gay gay gay. Signs for a monthly theme party based on a Broadway musical (Chicago this month). The weekly movie schedule was an old queens dream. (I’m an old queen, so leave it). A disco ball in the party room! Hey, I don’t rule it out.

        • clay

          The Philly returns-watch party is at the LGBT (really, it’s official) retirement community on the SW corner of the gayborhood.

  • edrex

    hubby’s taking his 94 yo dad (a wonderful father in law, btw) to vote for hillary. i hope one day to be as cool as he is.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    In Upstate New York the line was about 20 people long at 6 am. Hubby went and voted for the 1st time!!! I did absentee ballot weeks ago, I thought I would be out of town.

    • William

      First time voter snatcher!

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        You know it.

    • Reality.Bites

      Question, honey – in New York State, if you absentee ballot in advance, but are a convicted felon by election day, does your vote still count? Stan did some time, right? Please ask him. Tell him Melania needs to know right away.

  • good shot green

    Here in Philly, got to the polling place fifteen minutes early, already fifty people in line. Was in line a half hour, no biggity, one particularly unattractive guy with a MAGA cap, everyone who votes Trump should wear one, let everyone know who you think is the best candidate for leader of the free world, show us your level of intelligence.

    Passed two polling places on the bus (thanks SEPTA!) going up South Broad, both loooooong lines.

    • moebym

      He has to take that hat off, doesn’t he?

      • good shot green

        He didn’t. No one told him to.

      • Reality.Bites

        I think a slogan that doesn’t name a candidate is ok, otherwise you’re policing common words. Like “I’m With Her” is a recognized Clinton slogan. If someone wears one of those “I’m with Stupid” t-shirts that have been around for decades is that sloganeering on her behalf? Against her?

        That said, I know absolutely nothing about election law, particularly in the US where there’s so many jurisdictions involved, and I’m basically pulling this out of my ass.

  • Daveinmpls1

    My husband and I voted three weeks ago. We walked 3/4 mile on a beautiful fall day to our polling place, voted, then walked back home. Total time elapsed was 50 minutes. Early voting allows for a stress free experience on our own terms.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Waltzed in to early voting weeks ago. It was covered with signs saying “Trump HQ,” but the nice lady assured me that, no, it was really an early voting location. All I had to do was write “Hillary” on a piece of scratch paper, and then she fed it into a machine that made kind of a grinding noise. Which was weird, but it couldn’t have been easier!

    • ColdCountry

      Don’t even joke about that….

  • Lesley

    Voted early. It was a breeze

  • Tim

    When my Mom was born, women weren’t allowed to vote. She was very emotional when she cast her ballot for the first woman to be elected POTUS. #MomsWithHer #ImWithMom

  • Russell Hooks

    I got to the polls at 6am and we had a crowd already in Newark.Everyone was excited to vote. I had never seen a crowd like that since I moved there. However, the process went smoothly and now I can breathe a little until the results come in tonight. #ImWithHer

  • EFC_Resident

    suburban VA– no lines but spouse voted earlier and the line was long

  • bdsmjack

    I’ve never voted early. I like the excitement of voting on Election Day. The line has never been more than 15-20, but after reading comments here, I wonder what I will be in for when I get to the poll around 5pm.

  • zeroagent

    I voted by mail last week. Easy. Took my time reading everything. Researched all the candidates running (besides the ones for president…there are ones running to keep their jobs as judges, ammendments, etc)

    It’s less of a headache.

  • Orion Dumptee

    I’m following the (late) Al Capones lead–“Vote early,and vote OFTEN”

  • My husband and I were first in our precinct in Metairie, Louisiana to vote this morning. Very orderly, no random, self-appointed “poll watchers”, no politicking anywhere near the polling place. Sometimes, it’s good to live in the suburbs.

    • madknits

      I was second and my BF was third in our precinct in the Marigny! And there was a goodly crowd there, waiting in the warm drizzle.

  • Bj Lincoln

    We just spent the last 4 days moving. I hurt all over and am not jumping up to do anything yet. I have 2 car loads to take to the polls. All Hillary votes!

  • Ernest Endevor

    Beautiful, radiant fall morning in the Catskills. A lot of people at the firehouse to vote, Cakes and pies and soup provided. Everyone in good spirits. I was in and out in 10 minutes. I often vote for Working Families where their candidates overlap with Democrats but this time I voted the straight Democratic Party line. On to 2020! Woo hoo!

  • Christopher

    There was a line of about a dozen at my tiny polling place in Philly at 7:15 this morning, partly because there are only two machines there, and partly because one of the volunteers sorting slips was ancient and pretty much blind, and slow as molasses. They were scrambling to get a replacement so they could get things moving along, by the time we left. I think I saw one other white male voter there besides my husband and I, which bodes well for our POC turnout!

  • houstonray

    Great thread Joe!!! It’s so fascinating reading about voting experiences in other states and from other people. Hubby and I early voted here in Texas about two weeks ago, there was a line but it was all Hispanic, African-American, young people, older people, I didn’t see much of what I would consider a trump demographic.

    I would love a shock tonight for Texas to turn blue but hey, I’ll take purple if we can get it!

    • CharlestonDave

      Sometimes getting closer is the first step to winning.

  • kareemachan

    Mine was rather boring – we vote by mail here in WA.

    But my kid voted in Chicago and had a 15-month old with his mom to keep them entertained. And fighting squirrels. Oak Park seems to have lots of fighting squirrels around.

  • Mike_Bernard

    We voted on the first available day of early voting in Maryland, on October 27. The line around 5:30 p.m. was almost outside the building and we were in and out in 15 minutes. It was a festive atmosphere. Because there were only six open locations in Baltimore city, the election staff had to sort through dozens of ballots. They did so efficiently and quickly and gave us our correct ballot in seconds.

    Once we marked and scanned our ballots, my husband and I did a most American thing: went to a local Chinese buffet for dinner.

  • Phil Touchette

    Voted at a church basement in an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis. Long line at 6:20am. From getting in line to walking out the door: 45 minutes. This was probably the longest line I’ve seen (even longer than 2008) at this polling place, and I always go at 6am on Election Day. Glad to see a healthy turnout.

    I voted for Hillary but it is pretty much for naught. For some reference: St. Louis City (its own county), St. Louis County, Jackson County (KC) and Boone County (Columbia/Univ of MO) are blue dots in a very stubbornly red state. With the exception of Claire McCaskill and Jay Nixon (both moderate Dems), the rest of the state really loves a Republican. I’m afraid we will also be stuck with Blunt in the Senate once more.

  • Acronym Jim

    I spent about an hour looking over ballot measures in my phone-book size Oregon voter’s pamphlet, reading the text of the measures and the “fors” and “against” arguments. After doing that for each measure, I marked my choice. The candidates were easy – straight blue all the way down the ticket.

    I then folded up my ballot, slipped it into its “secrecy sleeve,” placed that in the return envelope, signed it, and walked to my neighborhood post office since it was a crisp and clear day (a rarity for Portland this time of year) and dropped it in the letters slot.

    That was all pre-Comey “email letter” and I didn’t once regret any decision I made.

    I love voting by mail, and not having to spend that hour (and more waiting in line) in a polling place the way I did at my own dining room table. For my compatriots that don’t have that option, you have my respect and admiration.

  • DJ John Bear

    Casted my vote for Hillary at 6:20am and voted democratic all the way down the line. My polling place had very few people but we never see long lines (I’m in a town of about 2,000, so pretty small). No issues here.

    Tacos for lunch.

    #tacotuesday

  • Schnackenpfefferhausen

    MontCo PA, no lines, polling staff was friendly and helpful.

    “May the best woman win!”

  • Lesley

    I’m having a panic attack. Why is Michigan barely blue?

    • sfbob

      I suspect it’s because of poor polling methodology.

      • Lesley

        I hope so. It’s too early to get drunk

  • HomerTh

    I walked to my mailbox several weeks ago. Later I checked online and saw that my ballot had been received by Pima County. Very convenient.

  • madknits

    Because I am a first time voter in Louisiana, I had to vote in person. The polling station is a block from my house, so we wandered over at 5:50 AM (opens at 6:00 AM). While we were about 15th in line (and there was this big bearded bear with a Provincetown, Mass tank top on, lovely eye candy!), there are four or five precincts voting at our station, and I was the second in my precinct to vote, the BF was third. I’ve never voted on a machine before, so it took a second to figure it out. We only have three minutes in LA to vote, so you kind of need to know what you’re doing. No hassles, no intimidation, just smooth sailing all the way.

    • kareemachan

      Three minutes? THREE FUCKING MINUTES?

      That sounds wrong.

      • 3 minutes if there’s people waiting. if not, well, then you can take your time.

        • madknits

          There wasn’t a huge line, but it was one of the first things a poll worker announced as we were getting our names checked off.

          • Reality.Bites

            I hope at least there’s an orchestra to play you off when your time is up.

          • ColdCountry

            I’d have had a brain freeze, for sure. I can take that long with only a few things and people to vote for! Hope you had your cheat sheet.

      • madknits

        I know. Especially when you consider we have 24 people running for the Senate alone. And a bunch of initiatives to vote on. You really need to know how you are going to vote before you go in. I’ve never encountered this before. When I lived in MA it didn’t matter how long it took to fill your ballot.

    • where are you, MadKnits?

      • madknits

        I live in the Marigny, about 2 blocks from Bywater, in the Crescent City! You?

        • Metairie. Go Team Blue! lol

          • madknits

            I live in a very blue dot in a very deep red sea.

          • hah, as do i.

    • sfbob

      There were over 40 initiatives on our ballot in San Francisco this year. Plus all sort of other elected positions–school board, community college board, a judgeship. It takes more than three minutes just to read our ballots! Good thing we don’t have a time limit.

  • royinhell

    Just back from Midtown West in Manhattan- lots of people but only took a half hour total. Many more poll workers than before helping those on line who didn’t know their districts, which speeded things up.

  • Dwight Williamson

    Since Hill can’t be president for more than 8 years ,I’ll settle for that . My little mother has a Ph.d in Psychology and can fire a snub nose .38 . Renaissance woman. So if you are for us thanks, against us
    Kiss my a**.

  • Piernudo15

    OT: i think the Russian hacking has begun! All of a sudden i cant get MSNBC on my TV, but Fox News is coming in clear as day :-0

  • ryan charisma

    NYC / Midtown East – enormously long lines, took an hour.

  • Adam Schmidt

    20 minutes for me, 30 minutes for the husband. But in both our cases, this is the longest line we’ve ever seen for an election in East Cobb County, GA.

    • William

      I lost my presidential election virginity in East Cobb.

  • marachne

    Voted last week, here in Reno. Unlike the last two times when I voted at the student union at UNR,we went to the market. I was on line about 20 minutes while the widea hot here flu shot in the pharmacy. Her wait was about 10 minutes. Mixed crowd, yang can’t tell around here who I should what (been shocked to find out about some of my faculty colleagues are Rs. Miss Oregon voter guides, but happy to have on 5 measures to vote on (including a gun control measure! )

  • Steve Teeter

    I voted early at New Orleans City Hall about ten days ago. Very easy. There were maybe five people in line when I got there, and it went swiftly. The lady at the desk in the Registrar’s Office took my ID, looked me up on the computer, found me, had me sign something, and sent me back out into the hall where the actual voting machines were. And, boom, that was it. I spent far more time just getting to City Hall than I did voting. But then, it was just a few days before Halloween and the streetcar was packed with people going to the Quarter. Men with beards dressed like nuns, that sort of thing. And yes, this was several days before Halloween, but that’s New Orleans for you.

    • I voted at a middle school on Cleary in Metairie. long lines, but i was in the wrong precinct lin (i know, i know…), got to the right line, 3 people ahead of me. schweet!

  • JoyZeeBoy

    I migrate from NJ into NYC every day for work so, alas, I have to wait until 6:00 this evening in order to cast my 5 votes for HRC. I can’t *wait* to consign that bitch Trump to the dustpile of history.

  • Delmer

    My voting location changed this year. The past four years I’ve lived in what is considered a rural area (we had sheep and chickens and could shoot guns in our backyard if we wanted). I voted at the local fire station and would typically be in and out in about 10 minutes.
    I’ve moved a mile closer to town — no farm animals allowed … no gun shooting — and vote at one of the city schools. It took about 40 minutes. Based on the comments of those around me the crowd at 7:15 a.m. was greater than they were used to.
    Despite all of the talk about gun shooting and farm animals, I’m just a mile or two outside the city limits of Columbus, Ohio.
    My wife cut a trip short and flew home so she could vote today, she feels so strongly about keeping Donald out of the White House.

    • Reality.Bites

      Does Columbus have pretty wide city limits? A lot of cities are pretty much all urban, with suburban areas being separate entities. Others are the core AND those suburbs, going out to some pretty non-urban areas where the chickens and sheep aren’t too surprising.

      • fuow

        We have county pockets in the middle of town, still. Leads to interesting conflicts of interest at times. Voting is way up, unfortunately. Democrats are such a small group, there are times when my vote actually DOES matter.
        Not this election, sigh. It’ll be pure Trump around here.

  • William

    We voted at the country courthouse on the first day of early voting. The line took about 45 minutes. I prefer to vote early, our precinct polling place is at a fundamentalist church. That place gives me the creeps, it feels like you’re being watched.

    • Brian in Valdosta

      (sigh) Yes, I sympathize. I have just finished my coffee and am about to head over to the Fundawhatsist Baptiloonie Choorch of the Macadamia Jubiliation, or whatever, to cast my votes, and I absolutely hate walking in there.

      Voting should clearly only be held at public places. There are plenty of auditoriums, libraries, and other spacious public places to accommodate the needed machinery.

      • William

        I hope you don’t go nuts! Out here in the boonies, there aren’t any public spaces other than churches. We used to live six miles down the road, on the other side of the river. The polling place there is an old Black church. That building has a much friendlier vibe.

        • CharlestonDave

          Playing PokΓ©mon GO, where many of the PokΓ©stops (places where the player can get provisions) are small churches, historical markers, and fire stations, has made me realize just how the heck many churches there are here. They’re like Palmetto bugs. If these places paid nominal property taxes we could afford a 2X better educational system.

  • Reality.Bites

    OT: Last night’s Odd Couple was a tribute to Garry Marshall, who played Oscar’s father in an episode last year as well as contributing to the writing. (He of course was the show runner of the Randall/Klugman series).

    Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Cindy Williams, Pam Dawber, Anson Williams, Don Most cameoed and Penny Marshall guest starred.

    No Chachi.

    They ended with photos of a shockingly young Marshall with Klugman and Randall, followed by one with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.

  • PianoGuy

    I voted last Thursday down at the county government building. Got in line at 10:50 am and walked out 45 minutes later. There was a fairly long line when I left, but most people were in a good mood. Indiana has a newer law that says if you vote straight party ticket, you will NOT be voting for those offices in which you need to vote for more than one person (county council, school board, etc.) Another rule set up by our Republican government to give Republicans an advantage, I guess.

  • Jhop82

    Voted at the Chelsea School on 9th. I got there at 5:45 and was home with my bacon, egg and cheese and a coffee 45 min. later. When I passed on the way to work two hours later, the line wrapped around the block to 10th Ave.

  • Mekelei

    Things are looking good. Here are the results from Guam.
    Since they are on the other side of the international date line, voting has taken place and it’s a Hillary landslide, 3 to 1. Guam voters have accurately predicted the presidential winner for decades. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b32b6cd80c7dd75ef8feab6aeee051980aadc59fa02245471c311752b92345b.png

  • Joe in PA

    Done! No one in line in when I got there at 9:15, but 5 or 6 in line when I left. No poll “watchers”, just a couple of old dudes outside talking about his ’66 Chevelle and how you shouldn’t use ethanol gas. So there’s that.

    But on a sad note, our REPUBLICAN PA rep runs un-opposed every year, when you click ‘straight party’ vote, there is no name in that category. Sad!

    • William

      We need to get rid of ethanol in gasoline. It screws up lawnmowers and other gas powered yard implements. And we shouldn’t be giving corn subsidies to corporate agriculture.

      • Joe in PA

        Totally agree! Have you seen the documentary Corn is King? Sad!

        (after today, I promise to never use “Sad!” again.) πŸ™‚

        • CharlestonDave

          We need to have a thread with Words to Retire.

          I nominate “bigly” and “Sad!” but surely there are more.

          • IamM

            Jina is yuge and very very crooked. It’s rigged in certain places you know what I mean, believe me.

          • RoFaWh

            All the best people agree!

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “Pussy-grabbing” should also go back to where it came from.

            Build a wall!!!

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “Comey”

      • Joe in PA

        Not being very mechanically inclined…I’ve spent $$ getting at least three engines (well technically carburetors) repaired before I caught on. πŸ™ But luckily, we have a ethanol-free gas station just a 1/2 mile away.

      • stuckinthewoods

        For those who don’t know where to get ethanol-free gas (and it is better in small engines such as mowers etc.), you can search pure-gas.org for stations in US and Canada. That and running small engines until they’re out has helped mine.

        • William

          Thanks for the website. The little airport east of here is the only place I know of that sells ethanol free gas. Buying “pure” gasoline by the quart at big box stores is expensive and crazy.

          • stuckinthewoods

            Yes, and those pre-mixed fuel/oil for small engines they’re selling now are convenient but expensive too. I asked and was told they’re essentially 93 octane ethanol-free plus the extra oil small engines need. Those do come in convenient metal cans so I mix my own and refill them.

  • Steven

    My polling place was RIGGED! The elementary school kids were having a cruel and unusual BAKE SALE! I wanted to vote not gain 15 pounds! πŸ˜‰

    • Lesley

      Those little opportunists πŸ™‚

    • Randy Ellicott

      I know mine as well!! And you could tell the parents who ohoned in the baking too… (grocery store sticker torn off half way!!)

    • RoFaWh

      Self-control, self-control, wherefore are thou, self-control?

      Go to that bake sale, buy your heart out, then cart everything you bought to the nearest homeless shelter.

      That way you can feel pious about buying but not eating.

  • sfbob

    Not terribly exciting I’m afraid. Like most Californians these days I voted by mail about 3 1/2 weeks ago. The polls, by which I mean my dining room table, were a bit cluttered but I seemed to be the only one actually voting there at the time.
    Just remembered (finally) to check the status of my ballot on-line: it was counted 10/27.

  • BlueberriesForMe

    No lines, no problems here in Metro Boston. They are expecting more voters than usual as the staff has divided the street directory in half and then have 2 lines forming.

    I put the ballot in the machine and it came back out saying “invalid – see Ballot Commissioner”. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggggggggggggggggggeeeeedddd. !!!!!!
    Then tried again and it went through fine.

  • PhilBob13
    • iamanotheru

      Love her !

  • Chris Harami

    voted last week by mail here in Palm Springs, Ca

  • Jeffrey

    I early voted a little over two weeks ago here in Las Vegas. There had been long lines, but I went on a Monday at 10AM and only waited a few minutes. Husband and I had prepared our sample ballots so actual voting took five minutes. It was a breeze. Im so glad to see this day finally arrive and I cant wait for it to be over.

  • Ex-Pat

    I’m an American ex-Pat living in Europe.
    ex-pats get their ballots from the city in which they last lived. I called the city clerk to request a ballot and she told me I had to re-register since I had been purged. I questioned WHY I was purged, she said, bad address, but my address (overseas) had not changed since the 2012 vote when I voted for Obama, but the computer showed my old US address from over a decade ago. I questioned why she never updated my address in 2012, and I said calmly that she was disenfranchising my vote, that I should not have been purged. She acknowledged that I had voted in the 2012 election it was in the computer, it even has me coded as an overseas voter, but they never updated my overseas address, she got snotty and told me I had to re-register to vote and she would e-mail me the forms, after I gave her my e-mail address she hung up on me!

    I got the e-mail with the Federal Post card to Resister to vote and it grated on me, I should NOT have to re-register, if I voted within the last 48 months I should still be registered, they should not have purged me. You only get purged if you do not vote within 48 months and it was not yet 48 months.

    I called the State Election Commission, I got a canned response that if you don’t vote within 48 months you get purged and they sent me the same forms. I responded back that I HAD voted less than 48 months ago, and they never answered my e-mail. Every day that went by it got closer and closer to the election but still I could not make myself re-register when I knew they had wrongly purged me. I just wasn’t going to do it. Why should I have to make that extra step of registering and then secondly requesting a ballot? It got dangerously close to the length of time it would take me to mail in the Registration and Ballot Request, the mail time for that to be received, the mail time for her to mail me my ballot and me to receive it, then the mail time for me to fill in the ballot and mail it back for her to receive it. The more I resisted the closer it got that I would not make it in time.

    Then something fortuitous happened, I was on Facebook and someone had posted a video of Loretta Lynch, the US Attorney General saying everyone has the right to vote and if you have any problems to contact the Justice Department. I picked up the phone and I called the United States Justice Department in Washington DC. I had to tell my story to two different people and the second one said that they were accepting it and would pass it on.

    The very next day a MIRACLE happened, I got an e-mail from the City Clerk (who remember she had hung up on me last time) saying that laying in bed last night she had an overnight revelation, and yes actually I should NOT have to re-register to vote, in fact she would accept my phone call and e-mail as a request for a ballot, and she attached to the e-mail the ballot and sworn affidavit form that I have to sign and have witnessed that accompanies my ballot. I called the Justice Department on a Tuesday and on Wednesday the City Clerk nice as can be after a miraculous night time revelation, decides that she will just e-mail me the ballot and everything is fine. I checked with her yesterday via e-mail to inquire if my ballot arrived and she said it did, she remembers seeing it (I bet she did /snark).

    If I would not have seen that video from Loretta Lynch saying to call the US Justice Dept if you have any problems voting, I probably would not have made it in time to vote, what with all the back and forth mailings. After the election I intend to pursue the matter and find out if they have finally recorded my overseas address, if it is not in the computer correctly I intend to go back to the Justice Department. Yes it is one more vote for Hillary and the city that handles my ballot is highly Republican.

    • MaryOGrady

      Thank you for going through all of that and for telling us about it.

    • KarenAtFOH

      BOOM.

    • NowAnAgnostic

      What State and City?

  • SoCalGal20

    A cute tweet from Tim Kaine this morning about his voting experience. πŸ™‚

    https://twitter.com/timkaine/status/795978916045451265

    • DonnaLee

      So cute, and so much nicer than what happened to DT today!

  • Hryflex

    I was at my polling place at 7am. It serves two voting districts. I know my district number, but the man in front of me didn’t know his. He was well-dressed with a haircut that cost more than my car, and he was in high dudgeon because he had gone to two other former polling places for our district, which I might be able to understand, but this church has been our polling place for three years, and it’s REALLY easy to find your polling place in New York State online. He filled out his ballot very quickly, but the machine would not accept it. By the time a poll worker came over, there were 6 people behind me. The poll worker told him that he would have to fill out a different ballot and write in candidates in the correct space. He looked at us and said, “All right, but I’d like to reserve my place in line. I have an important job to go to.” The woman behind me, who was there with her son, muttered, “As if…” The poll worker gently led him away.

    I was the 60th voter there today.

    • William

      I hope he went into the disintegration chamber without too much struggle.

      • JohnFS

        A Start Trek TOS reference perchance? A Taste Of Armageddon from series 1?

        I believe I still owe you a watch list for UK TV programs William as the blog post we were talking on closed down. I’ll post something for you when the election stuff dies down as I don’t want to disrupt the blog today. I’ve got fingers and stuff crossed for Hillary. Best wishes to all from the UK.

        • William

          That’s it. A perfect metaphor for Sheeple.

          Any programs (programmes) you might suggest would be very welcome. We are down to the last episode of Benidorm, until the next series. That will probably be tonight’s viewing, while we wait for the returns. Either that or Black Mirror.

        • Kevin-in-Honolulu

          Ya know, I was JUST talking about that episode with a friend – I couldn’t remember the title – but the entire premise of the plot if I remember correctly, was not destroying the infrastructure of two worlds warring, but breaking through the defenses, identifying an area to destroy, and having the people report to disintegration chambers – very, VERY creepy – thanks for the title name, and thanks for your good energy from the UK. I just know Hillary will win.

  • Soetoro Marx

    I early voted (in the first hour of the first day of early voting) here in my small suburban town in Denton County, Texas. The line was not particularly long (about 15 minute wait), folks were calm, the election workers were competent and efficient. It was a good experience.

  • David Walker

    Wish me luck. I know where my polling place…where it’s been since I moved here. Just for shits and giggles, I googled and no (that is to say NO) site suggested had any idea that this town exists, let alone where to vote…and that included several PA-specific sites. The one and only place that had the town listed and the proper polling address was the weekly newspaper in the next town over. This town’s rag probably has it, too, but I tend to avoid thinking about that one.

    I’m taking a book.

    • LaurenW

      I’ve been campaigning for Get Out The Vote in PA, and there is a voter hotline you can call to ensure you have the right polling place. The number is 1-877-868-3772. Just in case you wanted to be sure!

  • NMNative

    Vote early, vote often!

    • David Milley

      Joe voted for Hilary five times this morning! (sorry, need more coffee … )

  • I went at 8 am. Medium sized college town in North Texas. No line. I was in and out quickly because I had printed out my sample ballot and just went down the line and checked the boxes and then double checked the final screen. It took all of five minutes. It took me longer to get to the elementary school where I voted than it did to vote.

  • Elsewhere1010

    Three weeks ago by absentee ballot, which was five page long. The number of California state initiatives was laAny rge, and San Francisco’s had what felt like dozens, plus school board, BART board, judges, and who knows what else.

    Any other SF voters out there? Whatever happened to Starchild, who used to run for everything?

  • iamanotheru
    • Stubenville

      Translation; Cuyahoga = Cleveland area / Franklin = Columbus area. Columbus tends to run liberal for Ohio.

  • Allan_in_SF

    Voted a couple of weeks ago at SF City Hall. In and out in about 20 minutes with an immensely long ballot.

  • Nax

    No line at all in my small Michigan town on the shore of Lake Michigan. Waltzed in, went right through check in, voted straight ticket D, voted the D recommended non partisans, waltzed out. I was number 176 at about 9:45.

  • robert

    I voted by mail several weeks ago. Really easy –a nice glass of wine helped the process.

  • NancyP

    Apparently there was a block long line at opening (6:00 AM). I hit the in-between time at 7:15, no line if you used a paper ballot. In and out in 10 minutes. 24 paper ballot bays, 3 machines for 2 precincts. Reminded me of school, all those dots to fill in – 36, including local judges (12) and state and city referenda (8). Happy crowd. No gun-toting nuts outside, not allowed to carry inside anyway as the polling place is a very large meeting room in the public library. Race/ ethnicity – mixed precinct with a large contribution of 20s-early 30s medical trainees (many Asian, Indian subcontinent, Middle East) in addition to the long-time residents (60% white, 40% black).

  • Bad Tom

    Lines were longer than normal in Brighton, Massachusetts, but our wait time was less than ten minutes. No problem at all.

    Turnout is great! Best I’ve seen it in years.

  • Michael Smith

    I just voted a straight D ticket. There was a pretty good line for my small town at 7:AM. It took me about fifteen minutes to vote.

  • Jimmy R

    I voted around 9:30 am in Louisville KY. No line. I was back home by ten. Two workers at ballot box, big pacing kinda redneck looking guy and tiny older black woman in a tie dye t-shirt. They were both distracted, so I asked if they needed to see me insert my ballot. Guy snapped, “It’s your vote!” I replied, “Damn right it is! And I’m proud to cast it.” Older lady burst into laughter, I gave her a thumbs up and left feeling high and happy. I’ve been voting for a long time, I loved voting for Obama, but I don’t remember ever feeling this excited about voting. Course, in this state my vote won’t count, it never does, but it sure felt good. And I got to vote for some good down-ballot folks as well.

  • The_Wretched

    In an affluent suburb of St.Paul, MN – I thought I was at the wrong location. There were -0- lines and -0- problems parking. When I got inside it was clear why. We had 15 poll workers, 25 voting booths and the count on the tally machine was ~150. It literally could not have gone faster. Including driving time, I guess it took 10 minutes.

    • Clive Johnson

      It helps to live in a state where the Republicans are kept out of power. I’ll be leaving shortly to vote in Minneapolis.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I voted by mail for the first time ever. Feels weird not to go to the polls. But we have around 12 propositions here in California. No doubt lots of people would wait until they are in the voting booths to read these complicated props. So to avoid annoyance and save time I voted by mail.

  • David
  • David in Tucson

    My husband and I voted by mail, and the county recorder’s website told us that the ballots were received and had gone on for counting.

    I’ll have to see how things are going at work, because it’s also a voting site. At least my office is well away from the voting area!

  • That Guy

    One of my Facebook friends is a poll watcher in NC and posted this.

    “Voter suppression is real. Chief BOE judge (Republican) at my site chased a voter off this morning claiming he was trying to vote as someone else (voter says he wasn’t), is openly talking about his support for Republican candidates inside the polling place in front of voters, and claims a campaigner “assaulted” voters when she came in to use the restroom (not true).”

    They need to get that fucker out of there and drag his ass to jail.

    • zhera

      Call the FBI.

    • SoCalGal20

      Tell your friend to call the DOJ Civil Rights Dision RIGHT NOW. Also the ACLU.

      Civil Rights Division staff will be available by phone to receive complaints related to voting rights (1-800-253-3931 toll free or 202-307-2767) or by TTY (202-305-0082). In addition, individuals may also report complaints, problems or concerns related to voting by fax 202-307-3961, by mail to [email protected] and by complaint forms that may be submitted through a link on the department’s website: https://www.justice.gov/crt/voting-section.

      https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-releases-information-election-day-efforts-protect-right-vote-and-prosecu-0

      • That Guy

        My friend says he’s reported every incident.

        • SoCalGal20

          Good! The first time I read your post I missed that your friend was an observer. I’m sure he knows exactly what to do. Wow. I hope the people who didn’t vote come back and I hope that assholeis thrown in jail.

  • Andrew Iverson

    Deserted here, had five people in front of me, two behind. Granted, my city is about 12k people, split into two counties, and a college town at that, so probably a lot of absentee ballots and early voting. That said, i voted at the same hour in the last election, and had a few dozen people in front of me. I overheard the workers mention they thought it was slow too.

  • Jeffg166

    Waited about 10 minutes to vote. Usually I’m in and out. Polls opened at 8. I was there by 8:30 and was number 65 to vote. Again usually I’m number 3 or 4. Big turn out in Philly so far. I expect a landslide for Hillary. Donald has pissed off far too many people.

  • KarenAtFOH

    Got to my poll at 6:45am, was 12th in line, waited for 7:00am opening, was out by 7:15. Still was a line outside, poll worker said they had never seen that many before, right at the start. This was in SWFL, inland a bit from Fort Myers.

  • sdbpacnw

    Waited until 10 a.m. to avoid anticipated early morning lines in Center City Philly. No line, no problem. Many folks walking around after voting proudly wearing “I voted” stickers. I took two, one in English, one in Spanish, to show around to my students at Temple University later this afternoon.

    This trans-person AND all our Septa trans-portation in working order today! LET’S GO HILLARY !!!!!!!!!

  • Mordred LeFey

    Luckily I had some time to vote while classes were being held, so the line wasn’t super long. Plus, I got fast-tracked because I was already registered. So now I’ve voted and I can get my tacos for lunch.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Voted early. Went to the courthouse and the lady said ” Do you mind just filling out your ballot at the end of the counter, or do you need privacy ? ”
    That was just fine.

    • vorpal

      She just wanted to see you shove it in her box.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        it took me a long time to lick the seal.

        • vorpal

          Rags, “Bark” is seal for NO.
          (Two barks, on the other flipper…)

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Why is everything always so complicate ?

          • vorpal

            I know :(.
            My usual strategy is to just smack things together loudly until they start to work (DAE), but when hubby was in Europe, it became strangely less effective :(.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            SAD!!!!!!!!

  • SoCalGal20
    • Stubenville

      I read that too quickly and I thought you said Christie “bloated.” My bad.

    • clay

      and he looked horrible– on the cutting edge between middle-age and young-old.

      Same tweeter has a video of the Turmps getting booed as they pulled up to vote.

  • Jinx

    Problem when you try to vote? Call 866-OUR-VOTE

    • JustSayin’

      This needs to be pinned at the top of the thread

  • clay

    Usually I go late afternoon and it’s 10 minutes, tops, with no more than two people in line ahead of me and only about 250 having voted.

    Today it took an hour and fifteen minutes. I got there within an hour of the polls opening, I was number 141, and poll workers were asking retirees to come back later while eight Millennials left without voting because of the wait. Some had to catch a train to work, some just didn’t want to miss a Yoga session they’d already paid for.

    No poll-watchers but the two official volunteers inside. The supervisor was busy with provisional balloting for folks who showed up at the wrong church and weren’t willing/able to walk a block and a half and wait in line, again.

  • Charlie

    Got there about 6am, was out by 6:50am. The line was long but nothing happened out of the ordinary. I live in Alexandria, VA – mostly Democrats – on the way in the Repubs were handing out their sample ballot, it was white; the Dems’ sample was blue – in looking at the line, most were holding the blue sample ballot – to be expected for sure, but reassuring nonetheless.

  • Stubenville

    Went to my local polling place; it’s for two districts. This time they split the districts into separate areas, and the line for each was only a few people long at 9:45 AM. I voted with no problems.

    Thanks to my local Democratic organization for the sample ballot; there was a very misleading poll question about retirement age for judges. Voting “yes” would delay the retirement age.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f926505e5371457b472587cdc302a6bb53d5d59b50a91c2cf50250a6950348e2.jpg

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Yeah, I got rickrolled. My vote said “No” but my body (apparently) said “Yes”.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    10:30-ish AM. Three empty machines, 0 people in line. Two polling places on Broad Street were not so lucky, line-wise. I was voter #358 at my playground. Got my “He Votado Hoy” sticker, and tore down a Trump sign on the walk to work, because Fuck It.

  • JustSayin’

    Early voter. On break from helping call to make sure voters turn out even though there is no chance in hell of a blue louisiana this year.

  • JIM W

    My hubby and I voted early at a polling location, not mail-in. We arrived 10 minutes before the polls were to open at noon. There were already people in line, so we joined them. (number 6 &7), We could see the workers standing around and joking until about 5 minutes after the time to open. We were met by two people, one on each side of the doorway and giving each one the once over as we came through the door. Then we went to register with one of the two people at a table, neither one seemed to have had any training as they didn’t really know how to check us in. One of them couldn’t see the computer screen until she got really close to it. Once we got registered, we had to form another line to get to the voting machines. They put three people behind machines with one empty machine in between each voter. They couldn’t get the machines to work properly and had to keep going to each machine to do a re-start. Finally we got go vote, but it took us over one hour to complete the voting process. When we left there we at least 100 people lined up to register and another 40 in line for machines. Also, the only way to get to a machine was to walk behind voters. If one had wanted to, you could see their ballot. (Just picking a point) I’m glad we got through the process early, I can only hope that conditions improve before today.
    There isn’t any possibility that Hillary will carry Kansas, but we had to try for her.

    • edrex

      hope you voted to retain the state supreme court judges.

  • davewolfusa

    Three weeks ago, my ballot arrived in the mail, I filled out both pages (made that long by 15 ballot measures!), and dropped it off at a Denver (CO) Elections Division drop-box in front of my nearby Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

    I’m the captain of Denver Democrat’s Colorado State House District 8 and so I’m responsible for getting in the votes from 55k Democrats and Dem-leaning independents. We’re down to just over 14k remaining votes as of the 10 pm update last night and have another hour until our first update today. We’ve never had so many ballots remaining this late in the process. I think the 2 double-sided page ballot is responsible for most of this result. I’m so ready for this to be done!

  • kiprian

    Despite record turn-out for early voting in Maryland, Election Day voting seems to be heavier than usual as well. Doesn’t do much to change the Electoral College, but it does rack up the popular vote.

  • Peter Wong

    I always vote by mail out of convenience. But even though my ballot has already been mailed in, my stomach’s still churning with stress. This country was dumb enough to elect George W. Bush twice. Is it still hateful and stupid enough to entrust a professional con artist and thug with running the country?

  • kanehau

    Have no idea about the lines here in Hawaii. I have no intention of leaving the house today (I voted by mail 4 weeks ago).

    However, my BF said there were hundreds of Trump supporters waving signs in front of Walmart yesterday.

    (Historically Hawaii is always Blue, except when we stupidly voted for Lingle for Gov)

  • I had very mixed feelings–I was on a bus on my way to a dental clinic to have a tooth extracted to hopefully end weeks of pain, and discovered my vision has continued to deteriorate to the extent I needed a magnifying glass (while wearing glasses) to be able to fill it out. It makes me very worried as to my ability to fill out the next ballot without outside help. It gave me great pleasure to vote for HRC, against Joe Arpaio, and to legalize pot, as well as voting for all the bonds supporting education. Stuck it the mail box and hoped for the best.

    • edrex

      hope you feel better. the pot will help.

      • William

        The only pot I have says Revereware on the bottom. πŸ™

        • edrex

          i like revereware, but i can’t keep it lit.

  • TheJudgement

    I had no problem voting. I’m hoping all the Trump supporters get lost. Not that they already aren’t.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Oh Joe, I would if I could – not a U.S. citizen here. πŸ™

  • Galvestonian

    I voted early last Thursday – – – it seemed to me that security and the identification process were a bit more thorough than a regular election. Photo I.D. a must.

  • kirtanloorii

    Voted! Whoo! Although it sucks because they could not find my name so I had to do a provisional ballot. It’s okay though, because I don’t live in a swing state anyways. California is going to HRC!

    • EweTaw

      Still, they should have had your name on the rolls. Go to the registrar and find out why. You don’t want some GOP operative to have purged your name from the polls because they think they can get away with it.

      • kirtanloorii

        Indeed. I did call the office and they told me that I was in fact registered to vote. I handed the phone to the manager at the polling place and everything went smoothly after that. They were all friendly, but I will definitely have a closer look at it all.

        • EweTaw

          Good for you. Now, if you could only vote twice . . . . πŸ™‚

  • Blake J Butler

    Took me no time, went to the local county courthouse had one person in front of me where a old woman asked for my voter ID card when i just handed her my drivers license and through the confusion that lasted for a moment, then i signed my name and was then placed at a tablet where i voted Democrat straight up and down the ticket and amendments that are more progressive and knew the intent behind them.

    Only thing they didn’t give me was a “i voted sticker” so my mom let me borrow hers which i used to take a selfie in the car after i voted and posted to the progressive group on FB Bros4Hillary.

  • David Milley

    We’re in a safe town for Hillary, in a safe state, but when hubby and I got to the polling location, there was a crowd several times bigger than usual, and encouragingly diverse. Very cheerful and courteous, the people there, too.

  • Jon Doh

    The first two times I voted went well, but when I circled back for the third, the line was getting long.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/04aac5dd9a0d04811edad38f6a3de2731673323b0524138baea59959346e3d40.jpg

    The Republicans will be disappointed if you don’t.

  • safari

    Scene: suburban school elementary school gymnasium. Fifteen minutes in and out at 10:30. Vote 379.

  • Clive Johnson

    Right next to downtown Minneapolis at 10:40am: No line or waiting. Refreshments laid out. The usual courteous, knowledgeable and professional volunteers. And the elderly lady who hands you the ‘I voted’ sticker with a big smile on her face and a ‘thank you’.

    As much as I chide my state for its midwestern reticence and other things, our commitment to civic values is pretty darn high. Thank you MN.

    • StraightGrandmother

      I LOVE
      M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A
      Residents are truly the BEST of us.

      • NowAnAgnostic

        I would qualify that statement to read “Most residents.” After my 40th class reunion (about 20 attendees), small town SW Minnesota, I received an anonymous, nasty anti-gay piece of hate mail at my residence here in AZ.

        Also Michelle Bachmann. Rural Minnesota is like most rural areas of any state. Conservative and religious. Instead of the southern “Bless your heart,” in Minnesota it is called “Minnesota Nice,” and nothing nasty is expressed openly. Well, Bachmann would be the exception to “Minnesota Nice.”

  • Secure

    Voted early last week. In Texas.

  • Voted by mail! My sister and I were discussing the Californian proposition. I tried to explain to her that prop 60 isn’t done in the name of health, it’s done in the name of prudery. Don’t know if it went over. Also a great deal of people have disagreements over prop 61.

  • MichaelJ

    The line to get into the school where I vote, at 27th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan, runs up the avenue to 28th Street and then west almost to 10th Avenue. I couldn’t wait then but am going back in an hour in the hopes for a shorter line.

  • jahoiya

    Voted early in Las Vegas. Loooong lines! Go Hillary!

  • EweTaw

    I went to the local Mormon Ward House (church) and stood in line the first day of early voting in Utah. A very nice hispanic lady asked for my name and compared my registration signature, smiled and gave me a paper ballot. I’m 99.999999% certain I’m the only person who voted for Hillary that morning. I’ve had my Hillary yard signs torn down only twice this year. I will leave the current signs firmly nailed to my front porch until Xmas. Even if (god forbid) if she loses.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Oprah says to put only positive thoughts out into the world. πŸ˜‰

      • EweTaw

        Well, she’s about as close to a real deity there is. So, OK. πŸ™‚

  • Tiger Quinn

    The lines had died entirely by the time husband and I went over – lady in charge of the place was way overcaffeinated and aggressive and got my husband all upset because she couldn’t get her head around how we had the same last name. “Sign here.” “That’s not me, that’s my husband.” “But you have to sign!” “But that’s not me!” Cut to me trying to read some Prop about drug prescriptions and about to snap. She made him do a vote, invalidated it, then do another….sorry, it was just really stressful, lol. We took extra stickers. It seemed fair.

    • StraightGrandmother

      I Support your taking EXTRA Stickers!
      Hell, you deserved it!
      The most important part of your comment is that you did not give up.

  • ericpayne

    I haven’t voted yet. Here it is, noon EST, and I’m still sitting, in my sleep clothing, in front of my computer.

    After 19 years of living in heart failure, fighting off the affects of other organs failing because my circulatory system can’t keep them “fed” — my pancreas has failed, resulting in diabetes; my gall bladder “died”, and became gangrenous before that was noticed; I’d flirted with kidney failure the last few years, and earlier this year, had a bout of renal failure that required emergency dialysis (even then, my husband was told, flat out, I was going to die overnight). The latest? Thursday, October 27, I woke up around 1:45 AM, deaf. 100% hearing loss in both ears. Docs are going to inject anabolic steroids directly into my ear drums. At least my doc was candid, telling me this has “at best” a 50/50 shot and I should probably expect this loss to be permanent. Oh, and while this is going on, the manufacturer of the paccemaker/defib implanted in my chest has recalled the particular unit in my chest; I’m scheduled for that surgery the day-after-tomorrow.

    The whole ear thing sometimes affects my balance, causing dizzy spells or difficulty walking. All in all, with all this crap floating around in my head, I’ve been on somewhat of an emotional roller coaster.

    But as soon as I finish writing this, I’m going to stand up and go brush my teeth. Then I’m going to go get dressed, get on my Segway (used for mobility; doc pulled my drivers license over a decade ago0, and maneuver the back streets of my neighborhood to my polling place, a couple of miles away.

    When this election cycle started last year, I thought I would be casting a ballot for all the down races and issues, but not for the Presidency. It was going to be another Bush/Clinton choice… and I just was thought it should be somebody else’s turn to be President; our choices shouldn’t always boil down to someone from one of these families. Then Bernie came along, and snowed a lot of people. My big problem with Bernie was, in the past, he, as a Senator, very vocally made it known he was NOT a Democrat; he was an independent. So why run as a Democrat? What purpose did it serve anyone? Why aren’t you running as an independent, and give a third party a real, fighting chance of breaking up the two party system? So, I didn’t trust Bernie; he wasn’t being honest.

    Then Trump decimated Bush, and all the other Republicans in the race.

    Now I have no choice but to vote for one of the candidates for the Presidency. There’s just too much at risk. One of the good things the Trump candidacy has done is to lay bare what we gays and lesbians have known all along: A great many Americans live their lives making choices based on hate. The media always portrayed those people as “fringe.” We knew they were mainstream; politicians and media simply denied that, and continued to refer to them as :fringe.” But Trump, using buzzwords, got those “fringers” to come out from hiding by the tens of thousands — and get vocal, then aggressive… and within a stone’s throw of the White House and setting the tone of the Supreme Court for the next fifty years. So now, I HAVE to cast a vote for the next President of the United States of America.

    And I’m with her.

    • StraightGrandmother

      My God you are a hot mess aren’t you?
      I had the biggest smile on my face imagining you riding on a Segway, like Arnold Schwarzenegger or something, that you will NOT be kept down, “You’ll be BACK!”
      Bravo for you, you TRULY are an inspiration.

      You are, many many thanks for sharing.

      • ericpayne

        No, I am not an “inspiration” (though thanks for the compliment), nor should I be. I’m just someone intent on fulfilling my civil responsibility as an American citizen.

    • Fafnir the thurifer

      Hey eric – you might want to try calling the office of a candidate, and see if they do rides to the polls /Joan

    • ericpayne

      I’m back.

      It’s odd, in the eight years we’ve llived here in the Atlanta area, I’ve never seen another Segway user (except my husband) “in the wild.” Today, on way to polling place, ran into a guy distributing voter information, door-to-door on one. Stopped and talked with him a second, then pushed on.

      Got to polling place just after 1 PM EST, a local nondenominational church. I’ve got a little bit of a problem having a church as a polling place, especially since I have to pass a rather large fire station to get there, but that’s just me, I guess… the polling place has been at that church since before we moved here.

      There was absolutely no line. There’s a sign on the door, proud of the fact that there had been, at 1 PM, just over 400 ballots cast at that polling spot. Wow. 400. And they’re proud of it…

      Anyway, cast ballot. Straight D, down the line — except for those races where there were only Republicans running (several local elections, a couple of state reps at the state level), in which case I cast no vote.

      The three propositions to amending the state constitution were interesting… one called for the creation of a special tax on the sale of fireworks to fund fire fighting. Voted “No”.

      A second called for amending the state constitution to allow a state government approval committee to take over, and completely oversee, local, failing, schools. But it didn’t clarify how schools would be judged, nor did it set the establishment of what created failure… think the Michigan law that allows a state appointee to govern bankrupted towns, that led to the Flint water poisoning. If I could, I would have voted “Oh, Hell No,” but had to stick with just a “no.”

      Then there was a proposition to amend the state constitution to increase the ceiling of fines levied against those found guilty of prostitution, pandering, “actions related to pimping,” or “masturbation for hire.” There was no set limit to how high the ceiling might be raised. There was no option to vote “Oh, go fuck yourself,” so I had to vote a simple “no.”

      When hubby gets home, he’ll go vote. He thinks. Maybe… the one thing I’ve always disliked about him is his apathy to voting. “They’re all the same,” is his general outlook. This year, he’s wrong about that… I hope he sees that.

      In the meantime, I’ve got to think about dinner. I’m thinking all throw together some balsamic and cherry glazed pork chops with some roasted broccoli and roasted potatoes with thyme. Or maybe just some hot dogs.

  • Mark

    I sat down at my computer with my ballot and researched all of the ballot issues. I completed the ballot, put it in the envelope, put a stamp on it and stuck it in the mail. I received a text message when the post office received it and another one when the county clerks office processed it.

    • StraightGrandmother

      That’s cool.

  • I did early voting in a deep blue part of Maryland last week. Decided not to wait and go to my regular polling place (my old junior high… with the booths just a few feet away from my old locker). The early voting place was very crowded, but orderly and everyone was remarkably upbeat. I was in and out in less than 20 minutes and the only reason it took that long was I stopped to fill out the survey. (Top marks!) The only source of angst seemed to be people having to turn off their cell phones.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    I arrived at my polling place at 9:50 AM, and there was a rather long line. Longer than I have ever seen it before. All in all, my voting experience took about 45 minutes. Badda-bing, badda-boom.

    Everyone was in good spirits. I chit-chatted with a couple of people in front of me. Everyone was very respectful of each other.

    I was quite pleased to see that a large percentage of the voters were people of colour and women.

  • Fafnir the thurifer

    Ward 2 pct 3 City of Somerville Middlesex County Massachusetts. It took a bit under 1/2 hour, starting at 7:10 am (polls open at 7:00am). Line was around to the back of the fire station that is the polling place. I didn’t get a total vote count, but an eye ball glance at the check in/ check out sheets for my street suggest that about 1/4th of registered voters voted early. No ID required once you’ve registered, as long as you vote regularly and send in the annual city census car.

    PS – I’ve been reading this site for a while, but this is my first comment post. πŸ™‚
    /Joan

    • Colonel Panic.

      Hello!

  • PhilDavisNYC

    I voted yesterday in SC. The only early voting here is absentee in person. You have to be over 65, disabled, or plan to be out of town Election Day. I stood in line for an hour and a quarter in late afternoon. The turnout was much larger than expected. I have been working with the state Democratic Party. While I don’t expect Hillary to win, she’s closer here than people might think. Some polls have her within the margin of error. If she breaks 45% here, the Republicans will be worried. I think SC can be flipped to blue as old confederates die off.

  • Oh’behr

    10-10:25 A.M. I voted in Minneapolis, it took me 25 minutes, including walking from my abode to the polling place three blocks away. Several people in front of me in line. Easy ballot, I doubled checked to make certain I didn’t vote for ‘him’. Beautiful day. I wore shorts, t-shirts and sandals though it’s only in the mid-60s and a bit chilly to do so with a slight wind. Let’s hope she does it along with Dem down ballot candidates. I also researched and voted for the down ballot candidates and referendums. Glad it’s done before it gets crowded later. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/44750660219649cba886ec85ad3c4bde34176c0b5c5ce6e2763cb2767663b730.jpg

    • Kevin-in-Honolulu

      I did the same thing – had my hubby check that my eyesight was ok when we absentee-voted at the dinner table a week ago – we switched ballots for cross-check – heck, everyone needs a proofreader!
      I’ve had this habit in the past of swearing I picked up a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup on the shelf at the store, and when I got home, it was Cream of Asparagus instead.

  • Todd Allis

    I waited in line about a half hour on Saturday morning to early vote in San Jose, California. There were no food trucks around. So I went to Iguana’s Taqueria. Today I am actually wearing the “I voted” sticker. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0515e022324d229a424963c607af34e60d9b3aa4b411112f1aa93d6116dee16d.jpg

  • ShawnSwagger

    Mail-In Vote, California. The hardest thing was researching that looooooong-azz list of ballot measures.

    From what I read, most of them are expected to pass except for the one revoking the death penalty in CA (replaces it with life imprisonment), which is one of the ones I vote for gladly.

    • Todd Allis

      The plastic bag thing was crazy. Plastic bag manufacturers proposed both initiatives and are supporting one and running a campaign against the other one, probably to confuse people.

      • ShawnSwagger

        Yeah, that was deceitful, but it didn’t take too much googling to figure out what was going on.

        I keep getting disappointed at how outright deceitful some of the ballot measure advertising is allowed to be in California. Just Friday I drove past a giant billboard with a photo of a sad-looking senior citizen in ta military dress uniform that said “Vote No on 61. Don’t raise prescription prices for our veterans”. 61 is the ballot measure that “bans state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the
        lowest price the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for that same
        drug”. I was so disgusted that the pharmaceutical companies can put up a billboard that deceitful.

        • Todd Allis

          Agreed. Some minimal standard of truth in advertising would be nice.

    • We had a truck load here in MO, too. Over half the ballot was proposed state constitutional amendments, and tax increases, The one that really pissed me off was an effort to remove tax funding for the metro bus lines.

    • William

      Will ending the death penalty come with no possibility for parole? It infuriates me that Manson has parole hearings every few years. The state should have offed him when they had the chance.

      • ShawnSwagger

        Well, yes, but technically, Manson himself did not commit any of the actual murders. Although I think cult leaders should bear a lot of responsibility, I also think that everyone is ultimately responsible for their own actions and saying you “were under the sway” of so-and-so should not be a legitimate defense.

  • That Guy

    Poll watching friend in NC gave another update

    “Not a single white voter has reported issues at my site today. I’ve reported several incidents in which black voters were not permitted to vote, told their provisional ballot would only count if they needed to determine a winner, and whose registration was completely removed from the system despite the fact that he has lived in NC for years and has voted before. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but it certainly seems like more than a coincidence.”

    We gotta get rid of these Democracy-hating fuckers in this state

    • Ore Carmi

      πŸ™

  • David Walker

    Back from a surprisingly pleasant experience. My town is regarded as 1 ward with 2 precincts. My precinct, 1, is the older part of town; 2 is now mostly developments, suburban Hershey (Med Center & University) and Harrisburg. The population was pretty even when we first moved here; now it is unfairly divided. When I entered, I saw the long line. OK. Then someone came up the stairs and asked if anyone was from the 1st precinct. I raised my hand and she told me to go through the line, turn left, and go to the end of the room. There were at least 50 or 75 people in line, but when I got through them, there was nobody in line for Precinct 1. It took me less than 5 minutes to do the whole thing. No pages from the book were read during this experience.

    And to top it off, I passed a Republican friend, fairly hard line but if we avoid politics, we’re OK. We smiled and I said, “Well, I canceled your vote.” He smiled and said, “Don’t be too sure.” Several people around us giggled.

    I’ll be surprised if this town gives even half its votes to Hillary, but I’m also ready and willing to be surprised.

  • I went at 10:am, very busy compared to the usual election day! Outside were the usual Dem and Retch activist handing out “sample” ballots. I hit the Dem ladies first, very sweet older gals who are there for every election. Then the other fella…. “You look like a man who would vote to help the poor…. here you go, and he hands me another “sample” ballot – all rethuglitard.
    I looked him dead in the eye and said, “I am poor, and if you think I would EVER vote for a Rethuglitard you have another think coming. They caused this shit-storm, I’ll be damned if I’ll give them another 4 to six years!” I thought the Dem ladies were gonna bust – trying hard not to laugh – finally, one gave up and just lost her shit. That set the other off, and that man stood there shame-faced and bug-eyed.
    NEVER ask me to vote R, I will bitch-slap you with a BRICK!!!1!1!!!1!1!!!

    • David Walker

      Well played, Mommie. No one approached me and no one looked like he was “watching.” Plus, it’s a gorgeous day and my various body parts that tend not to like exercise didn’t bitch at all.

      • I couldn’t help myself, David. After this long, fucked-in-the-head campaign, I feel like anyone who says “Trump” in my presence is going to find out why I say “Gun control is a tight 6-shot grouping.” I am SSSSSOOOOOOOO glad this is DONE!
        On the other hand, indications are that at least half of my family – the one’s who get their talking points from Fux Mooz – are voting for third party, or not at all. This is actually a good thing, because most disgusted people who won’t vote for Hair Furor or Hillary actually end up taking votes away from the Pathological One.
        Rachel actually had a segment on that late last week – I was surprised by the results of the study she used.

    • M Jackson

      That is an Election Day classic! I’m going to pull it out every 4 years, like a Peanuts tv special.

      • I couldn’t help myself! I’m usually a calm, polite, and considerate person.

        But not only was that idiot “poor” – he was BLACK!! I had me a Madea moment…. terrifying.

    • Kevin-in-Honolulu

      Mommie, I so love you.

  • Lee Clinkscales

    My two-minute wait at the polls was infinitely longer than in recent memory–since I have not had to wait before.

  • Jerry Kott

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b90ff54fd2e241be0f5b94b687af2423ae451a61b34e9456c0b1ca81910075e8.jpg My partner and I voted this morning. Our polling place is an old stone one room school house as in the photo. The turnout was strong. A poll worker told me that she never has seen such a turn out in decades. We are in rural Pennsylvania. The atmosphere was kind of tense. We are known as the “New York Queers” who don’t take shit( we groom and have hairstyles from this decade)- we stick out. I got some stink eye from some folks as I was leaving but nothing that we don’t expect. There was a women in front of me in line who was wearing a Trump( in large type) T-Shirt who was asked to take it off, she complied. However there was a tinge of the scent of Neanderthal in the air. The line was going out the door as we left.
    Otherwise, we are now in prayer!

  • Jeffrey in St. Louis

    I went about an hour or so ago in South St. Louis City. The place was busy, and every electronic and paper voting station was busy when I checked in. But I only had a minute or so to wait for a space (paper, natch) to free up.

    One older gentleman was loudly talking about voting for Trump and how he’d vote for Monica Lewinsky before he’d consider voting for Hillary.

    The poll worker quickly, but politely shushed him and we all went back to filling in the little ovals on our ballots.

  • M Jackson

    A beautiful sunny 63* day in my wonderful Diverse neighborhood, Astoria-Ditmars in Queens, NY.
    I had a 2 minute wait 3 blocks away at the old high school to fill out my ballot, I’m still tingling from the feeling of coloring in all those little “d” boxes under the name of our next president Hillary Clinton.
    What a historic day, finally! I feel good.

    • Did you stay inside the lines like a good boy…. wait, what am I saying? I had to use my cheaters just to read the damned thing! Old people… shut up!

      • M Jackson

        You bring an entourage into the voting booth? Love it.

        • Depends in how many of my “personalities” I bring with me… the meds aren’t that effective.
          I did get a cackle from the guy next to me – I saw the
          Question “Shall the ?% per tax used to fund KCATA be redirected to…” I quit reading there. “Defund the city bus… oh, Hell no!”

  • RJ Bone

    Irving, Texas here. We and our oldest went to our assigned location. All three of us were in and out within 20 minutes. I was number 96 at that location. There were a couple of suspicious people prowling around who weren’t among the volunteers, but we weren’t stopped because we didn’t fit their profile and they don’t know that none of us are straight πŸ˜‰

    Requisite taco voter picture!

    We’re with Her πŸ™‚

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75ca968f1e7c0d01df767122c22b755d89233589c9b213b6ee67a3c9f1adb8ca.jpg

  • LackofFaithify

    So I went on a bike ride to hopefully make the day easier to get
    through. My route takes me past a few schools that are all polling
    locations. Outside one there was a nun blessing people, and she blessed
    me as I rode past. GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF!

  • Two weeks ago, Albuquerque area, New Mexico, is when and where I voted. There was early-early voting a week before that, but it would’ve required me to drive into the city and vote at the county clerk’s office. By waiting a week and a couple days more, I was able to vote at our local town government building.

    Normally, my wife and I vote together, but she was on an extended jury duty case and would stop off at the same place on her way home a couple days later.

    The building was busy, but for me back then there was no wait. I was directed to the poll worker who accepted my “unique barcode” which is a new system our county is trying out to speed the process of looking up who voters are and calling up the appropriate ballot for printing.

    Ours here is paper, with ovals to be filled in next to names or ballot initiatives — which is considered to be among the most secure in terms of machines not being able to muck untraceably with the results. In other words, if a hand recount is needed, they have our paper ballots to look at. Moreover, the machine into which we feed our completed ballots check on the spot to make sure there are no mistakes or overvotes or other forms ballot spoilage.

    Anyway, at the time then, two weeks ago, there were easily more than 3x the number of voting ‘booths’ (tables with privacy screens on either side) set up than were needed for the number of voters currently there. The poll worker did tell me though that they’d already had way more voters coming in early than was normal for them. It took me maybe five minutes to completely fill out my ballot, as I was extra careful to read everything on both sides.

    When done, I turned in a cover form to another poll worker and fed my ballot into the optical reader. A few seconds later, the screen lit up to indicate that my ballot was good and that it was, if I remember correctly, the 347th ballot recorded by that particular machine.

    Received my sticker, which I told y’all about. Felt really good to have that done. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bff4d7d6c13754b31000deeb5492a497bf562ca4997907b1789c6fcd15f5cabb.jpg

  • Kevin-in-Honolulu

    I voted for Hillary and the complete Democratic ticket over a glass of wine, at my dinner table with my husband. We are both permanent absentee voters in Hawaii – mail in ballots is the best way to go – The City and County of Honolulu had **20** charter amendments to slog through – so easy to vote from home.

  • Jinx

    Problem when you try to vote? Call 866-OUR-VOTE

  • Nic Peterson

    I stuffed my vote in the male with some vigor. Later that day I placed my ballot in the hands of my mailman.

  • TrollopeReader

    #880 in my precinct at 1230 …in 2012 2500 voted —50/50 Obama v Romney …usually 85% turnout …. we’ll see at 8 pm !

  • Traxley Launderette

    Got back a bit ago. Walked in and found four people ahead of me. Got my ballot within five minutes. No wait for a booth. In and out in under ten minutes.

    But all the volunteers laughed when I asked if it had been this slow all day. One said there was a line of at least 200 people waiting outside when the poll opened at 8. I happened to walk on the lull at noon.

    I’ve voted in this little old elementary school since 1990. When I’ve voted around the same time in other elections, I’ve been somewhere between voter 200-300.

    Today I’m voter 726. The poll workers tell me turnout appears to be near a record high across Grand Rapids. They said they’re bracing for a long evening. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b2f6d53cfa1800604b28102c71de6ab010326ba67c8630ea98a40822ec105b7b.jpg

  • GeoffreyPS

    I filled out my ballot at home and dropped it in the nearby ballot drop box (instead of mailing). Washington state is all vote by mail. I miss voting in person. There was something very satisfying that I don’t get with the mail in ballot. Not to mention the PTA bake sale just outside.

  • Ore Carmi

    In Berkeley, California. A 10 to 15 minute walk to the polling place, filled out mail-in ballot in hand. Dodged some canvasser on the corner. There was hardly a line, but rather messy inside: poll workers/volunteers behind desks all around the hall, and not clear where to go. Only one worker seemed to know what she was doing. Previous years things seemed much more organized and clear. Still, I got my ballot in, and my “I voted” sticker! Now to fret… (#moretrainingneeded)

  • Todd Allis

    Taco truck is setting up outside my office!

  • Jenni

    With the option of mail in ballots here in Oregon, I decided to deliver mine to the ballot box at the library last night. There were a lot of people coming in to do the same and the ballot box was already stuffed full!

  • Jerry

    Voted early two weeks ago…too many other election duties or possible emergencies on election day. Today, I already had to force a GOP local candidate to remove signs within 300′ of a polling place.

    • RJ Bone

      Did you guys have it marked somewhere outside? I was happy to see that they actually had a cone with a sign that clearly stated that it was the appropriate distance for the electioneering cutoff and I’m wondering if that’s something new…

      • Jerry

        We always have stakes, with small signs attached, that no electioneering is allowed within 300′ of a polling place. Each state has its own laws, and different distances from the doors of the polling place. Some states are 100′, some are even less.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Took longer to lock up my bike than to vote.

    I’m in the Philly suburbs. This is Clinton country; the democrat slip holder–you know, the person with the list of candidates including the one button that reads “all dem”– kept running out of slips. The Republican? A huge stack left. I almost felt bad for him. But instead I decided to laugh, and promptly went home to start on the scotch.

  • edrex

    On my game! Voted AND got a flu shot today. No line at polling site, but a friend who was working the site told me it had been busy this morning.

  • Cboulder

    Early voted for the first time this year. It was mostly quick and easy, mainly because we had our voter-id cards. Chris in Springfield,IL

  • Mens Sana

    I early-voted on October 27th, no wait, no bother, no fuss and Bernie would be proud of me.

  • madscntst

    My experience was FAN-TAS-TIC! I had a glass of wine, ate a little cheese, took my time to read all of the options open to me. I even watched a little porn to relieve some stress. Did I mention I voted by absentee ballot?

  • smokes70

    Well… after spending the last 3 weeks by my husband of 25 years side in the hospital, until he passed away last Friday…. I was able to get back into town to make my vote matter…. I just wish he could be here with me to do it as well…. #NEVERTRUMP . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/29d313e5347bdbb2fa5b744456edbae55d3e4e414f6c5224785b9712602c6962.jpg

    • Todd Allis

      Condolences. I’m glad you were able to vote.

    • TampaDink

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know what you were going through. Hang in there.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      So Sorry for your loss. Remember, You have friends here.

    • Jerry Kott

      So sorry to read of your loss.

  • MDixon34

    I followed Katy Perry’s lead and voted naked. In my kitchen. Two weeks ago. So overall experience? I’d do it again.

  • Mb

    Got to the polls around 2pm. Long line outside to get in the doors. Once inside I see the place is mobbed and I am at my district table and the guy next to me is freaking because the totally incompetent woman at the table had allowed someone other than him to begin to sign in as the guy next to me (both had the last name Gomez with different first names). He asks how she could do that and she says she just looked at the last name and didn’t pay attention to the first names. There were at least 10 people in the book for just this district who had the last name Gomez I could see. He did get to vote. Then we find out that 2 of the 4 scanners are out. I had to get in a line that snaked around 3 times before getting to the scanners. Didn’t get to put my vote in the scanner until about 3:30. The good news is that just as I was getting to the scanners they got all of them working again. I live in the Inwood section of Manhattan all the way to the very northern tip. The longest wait I ever had to vote before this was 5 minutes.

  • TampaDink

    My long suffering spousal unit & I just went to our local precinct to cast our blue votes. We had to wait nearly 3 minutes to get signed in. πŸ˜‰ We were in & out within 8 minutes. We noted that many of the folks who were there, based on their need for assistance, hadn’t voted in recent years. After a while….but before returns begin to pour in, I’ll be headed out to bring home dinner from one of our favorite local institutions…Taco Bus.
    http://taco-bus.com/

  • roadtripboy

    It only took me about 10 minutes to vote. But I live in small town. All the local races were uncontested. So we were really just voting for President and three other state offices.

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