Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day is finally here

I think everyone would agree that this is a historical election. Here's a CNet blog post about where to get election results on the web, including streaming video updates.

In anticipation of long lines at the polling location, we got up extra early while it was still dark outside. I walked Phoebe and we walked to our polling location about three blocks away. Polls open at 6:30 here, and that's when we arrived. However, there was already a line that had wrapped around from the back entrance to the front entrance of the neighborhood library where the voting was being held. I guess we should have gotten up even earlier. Along the way, a nice lady was handing out breakfast cereal bars, and we each grabbed one as neither of us had ate. It was a good thing she had those, because we were getting hungry half way through waiting in the lines. Thank you, whoever you were! We waited in line for about 45 minutes before going into the polling station in the basement of the library. People waited very patiently in the line.

Inside, the voters and poll workers were bustling with their activities, but everything was going very smoothly, even for people who had to vote in provisional ballots. We took out our handy dandy voting guide that we prepared for ourselves based on research on candidates and issues and quickly cast our votes. I liked sliding the optical scan ballots we used into the scanners directly and watching the display update the vote count - not who voted for whom, but just the tally of ballots cast. It made it seem like our vote was already being counted. Kudos to the County Board of Elections and the Secretary of State for fixing the issues in previous elections and making this crucial election run smoothly.

I look forward to the excitement as the results come in tonight.

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