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Old 11-04-08, 08:27 AM   #1
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Anyone bicycling to the polls?

I just got back from doing so, and it was fun. The sign holders outside the polling station thought it was pretty novel, too. They were more than happy to keep an eye on my bike while I went inside.

Bike the vote!
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Old 11-04-08, 08:33 AM   #2
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I just got back from doing so, and it was fun. The sign holders outside the polling station thought it was pretty novel, too. They were more than happy to keep an eye on my bike while I went inside.

Bike the vote!
I commuted by stamp.
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Old 11-04-08, 09:01 AM   #3
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As I arrived at the polls today, dressed in my finest day-glow yellow jacket, to find another bicycle already there. When I left, there was a different one in that spot. So I know of at least 3 people who commuted by bike to the polls (including myself).

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I only have to go two blocks, so I guess, I will just walk.
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Old 11-04-08, 09:05 AM   #5
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I am going to try and get my wife to do go with me on bike.
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Had an occaision just recently to head to city hall to "discuss" a few lights that do not recognize bicycles. Lucky for me, early voting was happening.

Couldn't bike though. The Evil Doctor, Physical Therapist, and She Who Must Be Obeyed took away my bicycle. I think I might get them back tomorrow!
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I only have to go two blocks, so I guess, I will just walk.
Same here. Arrived at 6:30 with six in line. I brought a folding chair and a book and had a pleasant wait on a beautiful fall morning. I would not ride my bike anywhere I would have to leave it out of my sight; I don't even carry a lock for that reason.

I then walked home and got my bike. Normally I commute to work at about 5:00 AM, so riding at 8:00 AM was not as pleasant, but God Bless America, I am a road warrior, not a sunshine patriot ;-)
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I biked this morning. It was only down the road so I ended up dropping by before going cycling. though I must say I looked kinda out of place in cycling shorts, jersey, and shoes =]
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Wife and I rode the triplet to the polls. Our 2nd stoker; Jessica was in school
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My wife and I drove there this morning. Last year I did bike to the polls.
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As I arrived at the polls today, dressed in my finest day-glow yellow jacket, <SNIP>
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That is pretty much what I looked like at 7:45 this morning. I had my handlebar bag over my shoulder and the helmet hooked onto the strap. It only took about 10 minutes to get through the line, then I rode off to work. Thankfully the polling place is nice and close by so I only had a small detour. The weather was remarkably warm, but I already had to put the snow tires on a week ago thanks to snow in the forecast (it did fall a few miles away, but we stayed clear). Therefore I rode on a glorious sunny Fall day with the never ending "rice crispy" sounds of my studs on the road. I just looked at the weather channel and it tells me that it is now 67 F outside... it is November right? This is Buffalo so I'm sure we'll get snow soon enough. I'll take the dry weather anyday.

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My wife and I rode to the polls today, then two grocery stores and I wore a backpack full of groceries on the return trip.
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Drove to the polls with my wife & two little boys. A brief shot of me talking to the reporter made it onto a local TV station. Damn, the camera adds like 45 lbs. More motivation to cycle harder...
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Same here. Arrived at 6:30 with six in line. I brought a folding chair and a book and had a pleasant wait on a beautiful fall morning. I would not ride my bike anywhere I would have to leave it out of my sight; I don't even carry a lock for that reason.

I then walked home and got my bike. Normally I commute to work at about 5:00 AM, so riding at 8:00 AM was not as pleasant, but God Bless America, I am a road warrior, not a sunshine patriot ;-)
Is it common in US elections to have the polls open that early? Here in Canada they usually open around 9, but don't close until 9 either. This last time they opened and closed at different times across the country, so they had a bunch open and close at the same time, but in different time zones, when you cross 5 time zones that can be tricky......
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I celebrated "motorcycle to vote" day :-)
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Stopped to vote on way back home from a 88 mile ride.
Rode up to the front door.
One person in front of me.
1.5 minutes finished and gone.
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I rode this time and in 2006. Only about 1/2 mile. It's much easier parking the bike by the front door, then trying to park the car. Even took the long way home for a few extra strokes.
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It is up to each locality to determine their polling hours. Here we are almost always 7am to 7pm. I saw on CNN this morning that there are a couple of small communities in New Hampshire that opened their polls at midnight.

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Walked. Only one person to wait for at the booth. No one waiting when I came out.
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It is up to each locality to determine their polling hours. Here we are almost always 7am to 7pm. I saw on CNN this morning that there are a couple of small communities in New Hampshire that opened their polls at midnight.
It's one of the odd things about US elections, and probably the thing that creates the most problems, that although it's a federal election, each community has it's own particular way of managing the voting process. As a contrast, in Canada federal elections are managed by Elections Canada, although the Candidates names change for each riding, the rules that apply in one place, apply everywhere. That means if you need to show Photo ID in St. John's, NB then you need to show photo ID in Victoria, BC and all points in-between. Like I said, they tried staggering the hours a little this time, those on NF and Atlantic time closed at one point, those in Eastern (closed at 9:30), Central (closed 8:30) and Mountain (7:30) closed at the same time, and Pacific time closed at 7:30 PDT. I think they did this to prevent the old issue of, by the time polls close in BC, and it's legal for the media to broadcast results, the election was won or lost already. With this new timing, they are still counting results in Ontario and Quebec when BC comes online, so there is less of that.

A huge advantage we have in Canada is from the time an election begins until they are counting votes is roughly 6 weeks, the one we just completed was 37 days, mercifully short compared to the US system, which takes some 2 years and several sets of voting to get there.
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