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    Rode to the Polls on a gloomy November day and waited, and waited...

    Over an hour and a half.

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    interesting.

    i "voted" about 45 days ago by absentee ballot.

    second time I've done that.
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    An hour and a half? Man that's crazy. Is it always like that? I think it took me 15 minutes to vote last time around.

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    I was the 101st to vote this morning, no waiting.

    Of course here we have polling places everywhere. You can't swing the proverbial cat…
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    did they serve coffee to people waiting in line?
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    That's amazing - go voters!!

    I voted 2 weeks ago on the way home from jury duty and right before a flu shot.

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    I was in and out in about 5 minutes, that sucks, around Rochester I've never had to wait behind more than 4-5 people to vote.
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    Oregon: ballot in the mail, filled out at home, then dropped off
    in a rededicated mail box on the curb in front of the County offices..

    so easy .. BUT as of yesterday undervote still at half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Oregon: ballot in the mail, filled out at home, then dropped off
    in a rededicated mail box on the curb in front of the County offices..

    so easy .. BUT as of yesterday undervote still at half.
    what does "undervote still at half" indicate?
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    God bless America. (If you don't believe in God then substitute your deity, object, rock, talisman, bike frame, etc. choice.)
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    It took me about 2 minutes to walk across the street, about 3 minutes to get the ballot, and was able to walk right up to the booth. I was surprised it was that easy, there were long lines in 2008 and I expected more today.

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    Minnesota usually leads the nation in voter turnout ( the last eight elections in a row), so it's not uncommon to wait awhile to vote, especially in the morning or after work. We don't have early voting, either.

    Minnesota’s average eligible voter turnout in the past six elections – 67.6 percent – is 16.4 percentage points higher than the national average. So I'm looking forward to waiting for awhile this evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Oregon: ballot in the mail, filled out at home, then dropped off
    in a rededicated mail box on the curb in front of the County offices..

    so easy .. BUT as of yesterday undervote still at half.
    Wow, same here!
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    Good for people for voting but dang, that line is out of control. You shouldn't have to wait that long!

    I got to my polling place @ 7am and there were only 2 people in front of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    did they serve coffee to people waiting in line?
    No, but some kind soul went and bought some warm fresh donuts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Commodus View Post
    An hour and a half? Man that's crazy. Is it always like that? I think it took me 15 minutes to vote last time around.
    I had to wait awhile in 2008 too but not that long and it was a much nicer day. ;-)

    Another factor may be the marriage amendment that's on the ballot. Minneapolis has the 4th highest gay population of major US cities so that one hits pretty close to home for a lot of folks and their friends/families.
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    We have early voting here in NC so I took advantage of it a few weeks ago with no waiting. I have heard that the polls are pretty busy today, though.

    -G

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    That looks like the queue outside a Soviet supermarket in the 1980s when there was a shortage of everything that wasn't an ****. Hopefully, the supply of politicians will increase so there wont be such a shortage in the future.

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    My wife and I got to our polling place about 3 minutes after the doors opened at 7 am. There was 300 people in front of me, and my wife and I endured a 2+hour wait. finally we got to vote and left the poling place at 9:20am.

    It is going to be close either way it goes.
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    My polling place had about a 30 minute line at 7:30 this morning. It wasn't that long in 2008. I'm expecting record voter turnouts this year.

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    That's nothing. In 2004 I stood in line for THREE HOURS at a local school to cast my vote. The line stretched back and forth throughout the gymnasium, out to the gym lobby, out the front door, all down the bus drop-off sidewalk. It was nuts.
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    I go to school out-of-state, so I voted by absentee ballot (and it was my first time)...but these lines I keep hearing about/seeing are intense!

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    Voted by mail here in WA. I had a nice shot of whiskey to sip on while I filled out the ballot.

    A guy could get used to this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Oregon: ballot in the mail, filled out at home, then dropped off
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    I had my mail in ballot for early voting. I filled it out last week and my bf delivered both of ours to the town hall by bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
    Voted by mail here in WA. I had a nice shot of whiskey to sip on while I filled out the ballot.

    A guy could get used to this.
    I could definitely get used to that too, but even though I would never choose to spend an hour and a half waiting in line, there's something to be said for experiencing democracy first hand with people from your community.

    As the line snaked along I saw a few neighbors, a woman who I've gone on group rides with, and some people whose kid my son used to go to school with. There was also plenty of conversation with the people right around me.

    And of course with modern technology I was able to send that picture to people at work and my family, one of whom happened to be standing in line at that very moment in DC. Afterwards someone told me you're not supposed to use a cellphone at a polling place. Not sure why.

    I think it would feel sort of anti-climactic to just mail it in.
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    Voted early ballot last week. In and out in less than 5 minutes. Parking lot was full this AM.
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