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Old 11-06-12, 01:16 PM
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Where do you live in MPLS? I spent about 12 minutes at my polling place in Longfellow.
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Old 11-06-12, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Scheherezade View Post
Where do you live in MPLS? I spent about 12 minutes at my polling place in Longfellow.
That line is outside of the Sibley Park rec center. I live just North of Lake Hiawatha (Standish Ericsson neighborhood).
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Old 11-06-12, 01:27 PM
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Disturbing that there are such long lines which could discourage people from voting and could easily swing some close races if there aren't enough polling locations in areas that might favor a particular candidate.

Didn't have any issue at my polling place - there were 6 balloting booths available and only 2 were occupied.
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Old 11-06-12, 02:03 PM
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Rode my bike to vote at 7:15 am this morning. Spent 1 hour in line. Then almost got hit by driver on my way home who didn't think he needed to clean the frost off his windows to see.
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I did the mail in thing a couple of weeks ago. I think I'll continue to do it that way.
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Old 11-06-12, 02:27 PM
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No line; one minute to verify my ID; one minute to fill out ballot; one minute to wait for wife. My ballot was 354th submitted at 11:30 this morning in our precinct.
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Old 11-06-12, 03:00 PM
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I was 200-something for the S-T names. No idea what number overall at that location (no way to tell, really). When I got there about 2 pm the only line in the place was in S-T, and I had to wait like 10 minutes for maybe 4 people in front of me.
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I also waited an hour and a half or so. There were several different precincts voting in one elementary school gymnasium. It was chaotic and no one knew where they should be. I'm not sure if it is always like this here--this is my first time voting in NYC, but I suspect the chaos had to do with the recent storm.
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Old 11-06-12, 03:49 PM
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I got in line at 6:50.

I was #67 to vote.

I voted at 8:10.

There's something wrong when it takes that long to register a person. Many people left to go to work, and will they come back later??? Who knows. I was late for work, and that's not good for a teacher. I called ahead, then rode my bike the 8 miles to school. I got there just as the bell was about to ring and in my hurry I took the last turn too sharply and hit my pedal on the road. I spilled into the parking lot and got pretty bad road rash on my elbow. My students thought it was awesome.

Pretty eventful day.
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Old 11-06-12, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Fishmonger View Post
I got in line at 6:50.

I was #67 to vote.

I voted at 8:10.

There's something wrong when it takes that long to register a person. Many people left to go to work, and will they come back later??? Who knows. I was late for work, and that's not good for a teacher. I called ahead, then rode my bike the 8 miles to school. I got there just as the bell was about to ring and in my hurry I took the last turn too sharply and hit my pedal on the road. I spilled into the parking lot and got pretty bad road rash on my elbow. My students thought it was awesome.

Pretty eventful day.
Seems like folks who can't afford to be late or take time off work are more likely than others to be affected by this. Hmm...
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Originally Posted by Commodus View Post
Seems like folks who can't afford to be late or take time off work are more likely than others to be affected by this. Hmm...

As always, the little guy gets hurt the most.
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wow, crazy lines. It took me about 20min - I was there when the polls opened and it took them a few minutes to get into the swing of getting everyone through.
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Old 11-06-12, 07:16 PM
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Walked through the door at 12:22 walked out at 12:25, voter#685. If I had been in L-Z line I would have had to wait for a couple ahead of me.
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Old 11-07-12, 11:37 AM
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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 hope you remembered to show yourself your photo ID.
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Old 11-07-12, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Fishmonger View Post
I got in line at 6:50.

I was #67 to vote.

I voted at 8:10.

There's something wrong when it takes that long to register a person. Many people left to go to work, and will they come back later??? Who knows. I was late for work, and that's not good for a teacher. I called ahead, then rode my bike the 8 miles to school. I got there just as the bell was about to ring and in my hurry I took the last turn too sharply and hit my pedal on the road. I spilled into the parking lot and got pretty bad road rash on my elbow. My students thought it was awesome.

Pretty eventful day.
Voting rules for Utah:"Employees who do not have 3 consecutive hours when not required to be at work during the hours polls are open are entitled to up to 2 paid hours leave to vote. The employee must request leave before Election Day. The employer can set the time for leave, but employee requests for leave at the beginning or end of work hours shall be granted."

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As always, the little guy gets hurt the most.

Voting Rules for New York:"Employees who do not have 4 consecutive non-working hours between polls opening and closing, and who do not have "sufficient" non-working time to vote, are entitled to up to 2 hours paid leave to vote. Employees must request the leave between 2 and 10 days before Election Day. The employer can specify whether it be taken at beginning or end of shift. Employers must post this rule conspicuously 10 days prior to election."


I found all that on this site. http://www.findlaw.com/voting-rights-law.html
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Old 11-07-12, 12:11 PM
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My district includes only about 80 homes. Even if everyone arrived at the same time, the line wouldn't be that long.
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Old 11-07-12, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by enigmaT120 View Post
I hope you remembered to show yourself your photo ID.
I always card myself.
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No ID and no booths... Just a bubble sheet and a scanner. In and out in 5 minutes.
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I rode (as always), locked up, then got in line with 3 people in front of me about 10 minutes before they opened at 6am. The workers had to figure out how to print out the pass codes to get you access to the electronic booths, so it took a few minutes longer than it should have. I appreciate the people who work the polls, but I thought they would have went through a few trials or training or something ahead of time so they weren't figuring it out on the fly. Glad I got there early though, because by the time I left the line was already dozens deep.
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Only took about 5-10 min at my place, but I would have waited longer -- I was otherwise home sick.
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Originally Posted by ckaspar View Post
Voting rules for Utah:"Employees who do not have 3 consecutive hours when not required to be at work during the hours polls are open are entitled to up to 2 paid hours leave to vote. The employee must request leave before Election Day. The employer can set the time for leave, but employee requests for leave at the beginning or end of work hours shall be granted."




Voting Rules for New York:"Employees who do not have 4 consecutive non-working hours between polls opening and closing, and who do not have "sufficient" non-working time to vote, are entitled to up to 2 hours paid leave to vote. Employees must request the leave between 2 and 10 days before Election Day. The employer can specify whether it be taken at beginning or end of shift. Employers must post this rule conspicuously 10 days prior to election."


I found all that on this site. http://www.findlaw.com/voting-rights-law.html
Ah, very sensible.
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I waited about 25 minutes at 5:30 last evening. My wife waited 40 minutes at 6AM. A friend who voted at lunchtime waited an hour and a half. All at the same polling station.
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Old 11-07-12, 02:45 PM
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A good friend in Northern VA waited 4 hours.
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I rode to the polls after work as well. Waited in line for about 10 minutes only to find out that our polling location had changed at the last minute. By this time it was 30 minutes until the polls closed so I had to ride somewhat quickly to the other location. It wasn't too far, though, only a few dozen blocks. Fortunately there wasn't a line at the new location so we were able to vote just in time.
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