posted on Nov, 2 2004 @ 10:34 AM
I went early and was shocked by the line and even the traffic mess created by those trying to get to the polling place. It's usualy empty, and I've
never had to wait before, but this line was about 250 people deep when I got there about 8am.
They had started two lines - one for checking in and getting a blue card, and another to actually vote. I wondered how easy it would have been to take
my blue card to Kinkos and make 100 copies, but the total number of voters was tallied was blue cards were handed out, so theoretically only the
number of actual check-ins could be counted.
There was also a new system in place of computerized voting with touch screens. Nice enough, easy to see and understand, but there were already some
machines having problems. One of the officials was going 20 deep in line and asking people first if they were good with computers, and second if they
wanted to use the "slow" machine. Interestingly, the folks he picked to ask were all under 30-ish, and looked somewhat modern in dress and
hairstyle. I wondered if he was picking people who looked likely to vote in a certain way for their votes to be "lost" in a malfunctioning machine,
but he didn't pick me in my Birkenstocks and tie-dye so I felt less paranoid
He would let you cut in line, but couldn't guarantee you'd finish
up any faster than the 20 people in front of you. I declined the offer to jump ahead as I'd prefer to use a functioning voting machine, and I was a
bit skeptical of the thing and how long it would remain functioning if it was that slow.
All in all it went faster than I expected, and was less vocal than expected. People weren't saying much about the party they were voting for, and it
seemed almost a forced silence on political issues which has never been the case when I went to vote - a political "don't ask don't tell" to keep
the peace, I guess.