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From Tidewater VA

  • Nov. 4th, 2008 at 7:03 AM
calchandler
Well, I always hit the polls around the time they open. I'm usually within the first 20 within my alphabet range at my precinct. Today, I arrived at 5:30 to vote, and already there was a line that was out the door.

By the time the polls opened at 6 here, the line had been rerouted to loop around the courtyard of the school and then back around the building and into the football field out back. From the sound of things, there were some new voters, and many people had their children with them as well.

Things stayed moving slowly once the polls opened. There was only one machine to accept the ballots. The line to turn in the ballots once filled was probably only about 50 - 75 people long, and it moved quickly and steadily.

Once the polls opened, it only took about an hour to actually go through the whole thing, and despite the rain, it looks to be a good turn out here. I'll hit the road later and check out how things are going there and elsewhere later.

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fauxklore wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
I'm up in northern Virginia and arrived about 10 minutes before 6, to a fairly long line at my polling place. Once the doors opened it was about a 45 minute wait to get to the table where you show your ID and get the yellow voting permit that you give to the folks at the machines. By the time I got to the door, the line looked to be about halfway through the park, though it's hard to tell because the park road curves around and I couldn't see how they were routing things through the middle parking lot.

They had a delay getting the optical scanner working, which probably slowed things down, but once they got it working things moved faster. (They have only one scanner, but they have about 8 booths for filling in paper ballots. That is in addition to the 6 electronic voting machines they have.)

All in all, I would guess that it was just under an hour from when I arrived (before the polls opened) until I left.
metalheavy wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I'm in VA Beach. I got to the polls a little before 6 and I estimate there were about 300 people already in line. The first people got there at 3:30 in the morning.

All in all, it went smoothly. There were about ten machines inside.

It took me about two hours to and from.
fauxklore wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, one of my colleagues had a 2 hour 10 minute wait in Alexandria.
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