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Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • Nov. 4th, 2008 at 3:58 PM
I just got back from voting here in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo is a student-driven city in the southwest corner of Michigan. Before I voted I ran a bunch of errands and passed several other polling locations. Everything was very clearly marked, and most places downtown were offering free parking if you were voting.

My polling location was inside of one of the local university campuses. I walked there with a friend because free parking or not - it was easier not to drive. My suspicions were correct - every parking spot nearby was full. They had the voting in a large ballroom. When we got there around 3.30 there was no particular line, but it was very busy. People were very helpful.. there were some problems with my registration (my address was misspelled on the state database) but we sorted it out pretty quickly.

All of the ballots here were paper. I'm not sure about elsewhere but the five-ten people I've spoken to also used paper ballots. We had no alternative. They even provided us with with markers.

Our ballot was huge - there were a LOT of local elections up this year. It went pretty quickly though. When finished a worker helped me get the ballot in the machine. I was voter #1080 at my location today.

When we were leaving, the line was very long - they were telling people waits up to fifteen minutes. But my location is a very large prescinct, there were several stations set up for each section of the alphabet.

I was intending on going to vote this morning, but my entire neighbourhood lost power just before dawn. I suspected that things would be quite hectic at the voting location (which also lost power) and I was correct. I called and was told that I could come by, but if I could wait an hour or two it would be less of a hassle for me. That was fine, so I waited until this afternoon.

As far as how my county is going to vote - I have no idea. I was under the impression this is a heavily Democratic area, but the amount of Republican signs I've seen has been almost equal to the Democratic signs. This has made an air of excitement around for the voters - we've no idea who is going to win in our county. I heard people talking about it while waiting in line, and at least in my neighbourhood, it's a bit of a toss-up.


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celtickath wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
So glad you had an easy time voting! I'm in the Atlanta area and waited from about 6:35-10:45 on Friday to Early vote for Obama. We had a good deal of local ordinances, etc. as well. I was happy with my wait actually, I got to work a 9.75 hour day at the library, my usual Friday shift and then go home cold, but with the knowledge I wouldn't have to worry about today. Hopefully we'll all have some news before midnight...........no matter who we voted for!
tyskkvinna wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
I wish we had early voting here, but we do not. I spent all day yesterday being anxious, because I wanted to make sure I voted today! I heard some horror stories about the long lines... but my location was set up for 50 voters at any given moment, so it was going very smoothly.

I'm SO eager to hear news about it tonight :) Can't wait!
credendovides wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Voting early may not be all it's cracked up to be. I went last week around 2:00 for a nice "slow" time and had a 1 hour wait to vote early. My wife voted today in 15 minutes in and out.
amore wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
woo kalamazoo!
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