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fotoman311

It's Election Day!

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50 minutes in line before I got my ballot. Lots of young people in my district, which includes parts of Heritage Hill. Ran into two sets of neighbors, a guy who works at the neighborhood store, another guy who did a couple of PedalGR rides, and a couple of other people I felt like I recognized.

*proudly wearing my sticker*

As we were approaching the table to get our ballots, one poll worker said they already had more voters after 45 minutes than they'd had the entire day at the August primary. I was ballot #117.

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I was ballot #193 and the 180th person to drop it into the machine.

*proudly wearing my sticker*

Don't forget to get your free starbucks for any coffee lovers!

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I was ballot #24 (usually ballot #3 in other elections at the same time)

There was a line when i arrived at 7am, but I was in an out within a half hour. I also too saw many of my Union Square Neighbors!!!

San Chez is also giving away a free tapa with your "I Voted" sticker.

If nothing else, it is so exciting to see so many people involved this election year!!

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I was ballot #254 in Precinct 9/Mulick Park Elementary. Took about an hour - we got there at 9am. A volunteer said Krispy Kreme is also giving away free donuts with your sticker.

*proudly wearing my sticker*!

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I was ballot #191 at 7:10 this morning. The lines were fine; the bottleneck was at the machine that you put your finished ballot in. This took about 30 seconds/ballot.

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Ballot 33 - #37 to go through the counter. Not sure how that works, but OK.

In line @ 7:05, in my car @ 7:30. Would've been quicker, but we had to organize the lines and procedures for the election workers, as they were overwhelmed by the large crowed. I'm sure they are much more accustomed to the small crowds of a non-national election. Usually I am ballot 4 or 5. One year I was ballot 7 - @ 5PM. Scary.

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FWIW, you don't need an "I voted" sticker for any of the free stuff. It's actually illegal, so they either have to give free stuff to everyone, or not do the promotion.

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I got in line at 7:45, and didn't drop my ballot (#188) in the box until after 9:00 at ward 2 precinct 7. I counted 12 booths, are there more at other locations? Or, are the election workers just extra slow at my location?

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Ward 3, Precincts 42, 43, 44. Line was out the door and around the corner at 7:15 am. About 50 mins to get a ballot!

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#175. Waited for 40 minutes. During the last election I was one of two people there.

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Voted by mail about three weeks ago (forgot who I selected for the dog catcher slots). No sticker...the one from the primary is on my bike helmet.

The year I worked the primary, we had about 100 voters by 8 pm. Someone on Shelley Irwin's show mentioned the Cedar Point-like zig-zag lines with voters lined up.

Wearing my Hollyhock Lane July 4 parade shirt, so I doubt **$$ will challenge my voter status.

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I was # 34 at my polling place in Holland. Usually I am #1 or 2 at 7:00 AM. I think a lot of people over-reacted. There was no line later, at 9am.

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I would've voted at 10 or 2 - just to miss the crowds - because I work close enough to my polling place to be able to sneak out for a little while. However, my 8-yr old wants to come with Mom and Dad, so we're going to wait until suppertime. The downside is not being able to wear the sticker all day... :unsure: I'll let you know the length of line and # tomorrow...

BTW, AlexPKeaton is exactly right; any promotion giving something for evidence of voting is illegal. Otherwise you'd have widespread money-for-votes in certain "reliable" neighborhoods... :whistling:

Starbucks had to go national with its retraction, making a tall coffee free for anyone who asked for it - regardless of voting status. Krispy Kreme donuts were free also...

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I voted at some school off of Coit north of Michigan Ave., and was voter 476 at 3:00 p.m. Tons of young people in line. Usually I vote after work and am number 50-80.

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Ward 2 Precinct 1 (St. Thomas School Gym). Voted this morning at around 7:45a.m. - took about 20-30 minutes from start to finish. I had ballot #100 and was #102 to feed it to the machine. We had six actual stand up "booths" to mark your ballot, but there were several other spots around the gym they were stationing voters to fill out their ballots.

Got my sticker and like others I'm sporting it proudly. Also enjoyed an election day Krispy Kreme at lunch. Delicious - with red, white and blue sprinkles!'

*fish

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I was number 197, and proudly wasted my vote today. No line at 10:30 at my location.

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I was ballot #193 and the 180th person to drop it into the machine.

*proudly wearing my sticker*

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Was ticket number 254 at around 9:45am in my local Plainfield Twp precinct. Stood in line with my wife for about 45 minutes (got there at 9am). Precinct Polling crew lead mentioned that they expected about 1000 people today So... doing the math: 245 votes in the first 3 hrs = about 80/hour. Polls open for 13 hours x 80/hr = about 1000 voters. Having said that, it strikes me that we were there at what should have been about as "off peak" a time as possible. The pre-work and after-work rushes have got to have even higher volumes. If so, 1000 total voters may be too low an expectation in my precinct...?

The process was pretty smooth, although I long for those days pre-"chad" when we had the latest/greatest LCD touch screens. This "fill in the circle with your pen" drill only conjurs up nightmares of 50 page political science tests in my college days.

BTW in non-presidential years, my precinct usually never has more than 2-3 people in it when I vote.

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Was ballet #200 at Ward 1 Precient 20. I think I was #197 in the machine though. This was at around 11:45 in the morning that I went to vote. Is sad that we don't get many voters at this precient.

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I was number #130something at mine around 7PM. According to the map, it looks like it's designed to serve an area walkable by anyone but is suburban and thus doesn't capture much of a population at all. There was no line and I was in the room with only 3 other voters.

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Obama will be the next president of the USA!! Bushism has been broken!!

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Took Yesterday off for the election, and a Doc Appt.

I was #244, and there was no waiting at all when I went (8:45 AM) Although that generally is the case in my precinct, since a lot of the people vote absentee.

That being said, I never got my sticker, but I still got my free coffee from Starbucks! (And paid for it later in other ways)

Also:

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Best Image Yet from this election.

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