Time to Vote!


I think it’s time to toddle up to my polling place and cast my ballot for the candidates of my dreams. I’ll be back in a few minutes.

UPDATE: Everyone has to contribute their polling anecdote, so here’s mine. There was a huge line. I had to wait five minutes to vote.

Seriously. I always vote at 10 am, and normally there’s maybe two or three people voting and no line at all for the remaining machines. Today, all six voting booths were full and there were four people in front of me in line. The poll workers were so worried about this state of affairs that they were offering paper ballots to anyone who didn’t want to wait.

I know: boo hoo. But compared to normal, my polling place was much busier than usual. I have no idea what this means.

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