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Patriotic Pony

I voted today!

I didn't see Obama there, which was probably a good thing. It meant that the polling place wasn't clogged up, and my friend and I could get in and not have too long of a wait for a booth. Seems that Illinois offers both pen-and-paper ballots and touchscreen ballots. I got the regular pen-and-paper one, but I heard an election worker giving one lady instructions on how to use the touchscreen.

We didn't get stickers, but we got warm fuzzy feelings anyway.

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dawtheminstrel
Nov. 4th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
I see on the news that Obama voted really early and then went to Indiana to campaign some more. Then I saw film of him coming home with plans to play basketball this afternoon. (Can you tell I'm watching MSNBC obsessively?)
frenchpony
Nov. 4th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
I waited until mid-morning because I was going with a friend, and she's not the "vote at the buttcrack of dawn" sort (especially because she was up till the wee hours working on a conference paper).

Our jazz class was canceled today because the professor was also going to Indiana to campaign.
jay_of_lasgalen
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
I saw Obama voting on TV, and wondered about you. Do you use the same polling station? It would have been cool to bump into him!

frenchpony
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
We do indeed use the same polling station! He was there several hours before I was, though. I think I'm glad about that, since the TV pictures show it being very crowded when he was there, and the crowd had thinned down considerably by the time my friend and I got there.
dot_o_choillmor
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
We don't have touch screen voting here. We were supposed to get it a few years back but the machines didn't work properly or something so they're all locked in a warehouse somewhere. It's tiny pencils and bits of paper for us!

So do they start counting when the first polling stations close or do they wait for them all? That's probably a stupid question but remember I live very far away!
frenchpony
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Each state reports in after its polls close and they've had time to count the votes. Consider that the continental U.S. alone runs through four time zones, and you begin to see why election night is an all-evening event.
dot_o_choillmor
Nov. 5th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, people were still voting when I went to bed and I just turned on the tv to discover you have a new president!

We don't start counting until 9am the following day but yanno, one time zone... ;-)
frenchpony
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
One kind of weird thing is that, with the way the Electoral College is arranged, one can call the election even before the polls close in Alaska and Hawaii. The residents of those states traditionally vote in a done deal (although 2000 was a fluke).
elliska
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
I voted too. I did get a sticker. The old man standing next to where you submitted your ballot was giving them out. Instead of handing it to me, he stuck it on my shirt pocket. Now look down at your own shirt and think about what your shirt pocket covers... I was pretty stunned, but then I figured the poor old man was probably about 100 and probably didn't have a clue...maybe couldn't even see where on my shirt he stuck the sticker. So I said nothing and went along my way. Interesting start to the day though...
frenchpony
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
There does come a time after which little old men really aren't responsible for what they do. Most men seem to think they've reached it sooner than they really have, though.
gwynhyffar
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Are you going to party in the park tonight??
frenchpony
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Nah -- I don't have a ticket, and I'm at the school's party.
meggins
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
I voted, too, and I got a sticker. It's even a bit fancier than what we usually get. I've read several other posts, though, where people did not get stickers. Is there a sticker shortage? Alack!

Some places around here were giving out freebies if you were wearing an "I Voted" sticker. I didn't get to any of them, but it was nice to know.
frenchpony
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Well, we got a President. All in all, I think that's better than a sticker.
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