How Long Did it Take You to Vote?

  • shoelessj

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    Oct 31, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    I early voted today and the total amount of time spent was about 1 hour, 20 minutes. Anyone else have long waits either early or on Election Tuesday?
    (Of course, absentee voters are exempted, I would imagine.)

    But I felt better than I ever have after voting.


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    Oct 31, 2008 1:43 AM GMT
    I voted Monday morning. I walked right in and voted. No line to wait in. It was awesome.
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    Oct 31, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    I tried to vote, last Friday, and the wait was > two hours, so I gave up. I tried again on Weds., and it took about 50 minutes to get to the booth.
  • Bunjamon

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    Oct 31, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    I voted by absentee ballot! It took me a whole minute to read the whole thing and fill it out. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 31, 2008 2:43 AM GMT
    3 hours
    i got there at 11 and expected it to go by fast
    3 hours later i finally got to the front

  • stevendust

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    Oct 31, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    Permanent Absentee voter here, so I had no wait times. I had already planned how who or what I was voting for or against, and just bubbled and mailed away. icon_smile.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 31, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    I voted early at our county courthouse at Monday. I waited about 5 minutes.
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    Oct 31, 2008 3:06 AM GMT
    Can't vote absentee here in Massachusetts unless you are physically unable to make it there or can show you will be out of the area.

    So, how long has it taken me? About 4 years.
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    Oct 31, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    15 minutes. And the bulk of those 15 minutes was spent actually tapping the screen with that nifty little plastic pen thingy.
  • EricLA

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    Oct 31, 2008 5:01 AM GMT
    10 minutes. I mailed in my ballot. It took ten minutes to research the propositions here in California that I didn't quite get.
  • Menergy_1

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    Oct 31, 2008 5:13 AM GMT
    No waiting at my early voting location outside Santa Fe -- a minute to check in and get the ballot. It took me maybe 4 minutes to scan the booklet of propositions and then read the tiny print of the propositions and some of the minor office nominees on the ballot. 1 minute maybe to bubble and put the ballot into the electronic machine -- bingo! Done!

    (Four years ago I moved down here from San Francisco and wasn't a resident in New Mexico yet nor did I have an absentee ballot from California. All I could do was watch in horror as the results unfolded in 2004...never again, I said. So -- duly registered, I'm participating in my small way in the outcome of our country and my state - for better or worse, I guess! And I'm a very optimistic person, by the way.
  • BizzQuik

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    Oct 31, 2008 5:14 AM GMT
    It took me long enough to read about the stuff. I love Oregon's mail in system. I have never had to wait to vote, as soon as I get my ballot I can vote and mail it back. Yet I still managed to screw it up and not put it in privacy envelope before putting it in the other envelope.
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    Oct 31, 2008 5:15 AM GMT
    30 minutes I did absentee!
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    Oct 31, 2008 5:48 AM GMT
    it took us about 45 minutes last night, but it was ok since there was a hot guy a few people forward of us in line ;-)
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    Oct 31, 2008 5:56 AM GMT
    Ten minutes is all it took for me !!! Walked straight up to the desk and requested to vote absentee, and the lady pulled out a form, asked some simple questions, I signed, then voted at the machine. The waits some of you describe make me wonder what it will be like next Tuesday !!!! I hope people don't get sent away, or just give up !!! Don't they have to keep the polls open untill all have voted who entered the polling building before the cut off time???
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    Oct 31, 2008 6:22 AM GMT
    generally it's where the line ends, be it inside or outside.
  • ArmwrestlerJi...

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    Oct 31, 2008 12:40 PM GMT
    I voted yesterday, about an hour and 15 mins.
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    Oct 31, 2008 1:46 PM GMT
    I voted last Friday (Oct 24). No line, no waiting.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 31, 2008 2:54 PM GMT
    The first time about 20 minutes, less the other 243 times...GOD I love ACORN!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif






    KIDDING!!!!
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    Oct 31, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    Ducky44 said30 minutes I did absentee!

    ditto.
  • healthseeker

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    Oct 31, 2008 3:08 PM GMT
    Just got back from early voting here in Ft. Lauderdale, total time 2hrs, 10min.
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    Oct 31, 2008 3:11 PM GMT
    30 minutes - but it wasn't because of the lines, it was because of having the longest ballot since the 1920s!
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    Nov 02, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    I am in Franklin County, Columbus, OHIO.
    I voted on Saturday, November 1, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium...as an "in person, absentee vote". I waited in line 6 hours, .....The line was LONG and was constantly moving and almost felt like I was at an amusement park waiting for a roller coaster ride or something. Parking was a zoo and all of the candidates’ organizations and propositions and everything had pollsters there handing out literature. It was a strange almost carnival type atmosphere. Everyone seemed to be in a good mood and very friendly. There was free food (pizza, sandwiches, chips, candy and fruit) and drink (water, juice, pop) being handed out, plenty of things around to read or watch and lots of conversations to be a part of. The media was there interviewing people and just videotaping the entire thing. I got there at 2 pm and left at 8 pm. Fortunately the weather was uncharacteristically nice, with lots of sunshine and temps in the 70's.....very strange. The mix of people was amazing, young, old, many races and ethnicities, styles of dress, etc.....the only thing that was consistent, was once you got inside of like 500 feet of the polls, the deputy sheriffs made everyone take off any type of political stickers and put away any type of political handouts and literature. Many had to turn their t-shirts inside out or put on jackets or whatever to cover the political messages.....a almost surreal public clothes changing spot. Saw several people tossing shirts or swapping shirts or clothes on the spot....made for an interesting show....there were some very HOT guys too!
    It took way too long and it is not the way I wanted to spend a nice Saturday but it wasn't a terrible experience. If this is what it costs to make sure my vote is counted, I'll do it again.
    After being on my feet that long, I went to a friend’s house and we got in the hot tub and soaked and had a couple beers and some really good shrimp-kabobs….. It was a nice end to a different kind of day……So went my voting day experience.icon_lol.gif
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  • DrStorm

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    Nov 02, 2008 5:58 PM GMT
    Since I am South African, I was privileged to vote in South Africa's first truly democratic election. I stood in line from 7am and voted at 5pm. It was cold and rained all day. However, it was probably one of the most thrilling and uplifting things I have done in my life and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

    This US election is is an epic event, one in which I cannot participate since I am not a permanent resident of the US. Keep in mind exactly why it is that you are standing in that line. A couple of hours sacrifice of your time may make all the difference to you in years to come.

    To quote a famous president: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".

    Peace
    daWeatherMan
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    Nov 02, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    In 2004 I waited in line = 4 hours. This year = 0 minutes. Absentee baby!