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.