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Voters report long lines, waits
due to heavy turnout on
Election Day 2012

Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Andy Paras

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 11/6/2012 12:23:28 PM

Heavy turnout and long lines at polling places around the Lowcountry are either signs of a vibrant democracy or poor planning, depending on who you ask this morning. Voters are reporting waits of two hours or more to cast their ballots at some polling stations. John Mack of North Charleston said he waited over an hour at Burns Elementary School on Dorchester Road just to check in with poll workers because they had just one computer on hand to verify voters. Some 200 people were standing out in the cold and rain, he said.

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More machines than 2008 and the cold and rainy wait was still over an hour shortly after our local fire station opened up at 7 a.m.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: neenbean, 11/6/2012 12:27:47 PM     (No. 8992422)

We have waited 1460 Days to do this!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Stlouislaxbros dad, 11/6/2012 12:27:49 PM     (No. 8992423)

Chesterfield MO -- not long lines this morning at 70 or at 100 at Parkway West High School ... but my wife and I agreed that the voting machines always had somebody voting...no empty machines waiting for voters.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hairy Eyeball, 11/6/2012 12:28:03 PM     (No. 8992424)

This favors broken glass Republicans

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Stlouislaxbros dad, 11/6/2012 12:28:54 PM     (No. 8992427)

That's 7 am and 10 am.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: truthfetish, 11/6/2012 12:34:00 PM     (No. 8992445)

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Oh we'll savor watching the leftstream media late-nite coverage! I'm setting up the 2nd tv next to the big screen just to watch MSDNC. I don't want to miss one squirm.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blue Hen1, 11/6/2012 12:37:41 PM     (No. 8992460)

Can you smell the tea brewing?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: The Slammer, 11/6/2012 12:37:55 PM     (No. 8992462)

I wish I was as confident of victory as many who post on here. There are going to be many happy people this evening or some extremely disappointed ones.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lydwho, 11/6/2012 12:38:49 PM     (No. 8992468)

Chicago reporting here----

Our wards and precints were changed---went to the new assigned voting location.

Man assigned to look up our names in thick book only had one arm and when he tried to change pages could-not because pages would flip without 2nd hand to hold pages down.

Then found that he didn't know the alphabet so he could not find any names in the book.

We asked a 2nd person at the table to help him and found that she didn't speak English so she was just as bad.

We could have picked any two pages from the book and tell them that was us and they wouldn't know the difference.

This is America???

Art

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Reply 9 - Posted by: charliecoconut, 11/6/2012 12:39:54 PM     (No. 8992470)

I'm sick of hearing about weather and Black Panthers...there is simply no excuse for not voting in this election.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: ramona, 11/6/2012 12:41:16 PM     (No. 8992479)

I voted about 6:45 this morning and was #6 in my district, no waiting. Several others were there and for each one who left another one came in. Now I'm on my way to work, won't get home until 9 pm so I won't hear anymore which is good, because I remember too well the disappointment of 2008.

Prayers ascending that all attempts at fraud will be caught and publicized and put down.

May God bless the United States of America.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: graniteman2009, 11/6/2012 12:46:13 PM     (No. 8992489)

I was at my polling station at 7 am and it opened at 8 am, there were 160 people in front of me.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Msctex1, 11/6/2012 1:00:19 PM     (No. 8992540)

#8: No. But it is Chicago. That's how they get the Government they have.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: doublesharp, 11/6/2012 1:01:04 PM     (No. 8992541)

I always vote around 9:30 am. There was a line about 8 deep when normally it's walk in and vote. I sized up the crowd and they were mostly Romney voters. I predict a too big to cheat victory for R/R.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: steph_gray, 11/6/2012 1:01:39 PM     (No. 8992543)

Every single booth filled, parking lot to capacity, on off hour. Poll workers said it was nothing compared to morning. And this in blue MA.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 11/6/2012 1:04:20 PM     (No. 8992549)

Reporting from Springfield, VA: I don't normally vote until after work, but having taken the day off to be home for a visit from the drywall repairman (who I am still waiting for), I stopped by my polling place to vote after dropping my son off at school this morning. I got in line with the homemakers and retirees, made my way to the check-in table (ID required- Yes!), was sent to another table where I had to choose between electronic voting machine or paper ballot (paper? hanging chads? in Virginia?are you kidding me?). The line for the machines was much longer but it moved quickly. I cast my vote for Mitt, George Allen,and the GOP House candidate and answered 6 ballot questions (5 yes, 1 no) and was out the door in about a half hour. Not too bad. Since this wasn't my usual voting time I can't speak to whether this was normal or not for the time of day, but my precinct leaning left, I suspect it was average to less than average. Virginia goes to Romney.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: geneinnyc, 11/6/2012 1:08:25 PM     (No. 8992557)

FWIW: I live, and voted in, Harlem. Lines seemed shorter than '08 and even '10. I was in and out in 15 minutes.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 11/6/2012 1:14:37 PM     (No. 8992580)

My observation from the midwest - I chose mid-morning because we usually don't get big crowds at that time of day. Today, for the first time I saw the parking lot FULL & there was a long line to vote. I spoke to a neighbor (poll worker) & she said that there was a long line at six a.m. Unusual for this area. I am reminded of the "turn-out" at Chick-Fil-A in Aug.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Jiobaobubai, 11/6/2012 1:15:12 PM     (No. 8992582)

I voted in The OC and it took almost an hour! No complaints, I was happy to see it, but I have never waited that long in 27 years of voting. :-)


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Reply 19 - Posted by: Susannah, 11/6/2012 1:20:18 PM     (No. 8992599)

#14, YES. Very long lines at the Mass. polling places. I don't know whether this bodes good or ill for Republicans. I live--by force of circumstance--in a very blue town. I have actually seen Brown signs here, which is amazing, but I'm still very nervous.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: pomom, 11/6/2012 1:27:31 PM     (No. 8992614)

We waited until 11 am to go to our precinct to vote here in Ohio. Two people in front of us checking in and about three waiting in front of them with the voting machine cards to vote. It was a 20 minute process in total.

I had dressed in layers because it was sunny but in the 40's, and I thought we'd be standing in line outside. I was so happy to walk right in and git 'er done for R/2.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 11/6/2012 1:51:50 PM     (No. 8992660)

I voted at 630 am ct. Very busy. On my way into work I saw large numbers of voters waiting outside other poling places. I drove by an elementary school at lunch at there were between 10-150 cars in the lot with more coming in. Amazing! I've never seen anything like this.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mitzi, 11/6/2012 2:00:07 PM     (No. 8992679)

NYC ... I just got back from voting. We had three precincts in one polling place ... and there were lines at each table. They had about 8 booths set up to mark ballots. I don't recall how many scanners.

The poll workers were doing an excellent job of keeping things moving along.

The really long lines here will be tonight when people get home from work.



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Reply 23 - Posted by: snakeoil, 11/6/2012 2:00:15 PM     (No. 8992680)

It took me 3 minutes to vote at noon in Georgia in a majority black district. One minute to fill out the form, 30 seconds for the pole worker to check to see I wasn't using a Kenyan drivers license, 30 seconds to stick the plastic ballot in the machine, and 1 minute to click RR. There were 10 voting machines and I was the only one using it at the time. Don't know what this means. But I will refuse to watch any election coverage and will click lucianne.com @ noon tomorrow to find out what happens.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Penney, 11/6/2012 2:05:01 PM     (No. 8992698)

There were long, long lines where we voted mid-morning here in the Missouri Ozarks! It touched our hearts to see so many of our elderly neighbors there, many in wheelchairs with their sons & daughters. It is VERY important to people around here to vote, especially in this important election, the outcome of which is so vital to the future of our county, State and America the Beautiful!

Singing along right now with bumper music on RUSH, ''Hit the road, Barack, and don't ya come back NO MORE!!!''

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Reply 25 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/6/2012 3:08:53 PM     (No. 8992845)

Here in south Florida I hear that there are long lines at some places and short ones at others. Miami-Dade County is Democrat but the only long lines seemed to be in Hialeah, which is Cuban. It has been said that Florida will go Republican with the Cubans and Jews putting Romney over the top. There are long lines on Miami Beach, heavily Jewish. In Parkland which is affluent and heavily Jewish there are long lines. In 2008 most houses there had an Obama sign on the front lawn. Not one has been seen this time.

My daughter and son in law voted early voting and went at a time when a Dolphin game was on TV so they did not have to wait very long.

It looke like a Romney win to me.
Last time I went to the polls was 2008. This year, now almost 91, I finally voted absentee.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: judy, 11/6/2012 4:11:03 PM     (No. 8992989)

The lines were longer than any time in my 35 years voting at the same locality.

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