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.
Comments: 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!''
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.
Now that the U.S. government is back in business, it means the feast is over for White House squirrels who have overrun the first lady´s garden. When the government shutdown more than two weeks ago, most White House gardeners were furloughed and those that were allowed to stay on were only allowed to water the plants. Triming, fetrilizing, transplanting, mowing and harvesting were all off limits. Without any human intervention, the White House squirrels went to town on the Obama´s prized organic garden, muching on tomatoes and the rest of the produce just coming into harvest. ´The bushy-tailed residents are feasting on
So what does the balance sheet look like now that the US Congress has reached its 11th hour, 59th minute agreement to end the debt ceiling crisis? President Obama won this stand-off. The main achievement of the Republican Party was to shoot itself in feet and brain. [Snip] This ensured two things: that it would get the blame for the government shut-down; and that knowing this, Obama didn’t blink, thus forcing the Republicans into a humiliating surrender. Brilliant. Even now, many Republicans don’t know what hit them. One of them, however, shows he at least has got it:
One of the few remaining British survivors of a German prisoner of war camp immortalised in The Great Escape film has died aged 91. Royal Air Force gunner Frank Stone, of Hathersage, Derbyshire, was taken to Stalag Luft III in Zagan as a teenager during the Second World War after his bomber crashed in Mannheim in 1940. He was in hut 104, home to 76 airmen who tried to escape via a 348ft tunnel in 1944. But the alarm was raised before Mr Stone, who had helped dispose of soil from the tunnel, could join them. Of the 76 men
Russian scientists believe they have identified a new and more virulent strain of HIV. The subtype, known as 02_AG/A, is spreading rapidly and is now thought to account for more than 50 percent of new HIV infections in Siberia. The virus was first seen in the city of Novosibirsk in 2006 and is thought to be the most virulent subtype of the virus in Russia. [Snip] The number of HIV positive people in Novosibirsk has jumped from 2,000 in 2007 to 15,000 in 2012, according to Russia’s Federal AIDS Centre and 50 percent of the new cases have been caused
Local councils across the country have been told they will have to follow EU rules from 2015 which mean paper, metal, glass and plastic will have to be collected separately. Some authorities had previously allowed homeowners to mix their recycling waste but under the new plans all recyclables will have to be split alongside garden, general waste and food compostables--leading to many households having up to seven different boxes, bins and bags. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) minister, Lord de Mauley has told local authorities in an open letter that homeowners will have to separate their recycling
President Barack Obama told reporters on Wednesday night that the United States must ´get out of the habit of governing by crisis´, after the Senate passed a debt-limit bailout bill following a crushing defeat for Republicans. An hour after the Senate move, the House followed suit with its own vote that beat a midnight debt-ceiling deadline. Obama spoke just before 8:30 p.m., moments after the Democrat-led bill passed in the Senate by an 81-18 vote. By 10:20 p.m. the House had heard and approved the measure 285-144. In each tally, Republicans were the only dissenters.
Republicans´ new worst fear isn´t defaulting on America´s debts. If an immigration policy favored by the White House and Senate Democrats should become law, 17.3 million newly legalized immigrant voters would emerge by 2036, eager to reward the party that gave them a path to citizenship. The White House has shifted gears and put its policy team in immigration overdrive, zooming past the debt crisis that threatened to sink the republic and on to the task of normalizing the estimated 11 million U.S. residents who have no legal basis for being there. The Democrat-dominated U.S. Senate passed a bill in June
Last month, I had the chance to walk along the beautiful National Mall in Washington, DC. The serene stretch of parkland from the Lincoln Memorial to the National World War II Memorial is my favourite part, and the weather´s autumnal perfection was enough to make me forget politics, despite my location. The week after I returned to New York, the Washington I had just left descended into a rank citadel of "shutdown" politics, with monuments closed off from public viewing and partisan posturing bringing all constructive debate to a halt. Since that so-called shutdown began, the mood in the United States has
Lowcountry residents shopping for a new health insurance plan with coverage starting Jan. 1 may be forced to choose between their preferred insurance company and their preferred doctor or hospital. That’s because individual plans purchased through the new federal health insurance marketplace, and even some plans bought outside the marketplace, will have fewer in-network providers than many patients are accustomed to. [Snip] Here’s an example--neither Medical University Hospital nor Roper St. Francis Healthcare are included in the provider networks for new individual policies offered by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the largest private insurer in the state.
What´s wrong with Brum? EVERYTHING, according to a damning new report by Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw who has described it as a "national disgrace" which compares unfavourably with Cuba and parts of Eastern Europe. I don´t dispute his analysis for one moment. But I certainly don´t share the Schadenfreude many will be experiencing on having their worst suspicions confirmed about arguably Britain´s most despised city, home--so opinion surveys keep telling us--of Britain´s least favourite accent. As someone who used to speak with that accent myself--Alvechurch C of E Primary--and whose grandfather and great-grandfather made their fortunes there, I see
The London think tank Chatham House has just recognised Hillary Clinton with its annual “Chatham House Prize,” in part for her “significant and impressive contribution to international diplomacy”. It’s just the latest in a series of accolades the former Secretary of State has received in the past nine months since she left office, according to The Washington Post. As The Post notes, the wave of awards has a great deal to do with her gilded status as the front runner for the Democratic Party presidential nomination for 2016: “The awards circuit has effectively become Clinton’s pre-campaign campaign, allowing her to
What the Hell was that all about? After days and days of shutdown, after banging on the debt ceiling, after 800,000 people were sent home without pay, after war memorials were barred and parks closed--what have the Republicans achieved? Some negligible tweaks to Obamacare. Oh, and now only about four people are prepared to admit to pollsters that they are Republican. The Grand Ole Party leveraged its reputation when it tried to use the shutdown to injure Obamacare.[Snip] Actually, using the shutdown this way wasn´t necessarily a bad idea. Obamacare is unpopular and likely to be a jobs-killing measure.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday admitted defeat in the fiscal debate that resulted in the government shutdown and pushed the nation toward a default, saying it was a "good fight." (Snip) But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us," he added. "In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts."
In a bookend of sorts to his 21-hour “filibuster” against the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke for just under 10 minutes Wednesday evening in opposition to an imminent Senate vote that would reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling to avoid default. Cruz denounced the Senate deal as “terrible,” saying it will do nothing to help the “millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare.” Speaking for the “American people,” Cruz said the Senate deal “embodies everything that frustrates” them about the “Washington establishment.” The majority of the speech centered around Cruz’s opposition to the health
On CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday, Robert Redford said congressional criticism of President Barack Obama is racially motivated. “Don’t get me started on that,” the left-leaning actor said when asked about political gridlock in Washington, D.C. “What I wanted to see [in Obama´s second term] is turning out to be a bit of a dream that never came true. I don’t envy [Obama´s] position. I think he is a good man. I think he is an intelligent man, a compassionate man who can’t function in that environment. That environment — it is so decrepit. It is so paralyzed. And the worst
Rep. Peter King thinks Republicans in the House could have bargained for much more than they´re getting in a pending Senate deal, if only the House had kept the government open in September and focused on negotiations over the federal debt limit. "Instead we look like the crazies," King, a Republican from Long Island, told me this afternoon from Washington. "Shutting down the government, throwing barricades against the White House, and having Ted Cruz reading Dr. Seuss, this is like the theater of the absurd. Except that it´s serious."
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says he hopes the House “will get some adult supervision from the Senate” to achieve a debt ceiling deal. (Snip)King said he would vote for that deal, and blames Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for this fiscal mess. “Ted Cruz has been a total fraud from the start,” King said. “It never could have succeeded. I can’t imagine going into battle knowing you can’t win and continue telling your people you are winning. It’s Never Never Land, parallel universes, whatever you want to call it.” Congress, King added, will be back in the same boat in three to four
The White House set low expectations for the Affordable Care Act´s October 1 debut, so anything remotely competent should have seemed like a success. But three weeks on, the catastrophe that is Healthcare.gov and the 36 insurance exchanges run by the federal government is an insult to the "glitches" President Obama said were inevitable. This isn´t some coding error, or even the Health and Human Service Department´s usual incompetence. The failures that have all but disabled ObamaCare are the result of deliberate political choices, which HHS and the White House are compounding with secrecy and stonewalling. *** The health industry and low-level Administration
The deal reached by Congress on Wednesday to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling averts a financial catastrophe but leaves the weakened U.S. economy facing new threats. The agreement will send about 450,000 federal employees back to work and restart paychecks for the 1.3 million employees who stayed on the job during the shutdown. Getting those salaries back in circulation will help economic growth, particularly in the Washington area. More important, the threat of a default on the national debt has been avoided, along with the recession and financial crisis that may have accompanied a failure to
Grover Norquist isn’t happy with the Defunders. The Americans for Tax Reform president told reporters today that they have a lot of apologies to make and bridges to re-build. “It’d be a good idea if they stopped referring to other Republicans as Hitler appeasers because they opposed the strategy they put forward which failed,” Norquist says. “I think if you make a mistake as big as what they did, you owe your fellow senators and congressmen a big apology — and your constituents, as well, because nothing they did advanced the cause of repealing or dismantling Obamacare.” Norquist refrained from naming the
The bipartisan deal to reopen the government and temporarily lift the debt ceiling includes one small Obamacare element -- a provision that says people´s incomes must be verified before they can get Obamacare subsidies to help pay their insurance premiums. But this was not a concession to Republicans, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told CNN´s Jake Tapper on Wednesday. "It´s, you know, it is, frankly, a bit of a fig leaf, which we were happy to give, but that was not a negotiation. That was not what Ted Cruz and the others started to demand that we give them." [Video] Schumer noted
Call it the “Animal House” shutdown. At the end of that seminal American comedy about a rowdy fraternity, the charismatic Otter makes an impassioned speech to his fellows about their enemies on campus: “We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!” To which his friend Bluto replies, “We’re just the guys to do it.” Congratulations, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, the two
Healthcare.gov, the web site for Obamacare, is the crown jewel of the American welfare state and President Obama´s signature domestic policy achievement. Hundreds of millions of Americans will use Healthcare.gov every day for decades to come if the site ever functions properly and Obamacare becomes as permanent a feature of American life as Social Security. Yes, we can! So, if you were picking the IT firm to design Healthcare.gov, you would spare no effort to make sure every potential bidder knew about the opportunity, that the integrity of the bid selection process was beyond question, and that the company most likely to create
A Portland, Oregon man urinated in a Mt. Tabor reservoir Wednesday causing the city to take its critical water supply off line and dump millions in gallons of water. [Snip] officials saw five people throwing objects into the reservoir, while one person began to urinate into it [Snip] David Shaff, said that because of this incident, roughly 7.8 million gallons of drinking water will be discarded. He said the bureau often finds dead animals in the same drinking supply but the water isn’t dumped. “This is different,” Shaff told the newspaper. “Do you want to drink pee?"