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I voted.

... and here's an image of my very blurry receipt, or as close as we get to having such a thing here in Georgia:

I'm a Georgia Voter


The line wasn't bad. I queued up at 11:40 am and finished at the stroke of 1:00 pm, so an hour and 20 minutes. I was able to find a parking space in the nearly-full lot, and I had my hot tea with me. Things were orderly: one of the volunteers passed sign-in cards down the line so that people could be ready when they got to the check-in point.

I saw more women than men voting, but that's to be expected in a residential area at that time of day; a fair number had young children in tow. I saw several of our neighbors. No one visibly disobeyed the political clothing rule, although I did see at least four men in solid, bright red shirts, one of whom was wearing a FDNY baseball cap, obviously evoking 9/11. I saw some blue shirts as well, but only one that was so bold that it looked like it was selected for the purpose of advertising the voter's preference. At one point in the line, I could see voting screens, and I did see one woman in a white shirt voting for Obama. I did not mean to look, actually - my eye was drawn there by her two children, who seemed to be having fun playing ring-around-the-mommy. She bent down to curtail them, and that's when I glimpsed her screen by accident.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear a Firefly fan behind me evangelizing the show to a female friend who had accompanied him. "The show has a huge fan base!" he enthused. I piped up: "Yes. Yes it does." He laughed, and told his companion, "See? It's everywhere!" I played my cell phone ringtone (the show's theme) for them, and got a thumbs-up. He was nattering on to her about the huge lines for the panels at Dragon*Con, etc.

Speaking of cell phones, no one said a thing about them. There were no signs posted at the polling place about not using them, no one was directed to turn theirs off, and there was nary a whisper about camera usage. I did not violate Georgia law by photographing my vote, but I think I could have done so without anyone uttering a peep about it.

Just for fun, here's a poll:

Poll #1291426 Did you vote?

Did you vote in the 2008 election?

Yes
9(100.0%)
No
0(0.0%)

When did you vote?

I took advantage of early voting.
3(33.3%)
I voted on Election Day.
6(66.7%)
I did not vote.
0(0.0%)

Do you plan to watch the election results as they come in?

Yes
7(77.8%)
No
2(22.2%)


I've got my popcorn ready for tonight's results.

Comments

( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
goodjoan
Nov. 4th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
I took a picture :) no one said I couldn't!
pointedview
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Post it, behbeh! Friends only, if you're concerned! :)
goodjoan
Nov. 6th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
It's up on my facebook!
pointedview
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Ah. I deactivated my Facebook a while back, so I can't see it there. I believe you, though, of course!
goodjoan
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
OK, uploading it via the new iphone lj app!
pointedview
Nov. 12th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Thank you, and yay! ;)
catarzyna
Nov. 4th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
I opted for the paper ballot.
alien_sunset
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
results
i think Bill would love to be able to watch the results come in, and i's fairly interesting to me too. but we are on the east coast, so it would mean staying up late (we are such old fogies) and then there is the fact that we don't have TV...

Bil will most likely pull up the results in the morning when he gets up.
theano
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
You left out "voted absenteeeeeee"! :)

Off to bed, would be suicide to stay up and see the results.....
pointedview
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
I was including that in "early voting," since you do it in advance. :)

However, you are quite right that the results will still be there tomorrow ... and more accurate, most likely.
organfailure
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
I CANNOT HIT REFRESH FAST ENOUGH OH MY GOD
jasondemotte
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
They wouldn't let people take photos where I voted. But it was nice, took 30 minutes and was the busiest I've seen my local polling location since I started voting there. Which I'm happy to see.

pointedview
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, mine was very busy, too! I think the busiest location I've ever seen was back when we lived further in -- I went before work in 2004, and the lines were utterly crazy. Here, at least we were inside the building from the outset, and not snaking around outside. 'course, that could've had to do with the time of day that I went as well.
goodjoan
Nov. 7th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I didn't see anything specifically saying I could NOT take a picture, and I figured if they did say anything, I'd tell them Oprah told me to do it! (Gayle King suggested everyone photograph their ballots!) A friend of mine came up and voted at the machine beside me and the kids started to talk and then she and I stood there talking for a minute while we read and voted. That's when I pulled out my phone and snapped a shot of the top corner of the ballot. I doubt anyone even saw me do it.

Is there really a law against it?
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