November 4, 2008

Poll Report

Here's my brief poll report on how voting went this morning.

The kids had the day off from school and chose to sleep over their grandparent's house. That meant no getting them ready for school, so I could get on my way early. The polls opened at 7 AM, but I took my time getting ready. After Maggie left for her class, I drove over to the Somerset Public Library sometime before 8 AM.

The door I usually enter was locked, so I walked around to the other side of the building and entered at the "VOTE HERE" sign. The polling place was set up as usual. There was no actual line, but there were two people in front of me, chatting with their neighbor poll workers. I saw about 6 other people in the booths marking their ballots. My only wait was for the chatting to subside.

I got my ballot in a minute or so, and quickly marked it in the appropriate locations. I can't say I felt anything too special casting my vote, certainly nothing like I felt in 2004. I expected to feel more, but I simply felt I was filling some very small responsibility. You don't really deserve a huge amount of credit for voting, especially if you only waited a couple of minutes to do so, as I did. I count myself as lucky.

I put my ballot into the ballot box and I was voter #186.

People were very cheery at the polls. The bake sale had a number of people browsing the wares. I headed back to my car and drove off to get the traditional election day celebratory snacks for the office. This year it's apple pie and Leddy's doughnuts.

Tonight I'll hang out in front of the TV with some papers to read, with one eye on the results. Maybe I'll play some games with the kids, if they don't have any homework and we'll watch the projections together. The girls will probably be going with Maggie to vote, since she wanted them to get a chance to be a part of this election.

Posted by James at November 4, 2008 12:45 PM
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I was vote #1129. There weren't lines, really, but a steady stream of voters. A lot of names had been crossed off the lists. The girls helped me mark the ballot.

Posted by: Maggie at November 4, 2008 3:00 PM

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