My election experience

OK, so you thought "AHA, the election is done, all the political BS goes away now." Sorry, my experience kinda sucked, so I need to vent.

My polling place is located in a local school, the school is fenced, so there is one way in, one way out. I was greeted my a couple of people campaigning inside the parking lot. While technically legal, it's bad form, neither of those candidates got my vote.

It took me 20-30 minutes to park, making multiple loops around the parking lot, passing those campaigners over and over, before I finally found a spot.

When I stepped inside the entry-way was filled with people, luckily for me one of the people there was nice enough to tell me I had to go register first before I could come back out here to stand in line.

The registration table was set up way inside, near the voting machines, only 4 where working, 2 had just arrived and were being set up.

State law says there should be 1 machine for every 250 voters. So, 4-6 machines, says there should be roughly 1000-1500 voters for this particular polling place. There are 2,364 voters for my particular polling place. So, there should have been 9 or 10 machines there, not 4-6. Of course since no one got fired for leaking all our SSNs into the wild, I have to assume no one will get fired for breaking state law with regards to the election.

After showing my ID and signing their little log book, I was told to get in line, the end of which was back at the entrance, out of sight of the people running things.

Two hours later, I had moved a little ways in, but still had a long way to go. We were then told that it only looked like there were 4 lines, they had actually split the line and pulled people out to sit on the benches because the lines were so long. So they merged people back into our line, some of those people merged in ahead of us, had arrived after us, because no one kept track of the people they had pulled out of the line. I finally got to vote at 8:10pm, I had arrived at my polling place at 4:20pm, just shy of 4 hours for a 2 minute vote.

The worst part, when I got to the front of the line, no one was checking ID, nothing. Just if you were in line, you got to vote. I wonder how many people voted more than once, or voted who were not registered to vote?

7 Nov 2012 12:27:41


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