I came, I stood in line, I voted… finally

Looks like there really might be a decent turnout for these midterm elections.

Long line at polling place, North Nashville

We got to our polling place just after 7 AM, and there was already a line out the door. I went to get coffee and juice for me and Karsten, picking up a few extra cups of coffee for anyone else in line who wanted them (several groggy people were happy to take them), and got back in line and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

When we checked in, Karsten sailed through, but I wasn’t on the books for some reason. So I had to go to the fail-safe voting table, wait for one of the volunteers to call in to the checkpoint to make sure I was legitimate, and then go back in line and wait.

And wait.

And wait.

I finally did get to vote, though, and I hope everyone else gets a chance, too. It feels so good to wear that “I Voted” sticker, doesn’t it?

4 Comments so far

  1. jag (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 10:51 am

    When we pulled up to the East Nashville Head Start, we were very pleased to see a short line. A deceptively short line, since there was a looooong zig-zag inside.

    All told, though, we were in and out in about 30 minutes, and really liked the new touch screens. Yay, voters!

  2. S-townMike (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

    Kate: I early voted at Howard, but I was wondering about the 15th Av. (it was the church, right?)site; how many voting machines were there? How many volunteers? Did the volunteers seem pretty savvy about the process?

  3. Kate O' (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    Mike: yep, that’s the church. 4 voting machines, 10-12 volunteers and 2 official watchers. The volunteers did seem pretty savvy, for the most part, and also pretty good-natured. For a 2-hour ordeal, it wasn’t at all as painful as it could have been.

  4. Liz (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 8:18 pm

    You posted this shot to my flickr group (Nashville: more than the twang). The glory of the Long Line.

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