The media has been abuzz about long lines for Early Voting, so today several of us decided to go try and vote after work. I arranged to meet a friend at the polling place about five minutes from school (each of us taking our own cars). When I got there, I had a hell of a time parking, and a woman heading back out to her car said that she'd had a six hour wait. Yikes! She told me she'd heard that lines at Galleria were only 45 minutes, so I decided to head over there -- plus, it's only a few minutes from where I live. I arrived at around 4:30 and was told the wait was approximately an hour and a half. Sure enough, I finally walked out the door at 6:05, along with the sticker in my icon. Fortunately, the line moved quickly, which gave the illusion of not taking nearly as long as it really did. There was a chill in the air, so some waiters from a sports bar in the mall came around with hot chocolate. I read a few chapters of Sarah Vowell's new book about the Puritans, which I thought rather fitting for the circumstances. And when I finally stood at the booth and clicked Barack Obama's name ... well, I practically squeed aloud and couldn't stop grinning. It felt GREAT. (Voting is supposed to be secret? Oops. I'm too thrilled and proud to keep my mouth shut. ;)
For the heck of it, I took a phonepic of the long lines, just because the huge turnout makes me so happy. And I'll throw in a photo of gorgeous orange-y autumn tree!
The line there is two rows deep, and then it snaked around quite a bit once we got inside. As I said earlier, I'm really glad that it moved so quickly. I made a point of complimenting the elections officials for keeping things moving -- this week must be quite stressful for them!
(That said, I could've lived without the policeman who, when I discreetly asked if it'd be possible for me to duck over to the ladies' room, loudly replied, "You wanna take a bathroom break?" Gee, thanks for announcing that to the whole damn crowd.)
And here's a tree near the Starbucks where I stopped for pre-voting coffee sustenance.
In conclusion: YAY FOR VOTING! AND YAY FOR HIGH TURNOUTS! Regardless of which party these people support, I'm just thrilled to see so many people participating.