Well, clearly I should not have waited until today to advance vote. I arrived at the polling place at 7:30 am, half an hour after they opened the doors, to find a line of about 2500 people. I waited, with my seven new line friends, for six hours before I got to actually vote. The polling folks were very clearly unprepared for the turnout, with only 16 booths. I whipped through the touch screen voting process in about thirty seconds. I have now fulfilled my responsibility, and will now become a spectator. When I left the polling place around 1:30 pm, the line was longer than when I got there. (The polls also close at 7 pm, so if you do the math, some of those people are going to get shut out.) My feet hurt. Oh, and I don’t care who you vote for, but please vote. It’s a responsibility in addition to being a right. If I can wait in line six hours to make sure my ballot is cast, you can also take time to cast yours.
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My wife and I went to vote at one of the 4 places setup here in Cobb County GA on friday as well. Took us four hours to get through the whole ordeal. We showed up at 5:15 and they didn’t turn anyone away. At 6pm they just had a Cobb County sheriff out there turning people away who didn’t make it in line by 6pm.
like the man says get out and vote, regardless of your choices!