Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Barack The Vote.

Yesterday Kenny and I discussed our strategy. He looked at me with concern and said, "can you get up at 5:30am?" Son, please. I have gotten up earlier than that for a shitty rural craft show! I think I can handle it. To give him credit, he was up at 5:00, making coffee and toasting waffles. As we left it was starting to rain, so we grabbed our umbrellas, decanted the coffee and headed out the door. We drove the mile to the polls and gasped. The line of voters wound around the church, down the sidewalk, across the parking lot, across the neighboring parking lot, up to the street and back down the street. DAMN. We couldn't park in the church lot so we backtracked and found a spot in front of someone's house.

It was dark, it was raining, everyone was in good spirits anyway (except maybe my sister Molly who looked less than thrilled. I don't blame her. It was a long damn line). I've never seen such a turnout at our polling place and I was quite heartened. I mean, hell, I've stood in line in the rain for a composter, so it's not a big deal for me, but I also have an understanding boss, a patient husband and a flexible schedule.

All in all, it took us just under two hours to vote and it was totally worth it. OBAMA '08!

10 comments:

  1. DO THESE HOURS-LONG LINES SEEM UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO ANYONE ELSE? OR, MAYBE NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL, BUT SERIOUSLY FUCKED UP?!

    It should be easy to vote. Grrr.

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  2. Don't you love living in a "battleground state?"

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  3. Good for you! Thank you for waiting in lines, thank you for it not being convenient for you to vote from your heart, thank you for doing it ANYWAY! I <3 people like you! You rock!

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  4. Obama just won Ohio!!! WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Yay! And Sara, I do agree that it should be easy, but in my case my district is probably 80% to 90% African-American, so I was happy to see the long lines.

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  6. Thanks for going and waiting and voting on behalf of the rest of us! You rock!

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  7. Thanks for waiting. My polling place was ridiculously easy. I was the only person. Pretty funny huh? I didn't expect a crowd, but I was surprised being the only one. Ha!

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  8. I have to say I kind of hoped everyone would be so jazzed to vote for Obama and would go really early before work. My omniscient boss let us out two hours early if we wanted and I waited zero seconds.

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