Observations from Virginia on Election Day
1. Turnout was very strong early. Line was very long. Took 2 hours of waiting to cast our votes.
2. Turnout Demographics of that early line: Very very strong for African Americans and Hispanics.
3. My ID was checked, as was everyones, with a list of acceptable ID's that was very broad. VA rules are no ID at all = you can still vote, but only a provisional ballot.
4. Despite being an educated professional, the voting machine was still slightly confusing at first (a more prominant insert card here would have been useful).
5. The line was very very quiet. Probably due to early am time (arrived at 7 am, left at 9 am).
6. I cast my first vote in my lifetime. So at least there is that I suppose.
7. All along the hallway (it was a school) we were lined up in there were signs comparing Romney and Obama Policy, created by the kids. As you might imagine, they were generally rather positive about Obama, and no so much about Romney.
8. No exit polling was being done. Not on the way in. Not on the way out. The only folks outside were those handing out the "sample" ballots for each party (I refused both, I know who is who and what is what).
9. VA has two Constitutional Amendments on this ballot, one (limiting the power of emminent domain to clear public good/non-private/non-profit reasons, I REALLY hope wins. The other was....odd, dealing with what seemed to be statehouse rules of the "how we make sausage" variety, where a yes or no seemed meaningless either way tbh.
So there you go, Fish's sights and sounds of election day in VA.