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    Voting Experiences (The Ballot Box)

    Here in Chicago, it took me and the residents of Precinct 8:Ward 1 at least an hour and a half to vote (Got on line at 6:10 am).

    Reason Why: Chicago chooses to use archaic voters boxes, (Scratch Pen to fill out arrow). The voter registration data is also handled manually, so lines breakout via Precinct, Ward, Last name, once you enter the building (god forbid todays temperature would've been the Chicago avg. for this time of year). Please, never mind basic modern advances such as the computer, our modern strategies such as the assembly line.

    I've only voted in the states of New York and Wisconsin before today, and I can clearly say now that the voting experience differs greatly by locale. Until we as a country (This is an area where fed involvement is needed) do something to unify this process, we will continue have the voter fraud, voter denial, and voter disenchantment that we hear about every four years. This effects all of us.

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    voted in Philly today, there were alot of people but not long lines. pretty solid operation

    the actual machine itself is a non-Diebold "paper touch" system - it's a piece of paper over the buttons, you click the led lit buttons and hit a big green VOTE button - machine looks about 35 years old - which I approve of - it's just old enough to speed things up considerably but not new enough to change every Obama vote into a McCain vote via computer hack.

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    Voted in Vermont today. Pulled into the local armory parking lot at 8:25, voted, pulled out of the parking lot at 8:30. Scored my "I voted" sticker for a free scoop at Ben and Jerry's, which will almost certainly be Chunky Monkey.

    Paper ballots

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    it just took me 2 minutes in line here in Jerz

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    I early voted in Florida last week...15 min wait:yes:

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    [QUOTE=Stan Blinka;2840919]I early voted in Florida last week...15 min wait:yes:[/QUOTE]

    Good God, I hope you guys have your crap together this time. How about a call before we go to bed? Another fiasco like last time and I say sell Florida to Cuba.;)

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    [QUOTE=TerryBadway;2840845]Here in Chicago, it took me and the residents of Precinct 8:Ward 1 at least an hour and a half to vote (Got on line at 6:10 am).

    Reason Why: Chicago chooses to use archaic voters boxes, (Scratch Pen to fill out arrow). The voter registration data is also handled manually, so lines breakout via Precinct, Ward, Last name, once you enter the building (god forbid todays temperature would've been the Chicago avg. for this time of year). Please, never mind basic modern advances such as the computer, our modern strategies such as the assembly line.

    I've only voted in the states of New York and Wisconsin before today, and I can clearly say now that the voting experience differs greatly by locale. Until we as a country (This is an area where fed involvement is needed) do something to unify this process, we will continue have the voter fraud, voter denial, and voter disenchantment that we hear about every four years. This effects all of us.[/QUOTE]

    I voted last week in Chicago, and had a short (20 minute wait). The central stations (for early voters) were actually quite modern and used touch-screens that printed out paper records you could inspect.

    The ballot was also absurdly long, full of judges, calls for constitutional conventions and referendums on our crappy governor, which is why it took the Obamas like 20 mins to fill them out this morning.

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    [QUOTE=nuu faaola;2840973]I voted last week in Chicago, and had a short (20 minute wait). The central stations (for early voters) were actually quite modern and used touch-screens that printed out paper records you could inspect.

    The ballot was also absurdly long, full of judges, calls for constitutional conventions and referendums on our crappy governor, which is why it took the Obamas like 20 mins to fill them out this morning.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, that section of uncontested judges was just obnoxious.

    Nuu, where are you in Chicago?

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    [QUOTE=TerryBadway;2840987]Yeah, that section of uncontested judges was just obnoxious.

    Nuu, where are you in Chicago?[/QUOTE]

    BTW, Terry, you mentioned you were on the northside. Where?

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    [QUOTE=Timmy-y-y-y;2840991]BTW, Terry, you mentioned you were on the northside. Where?[/QUOTE]

    Wicker Park - Bucktown......I live near the Milwaukee, Damen, North (six corners) intersection.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;2840856]voted in Philly today, there were alot of people but not long lines. pretty solid operation

    the actual machine itself is a non-Diebold "paper touch" system - it's a piece of paper over the buttons, you click the led lit buttons and hit a big green VOTE button - machine looks about 35 years old - which I approve of - it's just old enough to speed things up considerably but not new enough to change every Obama vote into a McCain vote via computer hack.[/QUOTE]

    Hey bit, who'd you vote for?

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;2840856]but not new enough to change every Obama vote into a McCain vote via computer hack.[/QUOTE]

    and it sounds like quick and efficient way to vote under all those bogus ACORN names!

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    [QUOTE=TerryBadway;2840987]Yeah, that section of uncontested judges was just obnoxious.

    Nuu, where are you in Chicago?[/QUOTE]

    I live downtown, in River West.

    I see we are both on the Blue Line!

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    I voted in Chesapeake, Va. It took me an hour. Very long lines. But once you got to the checkers, it went quickly. We used the plastic card into the electronic ballot box touch screen type thing.

    I hope the lines aren't long tonight when I go back to vote again. Oops! Did I say that out loud???!?!?!? :D

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    [QUOTE=shakin318;2841004]Hey bit, who'd you vote for?[/QUOTE]

    he definitely voted for McCain :yes:

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    Voted in North Jersey at 8 AM...was in and out in 3 minutes.

    It was fairly busy, but it was organized well which cut back on the wait time.

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    [QUOTE=nuu faaola;2841009]I live downtown, in River West.

    [B]I see we are both on the Blue Line[/B]![/QUOTE]

    I'm so happy for you, I'm just a tingle! :D

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    in and out in here in Camden...which is a shame, because i was hoping to use voting as a nice excuse to be late to class, but what can you do...

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    [QUOTE=Tanginius;2841017]he definitely voted for McCain :yes:[/QUOTE]

    Nah, he's a Nader-ite. :D

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    I voted at 10:00 a.m. Steady stream of people but no wait.

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