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Originally posted by MBM:
I just got my vote on! Have you voted? What was the experience like? Long lines? Paper ballots? Electronic? What was the mood? Were there a number of other black folks there?

I waited about 30 minutes and we had electronic ballots. I was up in line with my new red, black & green AA.org shirt - representing!! brosmile

Yes, I voted this morning. I got there at 7:00 AM when the polls opened. There was already a line. It took me about an hour to make it through. I only saw one person leave because they had to be at work at 8:00. [I am hoping that they were a Republican winkgrin]. The area where I vote is largely white and affluent. I live here because of graduate housing.

I was a little worried about what would happen when I got to the table where they check your registration. You did not need to show a picture ID if you had your voters registration card, but I had both ready. Fortunately, there was no problem.
I did the damn thing. I had no problems whatsoever. We still use the curtain/lever machines that never seem to have any reported problems. I vote in an area that is overwhelmingly black. The woman in front of me did have some sort of problem with her address not being right, though. There were no lines, though. It was about 8:00.
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Originally posted by MBM:
Have you voted?


Yup.

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What was the experience like?


I filled in the ovals with a #2 pencil last Sunday at home, and tossed it in the mail at the post office.

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Long lines?


There were 3 guys in front of me at the post office, all mailing their absentee ballots, just like me.

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Paper ballots?


Yup.

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Electronic?


Nope.

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What was the mood?


Calm.

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Were there a number of other black folks there?


None at the post office when I mailed it, but my wife was in the house while I filled out the actual ballot.

winkgrin
I had no problem at all. I voted right after I finished my shift from work (1am-11am) and got there at 11:35am. I finished at 11:45am. There weren't too many people there at that time, so I wasn't in a line at all. But I'm sure that the lines became huge around 4pm or 5pm.

We have that electronic voting. We've been using it in Macon, GA since 2002.
I waited until I thought the morning rush would be over and went to vote about 10:00 a.m. There were no lines, no problems.

Our little polling place is in an elementary school gymnasium. As usual, I signed in, took my little No. 1 pencil and 8 1/2 x 14 legal-sized sheet of paper up to the cardboard put-together-yourself voting booth and casted my vote!! This time, because there several judgeships on the line, there were actually two additional places to vote on the back of the paper!! Put on my little "I Voted Today" sticker and proudly dropped that little poor-excuse-for-a-ballot into the lock box!

It was a good day! Big Grin
I still have 4 months before I'm old enough to vote, but I still took my Aframerican self right on down there to the polls with Mama, and I stood right by her when she got her vote on. It wasn't really crowded when we got there and everyone was relaxed. I saw the most beautiful thing there too...

A little while after we arrived, a fresh-faced, young, smiling Black man walked proudly through those doors and got his vote on too. I think it was his first time; he looked like he couldn't have been more than 18 or 19. I felt so exuberant when I saw that because he's making a difference and he's helping to crush the stereotype that Black people don't care about politics. When I smiled at him I could see in his eyes that he knew he was doing something very special. It just made my whole day.
Yep, voted without a problem. Not so much as an ID check. Wasn't even strip-searched like everyone told me I'd be.

So, have we learned anything from the experiences we ourselves had yesterday? Noone was out to suppress us. Noone was going to pull us from out the line and harass us. Noone whatsover, nationwide, had major problems going to the polls and voting. A lesson in taking the usual political 'hype' with a grain of salt next time around.

Oshun still using the alarmist paranoia language I see. Calling the job that supports her means a 'plantation'. Ridiculous to be sure. In her language, losing her job gets her off the plantation. So would that be a good or bad thing? Who knows.

Nevermind, I think we've all learned a little about language and reality. They do not always reflect one another. I do feel for Jesse Jackson a little today. His tactics for the election somewhat backfired on him and the dems and may have cost Kerry rather than helped him.

Good to see folks taking part in the process.

Hillary in 2008? Obama?

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