Election Day 2008 Open Thread

This is the place for you to discuss what you’re seeing and hearing, both here in Virginia and from family or friends anywhere in the U.S.  How long did you have to wait to vote?  What number voter were you?  What were people saying while waiting in line?  Which campaigns had poll workers present?

At some point today, I may be providing a Virginia update on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Indie Talk Channel 110, so if you have any interesting anecdotes, post ’em here and maybe I’ll get to tell the nation.

NOTE:  UPDATES will be in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top and the first at the bottom.

UPDATE 11 (Riley):

The wife just voted.  No wait.  She just walked right in.

UPDATE 10 (Hirons):

Stafford County turnout is close to 2004.  We’re happy about that.  Expect similar results.

UPDATE 9 (Va Patriot):

2:30 p.m. Turnout in the populous GOP heavy precincts of Chesterfield County is high.  At the polling station I was working, it was well over 58% as of 2pm.

UPDATE 8 (Hirons):

1 p.m. — Why has obama deployed poll watchers and lawyers for every poll he’s the one who should be watched cheater-in-chief?

UPDATE 7 (Riley):

CNN is reporting problems with ballots in Chesapeake.  Apparently, rain running off of people’s clothing is getting the paper ballots wet and the optical scanners are having a difficult time reading them.

Also just received a phone call from Julie Lucas informing me that Obama supporters have stapled signs for their candidate onto VDOT signs all along the Pr. Wm. Co. Parkway.

UPDATE 6 (Pedro’s Dwarf):

Update from LoudounCo –

We got to the middle school to vote around 5:55, and found the line had hundreds in it.  To give you an idea, suppose the precinct was at Potomac H.S.: the line would have stretched to Mary Williams E.S.  Our precinct was split into lines by alphabet, and I was the 189th voter in the K-N line (easily the longest of the five lines).  I’m guessing I was around the 500th voter, and was out of the precinct about 6:50.  We have one electronic machine and probably 15 or so booths for optical scanner ballots … the optical ballots were a huge time saver.  I can’t figure out why someone would use the electronic.

Oh, and Riley got a write-in vote for Senate.  I’m still pissed we didn’t have a primary.

UPDATE 5 (Riley):

ABC News reports on two other guys in Barry Obama’s neighborhood who have shown up at his polling place to vote: Bill Ayers and Louis Farrakhan.

UPDATE 4 (Riley):

Townhall.com reports problems in Philadelphia where

GOP Election Board members have been tossed out of polling stations in at least half a dozen polling stations in Philadelphia because of their party status.

. . .

The City of Brotherly Love was roiled in controversy during the 2004 election because of rigged voting machines that showed nearly 2,000 votes for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry before the polls had opened. A man also used a gun to intimidate poll workers at Ward 30, division 11 in 2004.

UPDATE 3 (Not Not Jay Hughes):

6:35 AM – Eddie just told me there is a line that’s been looped 4 times over by election officials to accommodate the huge turnout and the polls weren’t even open. Folks are having to park in the Union Bank & Trust parking lot and walk across ladysmith rd to get to the school.

UPDATE 2 (Hirons):

05:25 — Off to work the polls happy election day! Checked on Falmouth first line 60 deep already.  Then off to Drew M.S. smaller line here.  Turn out is high in Stafford — probably not good news for the good guys.

08:32 — AP doing exit polling in Stafford.  Talking 4 to 1 to minorities over whites at a Republican precinct (Falmouth).  Expect it to be skewed.  Don’t trust the exit polls as they start to trickle out.

UPDATE 1 (Riley):

4:50 a.m — Arrived at polling place.  Already about 30 people in line.  Brand new precinct.  First time any election has been held there.  No Democrat signs or poll workers.  I plastered the place with signs for McCain/Palin, Gilmore and Wittman.

5:05 a.m. — Got in line.  I was approx. number 50.

5:11 a.m. — About 70 people in line.  Mostly African-American.  Still no Democrat signs or poll workers.

5:34 a.m. — Now about 150 people in line.  Still probably about 90 percent African-American. Still no Dem signs or workers.

5:45 a.m. — Sudden large influx of white voters.

6 a.m. — Polls open.  Probably about 350 people in line at a precinct that has just over 2,900 voters registered.  Told that over 200 people had already voted via absentee ballot.

6:15 a.m. — Made it through the line and voted.  Prepared to work the polls outside.  Found they messed up our sample ballots for my precinct, putting down Keith Fimian for Congress instead of Rob Wittman.  This was after they also messed up and didn’t get any Wittman signs.  Fortunately, Hirons dropped off a bunch for me last night.

6:30 a.m. — Dem workers finally showed up.  Definitely not from the community.  Had Obama/Biden, Warner and Bill Day signs.  Also had coffee and sample ballots.

7 a.m. — FOX News reports that Jeri Thompson, wife of fmr. Sen. Fred Thompson, said that there were around 300 people at 5:40 a.m. at her polling place in McLean.


15 thoughts on “Election Day 2008 Open Thread

  1. Rural Spotsylvania. Huge A-A turnout early, virtually no Seniors. I think Mac is holding his own here but not running it up like he needs to.

  2. NoVa… my wife waited an hour around 6, but I had a 5 min wait around 7:30… most people at 7:30 looked to be people stopping in before running to work…

    There were several pollsters at the Democratic table outside. The GOP table was there but did not see workers.

  3. Voted early in Chesterfield County, arrived just before 6, and stood in line (inside, thankfully) for 1 1/2 hours. The Obama folks had a cover, table, and materials. The McCain person stood nearby in the rain beside a sign, and spoke on her phone, though it was only 5:55 a.m. While getting in line to submit my completed ballot, I noticed a poll worker approach the lady in front of me. I missed what brought on this exchange. She looked over her ballot and said “uh-huh” a couple of times. It looked like she was verifying that she’d “voted right”. I dunno…. I saw that she’d bubbled in the first name, Obama, on the list.
    At my precinct, it was 50-50 black/white, I think. I am pretty sure that’s the typical make up of our small polling area.
    This county tends to be conservative.

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    We had big lines this morning at my precinct in Western Fairfax. The Democrats made a big show with their tents and lots of volunteers. Not that the Dems were doing a lot of work. Reminds you of a big, ineffective government program in a way. Until 8:30 or 9 AM the lines were long (1 hr 15 min or so to vote) , but after that things settled down pretty well. The polling place was using both electronic and scan (paper) ballots.

  5. I voted in West Central Fairfax, near Fair Lakes. Not a lot of young people, not a lot of minorities. It took me perhaps 20-30 minutes to get through the lines, no problems. Identification properly and respectfully requested.

    At our polling place, the GOP put on a nicer show, with cheerful, outgoing people and a perky flag-adorned table. The Dems featured a sullen teenager and a humorless middle-aged woman at a rickety, uncovered table. They mostly just sat there, rarely even venturing out to offer a sample ballot.

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  6. I live in Central Wyoming and I voted around 10 am MST. There were a few people standing in line, but these people were mostly changing their voting status due to a change of address in the last few months. The precinct that I vote in was kind of slow compared to others. I filled in one ballot and spoiled it, so I had to get a new one. The spaces where people stand was full the second time, so I had to wait a few minutes. All in all, I was in and out in less than 1/2 hour. For the most part, when the people got done voting they left or visited with friends that were coming to do the same thing.

  7. I voted in Newark, DE. I see alot of McCain Pallin signs in a Biden Country. I voted around 10:30 and it was very easy. They checked my ID and I voted in a minute for all GOP candidates. No lines at all. It would be amazing if DE goes Republican. Biden hasn’t done anything for this state.

  8. Voted at New Market, in the southern end of Shenandoah County. No wait to vote, was number 219 at 8:45 am…considering the number of registered voters is somewhere in the 1100-1500 range, turnout is very high in a VERY red district…if it’s like this all across the valley with high GOP turnout, this may offset any gains the Dems may have made in other areas.

  9. Excuse me, for accidentally stumbling up on this blog full of republican supporters full of hate and mislead ideas and sore losers!! OBAMA 2008

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