Paper ballots, pokin' sticks: Your polling place experiences
Several commenters today wrote about their experiences at the polls. Their thoughts are compiled below; add your own in the comments section. We're also looking for Election Day (and night) photos.
A number of voters reported sparse attendance at the polls today:
1995hoo: I vote at the Kingstowne precinct (corner of Van Dorn and Lake Village Drive). Went at 10.30 and it was the emptiest I've ever seen, even compared to years with Board of Supervisors elections. There were two people on line at the "A to K" checkin and nobody on line at the "L to Z" checkin (the latter is my part of the alphabet). In and out in under five minutes. Given the left-leaning nature of this part of Fairfax County, I'd say it bodes well for the Republican ticket. Now if the Sickles voters stay home, I will be happy.
nodebris: At Arlington's Lexington precinct, voting was steady but light at 8:50; mostly older people while I was there.
oldtimehockey: Chesterbrook is my precinct. Voted this morning at 830, with about 4 people in line, all in the M-Z line, randomly. I'm a solid D, and it was a pretty thick group of Comstock people.
mbcnewspaper: It was quiet at Lee HS in Springfield this morning. And like the other polling places mentioned, the place was wall-to-wall in terms of Republican signage, although there was a Dem poll worker there handing out sample ballots. Also, those who were there to vote when I was there were all given paper ballots rather than voting electronically. Odd. If this isn't confined to one or two polling places, it will delay the precinct reporting tonight.
Several other voters also were perplexed to receive paper ballots today:
AGM611: "I voted this morning at my precinct in Vienna. I've always voted electronically. Today we received paper ballots. When I asked why, I was told by those working at the polls that "Richmond required us to use paper ballots this time." Is that true? And if so, why?"
Millpond2: "I, along with AGM611, had the same experience at my voting precinct in Oakton. It was obvious by looking at the setup that it was deliberate and organized, not a last-minute change resulting from a glitch with electronic voting machines. There was even a ballot box that automatically "swallowed" the paper ballot when the ballot was fed into the box - similar to feeding an original document into a fax machine or copier. I think it is clear that Ms. Kumar's comments are inaccurate."
Swine flu precautions were widespread in the commonwealth, spgass1 notes: "This morning in Warren County, wooden sticks were given out to touch the touch screens."
Sarner examines sign demographics: "I fully expect Chesterbrook and the other precints right around there, voting at Kent Gardens, McLean HS, etc., to be carried by Deeds. The % of liberals in the area is very high. Unlike other precincts, I also noticed today that the signage at the Chesterbrook precinct greatly favored the Democratic candidates. I'm not suggesting that has any impact on how most people vote, of course!"
Christopher Dean Hopkins
November 3, 2009; 6:13 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009
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