Friday, October 31, 2008

Arizona Early Voting, Part Deux

My spouse went to vote early today, Friday, at the same place I waited for an hour-and-a-half yesterday. They waited seven hours.

Everybody who was in line at the time the community center closed at 5 p.m. was promised they would be able to vote. It's probably still happening. My spouse (who was interviewed on-camera by local television,) said they were told it would stay open until about 11 p.m.

I wanted Spawn Of shrimplate to see this, so we drove over mid-afternoon. The parking lot was overflowing. The line of people started at the left front of the building, snaked around the back, then entered. We carried a pumpkin-spice latte and a scone to my ever-patient spouse, passing hundreds of people to get to them.

If there were any Republicans among the throng, they weren't talking. And everybody was talking.


Eli Blake said...

To be honest, I wish that the Obama campaign had targetted Arizona early on.

It will be competitive, but if they'd gone at it early on I think by now it would be more like where Colorado is-- increasingly out of reach-- for McCain.

Awake In Rochester said...

Wow! I've seen that on T.V., but I never had heard anyone talk (ah blog) about it. I don't think that N.Y. has early voting.

I'm lucky, there is voting here for the apartments, so no waiting.

dbackdad said...

Very good. My spouse voted a couple of days ago at Peoria City Hall. I think she said there was not a significant wait.

It really seems like a lot of voters (including first timers) want to make sure their votes are counted.

wunelle said...

Our early voting lines have remained manageable. Susan voted a couple days ago, and waited for less than an hour. So my walk-right-in experience was aberrant, but not ridiculously so for our part of WI.

Seven hours is... a commitment!

Anonymous said...

Seven hours is heroism, Shrimplate. I hope they at least let people take snack and bathroom breaks. And I hope the Dems make sure this never happens again (but am not holding my breath).

Here's hoping that Shadegg falls to the Mighty Markos Machine.

--Charles of MercuryRising

Amy said...

I never thought I'd be moved to say it, but Democracy is a beautiful thing.