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Old 11-06-2012, 08:36 AM
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Michigan here. In our small town of about 4,000 people, the polls opened at 7:00 and by the time I got there at 7:15 there was a long line out the door. We have the old-fashioned fill-in-the-circle paper ballots. Everyone was quietly respectful, I didn't hear any political discussions going on, just a discussion between a couple of people behind me about how wasteful our government is, lol.

Old 11-06-2012, 08:36 AM
Location: Barrington
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No wait in my neck of the woods. Almost everyone I know, voted early.
Old 11-06-2012, 08:39 AM
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Polls opened at 7:30 am. Got there at 7:30 am, couldn't find anywhere to park. Circled the block twice, finally parked at a private business that doesn't open until 9am. Line was outside the building, once inside, everyone had to stop at an entry/welcoming desk, where you were directed into one of three lines based on your last name. When you made it to the front of the line, you had to present your ID to a clerk who wrote your name down in a voter book, then you had to present your ID to a second clerk who looked you up in the rolls, and you had to then sign the voter roll, after which you were handed a paper slip to hand to the clerk at the voting machines or to the clerk handing out paper ballots. The paper ballot line was shorter, so that's how I voted. All in all, it took about forty minutes. Was surprised at how many people brought children this year. I've seen mothers with toddlers before, but many of the children there this morning were school-age.
Old 11-06-2012, 08:42 AM
Location: Denver
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Polls opened at 7:00 AM, I walked there from my house 5 blocks away in Denver, arriving at 6:50.

I was #4 in line in M-Z and voted without issue.
Old 11-06-2012, 08:44 AM
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From Lincoln, NE: went in at 8:00 on my way to work. There were about 8 people in line in front of me. Was in and out within 15 minutes.
Old 11-06-2012, 08:44 AM
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I voted this morning around 8:30. There were about 50 people in front of me. It took about 30 minutes. I was surprised being that I live in a rather rough neighborhood. And for those who think the black people are voting for the president, I was especially surprised by the amount of white people voting at my precinct. We have been getting more residents via some new developments and apartment communities and I guess a lot of whites have moved into the neighborhood.
Old 11-06-2012, 08:48 AM
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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Arrived at 6:50AM and they opened at 7.

I voted and was out the door at 7:35. The line grew as soon as I got there. My guess when I left the wait was about an hour.
It was very well organized.
Old 11-06-2012, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by John13 View Post
Arrived at 6:50AM and they opened at 7.

I voted and was out the door at 7:35. Lines grew as soon as I got there. My guess when I left the wait was about an hour. It was very well organized.
I feel like my polling place wasn't that well organized. They had two elderly ladies working together checking IDs, looking up names and having voters sign. When I've voted in the past there have been several people doing that, divided into groups by last name. If all they have is those two old ladies, I can see things getting very bogged down when the crowds get bigger. Maybe (hopefully) they have more help planned for later in the day.
Old 11-06-2012, 08:57 AM
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Voted around 9:30 a.m., town of about 44,000 in northern Illinois. There was no line, just a steady stream of voters coming in and out. Paper, fill in the circles ballot. I was in and out in 15 minutes.
Old 11-06-2012, 09:09 AM
Location: Raleigh
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Raleigh, NC. I voted at about 10am. They had set up a long table where people could vote as well as the "booths." I was number 363. Polls have been open since 6:30. Compared to the past, I think 363 is a rather good turnout for us.

No Obama signs out. Only Romney. It's a democrat area, but I still think that's interesting. Never saw it before. Also, only two greeters, one from each party.
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