Election day and long lines... at 6:30am
Tue 2 Nov 2004, 06:58 AMTweet
by Ben Langhinrichs
Well, true to expectations, the turnout looks like it will be very heavy. I headed over to vote in the US elections today at 6:20am this rainy morning, and I was 15th in line for my precinct (there are three precincts at our polling place, so about 45th in line to get in the door). By the time I voted, which was very quick since they had five booths set up, the line stretched across the gymnasium for each of the three precincts. While I imagine that this is partly the pre-work rush, the poll workers confirmed that they had never seen this many people this early in previous elections.
No matter who wins the election, it is very good to see my fellow citizens out voting. We have been an apathetic people in some recent elections, and I think that no matter which side you come down on, this election has energized a lot of people. Not always in a good way, I admit, but I'd rather that everyone voted no matter who they pick, and that takes some energizing.
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