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Just voted in West Hollywood

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:09 pm - November 6, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,LA Stories

It took me about 20 minutes to vote at my polling place.  The lines weren’t particularly long.  Four precincts voted in the same location and mine was the only one with a line.  When I arrived, one precinct had only one voter:

We had to check in three times, but they never once asked for ID, first at the front door where they directed us to the appropriately colored table, then once at that table, first by our last name, then by street address. It struck me that the man who lived in my apartment before I moved in was still on the books. He moved out in June 1999.

This is the shot of the whole gym where I voted:



  1. Interesting. My polling place had a big “No electronic devices” sign on the door. I guess the rules are different there.

    Comment by V the K — November 6, 2012 @ 3:11 pm - November 6, 2012

  2. Dan, what was it like in 2008 vs today?

    Comment by chad — November 6, 2012 @ 3:17 pm - November 6, 2012

  3. Washington did away with in-person voting. It’s entirely vote-by-mail. I miss going to a polling place and meeting other people, seeing fellow Americans concerned enough about the future to make the time to show up.

    Comment by Ignatius — November 6, 2012 @ 3:20 pm - November 6, 2012

  4. chad, seemed a bit slower today than in 2008, but it’s hard to gage. That year, we voted in a much smaller space, so that may have made it feel busier.

    And V, I took pictures when I came in and one poll worker came over and sort of glared at me, so when I left, I asked him if I could take another since I blogged at a political web-site and he said I could.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — November 6, 2012 @ 3:22 pm - November 6, 2012

  5. Congratulations on voting.

    Comment by W.J. McCabe — November 6, 2012 @ 3:33 pm - November 6, 2012

  6. FWIW, turnout seemed to be moderately high at our polling place in Minnesota. Obama won our precinct by about 10 points last time. Our area is a middle class suburban area that is mostly white but has a decent number of African-Americans. I am optimistic that Romney will win our neck of the woods this time. I think we’re the sort of area that is likely to have bought into hope and change in 2008 and now want someone who will take the presidency seriously. Ironically, I think Obama is helped by the marriage amendment, which is easily the most controversial item on the ballot this year. Normally, it is supposed that marriage amendments increase Republican turnout, but I think Republicans in MN are already more enthused than Democrats on account of the presidential race, which is why MN has appeared competitive. Republicans are undoubtedly enthused for both Romney and the marriage amendment. Democrats are enthused against the amendment, and I think it may be the amendment that brings out the voters Obama needs to win MN. In any case, I’d bet against Obama losing MN, but even in our blue state, there’s not a lot of enthusiasm for Obama. If it turns out that voter turnout in MN is low, I think that’s bad news for Obama.

    Comment by chad — November 6, 2012 @ 3:46 pm - November 6, 2012

  7. Turnout was higher in my precinct too. I’ve never seen so many people there before we’re in a Republican dominated County. I don’t think many people there were voting for O’bama.

    Comment by Catseye — November 6, 2012 @ 4:01 pm - November 6, 2012

  8. There were no lines at all in my ward, but then there rarely is. Its a small town, and there are plenty of booths, so the only place there is ever a line is the check in one.

    Poll seemed busier in 2008 but I went around 4pm that time, this time I went about 1:15 in the afternoon which I suspect is a slower time in general.

    I did have to show my ID, because NH has a voter ID law now. People without an approved photo ID could still vote, but they also had to sign an affidavit that they are who they say they are. Funny how nobody screamed about voter suppression when lily white NH decided to create a voter ID law.

    Comment by Just Me — November 6, 2012 @ 4:59 pm - November 6, 2012

  9. No lines in my district either. We are north of Orleans Parish ( no counties in Louisiana) and usually vote 65% plus Republican. Voter picture ID required.

    Comment by Tony — November 6, 2012 @ 5:29 pm - November 6, 2012

  10. My place was very brisk in Boxford MA (town of about 5,000) but I didn’t wait in line long at all, however all the booths were full. I’m praying for our nation…….really glad I’m a reader of Gay Patriot to know that there are sane people out there and if we lose we have each other to commiserate!

    Comment by Leslie — November 6, 2012 @ 5:38 pm - November 6, 2012

  11. I sometimes think the length of the lines has as much to do with the method used for voting (electronic seems to take longer vs optical scan verses the very old fashioned paper and pen-something we had up until about 3 years ago in our city although we use the optical scan now). I also think the how complicated a ballot is with candidates and referendums also makes a difference. I have heard some states and cities have ballots that are multiple pages long.

    Imagine how long it might take for some people to work their way through several pages of ballot.

    Comment by Just Me — November 6, 2012 @ 6:16 pm - November 6, 2012

  12. Voted here in NJ at 1000am, was Voter-188 out of many 800-900 voters in the voting district…but the polls have been open since the weekend due to Frankenstorm.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — November 6, 2012 @ 8:28 pm - November 6, 2012

  13. Voted last week in Kansas. ID required. Despite the left’s complaints, the ID requirement isn’t exactly onerous. School IDs and county library cards are acceptable ID.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — November 6, 2012 @ 8:40 pm - November 6, 2012

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