I was the 8th in line.
About 200 people were behind me when the polls opened at 6am.
I voted for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
For Mark Warner.
For Glenn Nye.
I voted for Change.
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I had to walk to the polling station this morning. Luckily the Church where I cast my vote is only a couple miles away. I left the house at about 4:45 and, much to my dismay, discovered that it was raining. C’est la vie. By the time I got to the Church is was about quarter after 5 and there were already 7 ladies queued up under the small overhang in front of the door…they were kind enough to let a wet (umbrellaless) Kysen tuck under with them. One wound up sharing coffee from her thermos with me (I drank from the lid, she from the container). It was amazing to see how quickly the lot filled, how many umbrellas appeared as the line roped around the church. By the time the doors opened cars were circling due to lack of parking.
Was first in line in the row for my last name. Got my card, slipped it into the slot…and got ‘Invalid Card’. Woot! Was quickly remedied and provided the first lesson of the day for the volunteers (who were, to a one, spectacularly kind). Newly ‘programmed’ card in hand I gave it a second try and successfully voted in the 2008 Election.
I got my sticker and headed out the door…not looking forward to the wet walk home. I so did not relish walking in the rain that I decided to throw up my thumb to see what would happen. The second car that passed pulled over and was kind enough to bring me home (we live on a Neck, only one road in/out so anyone headed in is likely to be a neighbor).
So, here I sit…wet…but happy.
Perhaps this should serve as a thread about everyone’s voting experiences today (and for stories from those who voted early as well).
Gonna be a long day.
Hopefully, a day we will all remember fondly for the rest of our lives.
Update: For those of you near a Krispy Kreme or a Starbucks (or both): keep your ‘I Voted’ Stickers and swing by. Krispy Kreme is giving a Free Donut with sticker and Starbucks is giving a Free Tall Coffee with sticker. Woot! (as if any more incentive were needed to vote!?!)