History Calling: Fourth Election Reports from Citizen Journalists
The following reports were received via the Breitbart News ELECTION TIP LINE (firstname.lastname@example.org) between 8:20 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EST, Election Day, November 6. Some reports received in the same time period have already been posted--the response, from every state in the nation, has been overwhelming.
Overall, even accounting for the conservative beliefs of Breitbart readers, it would seem that the GOP has turned out the vote--and then some. Democrat turnout is spotty--good in some areas, weak in others, but apparently nowhere near the 2008 levels assumed by most mainstream media pollsters. This is good news for Republicans, and may be reflected in the final vote tallies, as long as it continues to roll.
Voted this a.m. in my small rural town right outside Birmingham, Al. 60-70 in line before me - I've NEVER had to wait before - EVER. Good vibes. I am Breitbart.
Went to vote at Community Center here in Fountain Hills AZ. Everything was running smoothly.
Down the hall a group of seniors meeting for Maj Jong down the hall could be heard singing “God Bless America.”
What a country. What a community.
1. My husband and I walked into a nearly vacant polling station at 10:30 a.m.-- where is everybody? Clearly the enthusiasm for the Obamessiah has waned from 2008; there are ZERO signs on the same neighbors' lawns who proudly proclaimed their support for the One the last time around, and not a fraction of the same-sized crowd on the Dems' side of the polling place this morning.
Of course, that said, their side of the gym had a few people waiting to cast Democrat ballots; the yellow-designated Republican side of the room was empty. People in this neighborhood are too blue and too stubborn, I think, to admit the One was a total failure and thus vote for Romney instead. Oh well, at least the hubby and I proudly cast our votes for Romney, Ryan, and America!
2. I've noticed basically no pro-0bama signs with a single exception in exclusively liberal Silicon Valley. It's actually a stunning change for 2008. Also, the lines for voting were quite short at the polling places. There is no excitement or activity for a normal hotbed of Democratic voters.
3. Here in the typically "blue" state of California, I noticed a shockingly large number of Romney signs while driving from Los Angeles to Monterey last weekend, ranging from single-home yard-sized signs in suburbia to the gargantuan, quarter-billboard sized Romney signs on empty lots and agricultural land. I've never seen so many conservative signs here in CA in previous years, it was both seriously surprising and uplifting, but I'm not sure how much this reflects a shift in CA voting this election. And back in liberal Los Angeles this morning, the voting lines were longer than usual, and the man in front of me said, "I'm changing parties today and voting our president out of office. He had his chance. If you one guy doesn't get the job done, you try someone else." Let's hope more people like him take their heads out of the sand today!
4. Redondo Beach, CA - voted at 11:05am PST. Not a huge turnout, but I came a little before most people get off for lunch, and did notice a lot of people walking up as I was leaving. There were about 5 voters in the room while I was there. This area is part of Blue California, but its in an area that is heavily populated with Aerospace workers, so Romney might actually win in this neighborhood. Won't do much to stop the Obama Flood in this state, although this really boggles my mind, with the state of our government finances. Remember that we just elected Gov. Moonbeam again, after he really trashed this state in the 1970s. Stupid.
5. Carmel Valley, CA
I asked a woman if she was a poll worker and she said "No, he is and was so nice to help me vote." I asked him who he was and he said "The Precinct Captain. How can I help you?" I pointed out that I can see who everyone is voting for, that there is no privacy. He said "It's private alright." I left and tried to get the Registrar of Voters on the phone. No answer, busy...
I walked past about 6 people voting and said out loud "Folks, I can see who you are voting for." After voting I approached a volunteer poll observer. I explained that I did not feel that the integrity of the secret ballot was maintained and stated why. He said "Well, don't look then". I said the Captain directed me to walk this way. The poll pbserver said "CA doesn't give us much room." I pointed out all the room in the space that would offer privacy. This my fellow patriots is in a huge school auditorium.
6. I'm in southern California, Kern Co. I live in the mountains in a highly Democrat/union area. Polls are usually quiet, and I can walk right up and vole. I showed up early, had to wait in line. Lots of enthusiasm. Folks talking positive of Romney.
The only signs I've seen have been Romney signs in neighborhoods.
I'm 50. I've voted in every election since 1980. I have NEVER felt so excited -giddy- when casting my vote. I have been dying to vote all year. The joy and satisfaction is phenomenal. I'm for Romney, and I voted for Love of my country.
7. Working a poll in Sacramento suburbs. Party registration for this area is evenly split D vs R. Turnout as of noon is R-48% D-30% Other-22%.
Line about 20 people long at 7 am in my fairly liberal neighborhood. Very few Obama signs in the area or for that matter Romney signs. Election judges were disorganized. ID was required or you were given a provisional ballot. Only one electronic voting machine, all others used fill-in-the-blank paper ballots.
Just came from voting in my small eastern CT town of about 7,000 men, women & children. I checked the counter when I cast my ballot at 10:15 a.m. and already 1850 people had voted. Parking lot of school crowded and long wait to park. Interesting that the Obama/Biden signs in our area are large print "2012" and under the year, in tiny print: Obama/Biden. You wouldn't know whose sign that was unless you were right up to the sign. More Romney signs than ever. McMahon is favored in this part of the state, but who knows? Corrupt Bridgeport will come up with some scheme like it did for Gov. Malloy.
District of Columbia
DC's Soviet-style voting. So far 2 hours, 3 lines. and still no ballot in hand. 2 more lines to go."
Longer line that ever before, all manned by the same elderly people. Gave my name, signed in. Came back 3 hours later to test geriatric memory. Went to the same woman, gave the name of a neighbor who I knew wouldn't be voting until day's end. She was about to permit me to sign in when I pretended to get a phone call and walk out so as not to violate the law. We need Voter ID. Also called a friend who still lives in the town in NY I moved out of 23 years ago. He confirmed my name remains on the ballot list.
My middle school kids' teachers are giving the kids only the union-approved side of Prop 30 and 38 stories.
1. I live in Oldsmar, Fl right at the top of Tampa Bay.
I vote at a polling place that used to house two different precincts. They split the two up for the first time this election. I have NEVER waited more than 5 minutes at my polling location.
This year, with only ONE precinct voting at this poll - I waited for 45 minutes before I had to leave and get my kids to school. I will have to go back later. Nothing will stop me from voting. I have never seen enthusiasm like this. In '08 I walked right in. This is a good sign!
Also, the Romney to Obama sign ration is about 20 to 1 here in Pinellas county Florida!
For The Glory Of God
2. Here are two anecdotes from my experience voting this morning. I vote in Jupiter Farms, FL, a red outpost at the north end of deep blue Palm Beach County.
First, the way the exit line snaked past one of the privacy booths, I happened to see a guy filling out his ballot from a sample that he carried. It was interesting (and hope-inspiring) that his sample ballot was marked for Obama/Biden, yet he marked his actual ballot for Romney/Ryan. I figured either his wife or his kids were pounding on him, and he did it to pacify the house, or he's a disaffected Hopenchanger who just couldn't pull the trigger for round 2. Either way, he appears to have eschewed the 2012 Kool-Aid.
The second story actually brought a tear to my eye. A Filipino woman in her mid-40's mis-marked her ballot and her attempt at correcting the error rendered the ballot unreadable by the scanner. The poll worker was waving it around and pointing out the error to a senior poll worker, who arranged a replacement ballot. While the error was down ballot a ways, I did see that her top ticket vote was for Romney/Ryan. She was spotted by a neighbor, who excitedly asked if she had passed her test. Turns out, the Filipino woman is a recent immigrant who had just become a U.S. citizen, and was voting in her first election. It reinforces my belief that people who come to this country and put in the hard work necessary to become citizens, are usually the most ardent supporters of the Constitution and the protections it offers to its citizens.
Here's to the hope that my stories are the most common of the day!
3. My husband arrived at the polls at 8:00 this morning with 1 hour wait, usually he NEVER has to wait! He said most of the cars in the lot had Romney stickers and zero Obama stickers. I waited until my son's college class ended at noon to drive him to the polls. He took it upon himself to start calling some of his friends to make sure they were going to vote for Romney!! WOW proud of my teenager!
1:15 pm... We entered the parking lot and saw TONS of support for Romney and we even noticed an elderly man pulling his OXYGEN tank in to Vote!!! He said, normally he sits it out but he was scared to death of what the "President" was doing to this precious country!!!! God Bless Him!!
4. Located on the NW side of Gainesville off Millhopper. I drive every day over to the east side of town (where the majority of the population are indigenous Obama voters by birth), to drop my girls off at school. I have seen very few Obama/Biden yard signs and only two supporters (both older overweight, union members) waving signs versus 20 times as many signs for Romney. Anecdotally, Obama enthusiasm is way down from what I recall in 2008. I swear you couldn't swing a dead cat in this town without hitting an Obama sign, bumper sticker or t-shirt last time around.
The polling station was quite and orderly and I would call it full but not crowded. The lines moved rather quickly to vote even with a long ballot of amendments.
Lastly, my family and I drove by an early voting site on the last day of voting (Sunday) around 6pm on our way to dinner, the line was huge, at least 300-400 people waiting in line. Voters were walking a good 500 feet to the poll from the overflow parking site.
5. Southwest Florida (Ft.Myers), lines are hours long. Polling in Cape Coral, 2 hour wait, in the rain , the pollster said she has never seen a turnout for that precinct like that before. Ever.
Early voting was a 2 hour wait also.
This is a very Republican area.
1. It's cold wet and windy, thoroughly miserable. I'm so happy! Nice and discouraging for anyone who's not motivated.
The only interesting things to mention from this morning was that I only way one Obama/Biden sign on the short drive to the polling place (Rockdale Elementary School). In 2008 my neighborhood was considerably more excited - of course the empty and foreclosed houses probably won't be putting up any
signage for either side.
One car at the school had a Georgia Purple Heart license plate which I'm choosing to take as a positive sign, and another had a Gadsden flag bumper sticker which nearly caused me to walk into traffic in amazement.
The 4th District isn't what you'd call a hotbed of conservative activity - our current Congressman is the honorable Hank Johnson, so there's that. Truthfully I think the Democrats could run zombie Stalin on the "Braaaaains" platform (for eating not for thinking) and still win the district.
Turn out at the polling place was light - from start to finish I was inside less than 10 minutes. This has been the case every time I've voted here so nothing unusual there either.
2. I live in Houston county Georgia which is located in the middle of the state. We have an Air Force base and we are very conservative. The Polling place was overcrowded this morning at 7:15 so my wife and I chose to come back at lunch to vote with our 4 year old daughter because we wanted to make sure she took part in the voting process.
High Traffic and enthusiasm at our polling place. Free homemade cookies and BBQ. I've waited four long years to get this ballot in my hands, and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face as I turned it in and they announced my name and gave me my sticker. Brought my kids with me, and we are celebrating with a party tonight. Whoever wins this election, we will celebrate that we live in a country where we can vote for our leaders!!
1. Quincy, IL - Adams County
The counting machines were not working at our polling center and we just had to set the ballots on a shelf on the unit - hope they get counted. Two other co-workers had the same experience.
2. Geneva, IL
There were more judges/election officials than in the past. In 18 years of voting in this area, I have never seen such a large turnout at 6:45 AM. There was a continuous steady stream of approximately 50 voters. One of the election officials said she'd not been able to look up (away from computer screen used for printing voter labels) since the doors opened at 6:00 and it was the busiest she's seen in all of the elections she's worked. The mood was upbeat and the process appeared to be moving like a well oiled assembly line. It was great to see such a large turnout.
3. Kane County, IL
I went to vote this morning at 6. I got there a few minutes early so the line wasn't too bad. By the time I left the line was out to the door, I was encouraged by how many people were there. One big positive - this was the first time that I've been asked for a photo ID when I've gone to vote! I've also noticed a huge decrease in the number of Obama signs people have out in their yards vs. the last election. I've only seen a few around town - one of which is a neighbor of mine (this neighbor has been taking the sign in every night - he must be worried that it will be stolen).
4. Skokie, IL
My wife and I voted at 6:30 this morning and had virtually no wait. In this very Democrat precinct the line was long four years ago.
1. Voted this morning...many people excited to be there - mostly excitement to vote for R...had to show my I.D. 3 times before I got my ballot (everyone did) and didn't feel suppressed at all!
2. At 0535, I was at the Tippecanoe Fairgrounds voting center in Lafayette, IN this morning to hold a sign and encourage people to vote for Richard Mourdock for Senator.
Things were VERY busy but going smoothly and the only other volunteers who showed were 3 Purdue students working for the NRA (“Defend Freedom: Defeat Obama”) and another volunteer working for Indiana State House Candidate (R- INH27) Chuck Hockema. Indeed, Mr. Hockema was there for an hour or so, as well.
People were cordial and determined to get in and out quickly. Typical turn-around time was 25 minutes.
No Democrat candidates or their volunteers had shown by the time I was relieved just before 0900.
1. Showed up at 7:10 this morning to vote. 4 years ago, at 7PM, I was # 124 (yep - I remember it). At 7:20 this morning, when I scanned my ballot, I was already #34, and a line was starting to form at the door. I didn't really get a feel for how people were voting while I was there, but there are more Romney signs in yards this year, than there were Obama signs in yards last year!
2. I was at my usual polling place in SE Cedar Rapids and the turnout was HUGE! Normally there are a handful of us there before 7, but this morning there were about 10 at 6:45, then about 6:50, the streaming started, when the polls opened at 7, there were 35-40 people in line and people still filing in. My precinct seemed well managed while I was there - let's hope it stays that way.
Ascension Parish, La.
Arrived at 6:15am to vote with my wife. We brought our 14 year old son to show him what it truly means to be an American (No school on election day). I was very happy to see approximately 100 people ahead of us. The Election officials were very helpful and professional to ALL voters during this important time. Our son thanked us for bringing him. He is now looking forward to voting on his own in 2016!
We live in rural Maine. I just came back from the polls. I did not vote before work because of the line. I figure mid-afternoon would be better. WRONG! Longest line I have seen to vote here in the ten years I have lived here. People are fired up and engaged. Staffers said they were on track to have near 100% registered voter participation.
Voters in Timonium, MD (one of the very few conservative locations in the state) turned out to Ridgely Middle School in large numbers early this AM. Voting did not open until 7AM but the Romney/Ryan voters were out and ready.
I just saw my old high school in Mansfield, Massachusetts on your latest update and just wanted to throw in the input that in the past Mansfield has been just around 50 percent Republican and 50 percent Democrat in the past so a big line this morning may not necessarily mean heavy support for our failed president and nutjob Elizabeth Warren. We can only hope that these are republicans out to reelect Scott Brown.
1. Clinton Township, MI
Volunteer said she has done this for 15 years and hasn't seen such a great number of people voting as this mornings crowd.
2. Long Lines and the Silent Majority Shows up in the Detroit Suburbs
The mood is very good in Ferndale, MI. A place that should have been a lock for President Obama, looks to be turning. In 08, I could count the number of McCain/Palin signs on 1 hand. Today, I've seen as many as I have Obama signs. The city moved my wife and I's polling location this year. When I arrived at 7am just blocks off 8 mile, there were around 200 people already standing in line. By the time I left, that number had ballooned to around 250. Some people were cheerful like me, but many just seemed very business-like standing in line. The chatter was about the economy. Lines moved quickly despite the long ballot that included many constitutional measures. One was for emergency managers and another for mandating clean energy... in the constitution. The union types were out to attempt to put collective bargaining in the Michigan constitution, but the silent majority really looks to have shown up today. Metro Detroit is no longer a Democrat rubber stamp... Could Michigan become a conservative state this election?
3. Voted this morning at 0930. Precinct is a mile from Romney's childhood home.
It's 95-5 Romney signs here in Bloomfield Hills.
Romney momentum : Yeah, we built that!
4. St. Clair Shores, MI
After a 30 minute wait in line I was voter 132 in my polling district at approximately 8:30 AM. People in line were friendly and seemed glad to be there. My driver's license was scanned and I thanked all the poll workers for their service and especially commented that checking my ID was welcomed.
I was able to watch the person immediately in front of me get his ID scanned and checked. The clerk ran his driver's license through a scanner and his information appeared on the laptop screen. The clerk then looked at the photo on his id and compared it to the person, then he 'locked' the voting record of the individual. The program then provided a voter number (131 in this case) and that was added to the ballot he was given. Once done in the booth the receipt portion is removed (which has the number on it had placed in a bag and the actual ballot gets scanned into a machine. The voter number is displayed on the scanner when complete to indicate it was accepted.
There were 'observer' areas set aside behind roped off sections far from the voting area but no 'observers' were present at 8:30 AM.
There were no hoards of people outside the poling location this year and nobody asking how I voted. The whole event was very low key.
5. I live in a strongly Republican-leaning, rural township (Lodi) SW of the liberal bastion of Ann Arbor, in the overall liberal Washtenaw County, Michigan. It usually takes no more than 15 minutes to vote at my polling station, even at the busiest time of the day. Today? Line out the door, 45 minutes to vote. This means the conservative turnout here is big. Yesterday, driving from my area to Ann Arbor, saw plenty of Romney/Ryan signs in my area, but expected to see scads of Obama signs in Ann Arbor. I saw no more than 5. Not kidding or exaggerating. I drove in from the south (past the Big House), had lunch downtown, then departed out to the west. Saw a prominent Romney/Ryan sign right by the stadium, BTW! Dem enthusiasm is down, ours is up!
6. I live and vote in Bloomfield Hills (Oakland County), Michigan at Lone Pine Elementary. The lines were substantially longer than I can remember - I am 44 years old
Generally speaking, people were a bit surprised by the length of time it took to vote, but overall nothing unusual to report.
7. Linden, MI
My wife arrived at our voting location just after the 7am poll opening. Parking lot was full of cars! Lines inside we not as bad as I expected but varied in length depending on the precinct you were voting in. Our precinct had the longest line of course! Took us about 45 minutes to reach the ballot area. All paper ballots at our location. We were required to show picture ID which we are thankful for. No discussion on party affiliations while in line but did have discussions with other voters regarding early voting. Most seemed against the idea and considered it a cause of voter fraud. Voted for Romney/Ryan and against the union power grabs on the Michigan Constitution. Wife and I prayed last night for a Romney win. God bless the USA!
8. I live in northern Metro Detroit. Voted around 9 am, very smooth, usually no line, about 50-75 people voting in my 9-1 Republican area and poll workers said the before work crowd line was out the door! That would be at least 500 people in line, a great sign something big is happening under the media's nose!
9. I live in the small town of Whitmore Lake, Mi., population about 8500. I have lived in southeastern Michigan for the past 24 years. On the way to our polling place, we passed by the lake that is the namesake of the town, a drive we do every day. There, standing in the water at it's edge was an American Bald Eagle looking straight at us. I have never seen an eagle in this area of the country. It was as though Providence was telling us, "good job, I've got your back."
Got to the polling place at 7:30 AM and the middle school parking lot was already full. By the time my wife and I finally voted nearly an hour later, we were voter numbers 150 and 151 on our precinct voting machine. A really high number for 8:20 AM in Whitmore Lake. Voters were cordial and orderly. My neighbor went to vote at 2:30 at the same place and still had to wait 25 minutes to vote.
1. I voted this morning and arrived 15 minutes before the polls opened. I was #122 and voted after waiting for about 30-40 minutes. It's in Chaska, MN, in Carver County which is a Republican stronghold.
The polling lines were out the door and a huge, steady stream of people coming in and going out. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary and the number of new voter registrations was small.
2. Although I live 50 miles from Minneapolis, today I spent over an hour on an errand in the uber-liberal Uptown area of the city. After prowling many of the main and side-streets, I cannot recall seeing one Obama sign, though I saw numerous state-legislature and anti-marriage-amendment signs peppering the yards.
I observed a constant flow of people at the polling place where my son voted, so there certainly was a good voter turnout. However, does that dearth of Obama signs indicate a lack of enthusiasm for the Dem candidate?
1. Voted this morning with my family in Springfield, MO. The paper said heaviest voter turnout would be when it opened at 6am, Noon time and after 5pm. So we thought 10:30am would be a good time. As it was my daughter's first time voting. There were about 50+ people in front of us. More than we'd ever seen at this location. Ton's of frosty tops in line. One elderly gentleman said that was the most he'd seen since voting at this polling place. Most people were smiling, upbeat and talkative. Although the college students I saw, not so much.
2. St. Charles, MO
Voted this morning. Polls opened at 6am, I was there at 6:03am. Lines were long. My normal wait time for an election is 5 minutes, today I waited an hour in line to cast my vote. Everything was smooth and calm. Voter turnout is very high in this part of Missouri.
Voted this morning in the liberal stronghold of Montana...Missoula. Much busier than it was during the primary. Long lines for Missoula, about 5x longer than the primary lines were. Tend to see more Republican signs even though we are in the most liberal city in Montana. Dennis Rehberg will hopefully take the senate seat from Jon Tester.
Rehberg signs are EVERYWHERE.
Moving to one polling location cannot begin to account for the massive voter turnout in Merrimack this morning. Huge parking areas and no place to park–unless you want to walk a mile. A line outside the school several hundred feet long–that’s before the line inside and then the line to check in and then the line to get a booth to vote in.
Then there’s the cars looking for spaces to park.
EPIC turnout. And this is at 7am. People came early and lined up, standing in the cold to wait to vote. We’ve had entire elections in our town with fewer votes than the number of people I saw just this morning.
1. I live in Harlem and I've only seen 1 Obama sticker on a car and haven't noticed any Obama signs on street lamps like there were in 2008. There was so much Obama excitement in 2008 but not now. I live across the street from a polling place and there are no lines and very few people showing up. The Obama thrill is definitely gone.
2. PS 205 (Alexander Graham Bell School) in Oakland Gardens. 21st election district manned by 3 Democrat volunteers, but not one Republican. Voter behind me claimed his friend was voting multiple time (he looked
disgusted), and I told him to report it.
NYC machines do not tell you your vote-something that bothers me. My Romney vote could be going for O-just as in other states.
3. Upper East Side, NYC
Turnout was way up at my polling place compared to 2 years ago. I had to wait 30 minutes to vote this time, compared to 2010 when I walked right in to vote.
However, the composition of the electorate skewed older. There are a decent amount of young professionals (18-29) in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but I'd say less than 5% were at the polling place. I wonder if this mirrors youth turnout nationwide.
When I voted in Astoria, Queens 4 years ago, about 15% of the voters were under 29 and they looked very enthused. Astoria and the UES have about the same amount of young professionals in the neighborhood. Also, 4 years ago, my polling place opened up 2 hours late and the line was an hour...but people didn't seem to care at all.
The polling place in the UES this morning was chaos as voters didn't know what line to stand on to vote and poll workers seemed overwhelmed by the situation. Voters were frustrated and couldn't wait to get out of there. There wasn't any enthusiasm in the place.
4. Long Island, Franklin Square
Before work this morning at 5:30am I was at the poll to cast my vote. Inept poll workers were frazzled when the line starting to increase in size around 6:00am. I was number 3 on the line as they let us in, poll workers were ill prepared and nobody had the voter registration card that was supposedly mailed to us. No Identification was required, I simply pointed out my name in the log and signed next to it. A scantron
style ballot was given to me to fill out, then insert in a machine that looks like a shredder which prompts you when your ballot was received correctly.
It was early in the morning but everyone on line seemed eager to cast their vote. The line comprised of mainly white men and women 30 - 60 years old. The two older gentlemen in front of me made a remark about Dixville Notch saying "10 votes were cast in New Hampshire this morning and it's a tie. 5 people up there need to get their head examined." It was received well with crowd. GOP'ers were alive at 5:30am
in Long Island, NY.
5. I voted a little after 9:30, and took me less than 10 minutes. I was number 189. I vote at 460 W. 41st Street in Hell's Kitchen. I was surprised that it took such little time to vote as I was expecting large lines. A few people were being handed provisional ballots; the poll worker who signed me in was wearing an Obama shirt. Everything seemed orderly. Proud to vote for Mitt!
1. People were eager, and it almost seemed like a middle school dance with everyone looking at each other; somewhat curious.
There was rumors of a machine malfunctioning at our location right off the bat, just like we've seen in a few of the other swing states, which put everyone on alert. I kept my eye on mine to make sure it selected the correct candidate.
I arrived at 5:30AM, and was 50th or so in line, when I left at 6:45AM, the line was well over 250-300 people long. One thing is for certain this election, EVERYONE is coming out and voting, If you aren't, you're only hurting yourself and your future America.
Come back America.
2. There are 4 volunteers giving out GOP voter guides at the poll we are working, which is one of the biggest in our county. There are 3 more Republicans working that poll on behalf of school board candidates. There is only one Dem school board candidate working there. No one representing the Obama campaign or Dem party.
1. Maumee-Toledo area
One of the largest turnouts I have ever seen for an election. Around 150-200 people at 6:30 this morning at my voting place. Many Romney signs in this blue collar community. Also many signs for local Democratic politicians but a majority without Obama or Sherrod Brown signs.
2. Huge lines this morning at a Liberty Twp Ohio middle School where we vote at. Parking lot was jammed but not one upset person. You could tell that there was a determination to vote. I decided to go back and look at 1:50 to check the parking lot before sending you this note. It was still crowded, but not quite like this morning.
Butler County Ohio went for McCain in 2008 by over 40,000. It will be higher, much, much higher for
3. Heavy turnout in northern Cincinnati suburbs being widely reported to the AM talk radio program this morning. I had to stand in line outside, which is a first in 25 years, and there were about 40 people in front of me. This is in Speaker John Boehner's district.
4. I vote in Medina County Ohio at the Westfield Township Hall. Medina County has a good conservative population and Tea Party activism. At the polling location, everything was normal, except busier than usual and there were many calm, yet very determined faces. We have been waiting for years for the opportunity to vote against President Obama and it feels great to cast the ballot.
From what I can tell: Folks are quietly and absolutely pleased to have the opportunity to remove the worst president in our memories.
5. I live in an affluent village in Lucas County surrounded by the City of Toledo - and a few miles from where four sheet metal union business officials and members were arrested for stealing Romney signs. I arrived at my precinct around 7:3AM (polls open at 7am). Already lines were building. I had to wait over an hour to vote. Other years, wait was only 5-10 minutes.
Voters had trouble on at least two electronic machines that did not work properly and were shut down. After we vote electronically, the machines print a paper verification. Some of the paper ran out too and had to be replace - I assume due to large turnout.
Some voters were opting to use paper ballots rather than wait in line for electronic voting machines. When completed, those went in a box with all "provisional" ballots. I understand they will not be counted for 10-14 days. If the vote is close and comes down to Ohio, the country may have to wait 10-14 days to know who is President.
Also due to the long lines, a number of voters left saying they would come back later.
My wife voted at 2:30PM. No wait.
1. Voting lines were heavy this morning just outside Tulsa, OK. Lots of Romney signs, didn't see any Obama signs this year not like in 2008. Lots of people excited to finally get to vote! Lots of people saying it is going to be like the Chik-Fil-A day when droves of people came out and stood in very long lines to show support !
Orderly lines, lots of people and everyone excited and cheerful!
2. I vote in the Nathan Hale Library here (don't know the number of the precinct). Bottom line is the line was much longer than normal. Most people seemed to be supporting Romney...
3. I voted in north Norman, OK this morning. I live in far north Norman. The line was long when I arrived at 0645. There are two precincts at my polling place and everyone was very well behaved...I saw one of my neighbors packing (unconcealed) and there was no panic! That'd send the libs in the NE into a foaming at the mouth frenzy! ;-) It's legal to carry in the open here and I see more and more patriots carrying. Oklahoma will go completely for RR. Obummer's policies are not well liked in very conservative Oklahoma. No issues with voter IDs here either.
4. We went to early voting last Friday and the place was packed. Parking was hard to find and the line was out the door and down the block. I asked a poll worker if early voting had every been so busy and he said, "No. It just shows how important this election is to people." I thought that was interesting because although Oklahoma is a red state, more people than ever wanted to vote to let their personal choice be known rather than count on others.
We have voter ID laws and it was no big deal to show them at all. I saw one man in a union t-shirt in line but doubted most in our area noticed since unions are few and far here in Oklahoma.
1. Field report: At 12:10PM got in line to vote. This is a new polling place. We waited 50 minutes to vote, and one of the poll workers said that was the shortest he'd seen the line all day. We caught a lull, because on the way out I looked back, and the line was longer than when we got there. HIGH enthusiasm, and this is about 1 mile from where Mitt Romney came the other night to speak in Yardley, PA in front of 25K people. I think R&R will definitely win this Phila suburban county. Hope the win has long tails since we're pulling for Tom Smith for Senate.
2. We vote in a small township in Chester County south of Philly. Our area leans Republican. Voted at 9am this morning and I was number 351. This is a record turnout so far according to the poll workers. About 30 people in line both before and after I arrived so the turnout is fantastic. Very few Obama signs anywhere to be seen compared to 2008. GO PA...
3. I am in the 106th District of Pennsylvania and live in the Hershey/Hummelstown area. My gut feeling is that 80% of the folks around here are republican and 20% are democrat (+/- a couple % either way).Last week Paul Ryan flew into the Harrisburg airport for a rally which drew approx. 4000-5000 people in a small hangar. The line to get in was quite long and the organizers had to take last minute action to get everyone through security and into the event on time. Let me tell you...I have never seen such enthusiasm...the folks at that event were fired up! Very loud and emotional. This morning I went to my polling place at 8:30 a.m. Normally there are maybe 1 or 2 people in the process of voting when I arrive, but this time there were three lines (according to your last name) with approx. 6-8 people in each line waiting to sign in. Quite unusual. Looks to me like the enthusiasm is quite high here in this district.
One last note...there was one person handing out literature outside, and she was representing the Republicans. There was no representative(s) for the Democrats which struck me as unusual. Hope this helps.
4. As a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Independent party voter I can report for the last several days I’ve been getting bombarded by robo calls from the Republicans. Zero from the Democrats. If Romney wins Pa. it is because the Republicans had a better ground game.
5. Levittown, PA
My wife and I showed up this morning carrying our American flags we were given at the Romney Rally Sunday evening.
I noticed a woman sitting near the voting booths roll her eyes at us. We showed our ID and voted.
During that time the woman who rolled our eyes at us stood up and in a loud voice was telling people not to show theit ID because they didn't need to. She was identified as a Democrat poll watcher and the workers at the poll were saying she had beed disruptive since the poll opened.
Normally voter turnout is heavy early in the morning in this mostly Democrat district. Turnout this year was very light with most folks in line identifing themselves as Romney supporters.
Our polling place did not open on time (7am). Line was around the building and into the parking lot. Overheard the precinct chief say "He did not anticipate this large of a turn out so they are behind in setting things up". Usual political signs were not visible at 8:30am. Heavily democrat area, usually they vote very quickly (straight ticket). Today, it was obviously not a straight ticket turnout.
Poll workers asked for ID being very careful with verifying everything. Crowd was calm. No problems.
In 2008, Obama signs in every yard. One or two McCain signs. This year, MAYBE 5 or 6 signs total. Only one or two Romney signs. I noticed before debates Obama yard signs with the local democrats signs. After debates, Obama signs disappeared while local dem signs stayed up.
6. Had the pleasure of being harassed by Obama campaign volunteers well within 100ft of the polls. Didn't get the vote because of the long lines and didn't want to miss the train, but will be back this afternoon. MANY Romney supports in the heavily blue Philadelphia area. Talked to one who is voting for the first time (~50 Years Old) because she is afraid of what Obama is going to do to our country with another 4 years.
7. This morning I voted in West Philadelphia/University City, Philadelphia, PA. There was a woman out front wearing a "Grandmas for Peace" button who handed everyone in line a flyer with the Democratic ballot and how to vote on local issues. A reporter and cameraman from WPVI news were there, asking about voter registration problems. While I was there, one girl had to fill out a provisional ballot, and another was told that she could not vote, but the officials were kind and did as much as they could to help. When being interviewed by the reporters, one official said that another person had registration problems and was not allowed to fill out a provisional ballot. The official dismissed this as "normal." Most of the voters were young college students.
While located in a heavily Democratic area, it was nice that the polling place had both Democrat and Republican campaign signs out front, which was nice.
8. Bucks County, PA
Steady stream of voters all looking like rommey fans. No hassles, election peeps working hard and doing a fair job in my area. Looks like a Republican day.
9. Voted on lunch break in the Philly suburbs (Chester County). Orderly and pleasant, and most impressively, two poll workers verified my id. Turnout appears running about 40% over '08. There was one lone Obama promoter (lurking in a corner with a stack of flyers) contrasted with a group of 5 energetic GOP women standing by a replica of the Liberty Bell sporting "Catholics for Romney" banners, large American flags, and HUGE smiles. The Catholic vote here is significant, and it appears the efforts of Archbishop Chaput are paying off.
Here in the bluest of blue states, the turn out seems to be very heavy across the state. Over the past few weeks there has been little evidence of Obama signs in the yards and on cars but more Romney signs. Though in the end not a lot of each. The Doherty - Cicilline race for congress could be motiviating many voters to vote, and it seems that Doherty has an opportunity to knock off the 1st term Democrat in this very blue. Last time around Obama got 63% of Rhode Island's vote and McCain got 37%.......
I propose that if Romney gets 40% or higher in Rhode Island, the country will have a new president.
Spartanburg South Carolina.
I was 2nd in line--got at polling place at 5:30AM. By the time I left, there were about 250 people behind me, parking lot overflowing, and more coming.
Large turnout in this likely pro-Republican area. No talk of either candidates in line-we were reminded by polling agents prior to poll opening that no specific candidate material would be
allowed in line. (appropriate)
Very orderly process.
1. Our polling place did not open on time (7am). Line was around the building and into the parking lot. Overheard the precinct chief say "He did not anticipate this large of a turn out so they are behind in setting things up". Usual political signs were not visible at 8:30am. Heavily democrat area, usually they vote very quickly (straight ticket). Today, it was obviously not a straight ticket turnout.
Poll workers asked for ID being very careful with verifying everything. Crowd was calm. No problems. In 2008, Obama signs in every yard. One or two McCain signs. This year, MAYBE 5 or 6 signs total. Only one or two Romney signs. I noticed before debates Obama yard signs with the local democrats signs. After debates, Obama signs disappeared while local dem signs stayed up.
2. Many voters, voted early in Franklin County Texas and that turn out is higher than in 2008. Most people I talked to voted Romney, very few Obama signs here. There's a lot of frustration with the current administration. This is a rural area where many breadwinners have to commute where they can FIND work (far from home), gas and food prices are eating into households. Many dairy farmers lost their dairies, coal worker jobs threatened, folks still losing houses and jobs. People are fired up for change (and not the
kind we've had the last 4).
Voted in my small town in northern Vermont earlier this afternoon. Unlike 2008, it was nearly empty in the school gym when I went in - about 16 booths and I was the only one using one while I
did my work.
One odd thing here in the state that you-know-who is supposed to win by the largest margin of any - there have been NO Obama signs anywhere during this whole campaign; I haven't even seen any in Burlington. There have been a few Romney-Ryan signs though.
The magic is clearly gone; we'll be hopeful that we'll have the change we need.
1. Richmond City, Richmond VA.
I went to vote this morning and got to the polling place @ 7:30. I had finished casting my ballot by 8:00. This wasn't because it as busy, but rather because it was a small voting place, maybe 50 people from when I arrived to when I left. I voted for Romney / Ryan of course, and was very enthusiastic. The district I am in is pretty lib, but the turnout this morning was rather small. When compared to some of the surrounding suburbs of Richmond where wait time for voting are between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
I think of this as an encouraging sign, since the surrounding more Republican counties are turning out in force than the City of Richmond, which has always been a dem stronghold.
2. It is a beautiful morning in Charlottesville, VA, my wife and I are new to VA and voted here for the first time. The poll workers did a great job in checking photo IDs and voter cards. There was a steady stream of traffic the whole time we were there, things were very orderly, and there was a light hearted feel to the polling place. Out front there were both democrat and republican reps handing out sample ballets right next to each other. They were both very pleasant to us and each other. The whole experience made me proud to be an American and thankful for all the sacrifice that has taken place to grant us this freedom.
3. Not normally a drive through breakfast eater, but after I voted at the precinct I stopped at Chick-fil-A for a tasty sandwich. Does this count as voting both early and often? In Virginia Beach (23464) the line at the school was long at 6:30 a.m. Waited an hour to vote this time, in 2008 it was thirty minutes at the
same precinct. Drive by the Chick-fil-A every morning on the way to work. Their line was longer too. That's what inspired me to stop.
4. Leesburg, VA
During the time I was at the poll the line was ~20-30 meters long. Everyone was calm. The campaign workers duly stayed outside their designated boundaries. Election officers were active counting the line every twenty
minutes, and also verbally informing those in line of conditions inside, what information could be found inside, and how to prepare before entering.
I entered the poll after ~30 minutes, and then waited ~10-12 minutes before being called up by an election officer. During this time everything appeared to be moving smoothly and appropriately. I saw 10-13 election
officers during the time I was inside, but I did not count the exact number. The officers did not appear overworked or stressed, instead cracking occasional jokes. Voter information was processed efficiently and
There was little to no wait to vote using traditional paper ballots. The one electronic machine available at this location was in constant use, with a line of ~3-8 people waiting to use it at any time. One election officer, who was clearly designated by wearing an orange fluorescent vest, was assigned to oversee the operation of the electronic machine.
My vote was number 316 placed in the collection bin for paper ballots, at 0748.
As I exited the poll, I saw two election officers walking outside with a gentleman. They were speaking into a tablet computer, presumably recording. I could not catch all that was said, but from what I did hear it seemed that they were going to collect a marked ballot from a voter who for one reason or another was unable to enter the poll. At least one of the officers was speaking to the tablet computer at all times, describing and presumably documenting their actions as they accompanied the gentleman, who appeared to be the driver for this voter. I did not have time to observe the collection of the ballot, as I had to leave for work.
At this location, to my untrained and onobservant eye, everything was operating correctly and fairly during the time I was present. I am proud of the election officers who took time away from life to enable the rest of us to exercise our rights.
5. Dublin, VA
I voted about 1:30 pm and for the first time had to wait about 20 minutes. They said that was much lighter than earlier in the day when the line went out the door. Only saw 2 Obama signs outside and about 30-40 Romney/Ryan signs. I think the turn out will be big in SW Virginia.
6. My husband and I just finished voting in downtown Hampton, VA at City Hall. We arrived at 0700 and there were about two hundred people in line in front of us, and the voter volume stayed at that level the whole hour and a half we were waiting to vote. There were two Team Obama people outside City Hall when we arrived with "sample ballots," but when we waved them off, they didn't press the issue. Nobody from Team Romney were present, but there were at least an equal amount of Romney signs mixed in with the Obama signs, which was nice to see. People inside waited patiently and quietly to cast their ballots, and the only real grumbles I heard were due to the fact that there was only one electronic voting station (which functioned properly for both my husband and me) as opposed to seven write-in stations. The poll officials politely checked our IDs and verified that we were registered.
As an aside, four years ago you couldn't take two steps without running into an Obama sign. When we went around the neighborhood on Halloween, I was struck by the fact that there were no Obama signs up...and there were at least five houses sporting Romney signs. Around town (Hampton and Newport News), there is a huge Romney presence evidenced by signage, stickers, etc. There are still Obama signs, but much less than last time.
1. Arrived at my polling location in the village of Fox Point by 6:15 this morning, polls opened at 7:00. I was ballot #0008 and the line of cars and people behind me was HUGE, bigger than I've ever seen! This is a "pink" neighborhood but getting redder each year. Yard signs in our area are 3:1 Romney. This is going to be a great day in American history.
2. I was at the polling place 5 minutes after it opened and 20 people were already in line ahead of me. A voter was wearing a Obama '08 ball cap. No one said anything. The polling place was quiet and polite. It probably
helped it was in an elementary school that has classes today.