Keep Going: Fifth Election Reports from Citizen Journalists
Republican turnout across the nation continues to impress. There are pockets of strong turnout in some Democrat areas as well, though Democrat turnout seems down overall. Citizen journalists are providing the best up-to-date information and firsthand accounts of turnout, events at polling places, and irregularities.
The following reports were received via the Breitbart News ELECTION TIP LINE (firstname.lastname@example.org) between 8:20 a.m. and 5:30 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.
I cannot report to you on the election tip line because it requires certain software (or someting). So I will send it here - and if you want me to send it the other way you will have to correct the website. I'm reporting from Haifa, Israel where everyone votes by absentee. It was difficult - my voter ID card was sent with a strange address on it. An organization called "I Vote Israel" got that straightened out. When I got my ballot by email it had me in the wrong district, but everything else was right and I was worried they would mess it up (I come from a very blue area) so I just skipped the vote on the congressman because I didn't want to invalidate the whole thing. I mailed, with return receipt, my ballot on October 14. The instructions were confusing but it said to send the security envelope in a separate envelope from the ballot (really). I got an email from my county saying they had received the envelop but not the ballot. Last week, after a three day effort I finally was able to fax the ballot and have the receipt. The next day I got an email from the county in the states saying it had been received and processed. On Monday I got one receipt (but not the other). Most Israeli-Americans are voting for Romney, one told me she use to be a Democrat and a liberal but that living here you have to face reality. So that is why most of us vote conservative. We love both countries and it breaks our hearts to see what has happened the last few years.
I showed up 15 minutes before polls opened here outside Northport, AL and still it took me an hour to vote. I was #49 to run a ballot through the machine and they had two machines running so I figure there was around 100 folks there first thing in the morning. The only other time I've ever had a wait was in 2010 and it was nowhere near this long. This is unprecedented and great!
7:00 AM--- 75-100 people were cycling through the polling station at a small church. Temperature was lowest of the season so far at Minus 24. Crowd appeared motivated and conservative heavy.
Thousands of voters are not showing up on voter rosters at polling places. Poll workers have not been informing the voters that they can fill out a provisional ballot, so they are leaving without voting.
Keep in mind, even though Romney is expected to get the vote here, a GOP senate seat is up for grabs.
Tucson specifically, Pima County is where this is taking place...
1. I am a voter from Yucaipa, California in San Bernardino County. I got to the polls 20 minutes early, and was second in line. People all seemed pretty excited to vote. Demographics were all over the place, young people, plenty of elderly. Everyone seemed informed, as they all had the Voter Information Guide! Surprised to use paper ballots, as previously in this county I've used digital machine. Regardless, people are pumped to participate in this process. Didn't see any funny business going on! By the time I voted and left, the line was at least an hour long, and this was at a tiny church (Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Yucaipa Blvd)!
2. I just voted at the Park La Brea polling place in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles, CA. When I arrived at 6:50 AM, over 200 people were already in line. By the time the poll opened at 7:00 AM, over 300 people were in line. All was orderly, and peaceful in the polling place. Well organized staff, with competent poll watchers. This is a VERY liberal district. Most likely 85% of the votes were likely cast for Obama. A good representative portion of the voters were african american (around 20%).
The size of the early crowd suprised me, compared to Presidential elections in the past. Much larger crowd than Bush v. Gore in 2000.
3. I live in Calabasas California. I showed up at the polling place(a local elementary school). It was the longest line I have ever seen in 30 years of voting. In 2008 this suburb was drunk with obama-mania! Obama bumper stickers, hope and change posters, yard signs everywhere. This time, of those that have posted signs-they are overwhelmingly for Romney. It was a very somber mood in line at 0700 today at our polling station. Americans are taking this election very seriously...
4. I voted today. In Calabasas, CA, home of the Kardashians. I know that my one vote may not swing things, but it felt good voting Red in a very Blue state. Long live this great country.
5. Went to same polling place in Venice, CA as I had 4 years ago. The lines were out the door in 2008, and slinked up the stairs to a large voting area. These are rabid, active liberals...who were dancing in the streets, the environment was electric. I felt so happy that day, I remember. And yes, I am registered Democrat and I voted for Obama in 2008. So for me, with my family walking down with our two young children, celebrating this promise of change. Hopeful. So hopeful. A new dad, with a new direction for America. The guy flat let my family down. He sold us a bill of goods and all of us, college educated, Prius driving apologists, pretended to know the truth, but never bothered to look below the friggin surface. I wanted to believe. Not because he was black, but because he spoke to my heart. For the first time, a leader spoke to me. And I ate it up. We all did. But I decided to look below the surface. I took the red pill and I am so grateful that I took the time to go beyond the manufactured sound bites. These guys are good, friends...very good at making us believe, because they hit us where it hurts most. And use our education and moral compass, coupled with our insane schedules and inability, often, to really do the work we all want to do for our community and philanthropically. We all want to do more than we do. Today, I voted for Mitt Romney. The place was empty. When I said that to a few of the people, at different times, no one said a word. It was eerie. Going back to where I lived...Now a single dad...And admittedly worse off today, than 4 years ago. I did the hard work. I looked into both men, and the decision was easy.
1. Voting in St Petersburg, FL at Sunken Gardens. I got there at 8:45 am and waited 45 minutes to vote. I was the 199th person to cast my ballot there. Everyone seemed enthusiastic and happy to be there. It was raining so not much chatter in the line. I saw a lot of young professionals, a few mothers with children in tow and elderly woman. Only one person with an Obama t-shirt on and a bunch of Romney bumper stickers on cars in the parking lot.
2. I voted at 10:30 this morning at the Reformed Theological Seminary polling location in Oviedo, Florida, Seminole County (about 30 minutes north east of downtown Orlando).
I only waited 10 minutes in line. The atmosphere was business-like, without a lot of enthusiasm at that time. There were no polling place campaigners (outside the normal boundary), so all was quiet.
I was hoping to see long lines in this predominately Republican county. I have passed by a couple more times during the day and found the same short lines and calm atmosphere.
The only thing I found amiss at the polling center were the lack of privacy booths. Normally there are about 25 or 30 booths set up. Today there are only 8. I asked the poll worker about it and she just shrugged her shoulders. Some voters had to use non-private long tables where they seated 2 or three people at a time. I was satisfied with the voter identification and ballot accounting procedures.
All last week, a nearby early-polling station had long lines round the clock all 7 days - so I hope that is reason our lines today were so short.
3. Southwest FL
I voted, wait lines were okay, 50% of our area voted early. We are in a conservative area of the state, but it seems that the Obama campaign paid people to move here, steal Romney yard signs and place Obama campaign signs on main roads. My one gripe is, as I handed my ID to the poll worker, she found my name, but right under my name was the name of my Father, Mother and wife, each of whom had early voted on Saturday.
I was disturbed and will contact the Supervisor of elections here, because none of their names had been marked as "already voted", so each of them could have entered the poll booths and voted again. This is a problem that needs to be fixed and I will get to the bottom of it. I saw as they were flipping through the book with names of voters, that some of whom had already voted were marked as such, but it seems that if people early voted on Saturday, they weren't marked as such by voting day. I can see this as being a problem if people are aware of this and are unethical and want to vote fraudulently.
We need a new system of voting!
1. Reporting very long lines at my precinct in East Cobb County GA. Upper Middle-Class neighborhoods. Much busier than same time 2008. Chatter amongst mine line mates indicate determined Romney voters.
2. Paulding County, GA
We're just outside the metro Atlanta area, but generally it's a quiet, sleepy town. Got to the polling place at 7:30 and it was pouring down rain. Waited for about 10 minutes, with probably 30 or 40 folks in line. Everyone was upbeat and polite. No problems with the touch screen voting machines. Way, way, WAY busier than I've ever seen it, and not a single Obama sign out on the street (but a good half-dozen or so Romney signs). No doubt Georgia will go for Romney, but it was great to see the turnout.
Just stood in line and waited a near hour and a half! I've never in my life seen voting lines like this! Where the population is highly LDS so many people laughed and joked saying the Mormons are coming! I'm just so thankful that we have the opportunity to vote for our leaders! God bless those that lead and direct our wonderful nation!!
1. Lake County, IL
Voted at 7:00am. Biggest crowd I've see voting at this hour in 25 years, and it's when I always vote. At least five times more than usual.
Of special interest was the demeanor of those I saw coming in. The men in particular had the determined look of those storming a beach. It didn't look like they were going in to vote; more like they were there to kick some ass. Which, in a way, I suppose we were! And I hope we succeeded!
2. I live in Bloomington, Illinois (center of the state). Most people don't realize that Illinois is generally a deep red state outside Chicago and a couple of the Chicago collar counties. In 2008 Obama yard signs outnumbered McCain signs. This year you have to really hunt to find an Obama yard sign or bumper sticker. My polling place was packed this morning at 8:30 am. A woman handing out ballots commented that they had an incredibly busy morning, with people lined up to vote well in advance of the 6:00 am opening. I asked for a paper ballot and stated that I didn't trust the electronic balloting machine. A poll worker commented that they had early trouble with the electronic machine, but now had it worked out. She wouldn't elaborate further.
3. Voted for Mitt and Tim Wolfe (against Jan Schakowsky) here in the North Side of Chicago, usually a very liberal place, at around 8:30. Only one person in front of me in line, none behind me, and 5 more people at booths. Two of the voters appeared to be Russian Jews like me, and based on the general pattern, they should have voted for Mitt as well. While I waited about 10 minutes for a booth to free, only one other person came to vote. She had a very interesting conversation with one of the poll workers, who complained about the low turnout.
Voter: "It doesn't matter, Obama will win in Illinois anyway."
Poll worker: "I wouldn't be so sure."
As an aside, there are several Wolfe signs in front of my highrise building, but I have not seen a single Schakowsky sign.
I live in downtown Chicago; within walking distance to the polling station. I was told to expect a 2 hour+ wait; supposedly people were turned away in 2008. This morning at 9AM, there was no wait. There is still no wait. I could tell I was the only one voting for Romney, but there were multiple stations open and several volunteers looked bored. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!!
Obama voter enthusiasm appears low...far fewer signs in the traditionally liberal enclave of Bloomington, Indiana.
Insignificant lines at the polling place...only GOP represented outside with hand-held signs.
Report from Precinct 311, West Des Moines, Iowa
I am almost always the first person in line on Election Day. I get there early every time. This time, I was not early enough.
I was overwhelmed by the number of people in line. This is a neighborhood which tends to go Republican but has not had great turnout recently. This was incredible today.
Normally, there are 3-5 people in line at the start and then it builds; this morning there were 41 people lined up when I got there and the number grew to more than 100 by the time I left. Way more than prior years.
Enthusiasm was moderate with several people chatting in line; considerably pro-Romney. The one obvious Obama voter in line just stared at the floor the whole time.
No Black Panthers harrassing anyone here. Looking very good for Romney.
Four votes cast for Romney-Ryan in rural Kentucky, wife and I at the polling station. Both children in grad school voted absentee. Good crowd small town, solid brisk turnout at 8:00am and I have only seen ONE Obama sign in the County. I have told all my friends to vote RR. Prayers are still needed and do work.
I live directly across the street from our local polling place. I have lived here for 13 years. When I woke up at 6 am the school parking lot was full, there has been a steady stream of cars in and out all day. We had to wait in line to vote, this has NEVER happened. This is the 3rd Presidential election I have voted in at this address, I am still in awe at the turn out we've seen here. God bless the USA.
*Something historic is happening.* Huge crowds in the suburbs of Baltimore and they appear very determined. One co-worker is at a precinct now trying to vote and they have run out of balloting supplies and have halted the voting process until they can be replenished. I voted at 7am in another precinct and there were hundreds of people in line. The comments that I heard around me were pro Romney, and I sensed the majority of the crowd was pro-Romney.
Voting lines at 8 AM were long (30 minutes). South Boston went for Brown two years ago but the Warren machine had a very visible presence here. Her machine turned it out. The question becomes, for all of the strong-arming on organized labor and the teachers union, will those folks all pull the lever for Warren? They were forced into stand-outs or fined, but they may back Brown behind the curtain. There were a lot of participants waiting to vote and a surprising amount of Romney supporters! I am Breitbart!
1. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Awoke on Election Day to see that someone had mangled my Romney sign (apparently they don't mind Pete Hoekstra too much). Got to the polls at 7am and was #51 in line. Tons of (non-vandalized) Romney/Ryan signs in the neighborhood so hopes remain high.
1. There were a lot of people at our rural polling place this morning at 8: 20 a.m., but it still only took about 5 minutes for me to vote. The mood seemed upbeat. There wasn't a lot of talking. People got in line, received their voting card, were checked off by an election judge, and handed a ballot. A voter ahead of me appeared to be voting in the district for the first time. He brought I.D., and looked to have another step to go through. After voting, I heard a customer say this to the cashier at the gas station: "I don't care who wins as long as it's not Obama."
2. Here's a report from Minnesota hinterlands just south of the metro area. The town of Veseli is about 600 population total. The surrounding township might push it into the 1,000 range. At the townhall at 3:15 pm CST there were about 20-25 people in the voting process. In 2008, I voted in the evening about supper time (~6:00 pm) and there were less than half that number. Of course, that's near millking and chore time, too, but lots of commuters should be waiting at that time. Looks good for turnout today.
Voted this morning in Gulfport, MS. Have never had to wait before, but stood in line wrapped outside the door for 45 minutes. Bus from the Naval home dropped off a bunch of veterans, all wearing their hats and coats indicating military branch/conflict service. Enjoyed standing there listening to their take on the state of the country and how it is about to be turned around in this election (Needless to say there were A LOT of red colored outfits and American flag pins and buttons).
Dundee Omaha, Nebraska
For the first time I can remember there was a line out the door at the polling place. People seemed pretty reserved.
My polling place used to be the library which is less than two blocks from my house. In the primary election last spring, the city of Omaha changed my polling place to a school which is eight blocks from my house. I went to the school and they said my name wasn't on their list and that I should try the number...
Calls to this number are immediately busy. So I asked where the next closest polling place and they said the
church two blocks north. I went there and they had my information. I take this whole situation as Divine Providence as I would rather vote in a church with my God than in a state run school or library!
Long live our democracy! Go Romney/Ryan!!!
My wife and I got to the polls at 6:40, and they opened at 7:00. We voted at Lamping Elementary, which serves three precincts. We were the third and fourth people in line, proudly wearing red shirts. The line quickly grew while the poll workers were setting up their boundary signs. The growing crowd seemed anxious, but good natured.
When the polls opened we entered the gymnasium and got in line according to precinct, with each precinct having a line for half of the alphabet. I showed my registration card and signed for my receipt, no photo requested. The poll worker compared my signature to the one on his record. Then it was off to a table where I exchanged my receipt for a card to insert in the voting machine. They initially had only one machine making the electronic cards, but quickly set another one up as it became clear that turnout was heavy. By the time I got my card, and I was third in line, the gymnasium was full. Took 10 minutes from start to finish, and went smoothly. Was a steady stream of new voters as I was leaving.
Voted at 10:30 this morning. Took about 25 minutes on the upper west side of Manchester, NH. When I arrived the line wasn't that long at all, maybe 10 deep in my alphabet bracket, 15 in others. When I left all lines were out the door. The registration line was also 10-15 people long the entire time I was there. I spoke to the guy helping people insert their ballots into the machine and he said that he's been volunteering at the polls since 1988 and that the turnout so far is far and away the biggest he's ever seen, even bigger than 2008.
I live in one of the few Republican counties in NJ who voted for McCain in 2008. At 10:30am, the polling area was very crowded. I asked a volunteer there how the turnout has been and he said "in a word, massive."
1. Suburban Rochester
I am from a Rochester, NY suburb, Henrietta, but near to the two upscale suburbs of Brighton and Pittsford. We have a rather large Jewish population in this area, albeit I'm a Protestant myself...
I went to the poll a little before 8am, so it may be that people were just waking up or getting to work, but I must say, compared to 2008, my polling place was dead. The last two elections were packed, and were the first times I actually had to wait in line for an appreciable amount of time to vote. This time I was 3rd in line, and got in and out within 15 minutes. The atmosphere was pretty subdued, and most of the voters were older white males like myself.
I did see something a little odd. Hopefully nothing, though - a young couple came in after me that looked either Middle Eastern or perhaps Indian/Pakistani. The guy was pulling out his wallet when he first came in as if to show his ID, even though we don't do that here (we sign our names next to a previous personal signature). The couple seemed a little on edge and confused in general. Here is to hoping they were just excited first time voters.
2. I live in Brooklyn, NY. I escaped a communist country 18 years ago, and consider it not just my right but my duty to vote Obama out today! Me and my husband got to the polls later than we normally would, around 1:30 pm, because they'd changed our polling place and didn't let us know. No people handing out last-minute Democrat voting info like they were in 2010, but two people handed us info for a Republican. More people than usual showed up, especially older people. We even spotted some seniors in wheelchairs and walkers, or walking with support of younger caretakers. The line wasn't too long. We waited perhaps 15-20 minutes. We were asked for IDs, then asked to sign in a book where they compared it to signature on file. We marked paper ballots then fed them to a machine. No funny business, everything went smoothly. There was an air of enthusiasm and urgency among voters. I know New York isn't in play, but we still felt like a part of something great today. GO ROMNEY!
1. Voted this morning is southern Montgomery county, Ohio, south suburbs of Dayton. Got there around 7 am and waited over an hour to vote. I have never waited this long in a voting line. Line was just as long when I left around 8:10. I think it's good for Mitt.
2. Today in Wyoming, Ohio, there were lines at the poll at 6:30 when it opened. The mood was somber and quiet. People were taking their vote seriously. The size of the lines reminded me of the year we voted for Ronald Reagan. I lived in Atlanta and waited for hours to vote for Reagan. Today, again, it felt like it really mattered for the sake of our country.
3. I live in northern Montgomery County, Ohio in a fairly small precinct. In 10 years I have never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes to vote at my polling location. This morning, I had to wait an hour and a half. More than 100 people were lined up outside when the polls opened. I'm in a fairly red precinct. Looking good for R/R.
4. Wood County, Ohio
My wife and I voted at 1:30. Fairly heavily Republican suburban community. Very crowded, relative to other elections. No wait, but two precincts share a voting booth bank of about 25 machines, and there was only one unoccupied. I've never seen it this crowded in the afternoon. Usually when we vote there are only a few machines occupied. This is by far the heaviest turnout I remember.
5. I voted at 7 am in precinct 4-D today in Worthington Ohio. This is a mixed D & R area. There was a line of about 10 people, which is heavier than what I remember in 2008. Judging from the yard signs in the area, there is much more enthusiasm for Romney than there was for McCain in 2008.
The Romney-Ryan ground game is in full swing. Around 10 am I received a taped call from Mitt asking for my vote. About ten minutes later, there was a Romney worker at my front door, who was pleased to hear that we had already voted.
6. I voted at 10am in Waterville Ohio which does lean conservative and I waited for over 30 min. Never have I had to wait during the day. Another polling station close by had cars wrapped around the building and parked on the grass. This is good, very good. Praying for mercy for our country!
7. I'm reporting from south Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County Ohio, in the Lomond and Sussex neighborhoods. This is an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland that was once the wealthiest per capita city in the US, before high taxes began pushing out fiscal conservatives and pulling in old-money liberals, government employees and those who live well 'working the system' of the various public assistance agencies.
Last night the main intersection in town at Chagrin, Van Aken, Northfield and Warrensville Center Roads was occupied by dozens of young people with homemade 'honk for Obama' signs and a 20-foot tall animated Obama puppet. Lots of horn honking in approval from traffic. Some signs had pot leafs and promoted marijuana legalization, which puzzled me because Obama has never promised that, even though he admits to being a former pothead himself.
I wasn't surprised by the enthusiasm because this area is heavily Democratic. I like to call it "Obama ground zero". He's visited the high school here at least twice during his presidency. In 2008, the streets were a literal sea of Obama yard signs. However, in 2012 the number of Obama yard signs is way less than half that amount. Gone are the distinct "O" logo; replaced by a poorly designed sign with lettering so small as to be illegible at a reasonable distance.
Today around 3pm, I saw dozens of yard signs planted at the Sussex School polling place, all for Democrats and tax levies. The parking lot was less full than on a normal school day. As I was exiting in my car, I saw two Romney/Ryan signs pulled from ground and left lying flat, invisible from a distance of more than 10 feet. I was going to stop to replant them but there were several cars behind me and my 3-year old in the back seat needed his nap.
8. I live just East of Columbus, OH in Etna, OH. I arrived at my polling place at 10:30am and it took me 60 minutes to reach the voting machine and submit my vote. This is a rural area and everyone in line was saying how they've never seen lines as long as they are today. The poll worker working the front door said that the longest line he's ever seen stretched only to the front door. Today, however, the line was stretching way past the front door with an estimated 30 people in the extended line. When I finished voting at 11:30am the line was just as long or longer and people were still pouring in. The entire church parking lot was full with people having to park on the grass. Anecdotally, I counted the number of signs between the polling place and my home (about 1.5 miles) and the Romney/Ryan signs outnumbered the Obama/Biden signs 3-1. Keep up the good fight!
I live in Portland, Oregon. Ground zero for Obama. In 2008 we almost moved because of the Obama mania here. Every house, and I mean every house, had Obama signs in the yard. People had effigies of Sarah Palin and John McCain hanging from nooses on their houses. People were absolutely crazy that year. This year, I have seen only a couple Obama signs in yards. I haven't seen any Romney signs either, but people get their property destroyed here if they show support for Republicans. I am sure that Portland will go very strong for Obama, but I am happy to report a general lack of enthusiasm and an Obama malaise here. We have mail in ballots here so I am not sure what turnout is like. I'm hoping that if there is a lack of enthusiasm here it will translate to a lack in the swing states. God bless the U.S.A. !!
1. King of Prussia, PA
Have lived here 48 years. In past have worked at polls. Voted at 10 a.m. Had to wait 25 minutes in my "alphabetical" line-- those in other line waited 45 minutes. In 48 years, have never seen turnout like this.
2. I live in a mostly Republican District in the Philadelphia Suburbs. This is the first time the line has ever been out the door since I moved here. Also saw a lot of signs saying things like "Keep America Free, Fire
Obama". I think it shows an anti-Obama sentiment.
My mother, who also lives in a Republican District, and is a poll worker, said Democrats were being very rude about showing any ID. It's not required, but in my district everyone had theirs ready and showed it.
3. I had the distinct privilege of casting the first vote in my little, predominantly Conservative, village!
Matter of fact, can't recall seeing a single Ødious sign here at all...some across the river in the college town (Bucknell), but even very few there, comparatively.
Got to my polling place in central PA at 0630, and by the time the doors opened at 7 there were already ~25 in line, with more cars pulling in every minute or two.
Great chatter with several others who got there shortly after me, with the concensus being we were all more eager to cast today's votes than any time since Reagan!
When the election official asked for my name, I took my time getting the wallet out to show my ID.
One of the officiating ladies said "we don't need to see your ID", whereupon I politely stated, in a clear full voice "Yes you do.. I'm...and I'm proud to show my eligibility to vote for President Romney".
It's gonna be a long day's wait, but by tonight we'll have served a tsunami-sized eviction notice on the most hideous presidential mistake this country's ever made!
1. Voted this morning around 11:30 at my neighborhood polling station in Nashville, TN. It was the longest line I'd ever seen at this polling station since I moved to the neighborhood in 2006. One of the poll worker volunteers said it had been busy all day. Enjoyed chatting with a couple folks near me in line but none of us mentioned for whom we were going to vote. Everything proceeded smoothly. Saw no "poll watchers" inside. (Not even sure that's done here.) Not a huge number of yard signs around here but I'd say Romney signs outnumber Obama signs in my neighborhood about 2 to 1. No suspense which way Tennessee's 11 electoral votes are going -- even Gore couldn't carry this state and he's from here! Glad to be a part of the red wave that will wash across the map tonight!
2. I went to my very very Democratic polling place to vote. Hubby & I were only ones there at lunchtime. Bodes well for TN GOP to get supermajority in State House & Senate.
Just voted here in Orem, Utah, enthusiastic lines of people, everyone cooperative, lines are long, 1 hour plus wait (at poll opening 7am)people want a change, are very upbeat that we will have a new president, very concerned about the reports of fraud & intimidation going on in other parts of the country.
Thanks for efforts to get the truth out!
Mailed in my VT ballot last month from Canada. Looking forward to tonight's big election night party in downtown Montreal which will be hosted by journalist, political strategist, and former Andrew Breitbart intern, Adam Daifallah. I am Breitbart.
1. 8:30 AM at Maury School in City of Alexandria Virginia. Absolutely no line. Most efficient process I've ever witnessed. Approximately 20 polling stations, Large PAPER ballots that you fill out by hand with a black pen. As you exit the polling place a Scanner scans both sides of the ballot and then lets you see that the ballot was read.
2. Herndon, VA outside DC (VA-11)
I went to the poll @ 0630. It took me an hour to to vote, turnout seemed heavy this early in the morning. More R/R buttons than O buttons which is good since this is a lean D district.
3. This is from Arlington, VA -- Clarendon neighborhood. Heavily Democratic area, people are educated, involved...and thoroughly drinking the Obama kool-aid. Line has been an hour or more since at least 8 AM (now 10:45 AM). There's a FEW Romney signs in the neighborhood, but I'd assume this is a pretty D-heavy crowd. So...if you're a Republican & live in Virginia, THIS is what we're up against! GET OUT AND VOTE!
4. Virginia Beach, VA. I served 10 years active duty in Navy flying F-14s and F/A-18s. I am currently in the Navy Reserves flying F/A-18s as an adversary pilot. My polling site is Sigma 31 at Red Mill Elementary. This is a very Heavily Republican area due to all the military bases. At 0945 the parking lot was packed and the line to vote was the longest I have seen in my 12 years of living here. I am Voting for Mitt Romney!
5. I live in Roanoke, Va. Just voted. 1 1/2 hrs in line of steady 300+. Havent seen this since Reagan.
6. I just voted in Vienna, Virginia - area usually votes Democratic but with many Indys. Longest lines I've ever seen, even surpassing the high 2008 turnout when Obama overwhelmingly carried the district. More Republican volunteers out than in 2008 - best bet - perhaps earn a tie.
I live 30 minutes north of Seattle in a purple-ish county and there was a line up of 23 cars to drop off their mail-in ballots at City Hall. Worth the wait!
1. I'm in Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee. The area can best be described as middle class with a sizable Jewish population and a modest number of African Americans. It leans about 65% Democratic in most elections. I drove past my polling location this morning. (I'm planning on voting later today). I didn't see nearly as much activity as I was expecting. There was no visible line in the building and I could have parked in the first row if I wanted to. In fact, it looked like there was more activity during the Walker recall election in June. It looked like I could have walked in and been out in less than 10 minutes. In 2008, I voted around the same time as I went by and the line was out the door and I had to park far away. I was listening to the radio on my way to work and there were people calling in from Waukesha County (a very strong area for Republicans) saying there were very long lines and that the wait was over an hour in some locations. If this turnout holds up, it would be a good sign for Republicans. I'm planning on heading back to the polls after work and will file another report then. Looking forward to tonight.
2. We are in a small city south of Green Bay. Turnout was average but UNUSUAL amount of on-the-spot new registrations. Most were in their 20-30s. I have never seen that many new voters at the polls in this area.
I just voted in Gillette WY, the energy capital of the nation. I have never seen this many voters this early in the morning and so excited to vote. Granted this is the reddest if the red states, but the coal industry has taken it in the shorts from Obama's EPA and Secretary of the INFERIOR Ken "pipsqueak" Salazar and we're tired of being demonized for providing low cost electricity for the rest of the country. I hope that every coal miner in the swing states follows our lead to get these clowns out of the way so we can "energize" this country again!!!!!