i’m a georgia voter (again)

here is my quick voting report. i got to my polling place on delaware ave in ormewood park about 10 after seven and there was already a line of about 50 people. the line only grew as the morning wore on. i think based on my unscientific observation that turnout is going to be pretty big on the democratic side in this primary.

i happen to live in a very heavily democratic precinct. so democratic in fact that the woman accidentally programmed my “smart card” for the democratic ballot before looking down at my voter card and seeing i wanted to vote republican. i chuckled and said, “not many of us around here are there?” she laughed and said “no. it’s almost autopilot hitting that button.”

voting was smooth. it looked like all the machines were working and people seemed content with the process.

there was a guy outside doing ‘exit polling’ and i got excited because i have never been interviewed for an exit poll. but he wasn’t really doing the kind of exit polling you see on the news, he was actually with some organization looking for people who had problems voting.

i looked at his tally sheet and i was the only person he had talked to all morning who had voted in the republican primary. that’s actually pretty incredible now that i think about it.

anyway, that’s my experience. how ’bout the rest of you, long lines at the polls? problems with machines? let us know.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jam (unregistered) on February 5th, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    I voted over at Burgess Academy on Clifton and Glenwood. I was in and out in 10 minutes. Very smooth, orderly and painless.

  2. Seth (unregistered) on February 5th, 2008 @ 10:55 am


    Didn’t realize you’d just posted a voting post.

    Polls were busy but brisk in Smyrna/Vinings.

  3. Patrick (unregistered) on February 5th, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

    Seven minutes at Grady HS in Midtown around 1:45 this afternoon, and that included finding parking and going to the wrong gym (voting is being held in the "practice gym" this year, not the main gym along 10th).

    The only problem I saw was a woman who couldn’t find her driver’s license and was trying to convince the worker to accept her credit card with the security picture on it. Not sure if it worked.

    In other news, Grady HS, which lists Debate as one of their winter sports, has a "practice gym."

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