Sunday, October 28, 2012

This is Your Early Voting Line

I thought introducing early voting was supposed to make things more efficient, yet its popularity has resulted in ridiculous queues at the voting station at the Silver Spring Civic Building. This afternoon the end of the line was somehow in front of Stronsider's.


At first I thought there must be a crazy wait for pre-storm stockpiling at Whole Foods, but realized that the voting queue actually winds through the alley between CVS and Whole Foods, turns right at Fenton Street then wraps all the way across Veterans Plaza.

I can't even imagine how long this line takes to get through... two or three hours? I went down there this afternoon with the intention of voting, but as it only usually takes me no longer than fifteen minutes or so to vote at my local polling station on election day, I'm not about to stand in this line. I guess people must be really energized by the nonstop barrage of advertising they've been subjected to over the past three months. Nearly every day I receive flyers from both proponents and opponents of question 7.

Personally, I'm all for question 7. In fact, someone should turn Shitty Place into a proper casino. What the hell - it's the only way you'll ever get people in there. We could use the proceeds to finance our library and the Purple Line. Skybridges for everyone!



28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I waited in that line yesterday. When I hopped in, it was around the corner almost to the entrance of Whole Foods. It only took an hour to the door. I decided to go out early and get it over with in case Sandy knocks our power out for an extended period of time. My polling place is right across the street from my house and our area loses power when someone sneezes.

ThayerAvenue said...

The line *does* move quickly. And perhaps you should applaud the people dedicated to standing in the line to vote instead of bitching and moaning about it when you were too lazy to stand in it.

Sligo said...

In response to that last comment, I am now going to vote a straight-ticket Republican ballot.

I went there with the intention to vote, I just didn't have the time to wait this long to vote today. Toddler nap time only lasts so long.

I guess I will just stick to my Constitutionally-mandated voting day. If someone had the time to dedicate to wait that long in line today, good for them. Perhaps the popularity of early voting will motivate the County to open additional polling places.

Anonymous said...

The wait times are posted on the board of elections web site in the "early voting dashboard" at the top of the page:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/elections/index2.html

So before leaving your house, just check the web site. I've got too applaud the county for making this wait time info so easily accessible. It is updated about every hour while polls are open.

Anonymous said...

did you just a straight ticket republican vote as a threat? I microcosm comment for the state of maryland, no doubt.

Anonymous said...

forgot to include the word "issue" in my above comment

ThayerAvenue said...

I know the wait times are a pain in the ass. And I know the time constraints of everything else going on in people's lives. My concern was perpetuating the same attitude among others who may have thought about going but didn't because they thought the lines might snag them for 3 or 4 hours. And I agree - more early voting places would be most excellent. I'm a big proponent of going on election day, so I hope that power is back on and running by the time that comes up. Because, you know, power *will* go out between now and then.

ThayerAvenue said...

And yeah, I was sort of needling you. Sorry about that.

Sligo said...

You saw through my voter suppression scheme.

Anonymous said...

I voted today because my daughter came home from college and I thought getting her go down to the polling place versus her possible absentee ballot would be a great way to make sure she got it done.

After looking at the line this early afternoon we decided to come back later. Apparently it took people about an hour and 45 minutes to go through the line when it was at its longest. I went at 4:30 and the line only extended to Fenton St.

It was shocking how many voting booths they had, lots of them, and how many people were voting.

I totally support any idea that gets more people to vote and, I think, early voting does that. Expansion of early voting should be the next step.

Anonymous said...

Lets do a run down....

No on question 4
No on question 5
No on question 6
Yes on question 7
Yes on question B

Anonymous said...

I disagree with the previous poster. Make it easy: Vote FOR all ballot questions (1-7, A, B). I've researched all of them, and they are good and sensible proposals.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness I don't have to think for myself - whew, what a relief to have someone telling me how to vote!

Anonymous said...

@10:03 AM -- I appreciate your sarcasm, but you'd be surprised at how people arrive at their voting decisions. Many people do nothing more than make up their minds based on what someone told them to do or something they remember hearing (especially on ballot questions that can be difficult to understand). This is, of course, why there are dozens of people outside polling places trying to tell you how to vote.

Anonymous said...

@2:13 PM - I'm not clear on how it's ok to be uninformed and told how to think, and then vote accordingly! Hhmmm, let me think about that. Oh yeah, I think I resent being given a "rundown" or told they are "all good and sensible proposals" in a total stranger's opinion. I'd rather read them myself and decide. It's just not that hard.

Anonymous said...

@3:05 PM -- To be clear, my comments were not directed at you in particular. I'm not saying it's a good thing to be uninformed, or to follow the opinions of total strangers. But like it or not, there are voters out there who aren't going to research all of the ballot questions, and who will vote based on how someone told them to vote, or who will just pick randomly. (I've even had very educated friends admit to me in the past that they made voting decisions at random or based on what someone told them to do.)

Anonymous said...

@ 6:38 PM

...and your probably the same person who is going to vote for Obama because "i heard somewhere that romney kills baby's"

Anonymous said...

Romney kills baby's WHAT?!?

Anonymous said...

Baby's hopes and dreams for the future.

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