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Posted by Belle (Member # 2314) on :
Stood in line for an hour outside in the cold and damp. Once inside, about another fifteen minutes to get my ID checked, and receive my ballot. Then about 10 minutes to vote (tons of amendments to our state consitution to read).

Had to park on the grass about a half mile away and walk through mud to get there.

I got there at a good time, before the after-work rush. When I left the line was almost double what it had been when I arrived. Some people will be in line for 2 hours tonight.

Still, no regrets. I met some great people. We talked about all kinds of stuff - none of it politics-related. [Smile] I met a college student who drove home from a campus an hour away and then stood in line for over an hour so he could vote for the very first time. [Smile] I love America!
Posted by Godric 2.0 (Member # 11443) on :
I went at 8 AM. Walked in, no line, voted and left in less than 10 minutes.
Posted by scholarette (Member # 11540) on :
5 minutes at the first place, 5 at the second. They had said a lot of peoples polling place changed for this election but I thought surely I will still be at the polling place across the street from me. Nope, instead of the one I can walk to, I am now at te one like a few miles away.
Posted by Stephan (Member # 7549) on :
There was an hour wait before work at 7:30. Waited after work at 4 for about 20 minutes.
Posted by sarcasticmuppet (Member # 5035) on :
In and out in five minutes.
Posted by Glenn Arnold (Member # 3192) on :
Same here, about 5 minutes.
Posted by TomDavidson (Member # 124) on :
I got in line at 7:05AM, and was out at 7:30AM.
Posted by Stephan (Member # 7549) on :
I think a big part of it is the amount of questions. My state and county totaled almost 20. Many did not take the time to read their sample ballots and took forever to vote.
Posted by ElJay (Member # 6358) on :
Walked in, walked out. MN has same day registration and there was a decent line for that but not out the door or anything. (My polling place is a large urban church, so there was lots of room inside.) But there was no one in line to check in at the already registered table or for the ballot, and 2 of maybe 10 booths were open. They seemed to be moving the new registrants through alright, there was a guy at the end of the line with the forms & whatever for the people who didn't have them already and several people processing them.
Posted by dkw (Member # 3264) on :
No line. We went during the day, though, which helps.
Posted by Samprimary (Member # 8561) on :
The trick is to pick the Republican line. You're usually in and out in five minutes and the coffee and pastries are free. Though this time some Black Panthers were all up in my grill so I had to hide from them so it took longer.
Posted by Ginol_Enam (Member # 7070) on :
About a half hour. The only reason I even had to wait in a line at all was because by odd coincidence nobody was there with last names starting from A-L, but like 30 people with M-Z, so...
Posted by Destineer (Member # 821) on :
A half hour before I gave up. [Smile] Would've probably been two or three hours. They really need more polling places here.
Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
Zero minutes.

(I voted by mail a couple weeks ago.)

The polling place adjacent to my workplace seemed to be moving people in and out pretty quickly, though.
Posted by BlackBlade (Member # 8376) on :
About one hour. Went at 9:50am.
Posted by Hobbes (Member # 433) on :
Zero wait. Shortest ballot ever so total time, door to door, was around 3 minutes.

I've now voted twice this year! And my winning percentage is looking to be pretty low...

Hobbes [Smile]
Posted by Ron Lambert (Member # 2872) on :
It took about 15 minutes of standing in lines, plus five minutes to fill out the long, two-sided ballot. Voter turnout was heavy. Of course, I voted early, about 10:30 A.M.

[ November 06, 2012, 11:59 PM: Message edited by: Ron Lambert ]
Posted by Tstorm (Member # 1871) on :
No time at all.

I voted in advance, at the County Clerk's office, last Thursday.
Posted by Shanna (Member # 7900) on :
No wait at all when I went at around 1pm today. I was really surprised because it had been a multi-hour wait during the last Presidential election. But I think we benefited from a high emphasis on early voting and a BUNCH more polling places in my area. I felt like I couldn't go ten blocks without running into a new polling place.
Posted by ambyr (Member # 7616) on :
Maybe five minutes. Went in at 3:30 in the afternoon.
Posted by Dan_Frank (Member # 8488) on :
I spent a few minutes in the booth on my phone checking up on some of the city council candidates I didn't recognize.

Other than that, basically zero minutes. I was the only one there till a few minutes before I left, when a couple folks showed up.

I was voting at 7:45 PM, though. Stayed late at work so I cut it rather close.

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