After waiting in line for 4 hours yesterday, we were finally able to vote! Thankfully we were only outside (in the freezing cold, not to mention wind!) for the first 1½ hours. The rest of the line was snaking around the inside of the building, Disneyland-style (or airport-security style, take your pick LOL). We got to the polls 20 minutes before they opened and there were already cars parked all up and down the side of the road as the two nearby parking lots were full. Good thing we dressed warm and brought hot chocolate :). I hadn’t planned on taking a half day off from work, but I’m glad we went when we did. Who knows what the rest of this week and next Tuesday will be like!
Despite the wait, I feel very strongly that voting is a privilege and our responsibility as citizens. Our armed forces put their lives on the line every day to preserve our freedoms as well as the freedoms of those around the world, and that freedom includes the right to vote. I realize that technically that means we also have the right to not vote if we so choose, but IMO if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the outcome ;). Whoever you decide to vote for, whether it be one of the two main candidates, a third-party option, or even a write-in, please take the time to make your voice heard! In addition to the national election, there are state and local elections going on as well where your input is needed. Ok, I’m off my soapbox now! J
So, if you’ve already voted did you encounter long lines also? If not, are you planning to vote early or wait for the big day next Tuesday? This is the first time we’ve ever voted early, but with the turnout expected we thought it might be a good idea.