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04 November 2008 @ 08:16 am
Sticker Poll: Day Twelve (Monday) and Some Thoughts on Today  
Monday, 11/3: Tiff and I drove to Greensboro, NC (about an hour away) to see NIN. About halfway through through the set of the mindnumbingly awful opening band, I realized my throat was a little sore, but high up, right behind my nasal cavity. This never bodes well for me. This is always a sign of impending illness. Sure enough, it got worse throughout the evening though I had a fabulous time. NIN never fails to impress.

Tiff and I had a lot of fun people watching, especially the people on the floor level. One woman showed up in a teal colored French Maid's outfit, black stockings, stilettos, and an apron that may have had multi-colored polkadots on it. We dubbed her Waldette, because no matter how many people crammed into the floor level area, you could always find her in the crowd.

Near the end of the concert, NIN did Hand that Feeds with the traditional background photo of W. except it ever-so-slowly transformed over the course of the song into McCain. It was frightening to see W.'s eyes peering out of McCain's face. They then followed Hand that Feeds with Head Like a Hole, which I thought was a perfect follow up.

head like a hole.
black as your soul.
i'd rather die than give you control.
head like a hole.
black as your soul.
i'd rather die than give you control.

bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.
bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.

We got home around midnight last night and the day's count of stickers was rather disappointing.

Obama 3
McCain 6

And those three Obama stickers? All at the NIN concert.

Overall Totals:

Obama 46
McCain 18

Which is, of course, how I hope the vote will go today.

I voted this morning. Let me tell you about it.

I fell asleep around 12:30am after the concert and got up a 5:30 this morning. I got dressed, drank some Emergen-C, took some ibuprofen (throat still sore) and drove to the church which is also my NC polling center. I got there just before 6am. It opened at 6:30am. There were already 26 people in line. I was 27th.

It was 55 degrees out and raining rather hard. There was nothing to stand under to get away from the rain. Most of the people in line had umbrellas but some didn't. Of the people in line in front of me, over half were African-American. A third were over 50. I saw a nurse in her scrubs. There was a college student standing behind me doing her morning reading from her text and answering the questions at the end of the chapter.

By the time they opened the doors to let us in, there were close to 100 people in line. There were 20 poll workers--all bright-eyed with caffeine and very cheerful--waiting to help us. Our precinct votes by hand ballot, like a scantron or fill-in-the bubble test. I have voted here for the last three years at every opportunity. Provisional, local, primaries... Usually they have 10 "booths" set up in the front of the room where you stand while filling in your bubbles. Usually there is room to spare. Usually there is never more than 15 people in the room at a time, including poll workers.

Today, every open spot was a voting "booth", complete with its own cardboard privacy box. Today every "booth" was filled and lines snaked around the room and out the doorway into the rain. Today, I stood in line to put my ballot in the box, something that has never happened once in the 28 years that I have been voting. That line was 10 people long when I got into it.

All told--and not including the waiting--it took me 15 minutes to vote. I left my polling place and drove the the 24hr. grocery store across the way, planning to stock up on cold & flu meds, soup, and other comfort foods (am I the only person who thinks of croissants as comfort food?). I parked in the deserted parking lot in the rain...and wept.

My neighbors and your neighbors are standing in lines all over this country, in the bitter cold, in the rain, in the heat and humidity. My neighbors and your neighbors are standing up for their beliefs, they are driving people to the polls, they are holding umbrellas over the heads of those without, they are bringing chairs for the elderly and infirm to sit in. My neighbors and your neighbors are taking part in one of the most important elections this country has had in a long, long time.

If you have not voted yet, please join your neighbors at your local polling place. Bring your leftover Halloween candy to share in line. Bring an extra umbrella if it looks like rain. Take the big thermos with hot cocoa and extra cups. Bring a folding beach chair or two or three. Talk to your neighbors. Get to know them.

The change has to start somewhere; why not in the long lines we face today?

And remember, thank your poll workers. They are volunteers who have a very long few days ahead of them. They deserve our thanks.

I'm home now and am about to take some NyQuil and go back to bed for a while. I hope that while I sleep, our country votes for the change we need.

Shut up and smile: Political // Votemorningafter2 on November 4th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
You know, for a completely unscientific poll, your results are remarkably close to what I've been hearing and seeing. That is, roughly 2/3 Obama. (Whether we're talking predicted electoral votes, mock elections at school, or road signs.) Curious.

I voted for the first time today. I took the liberty of sleeping in a little bit (I got up at 7:30), since I haven't got school today, figuring that I deserve that at least for being up at 5:45 every other morning. We got to the polls at about 8. All things considered, the weather was fairly pleasant for a November day in New Hampshire. It was dry, and temperatures were hovering in the 40s or so. My neighbor, a Vietnam veteran, was standing at the polling center holding an Obama sign. There were maybe 30 people, not including poll workers, voting. Almost all were white, and I was one of two people that I would judge to be under the age of 21. This worried my mom a bit, but I'm fairly certain my peers were just doing exactly what I intended to - getting those eight hours of sleep that we never get otherwise.

Whatever the case, Obama won the first two tiny towns here, each with under 30 voters total. By the time I had woken up in the morning, all of these people had voted and the towns had their results. Talk about dedicated.

Also, you are not the only person who thinks of croissants as comfort food, and I hope you feel better!

Edited at 2008-11-04 05:54 pm (UTC)
Tiffany: other brain in white housepiekid on November 4th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
The NIN fans were smart, just like I said they would be.
TrueXena: VOTE - Obama OMG!truexena on November 4th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad somebody had a great experience at the polls today. Not that mine was too stressful, but I was about to leave without voting, and come back later if need be. (you can read it on my LJ)
shayshaych_03 on November 4th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
we went in the early afternoon, before the after work crowd and after the lunch crowd... no lines. however, the one thing that really struck me... the age of the volunteers working at the polling place... for as long as i can remember, the volunteers were always kindly retirees who guided everyone through the process. this year, all i could see were a dozen under 40/30 somethings.

on the way home, i saw many cars/houses with "yes on 8" stickers and signs... but the coolest sight was the bitty little car with the guy hanging out the window, holding onto a bright orange "NO ON 8" sign. (8 is the marriage amendment proposition)

now that's getting out the word in a memorable way :)