Precinct report

I decided to pass up the delights of a one-hour wait in line at the polls, so instead of going right before work or right after work I went during work, while things were not being piled into my inbox at the usual alarming rate. At 8:40, a hundred minutes into the day, I cast ballot #175, which tells me that there will probably be close to a thousand by the time things wrap up at 7 pm.

Fortunately for me, I already knew what marks I was going to make, so I was out of there in less than three minutes, which is fairly impressive given a ballot the size of a cookie sheet, and a two-sided cookie sheet at that. (Do not try to bake on the underside. The results will not be encouraging.)


  1. Nicole »

    2 November 2010 · 12:18 pm

    I went before work at 6 am. I waited in line for about 10 minutes, which is unusual, but given that I normally don’t vote in the morning, I can’t say what the turn out was like comparatively. Ours was 2 sided as well, and about cookie sheet sized. Lots and lots of judges.

  2. CGHill »

    2 November 2010 · 1:09 pm

    One whole side was devoted to State Questions, which suggests a new State Question for next time: “No individual ballot shall contain more than six State Questions.” We had eleven of the melonfarmers.

  3. Tatyana »

    2 November 2010 · 2:41 pm

    Yes, I wondered about that, too. There was a charter to City law/Code/whatever that consisted of 8 questions completely unrelated to each other and which I would answer differently if asked individually (create yet another Commission of Arbitration? Nope. Limit city officials to 2 terms in office? Yes. So on)
    So now, since they bunched them all into One Question I had no choice but answer Yes to all of them at once, since the important Yeses outnumbered Nos!

  4. McGehee »

    2 November 2010 · 2:49 pm

    My rule of thumb on ballot questions is, “When in doubt, vote No.” If it’s inordinately complicated or convoluted it’s almost guaranteed to be substantively different from how it’s being portrayed in its campaign, and anyway the drafters of these things need to be trained away from trying to confuse voters into agreeing with them.

    Combining large numbers of questions into a single yes-or-no vote especially violates my rule, even if every damn one of the damn things is a damn good idea by itself. It’s the damn principle of the thing, damn it.

  5. fillyjonk »

    2 November 2010 · 3:34 pm

    The same eleven questions here, plus a sales-tax redistribution question for the county.

    We had two separate ballot sheets. Of course, the one just had the county question on it, but still.

    Some of the state questions seemed rather, shall we say, unnecessary (and not in the good way) to me.

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