Meanwhile down at the precinct

Thinking that this might be close to a record year for turnout, given the sheer nastiness of the campaign so far, I decided to close up shop early and beat the after-work crowd. Arriving at 3:50, I noticed a small lake where I used to park: there had been about 0.4 inch of rain last night. Not a problem.

When I reached the line, there were five in front of me: two Democrats, two Republicans, and one slightly baffled Independent, who could receive a Democratic ballot but who apparently was hoping to get one for the GOP. And there was a youngster on the way out the door, wearing a grey Trump T-shirt.

Nine minutes to take care of business and cast ballot #656. I was really expecting more like #800, but then I was earlier than I usually am for these things. The polls will remain open until 7 pm.


  1. fillyjonk »

    1 March 2016 · 5:50 pm

    I was voter #135 in my precinct but I have no idea how many souls the precinct houses. (I went down at 1 pm, wanted to miss any noon rush).

    There were about six people in there when I was, seemed evenly split R and D. Which is surprising because this town tilts heavily D, at least in name. (I know lots of people who are of the opinion that “the party has left me….”)

  2. CGHill »

    1 March 2016 · 6:17 pm

    My own neighborhood has been fairly evenly split for several years now.

  3. fillyjonk »

    1 March 2016 · 8:11 pm

    Also, based on the colors of the ballots used, Pinkie Pie is a Democrat and Fluttershy is a Republican, which is slightly surprising to me.

  4. CGHill »

    1 March 2016 · 8:52 pm

    Did you see any Independents?

  5. fillyjonk »

    2 March 2016 · 6:01 am

    If there were, they voted D. I didn’t hear anyone so declare.

  6. ETat »

    2 March 2016 · 6:42 am

    FJ: I know it’s one of the Things That Are Not Done, but since we know each other, virtually, for a long time I’ll risk it and ask.
    Whom did you vote for?

  7. fillyjonk »

    2 March 2016 · 8:27 am

    Sorry, prefer not to reveal that information in public.

  8. jsallison »

    3 March 2016 · 7:20 pm

    I’ve heard it said that there are significant numbers of registered democrats who tend to vote republican in the general elections. They’re democrat so they can vote in the primaries where the elections wind up getting decided. I’m an independent but I stayed out of it. Was tempted to ‘feel the Bern’ but no, one must have SOME standards, albeit low ones.

  9. ETat »

    3 March 2016 · 7:51 pm

    JSallison: indeed, personal standards are the only sure guide.
    FJ: so it’s either Clinton or Sanders…I won’t deny it: I AM disappointed.

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