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31 October 2008 @ 11:04 am
Yes, I Voted!  

In-person absentee voting started today in Oklahoma.  I arrived at the County Election Board just after 8:00 and the line already stretched around the corner of the block. It took me 90 minutes, and by the time I was done I'd estimate the wait was well over two hours.  The weather was beautiful -- sunny, with just a hint of chill from a south breeze--but it will be getting up to around 80 this afternoon.  The crowd was cheerful and strangers were happily chatting away with each other, but studiously avoiding politics. It was mostly an older crowd; I didn't see too many students this morning, but there were people with babies in tow.  You can see a picture of the line here:


Oklahoma uses an optical scanning system.  The voter connects two halves of a broken arrow pointing to their candidate or party. then feeds it into the scanner.  The scanner I used was for the general election only, and I was voter number 160.  The other scanner was for general and local, and I didn't see the number, but I esitate is was probably 1 1/2 to 2 times higher.

Plan for lines, but go vote!!
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