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- - By sideshowbob Date 2018-09-13 4:55 PM
I’m curious about your voting experience(s). We hear lots of stories about trouble with ids  , being turned away , tally mistakes , etc.
Here’s mine :
Today was our state’s primary election so DW and I walk to a local church hall to the voting site where there are maybe 5 folks in a line waiting their turn. We approach the poll workers , give our names and are handed the paper form and a marking pen  .We were not asked for photo ids , just to sign the record book . We put the paper ballot in the counter and finis. I did notice that DW and I were  among the younger peeps in the room .::laugh:

On the way out, we found a bake sale sponsored by the church ladies , which I could just not resist .:happy:
I’m wondering how  representative is this of your vote casting procedure ?
Parent - - By PoopedColt Date 2018-09-14 5:25 AM
There's never more than 5 people when I go. Usually just me and DH. It's very relaxed, but they do ask for ID and check it against their voter list. Always. We have electronic voting booths now. I'm fine with it, but i could see elderly people having trouble. A few years ago my FIL, a huge Republican, somehow managed to vote for Hilary Clinton. He came out and asked the attendant why her picture was on the screen.  Umm, because that's who you picked?  we tease him about it all the time...:happy:
Parent - By sideshowbob Date 2018-09-14 5:36 AM
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2018-09-14 7:13 AM
No ID, sign the book & then go into the electronic voting booth & vote.
Parent - - By Tommeke Date 2018-09-14 9:08 AM
It was so smooth I went back 10 times :cool:
Parent - By sideshowbob Date 2018-09-14 9:47 AM
:laugh: POTD
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-09-14 12:15 PM
Very similar to yours but without the bake sale. I think I need to send a suggestion to our polling location.
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-09-14 12:47 PM
Our precinct votes at the local fire station hall. Pretty simple process. They have a book with your ID and name, I think a photo too or perhaps just a signature. You sign in, then go behind the curtain and vote. Some sort of electronic gizmo machine, not really computerized, but I'm sure the output of the tallies is captured electronically but I don't know. Looks like you would need a toolbox and not malware to hack it!
Parent - - By jaszflamus (I like wool!) Date 2018-09-14 5:03 PM
Because I go to work early, I always get in line before the polls open at 7. Always see friends and neighbors there which makes it fun standing in line (nobody talks politics, of course, because we know that would be illegal). Most elections, both primary and general, ladies have a bake sale going but I usually don't partake that early in the morning. After the polls open, I'm usually out of there by 7:10 and on my way to work.

Our state passed a voter ID law a few years ago, later overturned as unconstitutional, and for a couple elections it was voluntary only but it still slowed down the process. During those couple elections with the voluntary ID law, I refused to show my ID out of principle which kind of shook the volunteer poll workers since most peeps slavishly showed their drivers license. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court proved me right on my principle.

We have had touch-screen voting for the past several years, which is really easy and fast. I admit to really missing the old industrial levers and giant ka-chunk-handle to cast the vote and open the curtain. Although I don't frequent casinos, when I do I miss the big-handled levers to spin the slots in favor of push buttons...for the same reason. :laugh: But the touch-screen is fine since the vote matters more than the experience.

Primaries and generals, I love voting and always have whatever the location and whatever the rules and procedures. :happy: Oh and when we leave the polling place we get an oval "I voted" sticker with an American flag on it which is almost better than voting...I wear the sticker all day. :laugh: Seriously, voting is a sacred right and obligation and I'll honor that whatever the rules and procedures until the day I die.
Parent - By sideshowbob Date 2018-09-14 7:39 PM
Thanks, Jazz ,I appreciate your input . I also wear my voter sticker the rest of the day.

By the way , I’ve yet to hear of any peeps reporting hassles at the polling booth. Perhaps the media exaggerates ?
Parent - By NotSoFast [us] Date 2018-09-15 5:46 AM
I vote by mail. Best experience ever. I can do my research, mark my ballots, ask opinions of those peeps I know who I respect and who stay up on things (like judges, etc) and drop and go. No more hassling of lines and people trying to push their agenda on me when walking in. i LOVE mail voting. I'd do it online if I could. One reason younger people don't vote as much is the old fashioned approach to it, if they ever allowed mobile I bet the younger group WOULD vote.
Parent - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2018-09-15 10:45 PM
No id required in California.  Just go in an tell them who you are and sign the book and vote.

I haven't done it for at least a decade, but don't believe anything has changed.  More and more people in California vote by mail, as I do.  They used to not bother to count the ballots because there were too few to make a difference.  Over the past decade that has changed and somewhere between 30% and 50% of the votes where I live are now mail ballots so our votes are actually counted!
- - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-09-14 10:18 AM
I know you Americans are more into your politics but I like voting for the person with the coolest name:hug:
Parent - - By old turtle Date 2018-09-14 12:17 PM
There are plenty of Americans who pick their candidate on less.:laugh:
Parent - - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-09-14 1:36 PM
In England if you say Trump it means to fart.  I could see a lot of English immigrants in the USA thinking that was cool and next thing you know he is President!  :hug:
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-09-14 2:24 PM
Parent - By sideshowbob Date 2018-09-14 7:31 PM
So—are you a Francophile ?
Parent - - By N70SAK Date 2018-09-14 11:09 PM
The candidate who would best appreciate SpongeBob gets my vote. : pbbt:
Parent - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-09-15 8:46 AM
- By N70SAK Date 2018-09-14 10:59 PM
All ink on paper. I mostly voted in person here, at the local HS. While in Ventura, I was in a "rural" area with leas than 250 voters, so I had no choice but to mail in.

Ink on paper, in person is the way to go. If you make a mistake, you can just get a new ballot. If there is a recount, no @&%*#@# hanging chad $#*&. :happy:

I have never once been asked for ID.:meh:
- By neustkg (Important) Date 2018-09-17 6:28 AM Edited 2018-09-17 6:32 AM
We have mail in ballots here in CO.  Since 2000 I think I went to the polls maybe three times (once was in Seattle area when we lived there).  Our ballots are mailed to us maybe 3 weeks before.  I think for the upcoming election we will get them the last week of September.  Plenty of time to vote here, which gives you plenty of time to research the many referendums we tend to have on the ballot.  If you complete the ballot early, you can mail them or drop them off at many different drop off boxes (we like to hand deliver ours to the county court house, which is about 2 miles away.  The only goofy thing that happens during election time is that we get a notification by mail maybe 2 weeks before the ballots get mailed.  I think it's a waste of money.  Since we vote for local city/county reps in the off (odd) years, we get ballots every year.  No asking for ID this way.

When I lived in Oklahoma, I had to drive to another town maybe 10 miles from my house, which was also 15 miles from where I worked (I lived 10 miles from work).  So my options were to drive 10 miles to the polls first thing and then 15 miles to work or drive 10 miles to work then after work drive 15 miles to the polls then 10 miles home.  I usually did it after work.  Always had to show ID.
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