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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Doing my civic duty by mrsteabag on 4 November 2008 8:11pm
Very pretty day here among the cornfields and soybeans. I cast my vote this morning. What made it interesting is that a sheriff's department car was in the parking lot...hmm. No indication why. Hmm. As if playing my small, quiet role in the day's event's wasn't enough...
Re: Doing my civic duty by canaveralgumby on 4 November 2008 9:02pm
My precinct posted an officer outside, way outside, not near the door, so it did not to seem like he was in anybody's business. I think law enforcement may just be a little concerned IN CASE anybody gets, too, shall we say, passionate! I wouldn't read any more into it.

I voted a week ago from this past Saturday, but I drove by a few polling places today just to look. I am very encouraged at the turnout.

Gods, PLEASE don't let Florida be the screw-up today! Thank you, Cori
Re: Doing my civic duty by geordiegirl on 4 November 2008 9:12pm
Writing this at 9.pm, GMT: our newscasters are beside themselves with excitement, and we've seen many TV pictures of the huge queues, people setting up - and paying for personally - temporary lavatories, dishing out bottled water, etc.

Inspiring stuff, really. I shall certainly stay up & watch on TV as much as I can stay awake for.

But I'm glad you, Cori & Fran, saw good peaceful no-queue ballots!
Re: Doing my civic duty by tucsonmike on 4 November 2008 11:59pm
No police officers @ my polling place.
Re: Doing my civic duty by mrsthing on 5 November 2008 12:26am
My polling place IS the police/fire station, but I don't remember seeing uniformed officers around. Uniformed Boy Scouts were actively campaigning for McCain, well within the 75' boundary mandated by law (and giving the Obama campaigners the advantage of being the first to be seen as people drove in). My husband lodged a complaint, but I got the impression that nothing would be done about it.

We didn't have to wait at all, but we went at 10am, between the commuter and lunch rushes.
Re: Doing my civic duty by geordiegirl on 5 November 2008 6:27pm
Sadly, Judy, you describe exactly what happens in UK - well, London anyway I can speak for: people march around the polling-stations, school yards, etc. waving banners with anti-party and anti-candidate messages on them.

Complaints are made, but nothing happens

All sides do this, I'm sad to say.
Re: Doing my civic duty by mrsteabag on 5 November 2008 7:36pm
It dawned on me why Deputy Friendly may have been hanging out there. The polling place is just north of a major intersection with a significant drop in the speed limit. But he had a pleasant demeanor and just quietly hung out. Lots of signs, but no one getting accosted. Why must people feel compelled to coerce each other into their points of view rather than gently share? Feh.
Re: Doing my civic duty by geordiegirl on 5 November 2008 9:21pm
Hear hear, Fran.
Re: Doing my civic duty by peripatetically on 5 November 2008 11:00pm
It was probably "first come, first served," Fran.
Re: Doing my civic duty by mrsthing on 5 November 2008 11:19pm
Everybody campaigns at the polling places on election day. They're permitted to stand outside with signs, but not to speak or accost anyone. But they have to stand at least 75 feet away from the door, and the Boy Scouts were about half that.

But no matter, because Obama won ANYWAY!

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