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Early Voting: We Done Did It

By Karl Klockars in Miscellaneous on Jan 19, 2008 10:30PM

votingballot011908.jpgWas it an over-eager desire to do our civic duty? Was it a whim? Or did we just want to check out what was inside the building in Welles Park? Who cares - our primary voting is done!

Reasons aside, now might be the best time to get your voting done and out of the way - for us, it was a simple 5 minute process. You're in, you're out, you're done. The election officials are practically all yours - if you're counting beans, there were 5 at our voting place, all told. A couple to check you in (a short form to fill out), a couple to check your registration, and one to assist at the voting booths.

In all honesty, we weren't sure our registration had actually gone through. It was mailed on the cutoff date before the grace period, and we still haven't recieved our voter registration card - not that it matters much now. Not only that, but certain addresses don't match up to current living conditions - would that be a problem? Not at all - we sailed right through and were voting in no time.

Our voting location was electronic, and fairly problem-free. The setup was from Sequoia, not Diebold - We've talked a bit about electrovoting here and here. For us, it was painless and - believe it or not - a lot like the interface for the Nintendo DS. A printed copy scrolls up on the side when you're done so there's a hard copy of your actual voting record for Tony Peraica to grab next time he storms the County Building.

Early voting ends at the end of the month and pretty much keeps bank hours, but if you can find a few minutes to sneak in, it's a good option. At least until we get that National Voting Day, that is. So what sayest thou? Are you voting early? Voting at all?