2008 Primary Day in Madison: Reports from the polls
Post by dane101 on 2/19/2008 12:00pm
Primary Day has arrived in Dane County and everyone who cares about the future of the country is strapping on their ice cleats and putting chains on their tires so they can make it to the polls. Dane101 will be collecting reports from the polls in this entry throughout the day. Feel free to add your personal experiences in the comment thread below.
11:00 a.m.: Adam Schabow reports, "I voted this morning. Due to the crappy roads, a drive that would normally take me 5 minutes took me 20 minutes to get to Hoyt School to vote, but once I got there, it only took me two minutes to actually get in and vote. Not too shabby. I was the 70th person to vote there at 9am this morning."
10:50: Kristian Knutsen notes where you can go party tonight on TDP. Including:
- "Wisconsin for Hillary Primary Night Event" at The Stadium Bar, 1419 Monroe St., officially starting at 8:30 p.m.
- Barack Obama's results watching party will be at the Great Dane starting around 8 p.m.
- GOP results watching party at the Nitty Gritty starting at 6:30 p.m.
10:20 a.m.: David Blaska gives his primary day predictions at The Daily Page.
10:00 a.m.: Sean Weitner sends us our first outside of Madison report, "8:20, Stoughton Aldermanic District 2. I was the 72nd voter. On previous voting mornings there have been lines outside the EMS station, but there wasn't even a line inside today. Too cold to risk having to stand in line, I suppose, although 8:20 is later than I have typically voted in the past, so maybe I missed the rush ... except, still, I was the 72nd voter."
9:50 a.m.: Emily Mills (who also blogs at The Lost Albatross) reports on some street scenes, "8:00AM at Georgia O'Keefe School, about 20 people voting when I came in, some 10 people by the time I left. There was a steady trickle of people coming in and out. A lot of younger folks, which was good to see. At one point, a great cheer and applause went up for a first-time voter. There are 9 polling booths set up, and things were running smoothly.
Also saw quite a few college-aged type folks out on campus, along Johnson/University waving signs for Obama, and one brave soul with a Hillary sign and a banner that read 'Hope won't help pay my student loans.'
Should be an interesting day."
9:45 a.m.: Joshua James reports on his workplace and polling place, "Out of a department of 12 people only one has voted already today and despite my best efforts I think only half will vote at all. This charming voter will be strapping up the sled dogs and voting with the rest of the unwashed masses late this afternoon long after the coffee at my polling place has burned and the cookies turned stale. However; Michael Jones a co-worker and a writer for the Wisconsin State Journal reported this to me this morning....
I voted at Gates of Heaven, 302 E. Gorham at 7:00am. I was #6 and there was little buzz (probably due to the weather). People were streaming in as I was leaving and I imagine it'll only grow as the day continues."
9:40 a.m.: Jesse Russell reports, "I voted at the beautiful Warner Park Community Recreation Center at 9:40ish. My ballot was number 250 to go into the machine. In addition to voting for the next President I was also lucky to be in one of the few Dane County districts hosting a primary run-off. I eagerly connected my line for district 12."
9:00 a.m.: Michael Donnelly reports, "The polling station at Lapham Elementary was set up differently from normal. We still entered from Ingersoll, but instead of just having the tables and booths set up in the hallway they were in a larger room off to the side. I assume this is in anticipation of a higher than normal turnout.
I voted around eight a.m. and had number 84. There were several younger voters seated at a table registering. I think it's fantastic that Wisconsin allows voters to register at the polls."
8:25 a.m.: Linda reports on Stephanie Miller's show that if you are voting on a printed ballot today the city printed them out before everyone dropped out so all of the candidates are still listed.
8:00 a.m.: E. Rasmussen reports, "I was #82 at 7:30am (and at Alicia Ashman Library). No buzz - there were only 3 people in there voting when I was there."
7:30 a.m.: Doug G. reports, "I was #49 at my polling place (MATC off of Commercial Ave). No buzz; it was just me and the poll workers at the time, but other folks were arriving as I left."