Election 2008: Election Day in Madison and Dane County, Morning Thread
Post by dane101 on 11/4/2008 12:05pm
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11:35 a.m.: Adam Chernow writes "Voted around 10:30 this morning with no issues. #734 at the Olbrich polling place according to the machine.
I also spotted this awesome handmade Obama sign about a half-block north of the gardens on Atwood." Picture to the left.
11:26 a.m. Schabow writes "I went to vote at 7:45. After I got my free cup of coffee Starbucks for telling them I was going to vote, I went to Hoyt School to perform my civic duty. I was worried about what the line would be since the radio was reporting long lines everywhere. It only took me 15 minutes to vote and it was smooth sailing. I'm always impressed with my voting place as they are always well staffed and well managed."
11:11 a.m.: Emily Mills reports that "When I rolled up [to Olbrich Gardens] at 6:55, there was already a long line snaking down across the parking lot. Everyone seemed upbeat, though, and once the doors opened the line moved at a relatively good pace. Unfortunately, at around 7:20 word came that the one and only tabulation machine on the premises had jammed. They were instead bundling all of the ballots into a clear, sealed and signed plastic bag until such time as "someone from the city" came out to fix the machine. We were assured that, once that happened, all of our ballots would be fed into the counting machine for us, so I can only hope and assume that that happened." Was voter #280 at 8am.
11:10 a.m. Lisa Subeck writes "hit the jackpot with voter number 777 in Ward 98. Hate to be superstitious, but that has to be a good sign!"
11 a.m.: Kyle Pfister sent this report in earlier this morning. The picture to the left is of the line at Wil-Mar when the polls opened. "7:15 at wilmar center. Pajamas and wet hair, some in ties on the way to the office. Line around the block." and "Voted at wilmar at 8:15 as #307. Only a one hour wait. Line is a little shorter outside now." He also has a more in-depth report on his blog.
10:59 a.m.: EllenJm reports "Voted in Dunkirk town hall. Voter #392. That's high. Drove by Pleasant Springs: big line out the door, and overflow parking."
10:55 a.m.: Jeff Gagne reports "Wil-mar half hour wait at 7:40 AM, by the time I finished almost no line at all (8:10)"
10:54 a.m.: Shawn reports "ballot number 1011 at O'Keefe. Was just 90 off there."
10:49 a.m.: Ropin Rodeo Nate reports "I voted at Gates of Heaven and the line was impressive. As time went by they kept making increasingly specific lines which was a little confusing but the folks that were voting seemed to be in good spirits. Hanah Jon Taylor showed up to play jazzy/patriotic tunes for the people waiting in line and I have decided he should get the key to the city if he hasn't received it yet."
10:48 a.m.: CC reports "All of the A-L peops came to my polling local. The M-z's marched through in record time. Me, a unfortunate "c", had to wait. Even so, I was in line at 7:10 and out by 8."
10:36 a.m.: Frogs On the Moon writes:
The line was around 30 people in front of me outside and as I found out later around 100 inside. It took around a half hour. The middle school kids had a bake sale and were peddling stuff to folks in line. I few poll watchers but not many from what I could tell. No electronic voting machines, just the draw a line across the arrow paper ballots. The only glitch was that the electronic machine that you are supposed to put your ballot into after you vote was not working so you had to stick the ballot in a slot under the machine. I hope someone counts them later. Most voters were in their 40-60s. Not many 20 year olds.
10:34 a.m.: RPM writes:
In my voting ward in Madison, there are few decisions to make. First off, all voters with last names starting with A-L choose to die instead of coming out to the polling place. There is one substantial line, all registered voters with names beginning with M-Z. The election volunteers wisely break up the M-Z line to make things run faster. Only, it turns out everyone with a last name starting with T-Z also chooses death. So, we're all still in one line, all with names starting with the letters M-S. Even my first and middle initials start with M-S. Lame. Nevertheless, my waiting time is manageable, about half an hour at most.
10:25 a.m.: As we wait for more reports to come in we thought it would be fun to take this time to look at what other states are doing. Wisconsin doesn't have anything super controversial on the ballot this year (aside from that healthcare vote!), but many other states do. In Arizona they are voting on prop 105, called "the Majority Rules Initiative." If this initiative passes it will require that a majority of registered voters cast ballots to approve all citizen initiated ballot measures. This is controversial because if you don't show up to vote you will be counted as a "no" vote. WTF?!?! That's right, if you are dead and not yet cleared from the voting rolls, you vote "no." If you just don't feel like voting because you don't have enough information to make an informed vote, you automatically vote "no." Good times.
10:08 a.m.: Didn't receive an "I Voted" sticker? jstank made some and you can download them here. The possibility of free ice cream is now back in play. Sweet!
10:02 a.m.: The View From Now voted at James Madison Park and wrote:
"One of my co-workers said that her polling location was mostly made up of students, and a woman in her mid-thirties was adamant that she be able to walk right past the line, since she was pre-registered. She refused to believe that all of the kids surrounding her were ALSO responsible enough to be pre-registered. To which I say....BELIEVE IT.
Another co-worker said that there were tons of students at her polling location dressed in their pajamas."
9:56 a.m.: Checking in with bloggers around Dane County. Emily at "NOT in Korea" voted at the Madison Ice Arena and writes:
"But man, the organizers at my polling location had their shit together. People who needed to register were filling out forms while in line to speed things up. It ended up only taking me 25 minutes. Rock on. People who voted early to avoid long lines had to wait in line like an hour or more. Hehe. When I left the line had been almost cut in half. I was the 307th person to vote at my polling location (an hour into the voting day)."
9:47 a.m.: Checking out search results we just received a google hit for "what places are giving out free stuff for voting in Madison, WI" In an attempt to clear up confusion. Starbucks will give you free coffee just for saying you voted. Ben and Jerry's will only give you a free scoop of ice cream between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. if you are wearing an "I Voted" sticker. So, if you voted early, no free ice cream for you. It is also worth noting that Hawk's and the Jade Monkey are offering 30 percent off if you show up wearing Obama gear.
9:27 a.m.: Michael Donnelly reports "My roommate voted at Lapham Elementary at quarter past seven. There were dozens of people there and the lines weren't set up correctly, so people didn't know where to stand. I'll be working there from two o'clock on, so hopefully it'll be a bit tidier."
9:25 a.m.: Daniella reports "best sign on a house 'obamanos!'" She also wrote "while driving away from georgia o'keefe we contemplated throwing sticks at passing bicyclists and yell at them to vote. but we changed our minds."
9:23 a.m.: metelah reports " voted at 602 Acewood, was voter #270 at 8:10AM, in and out less than 10 mins! OBAMA 08!"
9:20 a.m.: Reemie reports a free bread shortage! "Just voted at the Wil Mar center - it only took about 5 minutes. Everybody's smiling, but they're almost out of the Tuesday free bread..."
9:18 a.m.: theotheremily reports: "The line for free coffee at Starbucks was out the door at 8:30. God, I am so glad to be free from that clusterfuck." Remember, Starbucks is giving away free coffee today if you go in and say you voted. Ben and Jerry's will be giving away free ice cream from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
9:17 a.m.: The AP has this doozy of a story this morning "Paid GOP workers say they misled Wisconsin voters"
Photo is from Benji of Gates of Heaven at 7:15 a.m. He has more photos here.
8:56 a.m.: JStank reports "Only took 1:45 h to vote today. If I was unregistered, it would have only took 30 m. Procrastination is rewarded in Wisconsin. Boo."
8:52 a.m.: Shane reports "Multiple people reporting that ballot box is jammed and broken @ Olbrich." Note: Emily mentioned this earlier and added that they only had one machine on the premises. Do not be deterred! You can still fill out a provisional ballot if you don't have time to wait until the jam is fixed.
8:42 a.m.: Bessie reports "I wait for my bus right outside of East High School. 2 Obama supporters in the E. Wash median getting lots of car honks. Saw 1 kid waving a big homemade Obama flag/wearing a homemade tshirt- another with a red/white /blue mohawk and BARACK written on his arm."
8:30 a.m.: theracoonbear reports "just voted; in and out in 10 minutes @ MATC Commercial Ave."
8:30 a.m.: Benji reports, "Just got done at 8:05. I was in line from 7:15! Gates of Heaven was pretty packed, with a lot of confusing lines to jump around in.
Voted in at #238!" Benji's video below:
Stevienova posted the following video of his polling place in Sun Prairie via his IPhone:
8 a.m.: Jesse reports "Walked past Gates of Heaven and the line was out the door and down the sidewalk."
7:50 a.m.: Stevienova reports (from Sun Prairie) "Around 300 already voted here.. Small trickle still coming in . Bottleneck is the ballot reading machine"
7:41 a.m.: Emily Mills reports "Machine @ Olbrich jammed, why is there only 1 machine?"
7:41 a.m.: Stevienova reports "My gf was just told she couldn't vote because she didn't have a WI drivers license. NOT true"
7:30 a.m.: Sunspotmike reports "going to use The Man today and get my free coffee from Starbucks." Note: Starbucks will give you a free coffee if you tell them you voted. Ben and Jerry's will also give you a free ice cream scoop.
7:20 a.m.: thebookpolice reports "Line at Wil-Mar is around onto Spaight"
7:20 a.m.: Stevienova is voting in Sun Prairie, he reports "Poll workers confused, giving conflicting answers"
7 a.m.: Jesse reports "this is the first election where I wasn't out the door before polls open. I let my self sleep in a little bit as a reward for voting early. Now off to see how things are shaking out!"