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Nov. 4, 2008 at 9:11am

Election Lines & Parties

Get Out and Vote, Tacoma!

Just arrived at work about a half hour late after being at the polling place for about an hour. I've never had to stand in a line out the door to vote for 45 minutes before but was only happy to see such high participation. Everything ran smoothly there in Proctor and my hat is off to the election workers there. Did you have to stand in line today? Has that ever happened to you before?

My plans tonight are varied for keeping an eye on incoming results. I think I'll get some dinner over at The Red Hot first thing. From there head to a friend's house to watch with them. After that, depending on how things go, I may swing by Pierce County Democrat central. How will you keep track? Party tonight or ignore 'til the morning?

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by tacomachickadee on 11/4/2008 @ 10:00am
Other than today, only once have i had to stand outside the door at that site. And by stand out the door, I mean like a handful of us, for a few minutes. Today was incredible. And I'm happy to say, that MOST people were good sports about it. And the like the person behind me said, at least it wasn't six hours ... or having to walk days to wait days (like in some countries). We have it pretty good. I'm pretty proud of my hourlong wait to get my ballot. But am very glad to be WARM now.

Advice to those who have yet to hit the polls: Bring gloves and a warm beverage!

by KevinFreitas on 11/4/2008 @ 5:18pm
Voting in Proctor is slow going. Pack your patience if you've yet to head to the polls.




by chrism39 on 11/4/2008 @ 7:21pm
My husband voted there and said he waited more than an hour and a half. He said people were in a good mood though.

by ensie on 11/4/2008 @ 10:54pm
Two hours and twenty minutes! Froze my ass off tonight waiting at Immanuel Presbyterian after work. But the good folks from the Democratic Party brought hot coffee, tea, and food for those who wanted it. The folks in line were great - lots of laughing and joking. I read election results from my phone for a few. Some were appreciative, others threatened to kill me if they learned the election was over before they even got the chance to vote.

by Ann on 11/5/2008 @ 8:03am
I'm recovering from my experience as a first time poll worker -- I was assigned to the Fife polling site. Have to say I missed voting at my own polling place, and watching the election results but really enjoyed the experience. We were at a run from the 6:00 a.m. set up to 10:30 p.m. when we had sealed the last box, and the time just flew. The room was almost always packed, but people were so kind and patient (thanks for all the cookies, and words of thanks and encouragement!). We had some people come to our place from other cities (Tacoma, UP, Fed. Way, Puyallup) either because they weren't sure they'd make it home in time to vote, or the lines were just so long at their site they moved around till they found a less crowded place.

As far as turn out -- the veteran poll workers figured they more than TRIPLED the voter turn out. Way to go Washington!

by jcbetty on 11/5/2008 @ 9:47am
I was a TED and lost my mail-in ballot, so I went to the Proctor polling station only to be told in line that I was probably in the wrong place, I should check inside to be sure. An alcohol-smelly old voter man insulted my choice of last name, and then complained that some democrat was talking outside, (I thought, probably several are, dude) -- but all told, I was able to vote in Proctor, despite my name not being in their books. Note to self: mail in next year, the first day you get the envelope -- let The Man fend for himself.

(and--incidental news from the middle-east, his voting process was ridiculously early and simple. YAY, Democracy!)

by morgan on 11/5/2008 @ 10:14am
Wow! Good job documenting what may well be historic pictures for another reason: Pierce County is one of the last in the state to switch to all mail-in. Standing in line to vote will soon be a thing of the past.

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