Here, posted more prominently, are some of the comments we've been getting from readers on their experience at the polls. We'll do the same with comments all day long. Keep 'em coming, folks. Just click the word "comment" at the end of this, or any, post.
Insanely long lines in Bedford Park. BoogieDowner was there as the polls opened at 6am and didn't vote until 7:20am.
It is scary that the most important aspect of our democracy is administered by retirees and unemployed people. They couldn't find me on roll, sent me to the wrong district booth, and began to search for my name by looking up my first name. Shocking!
On a positive note, the buzz in the crowd was electric. So much positive energy. When people drove by and say the long line at 6, they would honk and declare, "We're going to do this thing tonight." And everybody would cheer.
We all knew what the motorist meant...
-The Boogideowner (boogiedowner.blogspot.com)
I went to vote at PS 80 on Mosholu Parkway at 8:30 and was on line for an hour and a half. I've been voting there since 1976 and never seen more than 15 people on line before.
It was fairly smooth although there was some confusion, mostly because people did not know their ED #. (and folks were getting confused because one of the ED there was # 80 - same as the school-you get the general picture)
For the most part people were very patient and pleasant - there was a real sense that this was special.
My only concern was seeing elderly people leave without voting because they couldn't stand on line.
No lines in Van Cortlandt Village. This is my first election up here (just moved up from Manhattan in August) and had no problem transferring my registration. Helps to plan ahead, I guess. I work at home, but decided to get dressed up to go cast my vote. Walked into the booth and, for the first time in New York, I voted FOR someone instead of choosing the lesser of two evils or casting a protest vote for one of the third-party candidates (since NY and the Bronx are so reliably Democratic). Forty years from now I want to be able to say I voted for Barack Obama. That being said, I exchanged good mornings with a man wearing a McCain/Palin sticker and looking proud. That's what it's all about--CAST YOUR VOTE, BE PROUD.
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