32 comments

  1. dougott says:

    I got to my polling place at Progressive Christian Academy in Bibb County at 6:45 where only 2 others were waiting before me. It was a little rainy and I wondered if the weather actually keeps anyone from voting.

    When the place opened at 7, there were about 12 others in line behind me. The voting process was no problem for me and I was back at my apartment sipping on some more coffee at 7:30.

    Can’t wait to see the results for Georgia and other places around the nation.

  2. mercergirl says:

    Well since I am poll watching when I am not at the office, I’m seeing a lot. What was very interesting was the man who came in the polls wearing a Jim Marshall shirt

  3. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Not to sound soupy, but I have really enjoyed to the debate and learning the diverse opinions. Even when it gets testy, it is certainly entertaining and enlightening. Regardless or the outcome of this election, I think we’re in good shape.

  4. jsm says:

    At 7:05am, my polling place in sleepy little Lula, GA (NE Hall County), was packed with about 25 people. Folks were coming in steadily until I left around 7:30. A little rain won’t stop voters in smalltown America.

    Judging by signs in yards, Irvin will win big in Lula. He must have some very active supporting chicken farmers around there.

  5. Jas says:

    My poll experience this morning was disheartening and miserable to say the least.

    I arrived around 7:30 at my polling location at E. Rivers Elem. in Buckhead and had the following happen.

    I received my card and went through the ballot and hit submit and it gives me a card read error. I take my card to the poll workers and they reset it and I stand in line again. I get to the voting machine and this time it wouldn’t even take me to a ballot. It rejects the card flat out. Again the poll workers, whom at this point I was starting to have significant doubts as to there capability to work a computer, much less read and speak English, hand me another card and I attempt to vote again. I get another card read error. They reset the card for the third time and we try again. Card read error still.

    They ask would I be willing to fill out a provisional ballot. I say yes and proceed to the provisional ballot station and start the paper work of filling out the ballot. First, the poll worker obviously had no clue what he was doing. He attempts to fill out the checklist but stops when he gets to the following question:

    “Please check the appropriate box for which type of elections:

    – General Election
    – General Election runoff
    -Primary
    -Primary Election runoff”

    He skips this question after looking at it for a good 30 seconds and goes on to the next one which states:

    “If primary, please state political party:

    -Republican
    -Democrat”

    He asks me which party I am and I explain to him that since this is not a runoff I have no obligation to tell him. He replies, “just tell me, it doesn’t matter” to which I again point at “IF” and explain to him how conditional questions are supposed to operate and he finally gets it.

    Finally when writing what the reason for casting a provisional ballot be put down the code for “name not in register” . Luckily, I see him do this and explain to him that yes, my name was on the roll and the reason should be “electronic error”. He agrees and writes down the correct code.

    Finally the process is done and hopefully my vote will count. I’ve been voting for close to 10 years now and have never had a problem and I was very discouraged to encounter poll workers and people in charge of our votes who cannot read or write. It was pathetic.

  6. GTdem says:

    I just voted at Antioch Baptist Church here in Atlanta, just south of Tech Campus. There were only a few other people voting, but the poll workers said they had been many more voters than usual. The workers were having some trouble with the machines but I think they figured it out. It took a while before they could give me the card to put in the machine.

    There were several people with campaign shirts on a corner about a block away. An Atlanta police officer was talking with them.

  7. mercergirl says:

    Yes that would be campaigning within 150 ft of that polls. However it happened to be someone I used to work with so that was amusing to me. When I left that precinct I saw him outside holding a Marshall yard sign. I’m not sure if he’s actually with the campaign or doing it on his own…

  8. waterboy says:

    jsm –
    Enjoy your imaginary victory in Lula….it is fleeting. I was in Hall County in recent days and if signs could vote, Gary Black wins easily.

    Yes, the weather sucks….ain’t it great!

  9. waterboy says:

    Chrisishardcore –
    It ain’t debatable. T-shirts are yard signs on cotton – they are not allowed inside the buffer.

  10. leftrightcombo says:

    Turn out was high this morning in east Paulding County. I think everyone on the way to work decided to get it over with because it was not raining.

    Oh, and last night there was not a lot of folks out putting up signs and doing last minute things in my area. I don’t know what happened to the GOP 72 hour machine?

  11. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Chris and Mercergirl,
    I would say that it is open to debate, however, IMO as long as he is not actively soliciting votes he is fine witht he law:

    21-2-414. Restrictions on campaign activities and public opinion polling within the vicinity of a polling place; cellular phone use prohibited; prohibition of candidates from entering certain polling places; penalty.

    (a) No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute any campaign literature, newspaper, booklet, pamphlet, card, sign, or any other written or printed matter of any kind, nor shall any person conduct any exit poll or public opinion poll with voters on any primary or election day:
    (1) Within 150 feet of the outer edge of any building within which a polling place is established;
    (2) Within any polling place; or
    (3) Within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.
    (b) No person shall solicit signatures for any petition on any primary or election day:
    (1) Within 150 feet of the outer edge of any building within which a polling place is established;
    (2) Within any polling place; or
    (3) Within 25 feet of any voter standing in line to vote at any polling place.

    I haven’t looked at the case law though…I’m sure Erick knows a lot more about this than I do…

  12. jsm says:

    Lighten up a little, waterboy. I was just reporting on my precinct. Once you pass East Hall High School going north on Old Cornelia Hwy., there’s not a Black sign to be found. Somebody up there is working hard for Irvin.

    BTW, I voted for Black.

  13. Demonbeck says:

    No, Dougie, it would have been a Republican attempt to “suppress voter turnout.” Republicans don’t “attempt to steal elections” until the court cases happen AFTER the election outcomes are found to be unsatisfactory to the Dems.

  14. ABB says:

    chrisishardcore:

    If you don’t consider a t-shirt “campaign” material, then please explain to me why a CAMPAIGN would PURCHASE them?

  15. gatormathis says:

    All laws are simple. It’s the ones who want to push them that makes it aggravating.

    You simply can’t have blatant displays for a candidate in the voting area. A shirt, cards, anything highly visible to the nekkid eye.

    I’ve saw it handled by cutting holes in black trashbags and slipping them over a voter who insist on pushing the issue.

    Which I love, because folks standing in line waiting for such to be completed, usually hate the candidate on the shirt by the time they finally get to get on with thier voting.

    All actions have a reaction.

  16. Andrew says:

    I wouldn’t worry about a t-shirt in 2003 with Macon’s city elections there was actual “active” campaigning by none other than hizzonor inside the polling place.

  17. mercergirl says:

    Andrew-

    ha- that somehow doesn’t surprise me. However it does bother me… no matter who the elected official is that shouldn’t happen.

    As for me, I’ve made durn sure I can’t get in trouble by parking as far away from the poll as possible since I have stickers on my car.

  18. jsm says:

    I just received a phone call reporting that “lots” of Hispanics are showing up at the Ga Mountains Center precinct in Gainesville and claiming that they recently changed their addresses. I was not able to find out if they were being allowed to fill out provisional ballots.

  19. mercergirl says:

    I don’t believe there is a drivers license requirement- is there? Because if there were then what’s the problem with the Voter ID law?

  20. drjay says:

    who cares–britney and k-fed are getting divorced–that’s the story of the day–enough w/ the silly election…my foundation is shaken to say the least…

  21. Chris says:

    I had an incident in 2000, where I went to the polls in sweats and a t-shirt. The t-shirt was grey with bold lettering which read “The Wellness Center” with their logo. The pollworker told me to stretch it out to see what it said, and then said I couldn’t wear that in the polling area. I was shocked and looked to the other poll worker for help, when she stood up and said it’s ok, and explained it’s just a t-shirt from a local gym.

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