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The Actual Process - AS IT HAPPENS

Tue, Oct. 28th, 2008

07:58 pm - The Actual Process

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In addendim to the previous post. I finally managed to cast my vote today! Well, sort of.

My aid came to collect me from my job to drive me over to my university where we could vote. First, though, we stopped to pick up her daughter.

We got out of the car and were immediately in line. We had been told that it would probably not take more than 20 minutes to get into the building and do the deed, but things seemed to have changed drastically in a couple days. Add to that the cold, blustery winds and the fact that I hadn't eaten all day as we'd run out of lunch, and I think you can see why a bit of frustration bubbled over for me. I pretty much expected that, and managed to just hang in there for the hour or so it took to reach the machines.

Once inside of the room where they would verify my registration, I panicked because I couldn't hear the person asking me the questions! She wasn't talking loud at all, and there were several other conversations going on at once also. I somehow got my information communicated though, and on shaky knees I proceeded to the box.

The thing was supposed to talk, but the guy manning it said it would take 30 minutes to get it started properly and another 40 before I could cast my vote. I don't know whether anything he said was true, but at this point I didn't really feel like fighting it and just wanted to get out of there and go home. So, I just dictated my choices to my aid, and she punched them in. Yeah I know, not exactly independent voting, but it's a step up from any other election. Hopefully next time, I will get to do it on my own.

On the way back to my place, I stopped and got a double Whopper with cheese combo to take the edge off of my starvation. Everybody laughed at me, but whatever!

And now, I'm beat. I think I'll sleep pretty well tonight after all that.

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From:rnb_capricorn
Date:October 29th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
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That's a bummer that your accessibility options weren't functioning. I hope that doesn't happen to me come Nov 4!
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From:johnmill79
Date:October 29th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I was afraid something like that would happen to me, too.
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From:johnmill79
Date:October 29th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
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She just entered my choices.
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From:creature_girl08
Date:October 29th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
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I'm voting by absentee ballot. I still have a couple of things I need to decide on. But at least the big stuff is decided.

At least you got to vote. Hopefully next time you can do it independantly. You should have been able to do it in the first place so someone really screwed up.
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From:johnmill79
Date:October 29th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
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Yeah now that I think about it, I believe I know what happened. We had been told before that as soon as we arrived at the polling place, we needed to inform them that I was blind and would be using the machines, so they could get it going while I was in line. We did inform the lady up front, but I don't think she passed the message along.
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From:creature_girl08
Date:October 29th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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You do not need to tell them you are coming at all. YOu have that legal right. They are supposed to have the accessible machines working at all elections now. Grrr, the government can't get its crap together. Shakes head!
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From:shazza59
Date:October 29th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
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You were lied to about that voting machine taking 30 minutes to talk, plain and simple. It might take five minutes to start it up if the official doesn't know what he/she's doing. As for taking 40 minutes to cast your vote, that's balls too. The official was just plain lazy.
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From:johnmill79
Date:October 29th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think they were just afraid of holding up the lines. Ah well, I'll know better next time.
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From:____hejira
Date:November 2nd, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
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For the most part I'm finding that "accessable" voting does not meet Equal Acces standards at all. It's unfortunate.

PS. Added you to my friends list. Anyone who enjoys good R&B and NPR should appear on my friends page.
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From:johnmill79
Date:November 3rd, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
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Glad to be a part of it! I think you've got real talent when it comes to this writing stuff.
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