This morning the polls in NY opened at 6am. I decided to get up and go before work because I am meeting a friend for a drink after. I knew that too close to 8 there would probably be a really long line, so I set my alarm for 6:15 and was in line at 6:39. The line went all the way down one side of the block, around the corner down another side, and around a second corner and down about another 20 feet. While in line a woman in her late 20s with pigtails and a “Vote” tshirt on stood along the line with an Obama sign. The people running the poll told he she couldn’t be there. She asked why and asked if they could walk while they talked, thus walking along the line with her sign.
In total I was in line for an hour and 40 minutes. I’d never seen a voting booth like this one – I assume the old fashion kind. I stepped in, pulled a lever, turned some knobs, pulled the lever again and was done. I’m not 100% confident in that process, but it’s all I’ve got. There were only 2 voting booths, which is why it took so long. When I walked in to the room I was handed a card and told to write my name on it. I then presented it to the woman with the voter registration log who found my name and asked me to sign below my signature that was already there. Then I walked into the booth to vote. I was never once asked to present and ID, which makes me a bit uneasy. We’ll see tomorrow how it all goes.
Either way my vote doens’t really matter. NY will always be a democratic state, just like Texas is always a republican state.