Polling Place: Arlington Precinct 22

Into the gym at last

Originally uploaded by tbridge.

This was the very front of the line at Arlington Precinct 22 at the Abingdon Elementary School this morning. The line was about 100 people when I walked in, and about the same length when I left. I was voter number 281 (split 230:51, D:R) at 8:37am. The line was pleasant and kept moving the whole way through, snaking its way through the foyer in front of the gymnasium. The hold-up point was at Registration this morning, due to the fact that they were double-checking their poll books. They also hadn’t separated the line for Rep/Dem, but I think that’s standard operating procedure.

Overall, took 40 minutes to vote, there were no problems, and everyone was pleased to be there, except for the young couple with two children who should’ve voted a block up at the community center instead of at the school, but even they were good natured about the whole thing.

How was your vote this morning? I’ve heard reports of lines upward of an hour in some precincts, and reports of voting times at less than 15 minutes in others. I’ve also heard that there are some crazy people waving signs on the median of Route 50, which may or may not be the dumbest thing I’ve heard all day.

10 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 10:07 am

    I’ll be voting after work today because as I understand it, DC’s polls are open until 8PM.

    I’m also going to write the DNC to see if
    they’ll make be a Super Delegate because that would just be freakin’ awesome! I’d create business cards that say:

    Super Delegate

  2. Ben R (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 10:12 am

    We absentee-voted on Saturday at the Fairfax Gov’t Offices. Commuting being the beast it is, I wasn’t about to get up an hour earlier, nor get home 90 minutes later than normal to cast my vote.

    Our precinct is usually jammed full, even for ‘mundane’ elections; Island Creek Elementary had a line snaking out the door when I drove past it early this morning before 7 a.m.

  3. CM (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 10:28 am

    I voted when the polls opened at 6am this morning in Arlington at the Quincy Street Library and it took about 10 minutes to vote. I was voter #16, but wasn’t able to find out the breakdown of D to R voters. Observation of everyone in front of me, however, showed no Republican voters. Very interesting, Arlington County! Anyway, a line was starting to form when I got there so it looks like voter turnout will be pretty high.

  4. Paulo (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 10:44 am

    Voted this morning at about 9AM. Not too much of a crowd, just a bit of a line inside. Only one campaign volunteer was standing outside my precinct — lady with an Obama sign. She expressed some surprise to me that there was no Hillary presence there.

    I really love my precinct, by the way: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, comfortably nestled between the Supreme Court and the Folger Shakespeare Library, with the Capitol down the road and the Library of Congress right around the corner. It’s like SWIMMING IN DEMOCRACY.

    I took photos.

  5. poo poo (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    i voted in NE DC, at a school on the 600 block of K street.

    9:00 a.m. there was only one ‘electronic’ voting machine and about 15 or so standard chad factories.

    i went the sci-fi route, and it took me a total of about 6 minutes to walk in and walk out. obama folks were out, but hillarious supporters were no where in sight…

  6. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

    I forgot to get up early to vote, so I was late to work. No loss there. My polling place was extraordinarily busy, which pleased me to no end. I love to see people take their civic responsibility seriously.

    I waited about 30 minutes to vote, which is longer than I have waited to vote since the 1992 presidential election. Usually it’s three minutes, little if any line.

    Number 210 at 8:20 this morning. Normally I might be number 210 at the end of the day. This is great.

  7. Sligo (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

    Only about a 5 minute wait this morning at my polling place, Highland View Elementary in Silver Spring.

  8. WPBachman (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    I was at precinct 40 in the District. No line, walked right in and Fenty was there shaking was hands of voters as well. Not too bad! In and out in 10.

  9. sarah (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

    I voted at 6:30 am this morning, I go early because I don’t want to have to deal with the solicitors at the polls handing me provisional ballots and liturature, I just want to cast my vote and get out of there. At least when I did canvassing I gave out candy. Granted this now means that I’m on my 4th cup of coffee, but i did my civic duty.

  10. TheMatt (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    I was voter #20 (Dem) at Bren Mar Elementary this morning. I’d never voted at 6am, so I guess I was pleased to see so many people.

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