Day 233…

11.6.12

Happy election day to one and to all.  I’m up early to head to the polls and do my part as an American citizen.  I get to the polling location and can already see that it will be quite a process to place my vote.  Unfortunately there is an immense amount of disorganization at my location.  Very long lines and a lot of confusion about the new format where voters have to fill out their ballot SAT style and then place them into a scanner to be read and logged…

The line for my district seems to be twice the length of the other lines.  People are starting to get antsy and I can already guess that there will be fireworks before I leave.  At this point, I’ve been in line for a solid 30min and haven’t made much progress.  The volunteers that are checking the voter log book are moving at a snails pace…the powder keg ignites and a woman starts yelling at the unfortunate volunteer.  While I feel bad for the volunteer, the woman is raising her voice on behalf of all of us so I can’t really fault her.  She points out that there should be TWO lines instead of ONE as the alphabet should be split as that is how the log books are organized.  The volunteers realize their mistake and split us up.  I go to the line that I’m told and continue to wait…I wait more…still waiting…finally I make my way to the front of the line only to be told that they made a mistake in splitting the alphabet and that I should be in the other line.  I do my best to be patient about this, so I calmly tell the official what happened and that they need to put me in the front of the line that I am supposed to be in…thankfully they do this and I get my voter forms and head to the ‘privacy booth’ to fill out my selections…

I make my way with my selections to the scanner only to find out that ALL OF THE SCANNERS ARE BROKEN…are you kidding me?!?!  The officials say that it is ok and they take my from and put it with the rest of the forms into the ‘emergency ballot box’.  My confidence level that my votes are going to actually be counted is about 0%, but I have to hope they get the scanners fixed and my votes are counted.  I’m far less concerned about my presidential vote as I know NY is already decided, but there are local elections that are just as important…overall, it was an hour of pain to vote…this country has to find a better way for us to vote…

Finally I am able to leave the voting location and I practically break into a jog to get to my client meeting in midtown.  I make it in time and we have a great meeting with our client…back in the office and it is even more meetings…we are slammed, but again, like I said yesterday, it’s great to be busy…

Eating lunch at my desk and getting through more work before more meetings…the day finally begins to draw to a close and I head home to eat dinner (I’m having a craving for udon/ramen) and to watch the returns come in…

Although many felt that the race was going to be tight, the statistical experts feel like it will not be a close race…the early returns keep this race incredibly tight and there is a growing sense of uneasiness that Obama may not get reelected…slowly he begins to build momentum, but I’m fading and trying to fight falling asleep which is really silly considering that I have such sleep issues…I give in and fall asleep before it is decided, but I wake up to texts from friends telling me Obama won…I can now try to sleep the rest of the night…

Until tomorrow all…

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