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  •  That happened in my precinct. The early line was (10+ / 0-)

    getting "long" (several people waiting to fill out their ballots) so our precinct captain called the auditor's runner and within ten minutes we had five more booths for people and the line vanished.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:54:33 AM PST

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    •  We have optical scan paper ballots (15+ / 0-)

      ...with a machine that scans the ballot as it is sucked into the ballot box.  

      Voting is just filling in a bubble form, at a carrel desk, and the number of people who can vote at the same time is limited only by the number of carrel desks.  If we had to handle twice the volume, we'd just have to put in some more desks.

      If you did this in a county with unpredictably high volume, you could simply have some extra folding tables and folding cardboard partitions.  And extra pens.  Voting would not be the bottleneck.

      My head says "No" but my heart says "Yes". And then my liver says "What?" and my butt's all like "Farrrrrrt" --jbou

      by Caj on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:12:16 AM PST

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      •  This is how my little township works, and even in (6+ / 0-)
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        high turnout elections like 2008 or a local land issue a year ago there's never been a wait longer than 20 minutes or so. When we moved to this area 20 years ago we used to vote at the tiny township building, but after a few years and a big building boom the polling place was moved to a big, new church down the road. Places that refuse to use larger polling places when it becomes evident that they need it are deliberately making voting more difficult than it needs to be and there should be penalties for that.

      •  We had the exact system in Columbia, MO. Fast (1+ / 0-)
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        and easy.

        "By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed." Adolf Hitler

        by pittie70 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:11:46 AM PST

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