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Good Evening, all. Since today's election day, I figured I'd share my voting experience. I'll start below the jump.

Today I got up at 5 AM and got ready for work. That's actually much earlier than I'd usually get up, but today was important: It was election day. My wife and I left for our polling place at about 6:30 this morning, and wouldn't ya know it, there was a line, not a terribly long one, but it sure was long enough for folks to notice.

A few minutes later, an elderly poll worker came up to us and pointed out that there was to be 2 different lines for two separate precincts. What left me perplexed is that there was only ONE person in the other line. It did get bigger after my wife and I voted, but it was still a bit puzzling at the time.

What made this even more troubling, though, is that both my wife and I are handicapped, and especially in my case, I can't be on my feet for more than 20 minutes without a sharp pain developing in my lower back when I go to sit down. It can be very painful, but since our disabilities aren't so obvious to the untrained eye, there wasn't much that could be done.

Still, in spite of that, we cast our ballots, both straight democratic this year, and we also voted no on every amendment (Especially 6 and 8 in Florida) except for Amendment 2, which gives helps disabled veterans looking to purchase a home. I got to work with an hour to spare, so all in all, it was a pretty productive day. I'll be lurking around keeping up with the results, because like the rest of you, I want Obama to win. I also want to see the dems bury the republicans and their money grubbing masters in the dust.

See you around,

Homer

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

    by Homer177 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 05:32:09 PM PST

  •  Congratulations on voting (7+ / 0-)

    despite the early hour.  I voted too, but with no line, sunshine and clear voting directions, it feels a lot less heroic.

    "There once was a union maid..." Political compass: -9.75 / -8.72

    by mijita on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 05:37:47 PM PST

  •  Fellow Aspie check in (6+ / 0-)

    My state has aspie-friendly vote by mail, but in order to take advantage of that I would have had to be more organized, so I walked down to the nearest poll to deliver my ballot. Which turned out to be two blocks from my house, in the nearby park. Polling place not crowded (no doubt due to early voting); all in all it couldn't have been more chill.

    I am reasonably confident of an Obama victory, but am taking the edge off my nerves with that most ancient of anxyolitics: wine. (The GOOD stuff, even, it comes in a BOTTLE!)

    Visit Lacking All Conviction, your patch of grey on those too-sunny days.

    by eataTREE on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 05:42:42 PM PST

    •  Yeah, it wasn't terrible on my end.. (3+ / 0-)

      After the polls opened I only waited about 20 minutes. Still did a number on my back though..having a shorter left leg and the inability to move my left toes does that to me.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 05:47:28 PM PST

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  •  My HFA son isn't old enough yet. (4+ / 0-)

    He will be next year, and he will be next Presidential election. I'm, in a way, glad he was too young this year, he really wants to vote in person at least his first time, and the lines here were between 2 and 7 hours long depending on the time and day. He isn't that patient. He doesn't do well in crowds. Next year he can vote in the 'smaller' election in person, and each year after that, as lines grow towards the Presidential... and then he can decide whether he wants to register as a mail in for the next Presidential or not. I figure it will also give him a chance to practice and get less nervous with the process.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 05:47:36 PM PST

    •  Yeah, I might vote by mail next time. (3+ / 0-)

      I'd rather not deal with the circus that has become our electoral process. I'm especially disgusted by how the media has handled it.

      If you ask me, we need to bring back and expand upon the Fairness Doctrine in spades.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 05:50:36 PM PST

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      •  He loves politics (2+ / 0-)

        and has been following the election closely, he knows exactly who and what he would vote for and against. It's the lines, and the new hoops they have been trying to push through, and the rude Republicans he would have issues with. I think it would just be too much for him if it's like this again in 2016. Ultimately it will be his decision. I'm just glad it won't be his first vote, so he'll at least not have the added stress of the whole process being new.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 06:00:31 PM PST

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        •  Yeah, I don't 'love it'... (1+ / 0-)
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          FloridaSNMOM

          But I do pay really close attention all the same. My first vote was in '02..remember it like it was yesterday.

          I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

          by Homer177 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 07:06:34 PM PST

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