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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Three Hour Wait to Vote at Union Station

Posted by on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 7:08 PM


There are long lines at Seattle's Union Station—one of King County's handful of polling places—with lots of people waiting to vote. It's a very good sign for Patty Murray. So much for the demoralized Democratic base. So much for the enthusiasm gap. Says KOMO...

A surge of last-minute voters has overwhelmed the three locations where King County residents can still cast ballots in person. The county's Accessible Voting Centers in Tukwila, Bellevue and Seattle were reporting record numbers of voters and waits of up to three hours to cast a ballot. At the voting center at Bellevue City Hall lines stretched through the hall and outside, and at Union Station in Seattle some voters gave up after seeing how long the wait was.

Okay, so some folks are demoralized. Anyone want to run some cupcakes or tequila shots down there to raise their spirits?


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I got chills. Thanks for posting this!!!
Posted by Taller Than You on November 2, 2010 at 7:19 PM · Report this
Amnt 3
I voted a week ago, what the fuck is wrong with these people?

(still, I'll give them credit for waiting in line to vote)
Posted by Amnt on November 2, 2010 at 7:26 PM · Report this
In mid afternoon, it was a 1.5 hr wait... People were chatty and friendly, plus there was a volunteer passing out TopPot donuts! And, I couldn't shake the protest chant from my head: "What does Democracy look like? THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!"
Posted by Julianna on November 2, 2010 at 7:26 PM · Report this
@ 3- if your ballot was lost (by you or your postal worker), this was your fate... but the tangibility of voting in person at a polling center is extremely satisfying. Worth the wait.
Posted by Julianna on November 2, 2010 at 7:29 PM · Report this
Rhett Oracle 6
Like you've had your ballot for what - three weeks - and in that time you couldn't complete it and mail it. I used to think that compulsory voting was a wise, desirable requirement; but from what I see here, I'm dead wrong. It's not that hard, people. Leno's Jay-Walking segment accurately reflects much of America's cluelessness. Call it the Text-Factor.
Posted by Rhett Oracle on November 2, 2010 at 7:46 PM · Report this
Rhett @ 6

Criticism without context.

Someone should have asked how many Diebold touchscreens were set up.

Big ballot, lots of confusing issues. Let's guess 5 minutes per voter. 20 voters per hour.

I'd guesstimate 400 people in that line (to just pick a number). You'd need 20 touchscreens to get that many people out within an hour.

Someone should also ask why KCE didn't wheel out more Diebold touchscreens. I'm guessing the election administration software makes you specify the number of machines when you create a new election database. That happens weeks in advance. So guess wrong and you're SOL.

Stupid Diebold.

Cheers, Jason
Posted by Jason Osgood on November 2, 2010 at 10:13 PM · Report this
kitkatt @ 7

USPS loses ~1% of all third class mail. Lost. As in gone. Disappeared. Not UAA (undeliverable as addressed), which is returned to the sender.

One percent of 1,100,000 ballots issued is 11,000.

Some fraction of those are dedicated voters who will show up a poll site on election day.

Cheers, Jason

PS- That 1% also applies to returned ballots. People who tried to vote, but the ballots got lost. And you won't know, unless you call to verify receipt.
Posted by Jason Osgood on November 2, 2010 at 10:23 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 10

Or unless you look it up online, which I already did. My ballot was not lost. It wasn't lost in 2008 either.
Posted by keshmeshi on November 2, 2010 at 10:36 PM · Report this
CharlesYFarley 11
Actually, those people who were waiting at the train station wanted to get out of town before that wave of runny shit from the GOP/TP swam over them and choked them to death.

Now we know why it's called "TP"... it's toilet paper for wiping up the mess that the GOP & TP have created -- and will go on creating until we blast them to Mars on a space shuttle.
Posted by CharlesYFarley on November 3, 2010 at 12:22 AM · Report this
CharlesYFarley 12
Hey, stupid: ballots are not Third Class mail. They are stamped and delivered as First Class mail. Duh!
Posted by CharlesYFarley on November 3, 2010 at 12:24 AM · Report this
CharlesYFarley 13
Yes, the vast majority of Americans are totally clueless. How else to explain the election results tonight?
Posted by CharlesYFarley on November 3, 2010 at 12:25 AM · Report this
Charles @ 12

First class, not third class. My bad. It was late.

1% lost still applies. It's worse for third class mail.

USPS is pretty close lipped about this kind of thing. I was able to figure it out by reading court documents. Their big customers sue over these kinds of things.
Posted by Jason Osgood on November 3, 2010 at 8:05 AM · Report this

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