So… I thought I’d live-blog my voting experience today, just for fun. Check back for updates — it looks like I’ll have time for a few. I’m waiting at Watkins School, which makes me precinct 91, according to my voter registration card.
7:30 – I leave the apartment, terribly proud of myself for being up and ready to go so early.
7:32 – I come to the end of my block, turn the corner, and see the line. I think, “Wow! Long line! I can’t believe it’s to the corner already.”
7:33 – I get to the next corner and realize that isn’t the end of the line — it’s where it turns.
7:34 – I get to the end of the line, about 3/4 of the way up D Street.
7:46 – I’ve moved about 10 feet. Oh wait, walking again, so maybe 20.
7:55 – The line behind me is now to the corner of 13th & D — and the entrance to the polling place is just up from 12th & C E, so it’s quite a line.
A moment ago, some of the Watkins kids came out to the playground with a sign for their bake sale. We suggested that, instead of a sign, they bring the actual baked goods around, but they haven’t come back.
I should have had breakfast. At least I brought coffee.
8:08 – I had no more than written that the kids hadn’t come back when they did! They were only bringing Dunkin Donuts — nothing fresh — but I happily handed over a dollar for a powdered-sugar one.
8:30 – I’m finally around the corner and on the same block as the entrance to the polling place. The bake sale kids came back — this time with homemade goodies. I bought a rice krispie treat and a brownie, both of which I’m saving for later.
So far, I’ve only seen campaign workers for Carol Schwartz, Michael Brown, and the DC Dems. I’m guessing there will be more as I get closer to the “stop electioneering” spot.
8:42 – Getting closer, though there is now no chance of making my morning meeting. I’ve been chatting via email with the rest of the folks who are supposed to be there, and we’re almost all in long lines.
8:57 – Just got the pitch from a guy named Rimenschneier (sp?) Rimensnyder who is running for Shadow Senator on the platform that DC should become a federal territory so we don’t have to pay taxes.
9:00 – Ooh. I can see the door!
9:01 – And might I add, I’m really glad to be getting towards inside. It’s raining (though very lightly) and is getting colder.
9:08 – I’m being held outside the door as there are “too many people inside.”
9:10 – I’m in!
9:13 – No line for H-K. Woo!
9:19 – Done!
9:25 – I just got exit-polled by a third grader for a class project. When he marked down my presidential vote, he said “Dang! Not one vote yet for McCain!”
Since I am late for work anyway, I think I’m gonna stop at Starbucks for my free-for-voting coffee. And then maybe at Krispy Kreme for an also-free-for-voting donut. Enfranchisement is tasty!
9:38 – Free coffee? Check!
10:04 – Free donut? Denied! The Krispy Kreme by my office (this would be the Dupont shop, for those keeping track locally) is all out of the freebies, and doesn’t expect a delivery for an hour or so. Hmmm. Maybe a donut for dessert at lunch?
Updated to correct the location of my polling place — 12th & E, not 12th & C. (Given that I live at 12th & C and had to leave my home to vote, this should have been a bit more apparent to me.) I also fixed the name of the Shadow Senate guy, moved the photos into about where they fit chronologically, loaded the one photo that didn’t make it in real time, and added captions.