Posts Tagged ‘early voting’

You Meet the Most Interesting People in a Voting Line

October 29, 2012

When I went in to early vote at the North Highland Assembly of God, which is no where near North Highland,  there was a fairly long line that kept getting longer while I was there.  The efficiency of the poll workers, however, impressively kept the line moving, and I would say it only took me 20 minutes to vote.

The thing that stood out in the “vote here” sign was the “voter I.D. required” line.  It made  me reflect on how, between 2006 and 2010, the I. D. law  failed if it had been designed to discourage minority voters.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, “Turnout among black and Hispanic voters increased from 2006 to 2010, dramatically outpacing population growth for those groups over the same period.

“On the other hand, Georgia’s top elections official could not point to a single case of ballot fraud the voter ID law had prevented.”

Backers of the law said it was needed to prevent voter fraud. Some people believe that was the real reason.  Some don’t. Judges ruling on the Georgia law believe that claim, but judges ruling on the South Carolina and Texas law don’t.

The man who stood in front of me was a Hispanic-American, a well-educated, friendly fellow who has served for fifty years as an interpreter at WHINSEC, formerly known as the School of the Americas. I would assume that he can vote for president twice if  he wants to, once for the President of the United States and once for the President of Panama. He holds joint citizenship.  You meet the most interesting people in a voting line.  It make the time pass faster, and that’s good.

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Early Voting Takes Patience

October 27, 2008

 

  I asked one man as he was leaving how long it took him to vote.

  “I got here at 12:15 this afternoon.”

  “It took you more than four hours to vote?”

  “Right. They should have had a hundred people – well, a lot more people – up there signing in people instead of the few they had.”

  But, he wanted to vote badly enough to wait that long. That’s encouraging.

Voting at Columbus Public Library

Voting at Columbus Public Library

  Hundreds of people were still standing in line at 5 p.m. closing time, but they were not waiting in vain as voting continued after 5.  

  I heard Columbus Elections Supervisor Nancy Boren telling a WRBL-TV reporter that she expects 30-thousand people to vote early this year, which is about 10-thousand more that voted early in the 2004 presidential election.

    I have been around a pretty long time and I have never seen anything like this before at election time. Maybe it’s because there is so much at stake.

Voting line at Columbus Public Library

Voting line at Columbus Public Library

Vote Early

October 26, 2008

  I am very concerned about problems at the polls in this general election. There is little doubt that we are going to see the largest voter turnout in the history of this country, which is going to put enormous pressure on the voting systems.

  We know from the debacle in Florida in the 2000 presidential election that there is a good chance that some people will not have their votes counted. This is serious business in a democratic republic like ours.

  Beyond corruption by some voting officials, there are the problems of human error, voting machine failure, voting machines that leave no independent paper trail (we have those in Georgia) and the normal problems that accompany elections. All of this will be magnified by the record voter turnout.

  Early voting is not going to solve all of these problems, but it is probably the best chance to ease them. I voted weeks ago at the Columbus Government Center. It took me about tens minutes.  A friend of mine told me it took him and his wife an hour and a half to vote there last week. He said the line not only went out into the parking garage but all the way to the end of the walkway in the garage.

  Just think what it is going to be like between Monday October 27th thru Friday, October 31st. That will probably be nothing compared to what it will be on Tuesday, November 4th, election day. Fortunately there will be four polling palces open for early voting.  Here’s the list from the Columbus Consolidated Government website:

         (No Reason Required for this Early Voting)

October 27-31 at Four Locations:

  • Elections Office, Government Center, 100 Tenth Street:     8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road:       9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Frank D. Chester Recreation Center, 1441 Benning Drive:   10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Cunningham Center@Columbus State University, 3100 Gentian Blvd.:    8:30am – 4:30pm

DICK’S WORLD PODCAST: Will Your Vote be Counted?

October 19, 2008

  Time for me to do another podcast. I have to do one every now and then just to make sure I remember how.

  This one is about whether you can count on your vote being properly counted.

   You can listen by clicking  podcast.

     If you haven’t voted yet, I suggest you vote early. For one thing, the lines are going to be really long on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. 

In Columbus, Georgia, you can vote early at the following places:

– Now thru October 31 at the Elections Office, West Wing, Government Center: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm
      
October 27-31 at Four Locations:


Elections Office, Government Center, 100 Tenth Street: 8:30am – 4:30pm

 
Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road:  9:30am – 5:00pm


Frank D. Chester Recreation Center, 1441 Benning Drive:  10:00am – 6:00pm


Cunningham Center, Columbus State University, 3100 Gentian Blvd.: 8:30am – 4:30pm

  I would say, “See you at the polls,” but I won’t because I voted weeks ago at the Government Center.