We got to the polls as soon as they opened…and there was a line! In Morris! I got my ballot immediately, but then actually had to wait half a minute for a voting booth to open up.

I was voter #5 at my polling place. Millions more will pour in today.

I hope they all vote as well as I did.


  1. jstackpo says

    I see that you didn’t fill in your oval absolutely completely! Did your vote get counted?

  2. says

    My polling place has a bit of a line and also it’s raining so I’m waiting. Luckily, my back gate opens into the yard for the polling place. I’ll just sit on my patio drinking coffee and wait for the proper moment to dash the 30 or so feet to their door. I’m in Texas, so my vote for pres means doodly squat but I’m hoping the black and Latino vote comes out and maybe we can push Texas closer to purple this year.

  3. robro says

    As they are want to do, the good people of Dixville Notch, NH (all 8 of them) voted just after midnight last night: 4 votes for Clinton, 2 for Trump, 1 for Johnson, and 1 write-in for Romney. May it be a bellwether. The Senate and House races were a tie, 4 votes each.

    Thankfully we have mail-in voting, so no standing in line although I rarely had to wait more than a minute or two.

  4. johnhattan says

    What is “Farmer-Labor”. Are those minor parties that also chose Clinton as their nominee?

  5. dick says

    Don’t worry, PZ. If the vote goes the wrong way, you can make a quick dash north across the border, before some idiot builds a wall there. We’re taking in refugees. (You’d fit in better here anyways.)

  6. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Oct. 26 completed.
    Mass. first year of early ballot. hooray!
    *fingers crossed* for landslide, not marginal victory.

  7. says

    The Minnesota Democratic party is called the Democratic-Farmer-Labor. It was produced in the 1940s by a merger of the national Democratic party with the state-based, social democratic Farmer-Labor party, and is now the same as the Democratic party except in name.

    The FL was basically a socialist workers’ party. It was a good thing, and I’m glad we at least try to keep the memory alive.

  8. numerobis says

    Top headline of the local paper: Les Américains votent, le monde entier attend

    (Americans vote, the whole world waits)

  9. says

    I was #16 in my district (small town, multiple districts vote in the same place). I got there just after 7am, and there was already a line. But only four or five people. I was happy to see a steady stream of people going in and out of the polling place.

  10. themadtapper says

    I voted on Saturday. Will probably be up all night watching Election Season’s Finale. Good thing I have tomorrow off to recover. Hopefully I won’t wake to a black sun and a pale horse.

  11. alkisvonidas says


    Americans vote, the whole world waits

    Let’s hope Trump gets served ;-)

  12. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Used vote by mail due to the Redhead’s situation. Got the applications off the internet from the Lake County Clerk website. Easy and no stress. Costs just 4 stamps (two applications, two ballots). Well worth it. Votes received and processed 10/19 according to the Lake County Clerk website.

  13. birgerjohansson says

    Let me guess -mostly black districts in Republican-controlled states will have insufficient infrastructure, creating *huge* lines, keeping people waiting for many hours.

  14. Scientismist says

    I was #1 at my precinct. One other voter was also there when the officials yelled (as per the instructions) “Hear Ye, Hear Ye, The polls are now open!”. Then, as first voter, I was asked to check the ballot box to confirm that it was empty.

    By the time I left, there was a line 10 persons long. Morning rush. There’s seldom a line at the garage where my neighborhood votes.

  15. MattP (must mock his crappy brain) says

    Voted afternoon of 10/26. Sadly not in the big conference hall of the Classic Center like last presidential election, but two small rooms in adjacent city-county government buildings. Early Voting the next week would have also included the city-county library and a university conference hall mostly for the students.

  16. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    Got to the polls about an hour and a half after they opened; there were three or four people in line ahead of me, so the whole thing took about ten minutes. But I passed another precinct on the way to the Metro where the line was snaking out the door, across the parking lot, and into the nearby park. I think the difference is that our precinct is mostly full of single-family houses, while the other has a lot of high-rise apartment buildings.

  17. Vivec says

    I already cast my pointless blue-state vote for Clinton by mail, but here’s hoping my family gets four more years of healthcare and my friends don’t get deported.

  18. Matrim says

    I voted weeks ago. Early voting is the best, zero line, took me exactly 4 minutes 20 seconds (and most of that was the elevator ride to the Auditor’s office because it was late in the day and they already had packed up the early voting downstairs). I doubt I’ll ever vote on Election Day again.

  19. says

    I heard on the latest RadioLab podcast that in India it is the law that every citizen has to be within two kilometres of a polling station. Every citizen, which sometimes means setting up polling stations in the middle of the rainforest two days’ travel from anywhere else for the benefit of one guru living by himself, with polling officers, a sealed ballot box, ink on fingers (to stop the guru voting twice), all for the sake of one vote.

    Then I look at the shenanigans involved in denying Americans the vote — or at least making it very, very difficult to vote if you’re the wrong kind of voter — and I wonder what went wrong.

  20. whynot says

    Ballot selfies undermine the secret ballot. Keep in mind that there are hundreds of thousands of women voting today who have aggressively conservative spouses.

  21. Ray, rude-ass yankee, Bugblatting Flibbertigibbet says

    Done. In and out in 5 minutes. Hope everyone voting has as good an experience. May reason prevail!

  22. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    Oregon is vote-by-mail only. Yes, I filled out my own ballot and was not improperly influenced.

    …but my youngest daughter actually put the envelope in the mail box while we were in Oregon several weeks ago. I like to say that she voted for Clinton/Kaine – and she does too!

  23. magistramarla says

    YOB @ #2
    We did our part to turn Texas purple this morning. I doubt whether our electoral votes will go to Hillary, but we can hope!
    We also wanted to make sure that we voted for our excellent Democratic congressman to make sure that he keeps his seat.
    The line was short, but our hassles were many. We had requested mail-in ballots because I was in the hospital six hours away for another spine surgery. They never made it to us.
    I recovered more quickly than expected, so we’re home. We had to sign multiple forms to get those mail-in ballots cancelled.
    Once I was able to wheel my wheelchair up to the machine, voting took a couple of minutes!

  24. bonzaikitten says

    Half a minute? Now I’m jealous! Every time we have an election in Australia I’m stuck waiting at least half an hour to vote, and that’s even when I’m voting early!
    Even then it usually takes me a good 10 minutes to vote, while I double check I’ve numbered all the boxes (which I have carefully listed at home so I don’t mess up on the day) correctly for preferences.

  25. notruescott says

    I took advantage of early voting a couple of weeks ago.
    When I went to mail it in, the first stamps I grabbed were Maya Angelou stamps. I thought better of it and used some pickup truck stamps instead. The better to insure my ballot makes it in. Red state voting, doncha know.

  26. InitHello says

    I voted. And not for the orange clown. Took two hours to get in and out in State College, PA.

  27. erik333 says

    Turns out having Hillary instead of Sanders running against orange potential Hitler was a bad idea, who knew? All we can hope for now is that Trump was playacting as more of an asshole buffoon than he really is, but theres not much hope for that.

    *mostly joking*
    Time to start stockpiling food and getting a hunting licence preparing for fighting the russian occupying forces.
    */mostly joking*

  28. alkisvonidas says

    You had one job, America. One. Job.

    Oh, well. I’ll have to visit the States the coming spring. I think I’ll go with a clean shave and apply skin bleach liberally, just to be on the safe side. Oh, and as many litres – sorry, *gallons* – of ouzo the TSA will allow me to stuff in my baggage.