Civic Duty, Done

I voted about an hour ago. This was my first time voting at this location, because I’m living in a different voting district from last year. There were two voting machines, and no line. Just a few other people there. Not terribly surprising, though, because New Jersey is not a contested state.

The ladies at the sign-in table were very pleasant, but I was asked to show ID. I showed her my driver’s license. That is the first time I can remember being asked for ID, ever, in all the years I’ve been voting. The volunteer told me they were being leaned on very heavily to ask everyone for ID.

Anyway, it’s done, and I felt so good pressing the button for Barack Obama and seeing the little red “X” light up beside his name.

2 Responses to “Civic Duty, Done”

  1. Mark says:

    I was not asked for ID (also in NJ). Oddly enough, my polling place, which is in a “Red” area of the state, had the highest turnout in any of the poll workers’ memory. It was still at a very manageable level (about a 15 minute wait at 8:30 AM) due to the high voting-machine-to-voter ratio in my town, but the poll workers (one of whom has worked the polls for decades) were quite taken aback by the turnout.

    One thing, though – I think the poll workers are supposed to ask for ID if you are a first time voter at that location. IIRC, you recently moved, so that may explain things.

  2. Kathy says:

    Yeah, I did think of that possibility. They didn’t know me. I didn’t mind showing the ID; I was just surprised because I’d never been asked before in other polling places, even when I was new. But it was certainly no big deal — especially compared with some of the problems voters have been experiencing in other parts of the country, like Virginia.

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