I voted this morning. I live in the country and vote in a village with a population of 200, so things are a little different for me than for my friends that live in urban precincts with thousands of voters. Vermilion County, despite being one of the most economically deprived counties in the state, had shiny new optical scan voting equipment replacing our Vote-O-Matic punched card machines by 2002, so there's no big shift in our procedures. For some reason, my polling place was moved from the village hall (though "shack" might be a better name than "hall") to the Baptist church across the street. I think the polling place being in a church is inappropriate, but I wasn't uncomfortable enough to not vote. I did ask the poll workers why it was moved and they said they had no idea. I didn't take the time to actually complain. When I finished my ballot, I learned that the optical scanner on the ballot box wasn't working, so we had to just drop our ballots in the side. I trust they'll get it straightened out. It means my precinct's voters won't have the automatic protection against overvoting (the scanner spits your ballot out if it scans votes for two candidates in the same race).
( How I voted. Long, frank, and cut-tagged so you don't have to see it if you don't want to.Collapse )
If you haven't voted by now, I hope you will get out and do it. "This fall, vote Democratic. It's important."