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Election Day in Danvers

For a Flickr slideshow, click here or on photo

Mrs. Media Nation and I timed our voting perfectly. I’m working at home today, so we walked to Danvers High School a little after 10 a.m. With the morning rush over and the evening a long way off, we figured we wouldn’t have to wait too long.

Although there were longish lines of cars heading up and down Cabot Road, and though the parking lot was nearly full, we were right — once we were inside the gym, we breezed right through.

A poll worker told me that more than 500 people had voted in our precinct, way more than the typical number. I would imagine the explosion will come after work.

I also posted a few photos to the Polling Place Photo Project. Please have a look.

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  1. bostonmediawatch

    On the ground in Concord NH:

  2. MeTheSheeple

    Whew, just deleted the mother of all typos.Get there early folks, so you don’t A) run out of patience or B) make someone else in line run out of patience.Massachusetts law says if you’re in line at 8 p.m., you still get to vote. But don’t force the issue or wait too long.A friend in Virginia told me she waited two hours this morning.

  3. bostonmediawatch

    In NH they still use the OCR (Optical Character Read) ballots.The touch screens have got to be eliminated, I can screw those up with $20 at Radio Shack.

  4. acf

    I voted in West Peabody at 8:15 AM. There were no lines, and I was in and out in 10 minutes The optical scanner I put my ballot into registere #252 after me. There were 2 scanners at the polling place for 1 ward, 3 precincts. There was plenty of help around, and things looked well organized. Interesting thing, even though the weather was beautiful, there was nobody, and no signs at the entrance of the school driveway, well over 150 feet away from the polling point, not even a ‘vote here’ sign to get peoples’ attention.

  5. O-FISH-L

    Dan, I believe those elderly women poll officials in the photo are the same ones that were working at my polling place on the South Shore. Boy, do they get around!

  6. Dan Kennedy

    Fish: The one on the left has been mad at me because of Barnicle for 10 years!

  7. O-FISH-L

    Haha! I’ve actually voted by absentee ballot a few times just to avoid one busybody poll official at my precinct. Thankfully, her chair was empty today and her co-warden husband (a saint) who seemed almost as relieved as me, said she had “slept wrong” and gone to the chiropractor this morning. Phew!

  8. Ani

    It makes me feel better to know that I’m not the only one with a nosy precinct warden at my polling place — I got the 3rd degree while waiting to turn in my ballot this morning.

  9. Pink Granite

    Hi Dan -If you want to report your experience at the polls you can go to:
and fill out a very brief form.- Lee

  10. Dan Kennedy

    Lee: Done. Thanks for letting me know. I added the photos, too.

  11. Pink Granite

    Happy to help!The photos look great.;o)- Lee

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