My first vote

Anecdotal reports say that the BranVan, which shuttled students into Waltham to the polling locations, was overwhelmed by the rush to vote. I know I had to wait an hour and a half before any BranVan would take me to vote.

Alex and I voted together. At the polling location (the Banks school), there was a long line stretching out to the parking lot. My vote went fine: Alex had to get a provisional ballot (though our political friends assure us he’s in their voter databases). We voted by the end of the day: my ballot was number 1000ish. Is this high for Ward 7, Precinct 1?

The coolest part about voting was that my first vote was cast for myself. I got a few fun phone calls from friends confused to see me on the ballot as a member of the Waltham City Democratic Committee.

Voting used Optical Scan ballots. Those are much better than Diebold DREs. Good. Just like tests in grade school.

I made sure to thank the poll workers for volunteering. I also got a spiffy sample ballot (did I mention with my name on it?) commemorating the occasion.

All in all, a fun experience, and it would have been much faster if Alex didn’t need a provisional ballot.

How was your voting experience?


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