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Downtown Goes to the Polls

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, November 04, 2008, at 01:53PM
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Downtowners went to the polls this morning, stirring up a flurry of tweets on Twitter and photos on flickr. Lines were long early, but appear to have gotten much more manageable as the day has progressed. For those of you who've made it to the polls already, what was your Downtown election experience?

I voted this afternoon at the Hayward Hotel, a site that was slightly confusing thanks to two precincts being placed into the same building. One group of voters was to cast their ballots in the lobby, with the other in the recreation room. Who went where was less than clear to those just arriving, but voters would eventually get sorted out without too much delay.

Celia of 5th and Spring voted on Main street this morning and got offered a special voting booth for short people. She declined:

I was almost inside the building when the poll worker approached me.

"We have a booth inside that's a little lower, a little shorter than the others. Would you like to come inside and vote using the short booth?"

The people in line around me, the ones I had just met and the neighbors that I recognized from walking Wonton - all laughed uproariously. I imagined that it was like a child's table, low to the ground and covered in Hello Kitty stickers, with crayons to mark my ballot.

"Are you kidding me?"

The poll worker was apologetic, "I don't mean to offend you, I just thought--"

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