Yahoo! News is asking readers and voters to share brief anecdotes and photos from Election Day. Here are one voter's observations.
FIRST PERSON | CORALVILLE, Iowa -- Nestled along the Iowa River in the southeast region of the Hawkeye State, Coralville is a town of about 19,000 people. One of the fastest growing communities in Iowa over the last decade, Coralville has maintained a small town flavor while incorporating some big town feel.
On Election Day, Coralville is feeling more like the big city, with the voter turnout giving me a record breaking impression. My wife and I took an early lunch today, driving over to cast our ballots where we've done so every election for the last 14 years. For the first time ever, we couldn't just conveniently pull up and park at Coralville Central Elementary School, our voting precinct location. We had to take time to look for an available parking space. Finding a spot, we both looked at each other and simultaneously said, "Wow."
Upon entering the polling station, there was a wait to obtain a ballot. That's never happened before either. As a matter of perspective, my wife voted at about the same time of day in the presidential election of 2008, around 11 a.m. She remembers her ballot being around the 80th submitted in our precinct that year. Today, at 11:15 a.m., my wife's ballot and mine were numbers 202 and 203 respectively.
All the voting booths were filled, as soon as a person left, another person took the spot. I've never witnessed that in the 14 years I've voted at Coralville Central Elementary School either.
As my wife and I walked out the door feeling good about our votes and the turnout, more people were walking in and the folks pulling up to park were having to wait in the street for spaces to open up. Where I vote, I've never witnessed that before.
Election day 2012 in small town Iowa seems to be history in the making, something to be proud of, something worth witnessing.
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