Yahoo! News is asking readers and voters to share brief anecdotes and photos from Election Day. Here are one voter's observations.
FIRST PERSON | TAMARAC, Fla. --- My neighbors here in Broward County have reported wait times of three and five hours to vote in early voting.
In the 2004 and 2008 elections, my wife and I made our way to the polls to participate in early elections.
Long Lines and Wait Times
Each time we went, the line and wait time had been long.
We wondered why the lines had been so bad. It turns out, that in our county, while they have more machines per location, they simply have less locations.
Another issue is that if voters did not plan out how they would vote in advance, they had to read the entire ballot while they voted.
The upside to the early voting is that a person can vote at any of the locations which are available. It may be that the persons schedule will not allow them to vote at their assigned polling place on election day, and they knew it in advance.
While the lines are long, it is their best option.
In earlier elections, a lot of people seemed to be opting for using absentee ballots.
Personally, I don't like the absentee ballot unless one of two conditions exists, either you will be absent and not able to vote in early elections or on election day, or you have health issues which would make it difficult or unwise to vote in person.
The Line is Long on Election Day Morning
This morning, my wife and I drove to the polls with a neighbor and witnessed the long line first thing in the morning.
It was far too long. If what we saw outside of the building to get in was any indication, we presumed the line inside the building was just as bad, so we turned away.
I decided I'd do a "drive by" of the polls before lunch time and see how things looked then.
The Line Shortens
As of 10:15 a.m. the lines at one Tamarac, FL polling location appeared to be rather short.
My wife and I have decided to take our lunch break and vote then.
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