I thought this day would never come!
I went prepared. I had reading material, a cup of tea and a banana... But the lines weren't long (particularly if your last name is toward the end of the alphabet!).
Our precinct was well organized with both electronic and optical scan paper ballots and lots of poll workers. I chose to use a paper ballot and watched as it went into the optical scan machine and it was tabulated. Once my ballot went in and the poll worker said it had been counted I felt like jumping up and down! But everyone was very restrained so I waited until I got home to yell "Woooo Hoooo!" I was going to return my sample ballot but decided instead to keep it as a memento to show my grandchildren.
The only strange thing I saw was that the optical scanner rejected the ballot of the lady in front of me apparently because she had voted for too many people... Was she still undecided??? We'll never know!
This is the beginning of a new era of hope when we, as "the greatest nation in the world," take responsibility for helping make this planet a better place: taking positive steps to save the Earth, end poverty here and abroad, and make peace. I fervently hope we will all help to make it so!