My wait time was not that long, even though the polling place was extremely busy. I was the 660th person to vote on the main machine. (The other machine had 275 ballots.) The longest I really had to wait was to sign in and get the ballot, but the sign-in line I’m in (usually an M-S or L-R) is always the longest in our district. Sometimes I wish my last name started with a Z. That line is always nonexistent.
By the time I got my ballot, all of the booths and seats were taken. Usually, I get to sit at a round table with 4-6 other spots for voters. There are generally 6 booths and 2 tables. Today, they had those booths and those tables, but they were having people vote by putting their ballots against the wall and using the little black pens/markers that way. One of the poll workers ended up grabbing some other chairs, and I was able to sit in a non-tabled chair. It was interesting. I prefer having a table, but having a seat was nice. By the time I left, they were starting on the third row of chairs.
I didn’t select the straight ticket option, but I did vote only for the Democrats. I had to try to remember what the (12) different amendments meant. Of course, I remembered the fourth one (segregation), the sixth one (anti-Obamacare), the seventh one (only allows labor unions to establish under secret ballot) and the locals only for Madison County (allowing police to kill any animal that they deem to be a threat/dangerous animal first without establishing that it is a threat).
Oh, and I nodded that I was going to vote for the Democratic candidate for my district in the county commission. The guy was standing outside in the cool, overcast/damp weather in a very red district of a very red state. Maybe that nod made him feel a bit better about being out in the cold. Of course, he probably forgot it a few seconds later.
Anyway, no matter who you support, go vote. It is important. No matter what people say about their votes not mattering, they do matter. They are important.