I was curious--so I decided to vote at the Lucas County Early Voting Center this presidential election. I come from a family where--even though my Dad worked a rotating shift--he always found a way to vote on the one designated day. (Strangely, no one claimed they were being disenfranchised back then.) But, I thought I'd give early voting a try.
First thing this morning, my spouse and I drove down to (and through) parts of Toledo that you really don't want to experience, if you can help it. The homeless shelters were hopping at that time of morning, which in retrospect, was about the only part of downtown that was.
At the Voting Center, there were only three people in line in front of us. Heck, this should take only a few minutes. Well, below are the highlights of our early voting experience:
*Since early voting is equated to an absentee ballot, you have to complete a form that asks for either your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number. You then take the form to the poll workers who clear you for voting. Seems easy enough--if you have 2 brain cells to rub together. Unfortunately, those people were in short supply this morning. The man in front of me was asked by the poll worker to tell her the last 4 digits of his social security number (apparently there was an issue with the form he had filled out). He kept repeating the same 5 digits! Finally, the poll worker was able to get through to him the difference between 4 and 5 (obviously, a former TPS student), and I finally got my turn to be directed to the voting machines.