In July I moved to Winston-Salem, NC from Northern Virginia, where I
had lived most of my life. The election experience here has been very
different from any election in the past.
of this is due to the huge turnout this year, which would have made the
election different back in NoVa too. But there are little things that
I’ve noticed too:
1. I voted in a church today! I’ve never heard of that before, and I don’t know if it would fly in NoVa.
We had punch cards here, and our "booth" was a little tabletop thing
set up on a 6′ long folding table. In NoVa we had real booths, with a
curtain and levers to pull. Two observations here: I finally understand
hanging chads, and if I really wanted to I could have peeked at the
folks next to me when they were voting.
3. I had to stand in two
lines today, one to sign in and receive my ballot and the second to
actually vote. 45 minutes in the first and 45 minutes in the second.
Longest line I’ve ever been in to vote before was about four people
All in all though, I like it better here in Winston-Salem. Because the
town is smaller I think the votes feel like they really count.