I got off work early today (12 PM) and went to one of Raleigh, NC's early polling places to vote. There were 100 people there. Now this wasn't a 2004 around-the-block-Presidential-election line, but that's the point. This is a primary, and it was evident that many were really happy their vote mattered this late in the season.
The volunteers were a bit cranky; it was obvious they weren't prepared for a bit of people. I joked to others in line that it might have been easier to vote on Tuesday. Voters were remarkably quiet and calm, considering people hate lines, The volunteers had to steer the line out the door, and when I left around 1 PM it was meandering down the sidewalk out the building, about 20 or 30 people stronger than when I got there. Early voting ends tomorrow.
It looks like Indiana is breaking records, and North Carolina seems to be following the same trend. I know people want to see a resolution towards the Democratic nomination, but there's no better feeling than to know your vote counted in the primary. Outrage that the primary system doesn't fully represent the voters of this country is understandable—poor Nebraska is July 12.
In addition to early voting, the LA-06 special election is today.
We’ll see if Democrat Don Cazayoux will be able to withstand the, Cazayoux=Obama+Pelosi ads – not to mention the illegally coordinated attacks of the NRCC and the shadowy front group Freedom’s Watch -- to pick up this heavily Republican seat (R+7). brownsox at Daily Kos has a good summary of the race and there's video and more on the DCCC's FEC complaint against Freedom’s Watch and the NRCC for illegal coordination.
If you're voting in Indiana, North Carolina or Guam today, let us know your experience in the thread below...