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Old 11-02-04, 04:51 PM
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Where did you vote?

As in, what do they use the building for when we're not picking a new government?

I voted at a community college that's a block and a half from my house. There's a big lounge/common area right in the front of the building, and they set up the polls there.

Interestingly enough, the City Colleges of Chicago are in the midst of a labor dispute with the faculty, so there were a bunch of picketers marching outside.

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Old 11-02-04, 04:53 PM
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at a community center for Jewish seniors, across the street from Cantor's deli on Fairfax Ave. the elderly kept getting escorted to the front of the line. voters were predominately 25-35 or 65+, very few in any other age group. waited in line for 1.25 hours.

my boss said she voted in someone's living room.

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county annex building because i voted early. regular polling place is an elementary school
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St George's Episcopal Parish or Church or something like that.
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Someone's garage. I scored a tire pump in the process.
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First time in a church huh R D?


I can't wait for the stange answers .
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I can't wait for the stange answers .

I describe the experience in the voting story thread.
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An elementary school gym that had 3 precients in it.
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Originally posted by Canadian Bacon
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I can't wait for the stange answers .
I'm hoping we get lots of strange answers. Zod's is a good one.

NPR just interviewed a little old lady in a small town whose garage is used as the polling place. They used to vote in a store, but the store was getting old and run down, so back in 1992, they asked her if they could use her garage. She said yes and it's been there ever since.

Here's an article from today's Trib:

Polls apart
Across Chicago, we cast our ballots in the unlikeliest of places

Charles Leroux
Published November 2, 2004

Of the city's 1,865 polling places, most are in schools, libraries, churches and fire stations. That's true in the suburbs as well.

But schools close, more residents move into a precinct and voting facilities become overcrowded. This leads to polls in unusual places -- a residential garage, a hot dog stand, a barber shop, a bar (either closed or in a back room), a hunting club, the bicycle storage room in a high-rise.

At the Bert Weinman Ford dealership on North Ashland Avenue, Lee Weinman said, "We clear about half the cars out of the showroom to make room for the machines and the voters. We've been a polling place for 30 years. We do it to show we're part of the community, not because we think it sells cars. On Election Day, the people come here to vote; nobody says, `I'll take the red one.' "

In the city, there's about a 10 percent turnover of locations each election, according to Tom Leach, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. A fire or furnace breakdown can, and often does, necessitate a last-second scramble for a voting place.

"One time," Leach recalled, "all we could get was a studio apartment. It was so crowded, there wasn't room for all the judges. The seventh judge had to sit in the bathroom."

To exercise our civic duty in the places where we pass our day-to-day lives seems to say good things about democracy. It reminds us that voting isn't just a right under the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, it's a precious part of ordinary life too. Whether your polling place is a library or somebody's garage, visit it today.
They had some good photos in the print edition (the Larnell Adams Barber Shop is a polling place!), but the pictures aren't online.
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Re: Where did you vote?

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As in, what do they use the building for when we're not picking a new government?
On a normal, non-election day, the building gets used as a Best Buy. Yeah, I voted at Best Buy today. I asked if I got extra Reward Zone points for voting, but they said no.
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local high school 1 block away from my house North Junior High School
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Randalls a local grocery store.
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Re: Re: Where did you vote?

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On a normal, non-election day, the building gets used as a Best Buy. Yeah, I voted at Best Buy today. I asked if I got extra Reward Zone points for voting, but they said no.
That's awesome! Was the Best Buy open for business? You could pick up a few DVDs, some flash memory, and a new Congressman.
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Voted with my wife in the elementary school that our son goes to. We were the only people voting at the time. In and out. It was about 1:30.
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Town Hall. 2 of the 4 precincts in my town vote there. The others vote in the two schools.
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Re: Re: Where did you vote?

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On a normal, non-election day, the building gets used as a Best Buy. Yeah, I voted at Best Buy today. I asked if I got extra Reward Zone points for voting, but they said no.
Did your ballot come with an insert? And is your Congressman widescreen anamorphic?
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I voted early at an elementary school, but if I had voted today, I would've gone to a church. Normally, when I vote early, I vote at a school district basketball stadium.
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Public school. I don't know what grades it handles.
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An office of some county department. Wasn't interested enough to look.
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Someone's garage. I always like to check out what kind of bikes they have, shelving, etc. No bikes this time. Looked like the original water heater too. I'm guessing that won't last much longer.

Poll signs were in 4 languages. I heard quite a few comments about that.
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Re: Re: Re: Where did you vote?

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That's awesome! Was the Best Buy open for business? You could pick up a few DVDs, some flash memory, and a new Congressman.
Sadly, the ballot didn't have an insert, although I did insert it into the machine.

I picked up Boogie Nights and Fahrenheit 9/11 while I was there. They are open for business during the polling.

The congressmen were a little out of my price range, unfortunately.
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