Interrupting my Hawaii updates for this PSA: Vote!
Last year my polling spot was the Logan Square library, but this year things have been redrawn and I had to go to a senior citizen apartment building on Sacramento. There was no line. The big holdup, for me, was because I was the first person to request touchscreen instead of paper. The people there could not figure out how to get the touchscreen working so I had to do it the old fashioned way on paper. Not a huge deal, but man, it sure seems so antiquated! At least I didn’t have to punch anything. I just had to draw in the line with a pen.
As I approached my office, I saw that a lot of roads are already blocked off. I think Biden is arriving in Chicago soon and Obama will be here sometime after that. They’re going to be at the Fairmont, across the street from my office. The campaign headquarters is two buildings away. I’m sure it’s gonna get crazy around here!
Around 4:45 p.m. someone noticed that Lake Shore Drive (on the left in these photos) was totally empty. Barack Obama would be headed up to the Fairmont to meet up with Joe Biden. We watched for a while and then someone noticed a ton of lights progressing north around the Field Museum. Sure enough, a few minutes later we watched the entire presidential motorcade. So cool!!!
In early January I shook Rahm’s hand when he was out campaigning at the California Blue Line station. Actually, I was so focused on getting the inbound train that was pulling up that I didn’t really get what happened until a few seconds later, after I dashed up the stairs to the platform. My impression was that he was short (he is 5’5″). Also, someone asked me if I could feel his missing finger when he shook my hand, but it was so fast and I had gloves on, so I don’t remember.
I did not vote for or against Rahm Emanuel. It was something that got screwed up in our wedding planning. We were in Hawaii during the vote. Some of my friends were smart enough to arrange their voting before they left, but it was something that just blew by me. He’s in now. Guess we’ll see how it goes!
I wasn’t sure who to vote for this election. I actually did use this VoteEasy tool a little bit to try to see which candidates views match up with mine on different issues. The results were pretty much who I thought they would be, so I voted for those.
My polling place was the Logan Square Library. I thought it was kind of funny that right outside the library just about every candidate had a sign staked into the grass.
Who knew there were so many people running for president?
Outside the Polling Place, North Center, Chicago
Yesterday I went with Jen, Chad and Quinn to vote early. This week and next are going to be really busy for me, so I just wanted to get it out of the way. Dallas votes absentee to Hawaii, so he missed out on the fun.
We went to the Welles Park field house. The wait was about 45 minutes and we didn’t know if Quinn would make it. Luckily we had a bag of goldfish crackers and a man who worked at the polling place was handing out suckers so we could keep him occupied with that. Quinn managed to keep it together, only starting to really fuss at the end when we were actually voting. I bet everyone liked that!
The voting machines were these really nice touch screens so you just touched who you wanted to vote for and then pressed “Next.” At the end you got to review your selection and then just press a button to cast your vote. So much better than filling in the black line with a pen or doing the punch thing.