Wednesday, October 20, 2004


Thanks to early voting in NC, I was able to cast my ballot today. It was a lovely fall day and the lines at the Board of Elections in our Courthouse were not too long.
It took me about 20 minutes all told. We used a paper ballot, marked in ink which was then scanned before my eyes. The ovals to mark were about 1/4 inch long and 1/8 inch high. No way will they have to be examined by magnifying glass, if the Democrats demand recounts. Registering was easy, I showed my Voter ID, they typed me into the computer, printed out a form, had me varify that my address was correct and then I signed it. I gave it back and received my ballot. I do not know why more states do not use something so simple. Samples were posted on the wall where we lined up. We had three amendments to vote on, numerous judges, school board members, NC legislators all on the reverse side. The front listed all the candidates for national office. Large signs indicated that if you were voting a straight ticket for national elections it required marking your choice for Pres/VP and then once for other offices. They have had 1930+ people already vote. About 25,000 have yet to cast ballots.


  1. Do you mind going down to Florida and teaching the people down there how to vote properly?

  2. Anonymous3:34 PM

    Good for you!

    Presonally I think this whole early voting thing creates to many opportunites for fraud but I'm very happy to hear you got your vote in.

  3. Hey Pat,
    Love your colors! Wish we had early voting in VA. I'll have my crew at the polls bright and early on Nov. 2 and then maybe off to the IHOP (the only international body I'm interested in being a part of).