Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election day

We had an unusually long ballot this year, with several initiated and referred laws and proposed constitutional amendments. It took me 24 minutes from the time I walked in the door to when I walked out. Most of that was just standing in line.

While I was waiting, a woman appeared outside with a sign urging voters to vote no on Amendment C. Good for her. That's how I voted, and I hope it's defeated. But what she was doing was, of course, illegal electioneering: no signs within 100 feet of the poll. One of the election officials, Hazel, marched right on out there and shooed her across the street.

It turns out that each polling place is provided with a 100-foot rope for just such occasions. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have to use it.