Helaine and I drove to the neighborhood school where we’ve cast our ballot for the last 19 years. It’s the same elementary school Steffie attended.
As we approached the driveway Helaine said it didn’t look crowded. It didn’t. There were more people than usual on the steps leading to the building–the gauntlet of pols you have to pass before entering the state mandated ‘demilitarized zone’. There was no line–none.
We vote with paper ballots which are filled out in little portable booths. Since other voters walk behind you, they provide no real privacy. Once the ballot is filled and placed in a folder you walk it to the scanner (which Helaine is convinced is really a shredder).
I took a photo of my ballot, but after I’d filled it out. I guess I’d better not post it.
I asked one of the poll workers about the turnout. She didn’t wait a second before telling me the line when they opened early this morning. It looks big.
Connecticut is in the bag for Obama. My congresswman, Rosa DeLauro will easily win by 30 points. State Senator Martin Looney ran unopposed. The only really contested race in my area is for state rep. There, a political newcomer, Democrat Elizabeth Esty has spent lots of time, money and effort trying to defeat Al Adinolfi.
How long a night will it be? Or, will the election be over before our late news airs?