Sunday, November 4, 2012

Early voting in southwest Ocala





We arrived at 8:30 AM. I thought the polls opened at 9:00 AM. I was surprised at how few people were standing in line. At 8:50 AM, I asked someone when the polls opened. They said "Ten o'clock." So, we waited. But it all turned out OK, because if we had come later, we would have had a hard time finding a place to park and we would have been way at the end of that line which you see in the 4th photograph!

31 comments:

Danielle said...

You got some fantastic candid shots!!! I love them. Early voting is so much easier here....I waited at home for the library to open at 10:00...not realizing that the voting area had opened at 7:00...walked right in and voted....now just keeping my fingers crossed ;)

Halcyon said...

That dude in the first shot looks really eager to get the sign! Maybe he's a participant in the Signs, Signs meme? ;)

Hope you voted for the winner. :)

RedPat said...

I guess the next campaign starts on Wednesday or Thursday at the latest! Good luck with whatever side you are on.

magiceye said...

Superb candid captures!!

Randy said...

I love the guy in the second shot. I tried to vote early but time got away from me. So you know where I will be on Tuesday.

Linda said...

Wonderful photos, Lowell! Love this!

longbeachpeninsuladailyphoto said...

I love the people shots! Even with the long lines, I miss going to the polls. In Washington, we only have mail-in voting. It's simpler, I suppose, but it's not the same as walking into the voting booth.

Olivier said...

c'est une chose que j'ai du mal a comprendre, le fait que l'on est le droit de voter bien avant les elections, c'est bizzare, mais je pense que cela tient de la taille du pays.ce qui est bien c'est que cela a l'air de se faire dans la bonne humeur

cieldequimper said...

Good grief. You need courage and time to vote... I've never seen anything like it here!

llandudnopictures said...

Looking at the first picture, you may have a photographic rival!

Mo said...

We're all waiting to see the outcome.

Jim Klenke said...

such a lone line. I dont understand why they dont put in more machines, but I'm sure its political. I early voted here, no lines. I dont think my choices will win in Texas, but thats ok I think he will win.

Jack said...

So, in Florida they let people vote who can't even get the starting hours right? I voted earlier this week. Ridiculous ballot with all of those ballot questions and voting on positions no one ever heard of. I only had a 30 minute wait and considered myself lucky. I got the last parking space in the lot, but I did have the right starting time.

Sharon said...

Wow, that is an impressive turn out! I voted two weeks ago. I'm one of those early ballot people so I no longer have to wait in line.

Bob Poris said...

What is that man in the first picture doing to the car he is aiming his behind at?

David Thomas said...

Tomorrow is the big day! I hope everybody gets out and votes!

Judy said...

Uh oh! I hope that is not what we have to look forward to tomorrow.

Small City Scenes said...

Well everyone looks happy. I guess they think they voted for the winner. I used to like to go to a polling place to vote and we never had any lines but now I just send in my ballot. I wonder why there were never any lines.

Kay said...

Great candid shots! I'd find that long line discouraging. . .I hope that's not the point. And I hope, too, that nobody left any chads hanging on their ballots. (Did you make sure yours was clean, Lowell?)

I guess here in Washington state we're less sociable with our mail-in voting. There wasn't even a line at the post office when I dumped mine in the mail.

Amish Stories said...

Should be interesting on Tuesday! Richard

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Love these candid shots, but must admit, if those are the lines for 'early" voting, I would hate to see your lines on election day. Wow!

Kate said...

Hear that your governor closed early voting early. Am I being paranoid by saying that I think it's a tad suspicious? Glad to see long lines. Although I have some problems with the electoral college system, I'm happy to see people exercising their right to vote. PS. I replied to your comment on my blog today.

"Vote early and often!"

Lois said...

The guy in the second shot is my favorite too!

Lois said...

Oh and about your comment on my blog today, I definitely know what you mean and I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Andy said...

I'm Canadian and I'll be glad when it's all over. Americans have longest campaign season in the world. It starts on the first day of the convention and ends today.

Bibi said...

I voted through absentee ballot! I hope my candidate wins....

EG CameraGirl said...

YAY! I'm glad you voted, Lowell. I heard on the news that voting may be a problem in Florida again this year. I thought the U.S. was a democracy. Just saying. ;)

Taken For Granted said...

Lines at the voting place? One of the advantages of living on the Prairie is that we just walk in, cast our ballot, and walk out. Voting is important, and I hope everyone gets out to the polls. It is the only way a democracy has a chance of working.

JM said...

Now, that is quite long a line! Glad you went earlier.

Rose said...

Beautiful barn!

Gunn said...

The happy man in photo number two made me smile! too:)

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson