I've voted in every election since 1978. I've voted in Florida, Massachusetts, California and New York.
I've never waited in line to vote before...never. And I don't mean I've waited in really short lines, I mean not any lines. Every election up to now, I've walked in, found the right table to sign in, done so, and voted. In and out in no time at all.
Today, I waited an hour. How cool is that?
I could tell that there were a hell of a lot of first time voters because they had friends along taking pictures of them entering the booth. Lots of people walking around with massive grins today. I don't know if it's the realization that we're close to being done with Bush, or the prospect of replacing him with Obama, or both, but I've never seen people so happy to stand in line and wait. If McCain scores into double digits in my district, I'll be shocked.
I know the rest of the country isn't so stacked in one direction, but I do hope and expect that the number of voters in this election shatters all previous records. And I hope Obama takes it by a staggering landslide...both in the popular vote and in the Electoral College. I want it to be a win of such staggering proportions that no-one can doubt its validity.
Anyway, I'm feeling pretty happy right now.