Anyway, while I waited in line to collect my ballot, I realized something interesting. There was no Republican line. Every so often a Republican would wander in, try to get in line, and be shooed off to the table to collect her ballot from the two extremely bored poll workers serving the Republican end of the table (All the Republican voters who came in were women.) while the Democrats waited in their endlessly growing line.
It took me about fifteen minutes to vote. We have paper ballot machines now, which I see the logic of (and they do create a nice paper trail) and there's sure, a sense of the weight of tradition to it. But I miss the big red lever that goes kerchunk.
At ~9:15 am, I was the 191st person to vote in my precinct.
Now I'm going to have a ham sandwich and some Cherry Garcia, make coffee, and get to work.