Jason Kottke is collecting stories of voter’s experiences during this election. Here’s my experience: I’m a long time voter and have voted several times in this precinct, so I didn’t expect too many surprises. I was a little disappointed that I did not receive a voter’s guide as I had in the past, and finding New York City ballot information online was not as easy as it should have been. I arrived at my polling place (34th & 2nd) at around 8:30 this morning and joined the line. The long line was slightly discouraging at first, but it moved fairly well and the other voters seemed to be in good spirits. Once inside the polling place, I was able to move directly to my precinct’s check-in table where there were only two people waiting in front of me. The poll workers were very polite even though they were quite busy. The worker that was checking me in had no trouble finding my name in the book nor did she have any problem finding the few other people I saw sign in. New York City uses the older, lever machines which can sometimes be confusing to use, but at least you can double check your choices before you pull the lever. Overall, this was a good voting experience. My advice to other New Yorkers heading out to vote today is not to be discouraged if you see a line. You’ve probably stood in much longer lines for less important things.

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