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Have Any Trouble Voting? Share Your Stories, Gripes or Praise with Patch

California isn’t likely to face the issues confronting states like Florida and Ohio, but just in case.

What was your voting experience today? Long lines or short? Friendly poll workers or surly? Anyone annoying you outside the polling place? We want to hear about it.

If you have a story to tell or a complaint to register, write Dan Abendschein, Associate Regional Editor of Patch in the San Gabriel Valley. Or post a comment below. We have a team of reporters and editors ready to check out issues, especially in the local Patch communities. And thanks for voting!

ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Marie;;;A very measured and articulate response void of anger and insults. I admire that.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Marie....If you read this patch site alot, you know I abuse my prividedge...sort of a give them an inch and they will take a mile. No offense, but looking at your picture, you look like alot of fun..very pleasant. I am married and 73, by the way. The anti Chrisitan bunch only look at the first half of the amendment that says Congress shall make no law encouraging a religion....NOR TO PREVENT THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF. That second part is ignored. I found it interesting in your mentioning that for some, being in a religious environ elicits feelings of guilt and shame. It is. most unfortunate that the history of the Christian Church includes a lion's share of Hell Fire and Brimstone with out an emphasis on the love God has for the worst of us. "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow" Any way, of all wild animals, Bears scare me the most!!!
William Korn November 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Mr. Hatebear, you raise several interesting issues, but I want to address just one for the moment. Have you given any thought to why it is that churches have become a popular location for polling places? When I first moved to Altadena, my polling place was often in a private home - in the garage, perhaps, or the living room. It worked tolerably well, usually, unless turnout was very high. But over time, the requirements for the physical properties of polling places (access for those with disabilities, as an example),outstripped the ability of most homes to meet them. Polling places need to be either within or very close to the precincts that they serve. In precincts that are mainly residential, the only likely sites for a polling place under current requirements are going to be churches or schools. Not every precinct has a school in its territory, but most have churches, synagogues, meeting halls, or the like. In any event, schools tend to be occupied on Tuesdays in November. Since you voted at Trinity Lutheran, you clearly live in an area where there are commercial buildings that could meet the requirements for a polling place. But the owners of such buildings would be, at the least, ambivalent giving up their space for more than a day in return for the $25 the owner of a polling place gets for its use. Churches tend not to have a lot happening on Tuesdays, so they're not giving up very much by providing space that isn't being used anyhow.
Ron December 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM
My place of voting was dunnsmore elementry, as alway`s, voting can be fun, or a truly painful experience. My wife and I did not get our voter`s guide`s in the mail, as alway`s here in la crescenta, so we were stressed out when waiting for the big day. When we arrived and started to sign in, It sounded like a laker`s game or something close to it, there was a male volunteer, standing in front of the register table, speaking out loud, and , almost yelling, telling joke`s, being obnoxious , etc. the girls working the table, were not able to pay attention to anyone waiting in line, it was all about this clown, he was so loud, it was extremely difficult to think straight, Three people messed up their ballot`s, and had to do them over again, one being myself, I was a basket case for the most part. when trying to get another ballot, he got louder and louder, Ruined my entire voting experience, I will not go there again, unless they supervise that sort of activity, and not let it happen , look at what a mess we are all in now. 4 moer years !!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Yep....I had a lousy voting experience...but not because of the site...It was my choices...Sort of like if you were up to your neck in raw sewage and some one threw a pale of puke at you, would you duck....All of this reminds me of when Nixon was about to be impeached,,I saw a bumper sticker that read: "Imprick the peach"...

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