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At the Covenant United Methodist Church on Coldwater Road, Jason Mueller waits to cast his vote while a poll worker sets up the machine for him.

Election Day notebook 2012

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Second-graders Brayden Gentzyel, left, as President Obama and Harry Perkins, right, dressed as Mitt Romney, from Valley View Elementary School in the York Suburban School District in York, Pa., lead a parade of students around the school to encourage people to vote.
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As voters cast their ballots, a cat that resides at the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilition Center wanders through on Election Day in South Bend.
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Win Moses, running for Indiana state representative, greeted voters outside Covenant United Methodist Church on Coldwater Road on Tuesday afternoon.

What's happening locally?

Last-minute campaigning, Fort Wayne style: Greeting voters outside the Covenant United Methodist Church, 10001 Coldwater Road, was state Rep. Win Moses. Moses was greeting new constituents because the boundaries of his district have changed. He was handing out cards, shaking hands, etc.

Inside the church, which accommodated several precincts, 30 people waited in line to use one of the 10 voting machines. The wait time from entering the line to entering the machine was about 10 to 15 minutes.

One woman told the people standing next to her in line that she first showed up at 11 a.m. but then left quickly because the line is too long. "I won't take too long," she said to the people standing next to her in line. "I already know who I am going to vote for, and it's not Obama. I can't afford any more of Obama, and I can't afford Obamacare." – Dave Benson and Justin A. Cohn

Quick and orderly: If schools are a process controlled by bells, as Charlie Brown once said in "Peanuts," then voting these days is a process controlled by lines.

In a three-precinct location at Brookside Church on Evard Road, eight lines were in place shortly before noon Tuesday --

  • A line at the entrance, ending with someone who verified which of the three precincts to which voters were assigned;
  • Two lines at each precinct, divided by the first letter of voters' last name, to sign in and show voter ID; and
  • A line to use one of the nine voting machines.
Despite the large number of lines, the process was quick and orderly; none of the lines had more than 15 or 20 people in them. The process from start to finish took about 35 minutes. – Tom Pellegrene Jr.

Lines out to the parking lot: At Messiah Lutheran Church, at Stellhorn and Lahmeyer roads, the voting was brisk Tuesday afternoon. At 2 p.m. with 15 or 16 people in line it took only about 15 minutes because there were six machines. The first couple of hours, however, had lines out to the parking lot – with an estimated 100 people waiting. Messiah is host to Precincts 179, 181 and 184. – Sherry Skufca

Yes, you can drink and vote: This Election Day marks the first presidential election year in several decades where Indiana voters can buy alcohol right after casting their votes.

State lawmakers passed a law in March 2010 that repealed a ban on alcohol sales while polls are open on Election Day. The law banning those sales had been on the books since Prohibition. – Associated Press

No line, no wait: In Precinct 509, voting at Lester's Party Room, there was no line, no wait. Several precincts were voting there. A poll worker said it was busy until late morning, then quiet. – Craig Klugman

Longest line ever: About 45 people standing in line outside the voting precinct at the Washington Township Fire Department on West Wallen Road. One gentleman who arrived about 11:20 am commented in 26 years of voting he hadn't seen a line this long. Said a woman who came with her husband to vote: "Yeah, and just think of all the people who voted early." – Lisa Green

Line snaking out the door: The polling place at Coventry Baptist Church, corner of Aboite Center and Homestead roads, was crowded at 10:45 a.m., with a line of voters snaking out the door and about 10 people waiting on the sidewalk.

One voter commented the poll workers didn't seem very organized. Another complained that a poll worker had admonished her to turn off her cell phone while inside the building.

Otherwise, the residents of southwest Allen County were mostly subdued as they waited their turns to go through the six-page electronic ballot and cast their votes. – Sherry Slater

One and a half hours at 6 a.m. At 9:30 a.m. there was a 40-minute wait to vote at Christ's Community Church, near the intersection of Liberty Mills and Homestead roads and the voting location for several southwest Allen County precincts.

The church's parking lot was full and voters patiently chatted or tapped into their smartphones. A handful of children waited with adults.

One voter reported a 1 1/2 hour wait shortly after the polls opened at 6 a.m. – Ron Shawgo

We're hearing about some longer waits at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church on Coldwater Road. Christy Dollar said she had a 40-minute wait that ended about 9:30 a.m., and that her husband, Clint, waited about that long about 6 a.m. The church serves Precinct 370 and Perry J and K precincts. -- The Journal Gazette

I was armed. Animal crackers and a cheese stick in my purse, I took the hand of my 16-month-old and entered Redeemer Lutheran Church on Rudisill Boulevard prepared to stand in line to vote.

We walked up a few stairs and down another set where I saw a man waiting. I removed the cheese from its packaging and handed it to my son. If a man was waiting outside the door, there had to be a wait. Right?

Wrong.

The line, a few people deep, moved briskly. I got my precinct number and headed down a ramp to have my ID checked. Miles snacked on his cheese and smiled, holding my hand all the while, and the process moved quickly enough that he never got too antsy. There was a short wait to get a booth, giving him ample time to smile and be coy.

Despite the warning that there were five pages, the actual voting took no time at all and we were heading up the ramp less than 15 minutes after we first traversed it. In fact, he was still munching on the cheese stick.

Sadly, I didn't get an "I Voted" sticker -- the badge of pride that one gets to wear on Election Day. I'm not sure whether my precinct doesn't have them or I got missed. Maybe I'll make my own. -- Kimberly Dupps TruesdellAt my small south-side precinct, 680, at the Shawnee library branch on Noll Avenue, I walked in at 6:50 a.m. and walked out at 7:10 a.m. Any delays were caused by those who were a bit flummoxed by the voting machine. Never saw more than eight people in line. -- Anne Gregory

So far, those who responded to our Facebook question about voting lines are reporting some lines, but no awful waits. 45 minutes is about the longest so far, at Sonrise Church on the southwest side.http://www.facebook.com/journalgazette

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Elsewhere in the nation …

Voting for two? A pregnant suburban Chicago woman didn't let being in labor stop her from voting in her first presidential election.

Cook County Clerk David Orr reports that 21-year-old Galicia Malone's water had broken and her contractions were about five minutes apart. But Orr says she still made the detour en route to the hospital to vote this morning at the polls at New Life Celebration Church in Dolton, Ill. – Tamara Starks, Associated Press http://twitter.com/tbstarks

Happiest voter ever: "Oh my God, I have been so anxious about being able to vote. ... It's such a relief to be able to do it. This is the happiest vote I ever cast in my life." – Annette DeBona of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., voting in an area hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

The 73-year-old restaurant worker was so worried about not being able to vote that she called the police department several days in advance, as well as her church, to make absolutely sure she knew where to go and when. – Wayne Parry, Associated Press http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC

What happens in Vegas: "If going to the bank or the grocery store or paying my electric bill was this easy, I'd do it every day. The poll workers were pleasant and efficient. If only everything was as easy as voting, " said Issac Holmes, 52, a landscaper and Las Vegas voter. – Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press http://twitter.com/RaquelAPLA

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