November 4th, 2008
02:07 PM ET

Mississippi Waiting

Kay Jones
AC360° Senior editorial producer

In Southaven, Mississippi, lines were 30-45 minutes long. In 15 years of voting in that area, my dad had never had to wait in line. This was the first time he remembers ever having to wait.

Also, students had the day off, but public school teachers had to report to work anyway. And they were only allowed short times to go vote. With lines even just 30 minutes long, my dad said, many teachers haven't had time to vote and make it back to work on time.

Filed under: Kay Jones • Voting
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  1. Jackie in Dallas

    Cafferty's File has a question on our voting system. The blogs are certainly enlightening! One thing most all agree on, we need federalize voter registration, and standardize our methods of voting so that they are less prone to "accidents" and mistakes.

    I voted early, my first time to be able to do so, in Texas. I voted last week over lunch time, and still had time to pick up a sandwich and get back to the office on my lunch hour. I hope we keep early voting; it certainly made a difference to me. Today I drove by two polling locations on my way to work, and there were lines everywhere!

    November 4, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  2. bebaw

    I am a 69 year old resident of Jackson, Mississippi. My husband and I have voted at our precinct polling place in the last two elections without any problem. When we went in today to vote, we were required to vote an affadavit ballot because our names had been removed from the rolls. We are well-known Democrats and we can understand a few honest mistakes but this seems very peculiar.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  3. Brenda

    I was born in Columbus MS., (and still consider Mississippi home), but have lived in Texas for over 30 years. I was fortunate we have early voting, and the lines were still horrible. I was able to get to be 12th in line on a SUNDAY voting day, and waiting only took 45 minutes for the doors to open, by then the line was clear around the building. I was out in 15 minutes, and all of our machines were computerized. I have never seen so many people voting in all the years I have voted. There was a diverse group voting, young, old, every nationality. Great turn out I think, and we should all turn out every election. We can make a difference.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  4. Kathy in LR

    Teachers were restricted on the amount of time they had off to vote. Isn't that against the law?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  5. Vito the Voter

    I had to wait almost as long as we did for a ride at Disney last March!
    Though not as long as I did to get an XBox last November.
    I guess to opportunity to choose who governs is worth the wait.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  6. Terry Futschik

    I walked into our local polling area in Stafford, Texas this morning at 7:55 a.m. I walked straight up to the polling table, checked in, received my polling number and voted. In and out less then 10 minutes. Way to go Stafford.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  7. dogsmycopilot

    Man you ain't kidding. We lined up in central Jackson at 7 am to vote, stood in line for hours. (2 and a half, i think it was- may have been closer to three) I have never seen it like that, never. They had no curbside for the elderly, yet would not allow the elderly to sit in the polling place till their turn. They said it was illegal. When I used the stylus (ok, ok, it was a popsicle stick tied to a string) to hit the box for the Democrat Benny Thompson, the Republican's name popped in. It took me three times to get it to register correctly. I know all about the touch screen, "finger rolled up to the box" problems, but this was not that- that little stick was nowhere near that R box!

    In spite of that I was honored to vote and was happy to see a number of college students in line as well.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  8. Bridget

    I live in Ridgeland, MS and I had to wait in line 30 minutes, as well. So many people were talking about how they have never had to wait in line. The line was wrapped around the building. Amazing!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  9. Rich B - Knoxville

    Our election voting system is an absolute discrace - for a country with our technological abilties and brain power not to be able to devise a better system really – well – Sucks -

    One thing that would help, provided we could overcome the neocon religious right wing group's influence (those who believe the social security number each of us have is "The Mark of The Beast") and recind the law about using it as a national ID number - We could do things like have automatic registration -

    I firmly believe our election system (for god's sake – over $1 billion will have been spent on campaign advertising and stumping (and clothing) - Most being spent on TV advertising – 50% of which was sleeze attack adds (which should be, at minimimu, be made punishable by a fine of, say $1 million per showing.)..... How we can allow such trash, it is almost worse than Porn -

    November 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm |