Okay. I'm back from Voting. I was gone an hour and 45 minutes, which included trips to the Central Pike Church of Christ, the Hermitage library, Kroger and Panera.
Could I have gone to MORE places chock full o' humanity?
We voted at CPCOC, which took about 35 minutes all told. I was really disappointed in some of the poll workers. They weren't reinforcing the no-cell-phones rule OR the no-campaigning-within-the-polling-place rule. When I was a poll worker for the 1990 elections (was that already 16 years ago? Wierd...), we had to really be on our guard about the no-campaigning rule. People had to wear closed coats over campaign shirts OR were given the option to turn the shirt inside out.
Today there were several buttons, shirts and stickers worn by voters inside the polling place. Unlike Christmas and Halloween, Election Day is not a holiday where you wear themed clothes to participate. You may love your puff-painted sweatshirts featuring cats dressed as Santa's Elves lined up under the Christmas tree, but you cannot wear a "Corker for Senate" or "Ford for Senate" shirt into the polling place. Unless, apparantly, you voted at the Central Pike Church of Christ.