OK, so this is the General Discussion section so I’m going to post this here even though it’s completely unrelated to 3D printing.
I’ve just come off 4 days of advance polls as one of the poll clerks, so here’s my advice:
Whenever you think it’s a convenient time to go out and vote; it isn’t. 100 other people will have the same brilliant idea and you’ll be stuck in an hour-long line.
Do not go and vote at a time based on some universal metric. That is to say:
- don’t try to be there when the polls open - 100 others think the same thing
- don’t try to be there over lunch break - 100 others think the same thing
- don’t try to be there after picking the kids up from school - 100 others think the same thing
- don’t try to be there on the hour - 100 others think the same thing
- ESPECIALLY don’t come out before or after dinner - 1000 others think the same thing
It takes about 3 minutes per person to process a vote. Absolutely DO have your ID ready. It’s absolutely infuriating how many people will wait 45 minutes in line and when they get to the desk, have to rummage through their purse/wallet for the ID they had most of an hour to have ready. It may only take 30 seconds each time, but it adds up.
The lulls were almost always odd times, like 23 minutes to the hour or 25 minutes after.
I had one grump come in on Saturday and grumble about how his tax dollars were being wasted as 5 election workers will milling around chatting while I had nearly fallen asleep in my chair. We hadn’t had anyone through the door in about 40 minutes. A few minutes after he left, the next wave came in on the hour.
Of course, inevitably, we had people grumbling that there weren’t more people at the polling desk during one of the waves. I would have loved to put them in a room with Mr. Grump to debate the use of taxpayer’s dollars.
We (the staff) began to refer to this as the “herd mentality” - the fact that large numbers of people - who don’t communicate with each other - all have the exact same intuitive idea of what would be a “good” time to go and vote.
Don’t follow the herd; you’ll be in and out faster.