My story is admittedly anecdotal, and I don’t want to reveal personal details. So, quickly…
When I first started voting, the county I currently vote in was extremely white, and it took around five minutes to vote, similar to your experience. Then… the minorities came. It now takes up to four hours to vote every single time, people complain constantly about the wait, about the line, it’s just non-stop bullshit.
What’s confusing is that I rarely encounter anyone racist in the county, despite its extremely racist beginnings. The rare times I have had the misfortune of having one these assholes comment under their breath to me while nodding in a direction, which I can count on just one hand luckily, I’ve challenged their bullshit and nearly ended up in a physical altercation every time. I don’t fuck with that. I take racism extremely seriously for very specific, and very personal reasons that would be immediately clear upon meeting me.
Today was the fastest I have voted, ringing at just under two hours. I’ve been told to go to the wrong place to vote. I had my voter registration get lost three times when I initially registered. However, once I get to the actual voting station the people have been a delight to interact with.
Today was yet another fucking travesty. The printers kept messing up. The cards kept having difficulties being read. Even the line to vote was a literal figure eight, yes, an actual fucking eight. The line intersected with itself three times and confused several people, and upon explaining to them “that’s just how it is for some reason,” every single complaint fell upon deaf ears. They had one person disinfecting the machines at least, however, although that also caused delays because they were receiving no help from the several helpers or assistants who stood by idly just watching, and of course, no one could use a freshly disinfected voting machine until they were all cleaned. It was the definition of absurd.
To make sense of things I should make two facts known about where I live, even if it potentially narrows down my identity. The county in which I reside is in the top 20ish highest-income counties in the entire country, it may or may not be in the top 5 or 10 but, for anonymity sake, I’m saying 20ish(which it is, at the very least an accurate statement.) What that means is the people that have enough money can usually miss a day of a work, where sadly those that work those “essential” jobs can not, because they’re too busy making an extra $50, after taxes, a fucking day on average to ensure they can pay all of or most of their bills for the month.
It’s one of the clearest cases of voter disenfranchisement I’ve personally witnessed, or been told about.
People were also holding signs for their preferred candidate at the literal [almost submitted this with the number of feet, I’m not sure if that number is unique to my area or not] distance required to stand if campaigning, they literally measured, and stood at the exact distance specified with giant signs.
One last thing, fuck people who think COVID is a hoax. 1/15 or 1/20 people were wearing masks, and half of that was wearing gloves. Remember that figure eight I was talking about? That was extra fun when no one was practicing social distancing, at best people were 1, maybe 2, feet apart at times. So we touched everyone in our respective section of the line several times because they made us queue in that absurd line.
Each time I vote it becomes more, and more of a clusterfuck, and despite the fact I see roughly the exact same people there running things, it continues to get worse, and worse. Apparently, they keep changing little requirements, and that’s causing all the confusion. It’s almost as if they don’t want to things to be easy, or consistently as similar to previous voting arrangements as possible.
It continues to get worse, and exceedingly difficult to vote.
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