I was the 26th person in line at 6:45. Another fifty people had arrived by the time the election workers at the Mile High United Way polling place at the edge of Highland started the countdown at 6:59: "Five, four, three, two, one... the polls are officially open."
Then the doors opened, and voters started filing out of the hallway and into the room set aside for voting -- quickly, it turned out, because while there were seven stations to check voter registration, there were thirty voting booths. By 7:05, I'd handed my ID to a worker who had a little trouble verifying my identity -- "new glasses," she explained, as she kept pointing to another Calhoun, which made me a bit nervous about signing my name upside down in her poll book. Still, by 7:07, I had my two ballot pages (don't forget to vote on both sides) tucked inside a blue secrecy sleeve that was thoughtful but useless since it was half the size of the ballot.
By 7:09, I was dropping those two pages into the ballot box (I got to keep the secrecy sleeve) and slapping on the sticker that proclaims "I Voted."
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May you obtain one as easily today. -- Patricia Calhoun