I am wrecked. Ron and I went back to the voter station. The line was only about ten feet out side the doors. I told Ron I would do it with just my cane. I felt I could as I reminded him how fast the line has moved in the past. That was a mistake. The line moved so slow. As Ron reminded me I have not done any walking since Covid as I don’t go to stores even. It took about 35 to 40 minutes from when we got in line to where I slid my ballot into the reader.
They had a greeter after you enter the room in the back sort of in the center. The man never stopped talking. I was starting to struggle to stand while I was waiting, he noticed and asked if I needed any assistance. I told him if possible I would like to sit to vote. I have done that most of the times and they have tables set up. I was called, went up to one of the stations to sign in. Got my ballot and shuffled my way to the table they told me. I was really starting to struggle. I got sat down and went over the ballot. I was sitting next to the poll watchers and wondered what they thought when I pulled out my printed up cheat sheet I did for Ron and I. Then I had a problem. In the past when I was bad Ron has came back to me after he voted and helped me stand. I was stuck. I shifted, and pushed. I was about to ask one of the people for assistance, but I know they are not allowed to talk to the voters. I made it to my feet and shuffled to the front, to the line to feed the paper ballot into the readers. I got up there and did it. Ron was at the exit and he held my cane and sticker while I used the hand sanitizer. I nearly fell over as my back gave out and I was bending over not able to straighten up. Ron noticed and gave me my cane and helped me. I admitted I was wrong not to use my walker. But I really thought I could do it.
Ron and I are both very happy to have voted. I talked with the staff as I was signing in and waiting. The say it has been swamped every day. It has not stopped from opening to closing. I did not see any maga stuff, not one thug pretending to poll watch. I did not see any police. As we were just getting in line a school bus pulled up and a load of kids of different ages poured out and rushed into the center. Most were masked. The place doubles as a community center for all ages, and it is really large and nice. They offer a lot of programs. The only security I seen was an old man in a semi uniform with no tools who directed people around and greeted all the kids.
I learned my lesson as I slowly shuffled back to the car. Ron was nice but firm that from now on I would use the walker until my back strengthened again if there was any doubt. I did notice a few other people there with them and a lot of people with canes.
Great news, Ron and I voted! Cheers for Biden and Harris. Hugs