I’m writing this well before the 8 am post-time, because I might be standing in line at my polling place–not sure, this is my first time voting in this neighborhood, and I have no idea what to expect, turnout-wise.
I’ll be voting for, no surprise, a lot of Democratic candidates, including Kirsten Gillibrand and Andrew Cuomo (although that’s more of a nose-holding vote, since he’s anti-union), but I’ll be doing so by pulling the lever–the metaphorical lever, since we have these new scannable paper ballots–for them in the Working Families Party column, which represents my values better than the Dems (I’m registered as an Independent).
As the Working Families Party website explains, voting for the candidate under the WF “label” gives your vote to a “mainstream” candidate, but also registers your third-party affiliation and, the thinking goes, will turn the eventual winner’s attention to the issues promoted by that party. If this sort of voting is available in your state, you might consider this strategy.
If you haven’t voted yet and still need to brush up on some of the candidates for the less-sexy races in you area, hie thee to SmartVoter.org and search for your state/district.
If you already voted, give us a report on your experience. Any problems with machines? Long lines? Bad turnout? Or smooth sailing and smiling citizens? Fingers crossed for good luck at the polls and in the returns!
ETA: No problems in my neighborhood. I was out early, there were no lines at 6:20, the poll workers were friendly and helpful. The multiple steps that the paper ballots necessitate will likely slow things down as more people come out to vote, but the workers seemed prepared to deal with questions and explanations.