Matthew and I got to our polling place at 5:45AM (remember I got home from the hospital with Christine at 1AM!). It was slightly chilly and drizzling. We vote at a Catholic church's rec room. I was #130 and Matthew #131 to vote that day! As people were leaving, we had to keep moving the line so cars could get out of the parking lot. By the time we got inside, the entire parking lot was empty because the people were lining up in the parking spaces. Everyone else had to park on side streets and on the street. Some even parked on the lawn of the church.
At one point, a truck thought he would park on the lip of the road. Well, he did not see that it is not firm land, and was in fact, a ditch. His driver side rear wheel was in the air and wasn't giving him traction to move the truck. There were several people trying to push the truck down so his wheel would reach the pavement so he could move his truck. It definately provided entertainment for all of us sleep deprived voters! People in line thought it was funny when I pulled my camera out and started taking pictures. Sadly, my camera registered the pictures as "file errors" so I can't post them :(
Another interesting thing to note, in the parking lot was a car was Maryland tags. So, we kept joking that they were obviously lost or thinking of reasons of why they were here.....all the way down in Dinwiddie County. Turns out that they work for Virginia as an election advocate.
It took about 10 - 20 seconds to actually vote. I got my sticker and waited for Matthew to finish. We left our polling place around 7AM.
when we FINALLY got close enough to see the door
the line when we got in line was about at the lam post. When we left, the line had started wrapping around the church building. Notice the people standing in parking spaces? Notice the umbrellas?
After we finished voting, I called the hospital and found out that Chrissy had given birth. We went home, packed a suitcase, and started driving up to northern VA and calling our bosses saying we'd be out that day.
All in all, a very eventful day!