The Sound of Silence


You’ve heard about voting today and perhaps you saw it:  massive crowds, lines hours long, exhausted officials and more, maybe much worse. 

So for once it was pleasant to be in a largely white area in a red state in an exceptionally large city.

I’ve never seen this absence at the polls here before.  No wait, no lines, 2/3 of the machines not in use. 

One possible explanation is that the area’s Republicans are dispirited, even depressed.  For collaboration of this hypothesis, you might look at how McCain supporters are describing themselves here.

The polling people said there were lots of people early in the morning; this newspaper photo (of the same place from a different angle) suggests they were exaggerating:

4 thoughts on “The Sound of Silence

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  2. Yeah, I was actually amazed at how barren my voting station was as well, and this was my first time voting in NYC. I find it really bizarre.

  3. Anyone noticing comment 3 above, or coming here from

    might like to know that the polling place is wheel-chair accessible. One end has stairs but the other does not; the ground slopes, and the polling place’s main entrance at the other end is on the ground floor.

    I suspect people were gathered at the door with stairs, since parking at the other end is restricted to those needing wheel-chair access.

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