• People arriving to vote.
  • List of registered voters with their addresses.
  • Reading the ballot and writing in their votes. Most people have seen copies of the ballot before today.
  • Instructions telling people how to fill in ballot.
  • Many people bring their kids. A note in the booths say that kids are not supposed to even touch the marking pens used to mark ballots.

voting day in a small town

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Voting takes place in the main meeting room of Town Hall. Voters go inside and give their names to registrars. These people find the names on the list of registered voters. One registrar handles names beginning with A-K, and the other handles names from L-Z. Once your name is found, you're given a paper ballot to fill in. Before your slide the ballot into the counting machine, you give your name to another pair of registrars who mark your name to show that you in fact voted. In a small town like this one, many people smile as they state their names, because they know that the registrar knows them by sight.

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  1. RedHeadMamma 113 months ago | reply

    Really nice scene!

  2. dearestfreshness [deleted] 113 months ago | reply

    Thank you for documenting this--the real America!

  3. Boxboro Lad 113 months ago | reply

    glad you documented this. like donnie's haying, how much longer will it be like this?

  4. On Your Feet Project Boston 88 months ago | reply

    Nice composition - we used it in our post on voting day tips for MA residents (giving you credit, of course): volunteer-boston.blogspot.com/2008/11/election-day-tips-f...

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