In anticipation of long lines at polling stations across the country, here are a few lists to help you persevere over the wait…
Things To Bring With You
- Digital music player. Downing out election line chatter is a must as it tends to be some of the most irritating public small talk around.
- Cell phone. If lines are particularly long and you leave to vote during the work day, you may need to call your employer to ask permission to stay. A personal request: when talking on your cell, please use your “indoor voice.”
- Lightweight canvas folding chair. Who likes standing up for four+ hours at a time?
- Laptop (the lighter the better). If you’re lucky enough to have a wireless signal around you can stay up on latest news or watch a DVD.
- Extra batteries for all those portable electronics.
- Books/magazines. If you’re a real work geek, bring reports or paperwork. If you’re not the reading type but don’t want to listen to music, bring along a book on CD/MP3.
- Snacks and water. Just don’t drink too much; you don’t want to lose your place in line to use the bathroom.
- Comfortable shoes.
- A friend.
If your polling station requires waiting in line outside, consider bring along the following:
- Weather appropriate clothing. Check the hour by hour weather forecast before you leave.
Things To Do While Waiting In Line
- Bone up on local and state election issues. If you’re like most folks, you might not know about some of the miscellaneous issues waiting for you in the polling booth. As such, if you have access to the internet visit http://www.vote411.org/ to find issues and candidates on your respective ballot.
- Talk to your neighbor. If you’re not very good at starting conversations with complete strangers visit this guide on how to make small talk
This election is one for the history books so don’t let long lines or overwhelmed election workers deter you from persevering. Above all else, bring along patience and a sense of humor and make your vote count!