6:41 am.: I got in line in the ‘hood . . . the Lutheran ghetto of St. Anthony Park, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. My voting place is at the Luther Seminary.
By 6:41, with the sun rising on a glorious day, about 100 eager Americans stood patiently in line. I caught a break. When the doors opened, people with last names beginning with “N” to ending in “Z” were given their own line to check in. But by 7:10, all the voting booths were filled and lines were forming. Official pens were in short supply.
I was given a clipboard and a pen arrived from an earlier voter. I was told I could just stand anywhere I wanted and vote. I didn’t need the privacy. I marked off my ballot away from a protected cubbie.
Lines were forming everywhere. As I exited, the line snaking outside the door was as long as it was at 6:41. Gonna be a busy day in this ‘hood, home to Rep. Alice Hausman, former state Sen. Ann Wynia and Jeff Blodgett, who is running Obama’s get-out-the-vote effort.