Personal life collides with the news

Last Saturday, I planned to take advantage of early voting to cast my ballot.

Instead, I found a news story.

I arrived at a local library a few minutes after polls opened at 10 a.m. I found a traffic mess and a snaking line of voters that surely would have taken a couple hours to get through.

I knew the paper’s on-duty reporter was already busy covering a beer festival and an impending hurricane. So I made an executive decision and pulled out my camera and notebook and started reporting the story.

I thought the story turned out pretty well. The pictures were another matter.

It turns out it’s really difficult to take pictures of people standing in line! I got lucky when I got to the end of the line and saw the line of voters was parallel to a line of campaign signs.

The early voting centers have been busy all week on the days they’ve been open. (Two days were scrapped due to Hurricane Sandy.) I thought about voting again Thursday night after work, but my local library had a long line again.

I may try again on Friday, the last day of early voting. If not, I’ll vote on Election Day as I have every other election. I’m working a night shift, so I should have plenty of time in the morning to vote at my regular polling place.

This line didn’t inspire me to vote. It inspired me to write a story.

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