The Midterm elections are finally here, and there’s only one thing that everyone agrees on: we are so, so freaking ready to vote
It’s November 6, the date of the midterm elections and two full years since Trump’s 2016 election upset, even though it kind of seems like it’s been a lot longer. Emotions have run high over the last month, with the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, a cluster of horrific domestic terrorism acts, and a caravan of immigrants slowly making its way to our Southern border.
Now, it’s finally time for individual citizens to act, in a year when it has often felt like we’re helpless and hopeless. From coast to coast, both Republicans and Democrats are headed to the polls — some before dawn — to get their voice heard and cast their vote.
Let’s check in around the country and get a look at some of the lines (and moments) that are shaping up already today.
It’s a three-hour wait currently in Charleston, Virginia
— Robert C. Glenn (@robertglennmd) November 6, 2018
The rain isn’t stopping these voters
“This is democracy,” says the woman who snapped this memorable shot.
This is democracy. Long line of people waiting patiently in the rain to vote pic.twitter.com/tddx9ncPRc
— Gracie Malloy (@GracieMalloy) November 6, 2018
Comedian “Mrs. Betty Bowers” reports an act of kindness in her precinct
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) November 6, 2018
Near West Palm Beach, Florida, lines are long and diverse
People are reporting the longest lines they’ve ever seen — and more diversity than usual.
— BrianK (@BK_131313) November 6, 2018
Some lines aren’t as horizontal as others
Voters report that they are climbing four stories of stairs at one Illinois polling place.
Line at the union polling place. pic.twitter.com/sNRuRuUvwN
— Wayne Williams (@VoteWayne) November 6, 2018
The Millennials are voting in Washington, DC
Or maybe they’re just confused about what this line is for.
My wife reporting from the local community center on the huge number of millennials waiting to vote: “It looks like a line for avocado toast.”
— Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) November 6, 2018
In Birmingham, Alabama, lines were long as early as 7 AM
Line to vote at 7am in Birmingham, Alabama pic.twitter.com/BiASwRtr6f
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) November 6, 2018
In Arlington, Virginia, the line is snaking for the first time in years
Matt Rogers added: “UPDATE: By noon, over 1250 voters voted at this precinct. In 2017: 1,575 (total). In 2016: 2,130 (total).”
Central Precinct in Arlington, VA 👇
— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Politidope) November 6, 2018
In Austin, Texas, this guy will try again later
Evan Rivera is treating his responsibility to vote seriously, but it’s still hard. This is why we should have time off from work to vote, TBH.
Evan Rivera waited 90 minutes in line at a polling station inside Parker Lane United Methodist Church but had to leave before he could vote because he has to go to work. He says he hopes he can leave work early to vote. #txdecides pic.twitter.com/pIo8DZcxvY
— Nathan Bernier (@KUTnathan) November 6, 2018
Absolutely nothing will deter comedian Andy Richter
The man in front of me in this poll line just ripped a godawful fart but I remain undeterred #VOTE
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) November 6, 2018
In Milwaukee, lines are longer than beer lines
And in Milwaukee, that’s saying a lot.
Milwaukee friends: 2 weeks ago I watched some of you stand in line for 2+ hours to buy beer (see photo below).
— Chelsey Lewis (@chelseylew) November 6, 2018
In Glenside PA, a voter reports the longest line he’s seen since 1989
7:01am, Glenside, PA. Longest lines I’ve ever seen, going back to ‘89. Good job by poll workers, as I was out by 7:20. Get out and vote, especially you young people!!#MidtermElections2018 pic.twitter.com/BKrEjp5WaC
— John Pfister (@john_jpseacow) November 6, 2018
In Indiana, lines were extremely long before it was even light outside
— Michael Pruitt, PIO (@Michael_Pruitt1) November 6, 2018
In Chicago, even early voting lines were long
— Najlahhhh (@fatimanajlah) November 5, 2018
And In New York City, people are reporting “Obama Levels” of voting
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) November 6, 2018
Remember: if you’re in line by the time the polls close, you have a right to vote! And if you’re stuck for a long time and feeling hungry? Order a free pizza.