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I Waited 3 Hours to Vote in a Pandemic. This Is How It Went.

If you can wait in line Disney World for hours every day of your vacation, you can wait a few hours to vote. Get out and do it. No excuses.


1:30 p.m.: I arrive at the senior center in my town on October 24th, the first day to vote early in New York. The cops are there to control traffic. The line goes around the entire building and the lawn, and into the parking lot.

1:32 p.m.: I overhear a man and woman a few spots ahead of me say the line is about 2 hours long according to a volunteer. Yikes. But I go back to college tomorrow morning.

1:40 p.m.: I wish I looked more liberal today.


1:53 p.m.: An older white man right in front of me with gray hair and a bald spot is calling what I assume is as many people as he could to complain about the line. He’s sporting a plain grey crew neck, sturdy-looking blue jeans that give off the illusion of being very blue-collar but too clean to actually be, and classic black Dad New Balances.

2:00 p.m.: Uh oh. I have to pee.

2:03 p.m.: A boy around 20 is 3 people in front of me with a woman, probably his mother. He’s wearing a NY Islanders mask below his nose. This is why your team didn’t get the Stanley Cup, bro.

2:04 p.m.: A mom is in line with her son (young teens) in an American flag mask and her daughter (maybe middle school?) in a surgical mask that barely covers her mouth. The mom doesn’t correct her.

Around 2:15 p.m.: A man arrives with a professional-looking camera to take photos of the scene.

2:20 p.m.: I start looking for 4 leaf clovers in the grass with no luck. A sign?

2:26 p.m.: First definite Karen spotted. Navy blue vest over a pink and purple floral shirt, short brown hair with visible brassy blonde roots, rose gold hoop earrings. She’s sitting at a picnic table staring at her phone over glasses with gems on the rim. What is she doing? Why isn’t she in line? Is her family here?

2:30 p.m.: Three young Black women are sitting at a picnic table now too, I guess this is a thing while someone else holds a spot in line? It looks like they’re playing a game.