A short while later, mostly time spent waiting on a repair technician to arrive, the machines were back up.
And then one went down again, if only for a brief few minutes.
The twenty people waiting – in a location where there may normally be two or three in any given election year – were more concerned with getting their civic duties over with so that they could go on with their day. One gentleman was feeling rushed as he had a funeral to attend.
There were one or two comments about distrust of the electronic voting machines. Someone said they preferred the old “one arm bandit style” voting machines. But in general, the problems did not seem to cause a great deal of angst among voters.
While in line, election talk revolved around rumors of voter fraud in Florida and the dispensing of the photo ID law in Pennsylvania.
“I wonder how many people are going to come up from the grave to vote this year,” one young man quipped.
But all in all, the mood was light. Once the machines were fixed, the poll workers perfomred their jobs excellently and the line moved quickly.