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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard that some people had to wait more than six hours to vote in your elections today. How did you manage that, if you had CD and d? Were there any provisions for the people who were not well enough to wait that long?

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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:57 AM (GMT -7)   
i couldnt imagine waiting in line just to vote. yes it is fantastic right to have and is something we take for granted here. supposedly the lines in the preceding days at some places were reported to be more than 6 hours long! i hate waiting in line at disneyland let alone to vote. that is why i do absentee ballot. you get it early. you mail it in when you want. i dont know why more people dont do it. total convenience and you miss the lines and save the time in your busy life. living in california my state historically votes for the democratic party (but conversely my county is overwhelmingly republican) so in the grand scheme of things it doesnt matter too much since i do not live in what is termed a "swing state" however i'll still cast my vote for whomever and whatever i deem is the lesser of the two evils (sorry to be cynical but very seldom can you rally behind some one 100%).
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   Posted 11/5/2008 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I was able to vote early and voted on the first day possible.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 1:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a little wait under 10 mins.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
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   Posted 11/5/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I did an absentee ballot a month before the election.
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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I had very little wait but if I was sick I would have asked someone to hold my place in line while I used the bathroom, or asked a poll worker if I could go ahead because I was sick. My state also allows early voting so I would have done that if I anticipated problems.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I waited in line yesterday for about an hour and a half and I had to use the restroom which was readily available.  Luckily I was there with my husband who held my spot but I think in the spirit of election day a stranger would have held it for me as well. 

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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I always do the mail in ballot. My whole family does. Much more convenient!

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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   

No "early voting" allowed in my state.  personally, I disagree with it but that's a whole other story.

I waited ten seconds to vote.  Walked right up to the booth and I don't live in that small of a town.  We just have a LOT of separate polling places.  My husband had to wait an extra 20 minutes and he was right behind me in lline.  He moved to let a worker through and the next two people in line moved ahead of him.  One never voted before and obviously did not have a clue who he was voting for or why.  The other could not read English and had an intrepretor reading each item to her (we could overhear him telling her how to vote).  I am fed up with the whole system even if I could vote in seconds

Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Since I have been admitted to the hospital several times as a "surprise" in the last month, I thought it was wise to do an absentee ballot. My state doesn't do early voting, but we can do absentee ballots. But since I wasn't in the hospital, I went with my husband to keep him company in case there were lines. We walked right in, no lines.

My Mom, who had CD, was a poll worker. She would have to be at the polls before 6 and wouldn't be home before midnight some elections. I never thought to ask how she handled it, but she did somehow. I guess, it was her pride in the process.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I vote absentee. No lines no waiting.
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I vote absentee!
Laurenne, 24 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I left work about an hour early and arrived at my polling place just before 5:00PM.  I only waited about 2 seconds.  It was fast and smooth.  I told my boss that I would leave a little early to vote, and she said "no problem".

Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

In 1994 I was treated with Pentasa of no avail.  Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I waited at my school's student center for about 20 minutes, but I had my fiance help me to stand and just bit the bullet(though I am feeling much better than before so it was okay). I think the outcome of the elections, or at least since I started watching it at about 9:00 pm, took longer than the time I had to stand in line.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
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Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
It took me about 10 minutes to register AND vote. I was so excited!

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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I always do early voting. I think the length of the wait was not so long in many places. As with anything, if they have a problem of any kind, the wait time goes up. But if you can vote early, in my state they give you a two-week window, and you can usually walk right in, not wait for more than a couple of people.
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   Posted 11/5/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I voted early, I picked a day when I felt pretty good and made a mad run for it, and thankfully it wasnt busy at all, it took me minutes....phew I made it.....
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pentasa, hyocosamine, zofran, acphix and started Remicade back in May

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   Posted 11/5/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
We also voted early, only had maybe a 10 minute wait at most.

I have gone where I had a long wait though, thankfully I was feeling well that day. Otherwise I would have had to leave! I think if people can wait in those ridiculous long lines I've seen for special coffee, they can wait in line to vote for the next person to run our country! But if you can find a way to not stand in a long line, by all means that's the best! LOL

Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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   Posted 11/5/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
If you tell the poll workers you have a disability they'll likely let you ahead.
Same with at almost all major amusement parks. Get a special pass for people with disabilities so you don't have to wait in lines.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
In my area early voting was insane, but election day voting was fairly light.  The poll workers at my precinct said that they were really busy in the morning, but when I arrived at noon I was able to walk right up and vote.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everyone. I'm glad to hear they had early and postal voting, and that the queues were a lot shorter for most of you.
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   Posted 11/5/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I only had to wait for 20 mints in line small town. - My daughter came with so If I had to run then she could keep my place.
Thanks for the through probably should do absentee ballot next time.
Diagnosed 2004 - Chrohns and UC - Currently on no medication.
Multiple other chronic illnesses and allregic to many things.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
From the time I got in line to the time I left was half an hour. We had many other options when it comes to early voting- the convenience of voting by mail was made available to me, but I opted to vote in person.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that I have already posted on this subject, but I just wanted to let everyone know how proud I am that you all voted. It doesn't really matter to me which way you voted, but that you took the opportunity and did it. We as disabled individuals need to let our voices be heard and this is one of the ways that we can do so. I live in a state that typically votes differently from the political views of mine, but I still vote. People always ask me why I even vote and I let them know that if you do not vote, you can not complain. I am only 29 years old, but I am grateful for the right and for those that paved the way for us do so. Thank you veterans and everyone that voted.

Veronica Ballerina
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   Posted 11/6/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I still do not understand why USA does not use electronic vote. Here in Brazil vote is electronic since 1998, we wait at most 5min to vote and 2 hour after the end of elections we already have the results. Why do you think that US does not use it? Do you think is not reliable?
Veronica Nunes - 27 years - Brazil

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