How long do YOU have to wait in line to vote?

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  • Tonka 6 Apr 2021 06:15:36 31,789 posts
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    The latest Georgia law made me wonder why Americans think waiting for hours in line to vote is normal, but handing out food and drinks to those that do is bad for democracy.

    Maybe it's just because I'm from tiny little Sweden where we hardly have any people. So, I turn to you, the ethnically diverse epicenter that is the EG give mind.

    Which country do you live in, how long would you say the entire voting process is, and what has been the biggest outlier for you?

    In Sweden it usually takes me 20 minutes in total. Waiting and voting.

    One time I had to wait for nearly 20 minutes and I found that borderline ridiculous.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 6 Apr 2021 06:22:17 10,434 posts
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    I'm in the UK, I had to wait in line once, it probably did take about 20 minutes. Now I go in before work and it's usually always just me, maybe one other early bird, so I'm in and out in 2 minutes.
  • Dougs 6 Apr 2021 06:25:39 99,066 posts
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    I don't think I've ever waited more than 5 mins

    Edited by Dougs at 06:25:46 06-04-2021
  • dominalien 6 Apr 2021 06:27:48 10,465 posts
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    Poland, Iíve never waited in line. Maybe as I walk in thereís one person in front of me waiting to get their name checked off the list and to get the voting card. I donít think itís ever taken me more than 5 minutes in total.

    Edited by dominalien at 06:28:14 06-04-2021
  • Frogofdoom 6 Apr 2021 06:52:26 17,497 posts
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    I've never waited, just walk straight in and out.
  • THFourteen 6 Apr 2021 07:15:08 54,517 posts
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    Vote?
  • grey_matters 6 Apr 2021 07:26:49 5,449 posts
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    Ireland, in a small city or big town by euro standards.

    Typically no wait, maybe 2 minutes once.
  • mikew1985 6 Apr 2021 07:28:12 15,485 posts
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    Ireland, always straight in and straight out
  • neilka 6 Apr 2021 07:34:49 23,907 posts
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    If you tell them you're a gamer they usually let you go straight to the front of the queue.
  • Tonka 6 Apr 2021 07:45:12 31,789 posts
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    The hour long lines in the US seem excessive so far.

    Has anyone here voted in one of the big European cities? Madrid, Paris, Berlin, London, Warsaw, Lisbon... something like that?

    What about voting outside of Europe? We have some americans, New Zeelanders, Australians on here for sure. Do we even have people voting in India or Thailand? Japan?
  • Decks 6 Apr 2021 07:47:43 29,765 posts
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    The voter suppression on America is blatant and well documented. I'm not sure your survey will provide the eureka moment you're hoping for Tonka.
  • monkman76 6 Apr 2021 07:47:44 18,559 posts
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    Is this just a badly disguised Eurogamer user survey?
  • monkman76 6 Apr 2021 07:49:06 18,559 posts
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    Where I live you vote telepathically (Corea). Still can be queues though.
  • Armoured_Bear 6 Apr 2021 07:56:45 30,322 posts
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    Iím in Switzerland, despite having been here for 15 years and having a permanent residency permit, Iím not allowed to vote. Nice, eh? You must be a Swiss citizen, I havenít voted in 20 years or so , wasnít allowed to vote in the Brexit nor Scottish Independence referendums either.
    So yeah, fuck knows.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 6 Apr 2021 07:57:54 17,465 posts
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    Iíve never had to queue either Newcastle or Northumberland
  • TechnoHippy 6 Apr 2021 07:58:07 19,001 posts
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    BigOrkWaaagh wrote:
    I'm in the UK, I had to wait in line once, it probably did take about 20 minutes. Now I go in before work and it's usually always just me, maybe one other early bird, so I'm in and out in 2 minutes.
    This has generally been my experience.
  • Nazo 6 Apr 2021 07:58:07 1,781 posts
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    Don't think I've ever had to queue in London (suburb), straight in and out every time.
    After the Mayoral election I'm not going to bother any more though, I no longer wish to participate in the pretence that we live in a democracy.
  • gammonbanter 6 Apr 2021 08:03:48 2,214 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Iím in Switzerland, despite having been here for 15 years and having a permanent residency permit, Iím not allowed to vote. Nice, eh? You must be a Swiss citizen, I havenít voted in 20 years or so , wasnít allowed to vote in the Brexit nor Scottish Independence referendums either.
    So yeah, fuck knows.
    Gosh, that's the worst of both worlds! Technically it makes sense I guess, but feels very wrong! One should be able to vote somewhere?!
  • Mola_Ram 6 Apr 2021 08:10:50 25,708 posts
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    Very rarely more than 10 minutes. At least where I am there's plenty of places to go, so even though everyone has to vote you don't end up waiting that long.
  • neilka 6 Apr 2021 08:11:01 23,907 posts
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    He does get to vote for Lord Of The Mollusc People once every few years.
  • lordofthedunce 6 Apr 2021 08:12:01 742 posts
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    In Sweden you can only vote in local elections, not national, if not a citizen but you have permanent residency. I voted in the EU referendum via post based on my last UK postal address.
    The last time there was a local elections here I waited in line for a good 30 minutes, it was in the middle of the day. It was faster when I voted in the UK in Hove years back.
  • elstoof 6 Apr 2021 08:13:20 27,143 posts
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    I spend more time wanking in the private booth than I do queueing
  • Armoured_Bear 6 Apr 2021 08:19:18 30,322 posts
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    gammonbanter wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Iím in Switzerland, despite having been here for 15 years and having a permanent residency permit, Iím not allowed to vote. Nice, eh? You must be a Swiss citizen, I havenít voted in 20 years or so , wasnít allowed to vote in the Brexit nor Scottish Independence referendums either.
    So yeah, fuck knows.
    Gosh, that's the worst of both worlds! Technically it makes sense I guess, but feels very wrong! One should be able to vote somewhere?!
    IMO you should be eligible to vote when you have permanent residency .
  • boo 6 Apr 2021 08:19:27 13,798 posts
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    Is that why the little pencil's always stuck to the table?
  • nickthegun 6 Apr 2021 08:19:59 86,367 posts
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    Probably longer than I can be bothered with in these upcoming local elections
  • dfunked09 6 Apr 2021 08:36:49 1,993 posts
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    Think it's always been straight in and out for me. Usually go straight after work and there might be a couple of people in line ahead, but that number is done within a minute.

    All seems a bit futile though, as the last couple of places I've lived have been Tory through and through with no chance of my vote doing anything to rock the boat.
  • Mola_Ram 6 Apr 2021 08:40:23 25,708 posts
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    Yeah lower house election votes don't make much difference for me unless I live in a swing seat (which I don't). But the Senate vote matters more.
  • puddleduck 6 Apr 2021 08:43:24 1,987 posts
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    Nazo wrote:
    Don't think I've ever had to queue in London (suburb), straight in and out every time.
    After the Mayoral election I'm not going to bother any more though, I no longer wish to participate in the pretence that we live in a democracy.
    That's basically voting Tory. Which if you're fine with that, then sure.

    In Bristol, never had to wait more than 5-10mins.
  • Bichii 6 Apr 2021 09:03:07 4,517 posts
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    London. I don't think I've bothered voting for anything since Brexit. Before then there was never really a queue, maybe five minutes tops.
  • Rogueywon 6 Apr 2021 09:03:18 11,543 posts
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    Only time I've ever waited to vote in my current place was when some arsehole ahead of me kicked off with a daft publicity stunt and they couldn't let anybody else in for 10 minutes until the police got him out.

    Had a couple of five minute waits in other places, but never more than that. Possibly because I tend to vote early, on the way to work? I've heard of queues in the UK, but they tend to be an evening thing, don't they?
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