Four hours then, 20 minutes now

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Last October, it took me four hours to cast my vote. This time, it went much quicker. At 11 a.m., my voting center wasn’t packed, but people were going in and out.

What could be the reason behind it? Well, looks like the bottleneck known as SIE (Electoral Information System) is not having the same impact as last time. The lines are still visible at some of the tables, but I can confirm this process was much more fluid and fast.

Of course, some preferred to wait until the afternoon before going out to vote. My advice for them is: if you have the chance to vote now, do so.

Don’t wait to the last minute. GO AND VOTE!

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  1. Confusion Chronicles. Why did the Comando Simon Bolivar yesterday decided to go with the strategy of telling voters to vote around the day?. Now in their twitter they are asking voters to get out and vote. Don’t understand the strategy at all, shouldn’t it have been please vote, but please vote. Beats me.

    • The idea was to try and counter last-minute Operacion Remolque, particularl by trying to convince the PSUV that it wasn’t really being needed. Right now, it looks like abstention is higher than usual, so the emphasis is on voting now, period.

    • Could it be that that we need witness to audit the results of every poll. That’s why we need people to go at the last moment and remain there, and to make sure that everything is by the book.

  2. Slightly tangential to the topic, but the government appears to believe IT is running the election and giving orders to Plan Republica…
    http://www.avn.info.ve/contenido/gobierno-nacional-supervisa-óptimo-desenvolvimiento-jornada-electoral
    Pardon me, but it’s my understanding the CNE runs the elections and that Plan Republica is at its service, not that of the government, which is one of the parties to the contest. We all know, of course, that you could barely slip a sheet of paper into the gap between the executive and the so-called autonomous electoral authority. But it might be a little more seemly for them to keep up the pretense.

  3. I just voted. It took me 15 minutes while in October I had to stand in line for a couple of hours. There’s no need to panic though, I asked one of the witness and 50% of the people had voted by noon. I don’t think there is as much “abstención” as it seems…

    • If true, it favors HCR, theoretically. There are reports of low turnouts in heavily populated/Chavista Caricuao/Antimano/La Vega/Junquito Road, but, this is just Caracas, and Operacion Remolque hasn’t yet swung into gear….

      • Breaking news: It was just decided, because of overwhelming numbers of opposition supporters that all Capriles voters will attend polls TOMORROW!

  4. It was quick. Last time, it was caos inside the voting center. Now, they organized us outside and called by table 10 at a time.

    The only complaint was “una miembro de mesa ridicula” that told me my “cedula” was phony or something because the paper is photographic paper (it says kodak), i had to wait like 5 extra minutes or so while they were calling “la coordinadora”, she didnt show, so they called “al jefe militar”, who pointed out it has the venezuelan shield “en relieve”, finally i could pass but “la miembro de mesa ridicula” was already complaining about someone else “cedula”. OMFG

  5. El voto más rápido de mi historia electoral. No pase más de 5 minutos en el centro. El Octubre pasado pasé 3 horas.

  6. Madrid, smooth voting, quicker than last Oct. many tricolor caps, exit polls v. favourable as expected. Always wondered if these votes count of if my 1.20€ metro fare would have been better used by CSB….
    Anyway, I wore my red Ron Santa Teresa cap just to annoy all the Ma. Alejandra López in da house. Did get some funny looks but no abuse.

  7. I can confirm reports that in Las Adjuntas, heavily Chavista, the people just don’t seem to be there. The reveille sounded but much later and just once, not many people seemed to answer this time. My family voted in 5 minutes and last election we waited 2 hours and witnessed the trucks coming and going all day. Let’s hope oppo turn out is better and their get out the vote machine can’t counteract all of the abstention.

  8. A friend assigned to Petare Norte, Barrio 5 de Julio, who’s been there since 7:00 am says there’s very little people voting. No lines, no crowds during the day.

  9. WARNING: No links to exit polls or alleged sources about any possible results. They will be deleted. Thank you.

  10. Margin of error in exit polls there is high in many parishes. Few will admit to voting opposition. Its like polling by standing on a street corner and counting the cars with bumper stickers of each party.

  11. I’m reading on Twitter about something called “Operación Avalancha”, that is, the opposition going to vote massively just a couple of hours ago, this was planned or something.

  12. Can someone explain to me why there are apparently no lines this time? Has the voting process changed from last time? Luis Vicente Leon is tweeting that no lines don’t mean low participation- I don’t get it

    • Because the process didn’t have any technical flaws like last October. There was no bottlenecks so people voted pretty quickly and line-ups were avoided.

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