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Smooth voting at a Midtown polling place



What better time to purge all those campaign text messages from your cell phone than when standing in line to vote?

Dwight Watson, 57, of Midtown did just that as he waited since 6 a.m. outside Mount Zion AME Church at 1045 16th St. S.

"I was getting text messages at 1 and 2 o'clock in the morning. I thought that was outrageous," said Watson, who served time in prison for selling drugs. Watson, a registered Democrat, said the text messages were not for Obama or McCain.

"It just said, 'Vote, vote, vote, vote," he grumbled.

Inside the polling station, the lines were smooth, and turnaround time was about 10 minutes, voters said.

Even for James McLaurin, 85, who voted with the aid of his niece, Lula Evans, 66. The two arrived at 5 a.m. to avoid a long wait, though the line never grew past 30 people.

"It feels good to vote," Evans said.

Luis Perez, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:39am]


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