PollWatch 2012: Thomas Haley Elementary, Irving

Signs of the times

This morning, around 8:30 a.m., I walk into the elementary school where I attended kindergarten and where I now vote. Well, first I stand in a bit of a line, recognize one of the poll workers from high school, enjoy the interesting attire of some of my fellow voters, and am told to tell my parents “hello” by one of the other poll workers who I think might live down the street from me. And then I fork over my ID, not my voter registration card, sign my name on the appropriate line, and fill out my ballot. And then I feed that ballot into the machine. I am number 181.

Waited in line about 20 minutes before getting in the building.

As I walk out, I ask for an “I Voted” sticker. “Sorry,” the rather small, very apologetic poll worker says. “All gone.”

I am outraged. I want a sticker. StickerHunt 2012. I get to D Magazine worldwide headquarters, and find that no one else has stickers, either. I call the Dallas County Elections Office. I press 0, since I don’t need to know where to vote or how to vote in absentia. I just want a sticker. I wait in a silent holding pattern for 10 minutes. A nice lady answers. I ask if the office has any “I Voted” stickers, since my polling place and several others seem to be fresh out. She asks me to hang on. I hang on. She asks me to hang on again. I do.

“Sorry,” she says. “We don’t have any more.”

Is there any place else to get them? No, she says. I stop hanging on and hang up the phone.

Since I won’t be wearing a sticker, if you see me, please know that I’m a civic minded individual who marked a piece of paper multiple times with a Sharpie today, but also someone who forgot to put the battery in her real camera so she has to use her cell phone to take these pictures instead.


  • Michael J. Mooney

    The dark, seedy world of election-year politics brought to light. Who can we hold responsible for this travesty? What exactly are our leaders doing, if not procuring paper with ink and glue? When I’m elected, I promise an abundance of “I Voted” stickers for anyone who wants one.

  • RAB

    And I bet you voted the wrong way, to boot.

    • Liz Johnstone

      Or, you know, the right way. To ankle boot.

  • Carol Shih

    It’s too bad, Liz. You’re missing out on a free gelato at Afrah’s, $5/glass of Garnacha at Max’s Wine Dive, and (most importantly) a free Sugar Queen Cupcake.

    • Liz Johnstone

      I’m very sad, Carol.

  • Zac Crain

    Also in a Mike Mooney administration: mandatory ball caps and a ton of irritated giraffes.

  • Austin Morton
  • Michael J. Mooney

    I’m not sure how the giraffes thought they could live so large for so long and leave so little for the rest of us.

  • Zac Crain