Here's my voting day story. It's a happy one.
Our ballots arrived while I was still in KC. I gave hubs specific instructions where to keep them (inside my mostly closed, powered-off laptop) until I got home so we could fill them out together.
A couple of days after I returned home, we filled them out, both writing in a vote for Hubs for county commissioner bc there was no dem on the ballot and I hate leaving anything blank. I put them in a very large zip-lock bag, set them in a very safe place until, finally, today early voting begins.
I drove to the main library in our suburban town across the river from Ft. Myers. This is where I oh-so-easily dropped off our ballots last summer during the local primary. Before that I'd always mailed them but DeJoy's fuckery became apparent in July so that wasn't happening. Anyhoo, last August, the drop box was on the circle drive. One could literally drive up to the box and drop off your ballots (no waiting) and be off the property in less than 60 seconds...last August.
That was not the case today. Voting didn't begin until 10:00 bc that's when the library opens. I got there about 11. It was raining so I had an umbrella and ballots in their zip-locked plastic bag. I felt ready to face whatever was coming at me...except for the crowds. Holy Carp! The parking lot was full, people were parking on the streets, even parking at the Walmart on the corner half a block away and walking over, some without umbrellas! I assume, bc of the rain, the drop off box was placed under a covered sidewalk and the line just to drop off went into the parking lot. A separate early voting line went to the far end of the parking lot, and this is a republican majority area. I guarantee you these people have NEVER stood in lines like this to vote but stand in line they did.
But I know something a lot of locals here don't know. There's a small, county library branch on the north side of town, wedged between a high school and a middle school. It's easy to miss because it looks like part of the school campus. So I headed north. When I turned into that parking lot, the line extended to the parking lot but not into the lot. I used to work the bookstore here so I've seen many election day crowds and, for that location, that was huuuuge! But there was plenty of parking so I parked, grabbed my 'brella and my baggie and headed in. Their circle drive was closed off (due to the long line) but right on the curb of the circle, shining like the Holy Grail, was my beloved drop off box. No line, just a smiling poll worker who opened the hopper for me, closed it, reopened it to show my ballots fell in, proclaiming in a loud voice, "You just voted!". Sadly, he was already out of I Voted stickers (and it was 90 minutes after voting started.