Manhattan, 1 pm, just a few blocks away from Times Square in one of the country's most densely populated Democratic neighborhoods. Richard goes to vote.
First I'm told that I'm not registered even though I've lived at the same address and voted in the same place for 17 years.
I'm asked for photo ID which I provide and am then told that I can use a paper ballot along with an affidavit that says that I am who I say I am.
Where do I vote? Since I'm ineligible to enter the curtained and private voting booth, I'm directed to hide behind a large hand cut cardboard box from a local storage facility. There is one box and dozens of voters who, we are told, were "unfortunately dropped from the computer."
Impatient, most of us squat on the floor or cozy up to each other at school cafeteria lunch tables and start scribbling on paper ballots and filling out affidavits.
Dozens of voters are learning that their entire buildings have not been included in the system; they are told their homes don't exist. Confronted with a stack of photo IDs the barely literate poll workers start passing out more paper ballots and "affidavits" to voters who live in luxury apartment buildings that the New York City Board of Elections computer records claim don't exist.
Fuming, I insist on observing the process of recording my vote and learn that dozens of people who live in my building have been through the same nightmare.
I wonder how many ballots will be subject to a manual count. I'm number 1,000 something on the one list I can see for the 76th Election District. I look around the room and it appears from the looks on voters' faces that the "system" has dropped more names than not.
This happens in Ohio and Florida, not in midtown Manhattan.
I call the Board of Elections to file a complaint and after four transfers, they disconnect me. I call again and the phone rings endlessly.
I call the metro desk at The New York Times and am told that I'm not the first person to call in the "situation" at PS 51, the poll site. I'm also told that calls are coming in from many other sites in other heavily Democratic districts.
According to the Associated Press similar fiascoes are occurring around the nation.
What in God's name has happened to us?
Shame on our Republican Mayor, our Republican Governor, our Republican Congress and our Republican President. This pervasive disregard for and abuse of the vote is the most abominable of all the abominations that have come from this government.