Equipped with comfortable shoes and a large cup of hazelnut coffee, I arrived at my designated polling place, Northside Christian Church in Macon, Ga., at 6:38 AM.

A quick count showed 64 persons ahead of me — or, as a pastor would put it, “about 300.”

Some of the earliest birds brought lawn chairs. The parking lot filled quickly after my arrival.

The Baptist in front of me and the Methodist in front of him talked about churches — a popular topic in the buckle of the Bible Belt.

The doors opened at 7:00 AM and by 7:22 I had signed in, presented my photo I.D., weaved through a maze of pews and arrived at a vacant voting machine.

It was quicker than anticipated. How ’bout you?

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