Those curtained booths and levers are no more, apparently. At our polling station today, there was one brand-new electronic machine, and about a dozen of the usual carrel-like stands for filling out paper ballots with ball-point pens. There were over fifteen initiatives to vote on, and many local representatives, so it took a while to fill out the paper ballots. But everyone was lined up, waiting and waiting.
Only a few brave or foolhardy souls used the electronic machine. You could waltz right up to it any time you wanted.
I waited for a paper-ballot stand, shifting my feet and reading over the ballot. As I said, I'm an old-fashioned girl at heart, and apparently I'm not alone. Who knew we were all so retro, here in trendy lefty North Seattle?