Previously on The West Wing: Jed pulled a gag on Toby. Whoever saw fit to remind us of this here ruined the opening scene for some of us.
Titles inform us that the site is the Precinct Four Polling Place, West End Public Library, 24th & L. It's 7:17 AM. Josh votes. Someone gives him a sticker that I guess says "I voted" or "Now mostly Amy-free" or something. Some older guy in a plaid shirt and hooded jacket comes over to him and asks if he's Josh Lyman. The guy wants to ask him about the fact that Bartlet's on the ballot for both the Statehood Party and the Democratic Party, and whether it's okay that he voted for him in both columns. Josh says it's not. Plaid Shirt says he already did. Josh says you can only vote once. Plaid Shirt says POTUS is on the ballot twice. Josh says he's on the ballot more than that. Plaid Shirt announces that he's for statehood. Josh, rubbing his head: "Me too, and yours is a vote we didn't get." Just then another guy, wearing glasses, interrupts. Glasses wants to know if he heard Josh say he's supposed to vote in both columns. Josh patiently explains that you can vote for POTUS in whatever column you want, but only once. A woman in a knitted cloche comes up and says that's right as Plaid Shirt drifts away. Knitted Cloche says she'll tell Glasses a shortcut: "If you just, say, vote for one Democrat, and leave all the rest of the boxes blank, then you voted for all the Democrats." Josh: "Yes. No!" Glasses drifts away. Josh explains you can't vote for a party, you have to vote for a person. Knitted Cloche thinks he's wrong. Josh insists he's not. Knitted Cloche says she left all but one box blank. Josh: "Well, then you voted for none but one candidate." He wants to know if she voted for the President. Knitted Cloche: "Oh, who remembers?" Josh: "It was a minute and a half ago!" She tells him not to be rude. He apologizes and thanks her for voting.
Josh walks toward an escalator as an attractive woman dressed all in red says, "Excuse me." He's slightly testy until he gets a load of her and then he's all "Yes. Hello." Red says, "You're who I think you are, right?" Josh: "I can be anybody you want." Maybe that "Amy-free" sticker's working for ya, Josh. She chuckles and says that's funny. They get on the escalator, and she mentions that she overheard his conversations. Josh: "Just part of the job, ma'am." "Ma'am." Heh. I hope he uses the word "shucks" in here, too. She says he must hear some pretty silly questions. Josh: "Well, I'm just worried, because they all tried to vote for Bartlet, and if this keeps up, we're headed toward the biggest electoral upset in history and nobody's going to be able to figure out why." She says she tells her parents just to rank the candidates in order of preference. Josh: "No!" A woman going down on the escalator next to them tells Josh she voted for Bartlet in all three boxes. Josh, as she descends out of conversational range: "No...listen to me, your ballot is invalid." He tells Red hers is, too.