We've received some reports of errors loading polls in the early morning hours. Those issues appear to have been fixed.
The first day of voting is always the most hectic as we are dealing with 10,000 to 20,000 visitors an hour. This will calm down over the weekend which will make the site load faster for everyone. If you're loading a poll over a dial-up modem it can take a few seconds after the page finishes loading for the text to appear in the poll.
Update: We've had some unplanned downtime. We're working on adding an additional database server to help with the load.