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November 6, 2012 3:37 AM   Subscribe

Finally, it's almost over. Obama and Romney tie in Dixville Notch, Obama landslide in Hart's Location. Interactive Infographic: 512 Paths to the White House. More election 2012 infographics. And still more. How to tell who is winning Ohio. Ohio recount plan could take election into overtime. Gandalf speaks: Late Poll Gains for Obama Leave Romney With Longer Odds. Final estimates from Votamatic and Sam Wang at the Princeton Election Consortium. Google's voting education page.

Last time the thread got Drudge sirens. Will the mods bestow their favor this year?
posted by gerryblog (8185 comments total) 154 users marked this as a favorite

 
Special thanks to my beautiful baby for her wise decision to wake up at 5 AM so we don't miss a minute.
posted by gerryblog at 3:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [79 favorites]


Hah, mine too! 5am on the dot.
posted by OmieWise at 3:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Voting opened 40 minutes ago here (Arlington VA) and the line is already out the door. Yikes.
posted by troika at 3:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


A link that didn't make it into the thread, troika: Romney Struggles to Lock Down Virginia. Ohio is the ballgame, but Virginia is too. And Florida, but god, please don't let it come down to Florida.
posted by gerryblog at 3:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Well at least a typo will be immortalized forever in the title. Whatever else happens, at least that.
posted by gerryblog at 3:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


As I said in the last "it's almost over" thread: I won't believe it's over till the next president is sworn in.
posted by dubold at 3:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


well then, Let The Games Begin
posted by lampshade at 3:45 AM on November 6, 2012


Oh, you better believe I'll be watching. I hope Obama gets back in, I really do.
posted by h00py at 3:47 AM on November 6, 2012


Elections are both exhilarating and depressing. I hope today is more of the former and less of the latter.
posted by maxwelton at 3:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


If that utterly bizarre-o plastic gazillionaire with all kindsa CRAZY money in off-shore accounts and Swiss banks gets voted in by a buncha Wal-Mart denizens who are just barely keeping their heads above water and whose jobs haven't moved to China YET, and by a buncha weirdo paranoid open-carrying-their-guns-to-the-grocery-store suburbanites who are the next in line to go down in the voracious feeding frenzy of the ultra-rich, it'll be a sad-ass day for America.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [154 favorites]


Don't worry, baby parents, it gets better. My three year old made it all the way to 5:45 this morning.

Happy election day!
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 3:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


The Real Loser - Truth.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:51 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Nate Silver just tweeted his final Senate prediction: Our final Senate forecast has Dems at 52-53 seats (net loss of 0-1) and a 95% chance to keep the majority. The other day Chris Hayes said, rightly I think, that one of the most underreported stories of this election is the GOP blowing its chance to retake the Senate two cycles in a row by nominating crackpots in key states.
posted by gerryblog at 3:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [52 favorites]


Don't worry, baby parents, it gets better.

Yeah, until you get a dog, then it starts all over again.... (Husky complaining that I wouldn't walk her at 5:30 this morning.....damn daylight savings time changes!)
posted by HuronBob at 3:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [30 favorites]


I'm working on a campaign right now and my job is to take calls from people in the field with problems - so hopefully I'll be bored today, in which case this thread is right where I wanna be!
posted by lunasol at 3:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Also: I just came in to say [airplane joke goes here].
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


11/6/12 - the day on which my Facebook feed becomes insufferably hilarious at 11:30pm or so.
posted by Sticherbeast at 3:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [18 favorites]


And like last election, this will be the only thread I obsessively refresh throughout the work day.
posted by Hesychia at 3:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


HuronBob, did you tell that dog you ate all its Halloween candy or something? That's quite the stink-eye you got at the end there.
posted by olinerd at 3:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


There are really few guys for whom I'll wake up at six-thirty, so Barack Obama: this one's for you.

(Suburban PA, 12 people in line. First time getting to vote for a real senator/electoral votes!!!)
posted by jetlagaddict at 3:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


The Stock Market Is Telling Us Obama Will Win In A 'Landslide'

Based on past correlations between index performance and election results, a threshold of +20% is enough to create a likelihood of a landslide. The DJI is up 35% the last four years.
posted by estuardo at 3:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


So I guess this is when I start drinking.
posted by johnpowell at 3:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [33 favorites]


God, this is going to be a loooong day (and thread).
posted by Red Loop at 3:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


the GOP blowing its chance to retake the Senate two cycles in a row by nominating crackpots in key states

Yesterday on MSNBC, Republican (and former McCain/Palin) strategist Steve Schmidt said the Republicans are going to lose four or five Senate seats because of the "whack-a-doodle caucus".

On preview: Nothing, really. Just previewing while I still can.
posted by Room 641-A at 3:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


Damned 2-party collusion kept my candidate off the ballot in PA. I'm still voting Lizard People though.
posted by Mister_A at 4:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Shoot, it's raining here and I have to go vote. Where is that umbrella?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:00 AM on November 6, 2012


Feeling ever so guilty that I did zero campaigning this year considering that I put hundreds of hours into the '08 Obama campaign so I'll really feel like crap if he loses Pennsylvania. Heading out to vote in a few minutes, wonder if that 90 year old lady is still looking up the registration cards at my polling place? She's dear but stone deaf and can't see very well so sometimes it takes two or three minutes of my yelling my name at her and her squinting at the file box of registration cards and asking if my name is something totally different than what I just said.
posted by octothorpe at 4:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have a feeling that I didn't leave enough time for voting this morning.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 4:03 AM on November 6, 2012


Has anyone heard the current chance of the popular vote/electoral college discrepancy? I think I heard that was more possible after Sandy. I may end up being thankful for the electoral college after today, much as I hate to say it.
posted by Red Loop at 4:03 AM on November 6, 2012


Obama wins and the People they say: hope and change.
Romney wins and the People they say: hope you can spare some change.

I just made that joke up right this minute I did not have it banked I swear that's not the way I play man. It's not a great joke, but it's mine.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [45 favorites]


This morning, I woke up to see news which calmed my troubled, worried soul. What would the last major block of undecided voters opt for, the Motörhead Faithful. Now Lemmy has spoken to the nation through Rolling Stone:
Interviewer: When I interviewed Chuck [Berry], I mentioned the segregated venues he used to play in the South when he was younger. He teared up and recalled, "My dad said, 'I don't know if we'll live to see it but one day we will [have an African-American President] – and I thank God that I have."

Lemmy: I would have said America wasn't ready for it. And I don't think they were, because they're trying to drag him down now. I mean, the poor fucker's only just gotten rid of all that George Bush shit that he left, or is trying to. And he's being stonewalled by the fucking Congress all the time. I don't know how he's gotten anything done. They should be glad. I mean the alternative is Mitt Romney. Please, please don't vote for Mitt Romney. Fuck him. Repeal abortion law is the first thing he'll do. Fucking monster.
As Lemmy goes, so goes the nation.
posted by Kattullus at 4:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [160 favorites]


The gf and I mailed our absentee ballots off a while ago. We're voting in Maryland, so our votes don't exactly have a huge chance of affecting the presidential, senate, or congressional race there ...

BUT WE GOT TO VOTE FOR GAY MARRIAGE!
posted by kyrademon at 4:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [46 favorites]


Republicans will hate the Electoral College if it's a squeaker in the popular vote, but a significant win for Obama in the EC.

It'd be hilarious if Republican pressure is what dismantles the EC.
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


On behalf of the world: try to fuck this up in the least way possible, Americans.
posted by Mezentian at 4:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [37 favorites]


According to Nate:

Obama wins popular vote 87.3%
Romney wins popular vote 12.7%
Obama wins popular vote but loses electoral college 0.6%
Romney wins popular vote but loses electoral college 4.9%

I think I heard that was more possible after Sandy. I may end up being thankful for the electoral college after today, much as I hate to say it.

My recollection is that the last few weeks have brought the chances down as Obama has generally recovered from his first debate dip. I've heard a few people say that Sandy (and the various disruptions caused by it, including the rather dubious vote-by-email and just-vote-anywhere amelioration schemes being tried in NJ and NY) proves the Electoral College is a good thing, because it smooths out local disruptions. I still think the Democrats could run up the score a lot easier if the popular vote mattered; their power centers are where all the people are.
posted by gerryblog at 4:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Its not even my country and I'm nervous...
posted by marienbad at 4:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


It'd be hilarious if Republican pressure is what dismantles the EC.

Really, whatever it takes. It'd be nice to have a vote that counted.
posted by davidjmcgee at 4:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


I'll be watching from London, hoping that my fellow Floridians manage not to fuck this one up. I have my doubts.
posted by Optamystic at 4:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I may as well ask here. My wife voted by email (Oregon) but the website doesn't show her ballot as having arrived. Is there anything she can do now, or is it too late?
posted by dhruva at 4:09 AM on November 6, 2012


Of course Republicans can't really argue for the popular vote, because if each vote is exactly equal, isn't that SOCIALIZED ELECTIONS?
posted by davidjmcgee at 4:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [25 favorites]


As Lemmy goes, so goes the nation.

I like Lemmy and all, but the dude hangs out with the Suicide Girls.
And he has two good songs.
And he's English.

On the other hand, he's right. Man, we just got rid of Bush.

When Obama was elected, my former housemate (she was drunk) and I (had just got up and pledged to party) partied at 5am on through when Obama was sworn in.
Not because Obama! but... not Bush.

I still boggle that y'all voted for Bush once.
posted by Mezentian at 4:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


God, this is going to be a loooong day (and thread).

I'm a hippie artist Democrat who works as a secretary on the Equities trading floor of a bank.

Y'all are the only people I even want to TALK to today.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [61 favorites]


Has anyone heard the current chance of the popular vote/electoral college discrepancy?

Yeah, from just about any talking head newsie that breathes.

Seriously, it has been a huge talking point and the basic takeaway is nobody knows. And at this point, it would be irresponsible for a news source to speculate other than to say "it is going to be a tie".

Just going to have to wait this out until the polls close. Nobody is going to publish hard numbers for another 16~18 hours.
posted by lampshade at 4:12 AM on November 6, 2012


When Obama was elected, my former housemate (she was drunk) and I (had just got up and pledged to party) partied at 5am on through when Obama was sworn in.

Wow, for two and a half months straight? Intense, man.
posted by olinerd at 4:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [35 favorites]


538 has the probability of Texas going for Romney at 100%. I don't care. I'm hopping in the shower and driving to the polling place in about 20 minutes.
posted by King Bee at 4:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [56 favorites]


I still boggle that y'all voted for Bush once.

Some of us didn't, and remain unconvinced that we as a whole did.

I will just be glad when it's over. My anxiety has been steadily creeping upward like Obama's poll numbers over the last few weeks.
posted by winna at 4:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [21 favorites]


Australians. We Go Hard.
(Or we go home).
posted by Mezentian at 4:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


On preview: Nothing, really. Just previewing while I still can.

Why, does your edit window face Sesame Street?
posted by mintcake! at 4:15 AM on November 6, 2012


I'm still voting Lizard People though.

Always appreciated.
posted by Lizard People at 4:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [203 favorites]


um my polling place DOES NOT PROVIDE THE AWESOME LITTLE STICKERS

but that's cool, taxation and representation and hope and change are okay, I guess
posted by jetlagaddict at 4:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Why, does your edit window face Sesame Street?

Can someone tell me how to get to Sesame Street?
I think I can vote there.

Oscar/Grover!
posted by Mezentian at 4:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Fired up, Mr. President!

In South Korea of all places, but hey, I voted early and sent you 100 bucks. Now let's win this one for the good guys.
posted by bardic at 4:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I still think the Democrats could run up the score a lot easier if the popular vote mattered; their power centers are where all the people are.

I agree with this, but I also wonder how crazy the voter suppression would become. It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to early vote in Miami Beach, and I was pretty lucky. But there were folks locally who waited six to seven hours, and Gov. Scott still refused to extend early voting. Not to mention, the Miami-Dade County incompetence that happened on Sunday.

Then in Ohio, there's only one early voting place per county, which favors the small, rural counties over the highly populated ones.

I'd hate to see what a 50 state voter suppression strategy would look like, instead of the pockets of voter suppression in big cities in swing states.

That said, I completely understand the desire to feel that your vote counts in non-swing states and the wish for decent third party options and so on.
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 4:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


As crazy fucked as American politics are, let's not forget that it was shocking -- absofuckinglutely shocking -- that a black guy could be elected president of the US a mere four years ago.

Just a little less shocking than the fact that America might elect a guy who wants to start a third war against brown people that we will lose horribly and who has Swiss and Caribbean bank accounts and is quite possibly a robot.

Seriously America, don't fuck me on this one.
posted by bardic at 4:24 AM on November 6, 2012 [15 favorites]


As Lemmy goes, so goes the nation.

God willing, Kattulus.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Hey, just stopping in to remind anyone in Maine that:
1) We have same-day voter registration;
2) You don't need a photo id, just something official with both your name and address on it (utility bill, debt collection notice, what have you).

If you're in Maine, and you're reading this, there is NO EXCUSE. Go vote.
posted by anastasiav at 4:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [25 favorites]


it would be irresponsible for a news source to speculate other than to say "it is going to be a tie".

That speculation in itself is irresponsible since it presupposes a situation that (a) none of the evidence so far has indicated and (b) is broadly upsetting to the maximal number of people.
posted by psoas at 4:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Just a little less shocking than the fact that America might elect a guy who wants to start a third war against brown people that we will lose horribly and who has Swiss and Caribbean bank accounts and is quite possibly a robot.

Aaaand the robophobes jump in. That didn't take long.
posted by indubitable at 4:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [22 favorites]


NOT ROBO-IST
posted by bardic at 4:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


I hope that one day a website like the Google voting page will be a place to vote from.
posted by Renoroc at 4:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


In a rare Beevis and Butthead moment, I realized that replacing the "l" in the word Election with an "r" will make ALL of the news you read today much more amusing.
posted by HuronBob at 4:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [21 favorites]


"That said, I completely understand the desire to feel that your vote counts in non-swing states and the wish for decent third party options and so on."

Vote-swapping is a perfectly legal strategy for combating the idiocy of the Electoral College.

I swapped votes with a nice Democrat in Massachusetts, so y'all have me to thank if Virginia squeaks blue by one vote. :)

Hmm, this is the second time that MetaFilter has gotten me to vote for a Democrat. (The first time was for Reid in 2010, to keep Ms. Batshitcrazypants out of the U.S. Senate) Y'all are a bad influence!!! :P
posted by Jacqueline at 4:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


In the future, we won't have to vote. The Nate Silver projection will be taken as gospel truth (more than now, even!). Every four years some historical data will be thrown into a computer and a President will be announced. It's gonna be great.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 4:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


ROBO-IST AND PROUD
They're robots ffs
I hope that one day a website like the Google voting page will be a place to vote from.
BREAKING : Shock as moot wins in a landslide.
posted by fullerine at 4:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [20 favorites]


I was listening to some Florida-based commentator (a Latina activist, but I don't recall the name) a couple of days ago saying that the non-stop barrage of hateful political ads even had her longing for the Cialis ads to return. Cracked me up.
posted by spitbull at 4:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Some of my students have professors who are giving them extra credit if they can provide proof of voting
posted by angrycat at 4:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Vote Doctor Doom! (you know it makes sense)
posted by schoolgirl report at 4:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


marienbad: "Its not even my country and I'm nervous.."

You should be.
posted by Red Loop at 4:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I was listening to some Florida-based commentator (a Latina activist, but I don't recall the name) a couple of days ago saying that the non-stop barrage of hateful political ads even had her longing for the Cialis ads to return

I'm voting for Levitra.

Also, for medical marijuana and the right to die with dignity. And possibly an openly-gay Republican congressperson, who I really wish would stop being Republican, but he's a Massachusetts Republican, which means that anywhere else in the country, he's a Communist.
posted by xingcat at 4:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [14 favorites]


In a rare Beavis and Butthead moment, I realized that replacing the "l" in the word Election with an "r" will make ALL of the news you read today much more amusing.

Kim Jong Ilin' on the golden path to juche erection victory!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


[not DPRK-ist]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


ROBO-IST AND PROUD

I bet you're the person responsible for all those "robots.txt" files on the internet, telling all the robots what they may and may not read, sometimes directing them to segregated, robots-only pages.
posted by indubitable at 4:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [34 favorites]


The wife and I voted by mail again (in Ohio) and they made the process a little more cumbersome than previous years. Still, very nice feature. We voted a month ago, and so never really paid attention to the talk about polling places and lines. I'm typically the first person in the office, but today a co-worker beat me in because he got up early to get to the polls when they opened and had a 30 minute wait; when he left the polling place the line was already four times as long as when he went in. This is in a white upper-class section of Columbus, not the usual reported urban locations that the news focuses on.
posted by Old'n'Busted at 4:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


An Obama victory will make me feel relief.
A Mourdock defeat will give me renewed faith in my fellow Hoosiers.
Gregg defeating Pence for Governor will...well...First two rounds are on me!!!!
posted by Thorzdad at 4:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


In a rare Beavis and Butthead moment, I realized that replacing the "l" in the word Election with an "r" will make ALL of the news you read today much more amusing.

You're not the first to think so!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I am so happy I held The Great Tea Party Purge in my Facebook friends list last year. Not a single pro-Romney post to endure this am on my weekly FB check. Trudging ever onward, in the Great March Towards Progress.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


I'm taking my son with me to our (OUR!) polling place - this is his first ever "I get to cast a ballot" election and I'm getting all teary-eyed every time I think of it.
posted by ersatzkat at 4:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


I am so happy I held The Great Tea Party Purge in my Facebook friends list last year. Not a single pro-Romney post to endure this am on my weekly FB check. Trudging ever onward, in the Great March Towards Progress.

but think of all the schadenfreude you're giving up if Obama wins tonight
posted by indubitable at 4:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


I forgot that the Plutocrat vs. Plutocrat Pre-Scripted Wrestling Extravaganza 2012 was today, until I opened Facebook. I don't understand why America doesn't just make this a bank holiday, it's clearly not like anyone is going to be getting any work done.
posted by cmonkey at 4:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Nice to note that the Intrade odds have finally broken through the 70% barrier, after what seems like a long effort by some people to keep it low. Now edging on 74%... I guess there's just too much money to be made now!
posted by adrianhon at 4:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


get to the polls when they opened and had a 30 minute wait; when he left the polling place the line was already four times as long as when he went in.

This is mind-blowing to me. I've voted in three different polling places in NY and, I think, two in MA, and I don't think I've ever, ever waited more than ten or fifteen minutes.

(Although the poll worker this morning doing check-ins seemed to be actively trying to not find names in the book. Lady, if I can read it from six feet away, upside-down, you should be able to find it.)
posted by uncleozzy at 4:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


And my husband called his Tea Party brother this morning and had a long, mostly patient conversation with him about why posting that "Obama says vote on Wednesday for your FREE IPHONE" picture on Facebook was such a not-good thing to do.

"But I thought the iPhone part was funny!"...
"but voter suppression is a THING"....
"but...funny!!"....
"no...."
posted by ersatzkat at 4:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [26 favorites]


Riverside Church, UWS, NYC, polling place: The line for my district is at least 20 deep.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 4:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Looks like I picked the right day to start drinking hot, caffeinated beverages."
- Mitt Romney
posted by jeremias at 4:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [53 favorites]


45 minute wait at 6 AM this morning in Fredericksburg VA.
posted by COD at 4:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mefi Chat room for Election Day

login using lowercase.

More info from pb Here.
posted by marienbad at 4:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [23 favorites]


So going into polling day, my feelings are kind of the inverse of this time in 2004. Then I was thinking "I'm sure Kerry isn't going to win. But maybe... there's always hope". This year it's more "I'm sure Obama's going to win. But maybe... there's always fear".

My wife lodged her absentee ballot a few weeks ago, so there's nothing to do now but wait. She did say that if Romney wins she'll become an Australian citizen, so maybe I, just personally, come out ahead either way. :)
posted by adamt at 4:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I hope that one day a website like the Google voting page will be a place to vote from.

Part of me wants that too, but as the years go on and I see more of how people behave online, I sour more on the idea with each passing day. At least for now.

I think that the physical act of voting (traveling to the polling place, standing in line etc) puts a measure of accountability into the mix for the individual. It makes us more aware that we are doing something important as opposed to voting on whether we think the recent Star Wars sale to Disney was valid via TMZ. It also forces people to stand up in person for the vote they should be considered a near sacred right. And it deters drunk-voting...at least to some degree.

So, while the technology would be nice to have available to use(and actually exists already anyway) , peoples' maturity about their responsibility to vote and the intersection of that with a relatively new technology needs a little time to flesh out. Looked at another way - we are not adult enough to vote online yet at least in terms of conducting ourselves like adults should online.
posted by lampshade at 4:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


I ain't even worried. Looking forward to an early night and a fresh start on the first post-Romney-acting-dumb-in-public morning with a big pile of pancakes.
posted by Ad hominem at 4:51 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I just want to wish you all good luck; we're all counting on you.
posted by zardoz at 4:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [27 favorites]


All this talk of 45 minute to 90 minute waits (on work days, no less) makes me wonder -- with voluntary voting no less -- the fuck you people are doing.
I have voted in lots of elections, and I think the longest I have had to wait was around 20 minutes (four songs).

I remember, because we voted Howard's Liberal party out, my my T-shirt said "Un-Australian", and I felt every of those long, long minutes.

But 45 minutes? And you have push-button machines. I had to number 1-110 boxes and all at the end of it, in pencil.

You need to fix the electoral system there. I am curious: is that possible?
posted by Mezentian at 4:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


It really pisses me off when jobs and unemployment numbers come up and Republicans say that the new jobs are only part-time. As if Obama is telling the Wal-Marts of the country not to hire full-time people so they don't have to pay their employees benefits.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


Turnout seems to be really high in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties right now, by the non-scentific data of friends posting pictures of lines on facebook. As a general rule for Florida, if there's large enough turnout in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties, we turn the state blue.
posted by JustKeepSwimming at 4:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


You need to fix the electoral system there. I am curious: is that possible?

I think the problem is that states control aspect and get decide how voting will occur. A few of them have little incentive to fix the problem or make voting easer.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Dear Americans,

If you fuck this up, don't think you can just establish residency in Canada by showing up at the border. Take a look at the permanent resident visa requirements at http://www.cic.gc.ca.
posted by thewalrus at 4:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [27 favorites]


Turnout seems to be really high in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties right now, by the non-scentific data of friends posting pictures of lines on facebook. As a general rule for Florida, if there's large enough turnout in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties, we turn the state blue.

The efforts of that skeleton-looking Governor of yours may be producing an effect opposite of what he intended. The stories of those who were denied their vote early, or who had to wait 6 hours to vote, got a lot of people fired up to make damn sure their vote was counted.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 4:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


If you fuck this up....

Personally I still haven't quite got over the feeling of relief and gratitude that Sarah Palin cannot be elected.
posted by Segundus at 5:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [21 favorites]


From Salon:

“The method of execution chosen,” for this effort, notes March in his affidavit for the Fitrakis/Arnebeck injunction lawsuit, “is unspeakably stupid, excessively complex and insanely risky. In medical terms it is the equivalent of doing open heart surgery as part of a method of removing somebody’s hemorrhoids. Whoever came up with this idea is either the dumbest Information Technology ‘professional’ in the US or has criminal intent against the Ohio election process.”
posted by bigZLiLk at 5:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


In the off chance Romney does win, Australia is open to American election-refugees, just don't approach from the west by boat. You'll be wishing you were Republican.

We can be a little brutal ourselves.
posted by de at 5:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


But 45 minutes? And you have push-button machines.

Yes, but, we also have this fetish for cutting budgets. The result is that, while we may have push-button machines, many polling places will only have a tiny handful of machines, which causes a back-up and long lines...or people giving-up and going home without voting (which would count as "mission accomplished" for a certain side of the political spectrum)
posted by Thorzdad at 5:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Finally!
posted by chinston at 5:01 AM on November 6, 2012


OK, I'm awake.

Gotta go vote NO.


Gotta vote NO twice.



And I get to vote for Keith Ellison! Which is always nice.



I've got my cheat sheet with the judicial and soil and water candidates picked out so I can steer away from the Randians and Teabaggers.



And hey, free sticker.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


Me, I feel pretty confident that Mr Obama will win. I'm less thrilled about the prospect than I was 4 years ago. It's surely a better thing, but.

What my dream is -- and it's totally unlikely -- is that the Republican party loses so comprehensively and decisively and humiliatingly this time that the party breaks up into a party of actual, real conservatives, conservatives of actual ideas and dedication to principles and stuff, and a new evil twin party of crazy lunatic teaparty rape-crazed lunatic god-struck assholes, Rusty Venture stylee.

That would be great, because a real, honest, ethical conservative Republican party might just correct the worst excesses of the Democrats, and the loopy bastards could rally around the Loopy Flag, and things would still be entertaining without being terrifying so much any more.

Ain't gonna happen, I know: but I can dream. So hey, if you're American, and confident about Obama winning, and therefore why-bothering: get up, go, vote, and increase the chances of CRITICAL HITS.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [48 favorites]


"You need to fix the electoral system there. I am curious: is that possible?"

The people who have the power to fix the system were all elected under the current system and thus generally believe it works just fine because the "right" people (i.e., them) are the ones winning.
posted by Jacqueline at 5:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


OMG OMG OMG ONLY FOUR MORE DAYS UNTIL THE 2016 CAMPAIGN SEASON OMG
posted by DoctorFedora at 5:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [37 favorites]


ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
posted by thewalrus at 5:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


If you fuck this up, don't think you can just establish residency in Canada by showing up at the border.


What if I go through with my plan to marry The National Film Board of Canada?




I know lots of Stan Rogers songs.



I'm already in Minnesota. I AM PRACTICALLY THERE



Please?
posted by louche mustachio at 5:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


Whoever came up with this idea is either the dumbest Information Technology ‘professional’ in the US or has criminal intent against the Ohio election process.

I'm sorry, Ohio, but you're not finished quite yet. Y'all need to recall that fucker Husted.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


In the off chance Romney does win, Australia is open to American election-refugees, just don't approach from the west by boat. You'll be wishing you were Republican.

But seriously, what Australia is doing with its (mostly Hazara) refugee seekers is a travesty. Prison camps? You have to be pretty desperate to get in a shoddily maintained boat and brave the open water crossing from Indonesia, considering the hundreds who have recently been killed doing so, and then you get thrown in a prison camp when you arrive?
posted by thewalrus at 5:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Got in line here in Arlington VA. At 7:30, I was #350-something.
posted by zombieflanders at 5:07 AM on November 6, 2012


I CAN'T DRINK TODAY


help
posted by louche mustachio at 5:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Voted last week, now suffering grimly through the stupid tea party posts on my Facebook. Can't block 'em, they're family. Hope they all go silent and sad by early evening and I can drink in celebration and not to drown my misery. C'mon America, I know you're fucked up but do this thing so we can stay in this century.
posted by emjaybee at 5:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also important to me: the senate race in MA. As a "Masshole" I can assure you all I'm doing my bit to rid the senate of Scott Brown. Also, I truly love Elizabeth Warren and want to vote for her for ALL THE THINGS.

Serious question: when can I expect the shortest lines at the polls (in Boston, if it matters) - I have a toddler with less patience for waiting around than your average gnat.
posted by sonika at 5:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [13 favorites]


The idea that voter suppression efforts in Florida have had the opposite effect and are driving Dem turnout is nice. (Isn't it pretty to think so?) I really hope that turns out to be true and that everyone involved learns a good lesson about obvious.
posted by gerryblog at 5:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


when can I expect the shortest lines at the polls

Two questions: (1) Why isn't this a national holiday? (2) Isn't there a federal law that allows you to take a half or full day off work to vote, with protection from any adverse action from your employers as a result of taking the time off?
posted by thewalrus at 5:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

One year at Gen Con, during the nomination speeches for the Cthulhu party, two people gave an impassioned speech why "Fur-Bearing Trout" should win the nomination... And it did! Cthulhu was mighty pissed.
posted by drezdn at 5:12 AM on November 6, 2012


I'm in a long line here in south Minneapolis. This is a deep blue precinct, so that's nice to see.
posted by Area Man at 5:12 AM on November 6, 2012


Why isn't this a national holiday?

I've become curious if turning Election Day into a national holiday would depress turnout in some places by turning it into a late-fall long weekend. Maybe the regime of week- or month-long voting periods we've been experimenting with is actually better.

Isn't there a federal law that allows you to take a half or full day off work to vote, with protection from any adverse action from your employers as a result of taking the time off?

Not a full day, or even officially a half day, but employers are required to let you go vote. Whether they actually do or not is another question; enforcement in employment law is spotty at best.
posted by gerryblog at 5:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think it's interesting that employers told people to vote for Romney, but none of them seemed to give people time off for voting. (Maybe they did and I missed it though)
posted by drezdn at 5:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


If you want to see a surprised reaction, show the map of an aggressively gerrymandered congressional district to a Canadian. Canadian MP ridings look like this.
posted by thewalrus at 5:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


voted in queens.
IT IS HAPPENING
posted by qnarf at 5:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


There seems to be a new check in process here at my Michigan polling place that has all the hallmarks of having been designed by consultants to increase efficiency. In consequence it's taking twice as long to even get a ballot.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 5:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Surely this...

is the election thread?

Anyone got any links for snazzy fullscreen dashboard interactive map type things (like the Daily Kos scoreboard that doesn't appear to have a new version) I can obsessively refresh? Bonus points for iPhone apps.
posted by Happy Dave at 5:15 AM on November 6, 2012


"ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"

lupDujHomwIj luteb gharghmey lupDujHomwIj lubuy'moH gharghmey!
posted by Jacqueline at 5:16 AM on November 6, 2012


"Because these surveys had large sample sizes, the trend is both statistically and practically meaningful. Whether because of Hurricane Sandy, the relatively good economic news of late, or other factors, Mr. Obama appears to have gained ground in the closing days of the race."
posted by marienbad at 5:17 AM on November 6, 2012


The Massachusetts ballot will let me vote for for legalized marijuana, legal assisted suicide, and a hotly-contested senate seat. On top of that, I vote-swapped with another MeFite to move a D vote to Virginia. I'm feeling pretty good about this election.

We'll reconvene to discuss this further at 8:30, me with bourbon bottle in hand, as Pennsylvania and Ohio and Virginia and Florida start reporting.
posted by Mayor West at 5:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Polls are open from 7AM - 8PM here, presumably allowing time to vote before/after work unless you work longer than 12hrs.

Seriously though, my question about the lines still stands. I'm thinking after nap, about 2ish... but could also go this morning.
posted by sonika at 5:17 AM on November 6, 2012


A friend of mine reported an hour wait on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:18 AM on November 6, 2012


If you're missing Dan Rather's analysis, here's a collection of his wisdom from 2004.
posted by qnarf at 5:18 AM on November 6, 2012


As Lemmy goes, so goes the nation.

Literally teared up at the thought of Lemmy voting Obama; will be listening to Ace Of Spades on repeat all day now.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


Voted less than a half hour after the polling place opened. Let's get to work on another four years, Mr. President! Crush that robot!
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 5:19 AM on November 6, 2012


Voters of Brentwood and Bel Air Treated to Luxury Voting Experience
[Hotel-turned-polling place] Luxe Sunset Boulevard has announced, "In true Luxe fashion, the hotel will be offering voters in precincts 9001354A and 9001364A a unique voting experience."

[...]

Voters will be treated to complimentary valet parking and hors d'oeuvres throughout the day including coffee, muffins and delicious finger foods. The hotel's Luxe Lounge will feature live election results on its two flat screen televisions and every voter will receive a voucher for 10% off a future dinner at On Sunset restaurant and special room rates.
I fully expect my polling place in Santa Monica to be handing out Obama yoga mats.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


I was soooo looking forward to declining to show any identification (PA resident), but apparently since I am voting for the first time at this location I actually do have to show it. At least that's what they insisted, and I was too lazy / suddenly unsure I was right to go back home and look it up. Took all the fun out of it.

I was in the poker room a few days ago at the local casino, and listening to the ambient conversations around me suddenly realized that about 80% of the card players were probably Romney supporters. One of them at my table offering the sincere opinion that should Obama win there will never be another election in America. Very tempted to spend a couple of hours playing poker tonight as the returns come in, I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of people on tilt.
posted by the bricabrac man at 5:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


will be listening to Ace Of Spades on repeat all day now.

So a day like most other days, then!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [14 favorites]


Voted. Do other places have buttons for "Vote Straight Democrat" and "Vote Straight Republican"? I almost always end up voting all Democrat but never hit the straight button since I like to click on all the names.
posted by octothorpe at 5:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Today is my wedding anniversary. We woke up at oh-dark-thirty to go vote together. It was good.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:22 AM on November 6, 2012 [30 favorites]


Do other places have buttons for "Vote Straight Democrat" and "Vote Straight Republican"?

There are some places, I hear, where you can "Vote Gay Democrat," although there are not so many that offer the "Vote Gay Republican" option. But times, thank goodness, they are a' changin'.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [22 favorites]


In line, should only be about half am hour. Family behind me is educating their daughter, clearly for the nth time, on women's rights.

Good day.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


octothorpe: Only some states do. When I was voting in Pennsylvania, though, I also liked pressing all the buttons.
posted by beryllium at 5:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Voted. Do other places have buttons for "Vote Straight Democrat" and "Vote Straight Republican"? I almost always end up voting all Democrat but never hit the straight button since I like to click on all the names.

Those buttons are also sometimes really screwed up; In North Carolina it records no vote for president, for instance, basically as a deliberate voter suppression tactic.
posted by gerryblog at 5:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


My little brush with fame every four years happens when they count the votes in Dixville Notch. My wife's college friend and her husband are the official reporters of the vote, and in that very first link in the post, you can see her writing the vote totals on the boards while her husband, sitting behind the ballot box, takes her picture. They've been doing it for the last several presidential election cycles.
posted by briank at 5:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I missed Colbert last night (he had Nate Silver on!). Speaking of conservative idiots like Mourning Joe Scaroborough complaining about Silver's math, he quipped "Even a stopped clock is right 98 percent of the time" (Silver's record from 2008 was 98%).
posted by spitbull at 5:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


If you want to see a surprised reaction, show the map of an aggressively gerrymandered congressional district to a Canadian. Canadian MP ridings look like this.

Ain't got nothing on my district, sometimes lovingly referred to as "the earmuffs"
posted by theodolite at 5:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Do other places have buttons for "Vote Straight Democrat" and "Vote Straight Republican"? I almost always end up voting all Democrat but never hit the straight button since I like to click on all the names.

Here in Texas we do. I don't vote straight ticket. The Dems didn't run an opponent to my Republican congressman, so I got some perverse pleasure voting for his Libertarian opponent. There were also one or two state offices where the choice was Republican, Libertarian or Green. In Texas, the judges are partisan elections, but in some jurisdictions, voting straight ticket will not select any judicial races (you'll have to do those one-by-one), as discussed in the recent West Wing reunion video.
posted by audi alteram partem at 5:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Those buttons are also sometimes really screwed up; In North Carolina it records no vote for president, for instance, basically as a deliberate voter suppression tactic.

Not saying you're wrong, just curious. How is that voter suppression tactic? Are Democrats more likely to vote straight ticket than Republicans or something? I grew up in North Carolina and if voting straight ticket keeps your presidential vote from counting basically my entire family's votes aren't being counted and they're all Republicans.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 5:29 AM on November 6, 2012


I voted 3 weeks ago, and I can report that there was no line then.
posted by MtDewd at 5:29 AM on November 6, 2012


Why isn't this a national holiday?

I prefer some sort of national federally-standardized vote by mail or extended vote peroid. Even if we made election day a "national holiday" it's not like the whole country can shut down. Hospitals must be staffed. Utility companies, police, firefighters, other public services. Most restaurants would probably not close. Bars would certainly not.

So we have a holiday where all the banks and big companies are closed, but for all the nurses, firefighters, homeless shelters workers, bus drivers etc. it is just another workday. Doesn't seem ideal to me. Let's just have an "election week" so everyone can vote conveniently and focus on partying as the results come in.
posted by mikepop at 5:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


I was soooo looking forward to declining to show any identification (PA resident), but apparently since I am voting for the first time at this location I actually do have to show it. At least that's what they insisted, and I was too lazy / suddenly unsure I was right to go back home and look it up. Took all the fun out of it.

They were right -sorry! If it helps, I voted by absentee ballot, so I also did not get to decline to show ID.
posted by kalimac at 5:31 AM on November 6, 2012


Ain't got nothing on my district, sometimes lovingly referred to as "the earmuffs"
Exceptional!
posted by fullerine at 5:32 AM on November 6, 2012


It's bedtime in Korea. I'm just going to trust you guys that I won't wake up to a smoking rubble-strewn post-apocalytic, robo-mormon corpocrat hellscape.

I can trust you, can't I? Please tell me I can trust you.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [18 favorites]


Not saying you're wrong, just curious. How is that voter suppression tactic? Are Democrats more likely to vote straight ticket than Republicans or something? I grew up in North Carolina and if voting straight ticket keeps your presidential vote from counting basically my entire family's votes aren't being counted and they're all Republicans.

Well, it's a voter suppression tactic no matter which party it targets, but this kind of weird you-have-to-be-told-about-it loophole almost always disproportionately affects low-information and marginal voters.
posted by gerryblog at 5:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just voted!!!

Obama! Fuck yeah!

Voted for two Republicans, the incumbent in the Public Service Commission v. a Libertarian (for PSC... yikes!) & the Clerk of Superior Court, who does a good job.
posted by JKevinKing at 5:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


45 minutes in line, in Suburban Atlanta
posted by JKevinKing at 5:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I just want to say: I am drinking for you all. At least for the next few hours.
We might need to tag team after that.
posted by Mezentian at 5:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I will personally send a sticker to everyone who votes against Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:34 AM on November 6, 2012


It's bedtime in Korea.

And, as ol' Ronny Reagan said, It's Morning In America.

Goodnight, America, from Tokyo. And... what stav said.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


> Ain't got nothing on my district, sometimes lovingly referred to as "the earmuffs"

Bizarre. Who was in that think tank?
posted by de at 5:35 AM on November 6, 2012


I got to cast a vote for Joe Donnelly and against Richard Mourdock!

I've pretty sure God intended it to happen.

posted by leotrotsky at 5:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


Oh, I want a sticker!
posted by leotrotsky at 5:35 AM on November 6, 2012


Just tried to to take toddler Snickerdoodle to her first presidential election in the West Village, NYC. Line stretches one avenue block and curls around the block. Definitely more crowded than 2008, although I think the "vote anywhere" plan of Cuomo's is leading to longer waits. People are in a cheerful mood. We'll come back once the before-work crowd is gone, but excited to see people are out and voting.

I've been a citizen for almost 20 years now, and watching people come together and participate in governing still brings a smile to my face every time.
posted by snickerdoodle at 5:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


I prefer some sort of national federally-standardized vote by mail or extended vote peroid.

I actually like the communal nature of having one election day where everyone stands in the same lines and does their civic duty; I'd make it a holiday so that could happen for as many people as possible. On the other hand, I live in DC so my vote is really more a symbolic gesture about civic duty than an actual influence on governing. Actually, I feel like my most important selection is my designated "seems like the least crazy Statehood Green Party candidate" who I always vote for.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 5:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Well, it's a voter suppression tactic no matter which party it targets, but this kind of weird you-have-to-be-told-about-it loophole almost always disproportionately affects low-information and marginal voters.

The poll ladies at my precinct were explicitly warning people about it, and there's a sign, too. I live in a prime area for that kind of thing, but they seemed to be (as always) making sure everyone knows. It's dumb, but dumb isn't always in purpose.
posted by winna at 5:37 AM on November 6, 2012


I had the pleasure of taking my daughter to vote in her first presidential election on the first day of early voting here in Florida. There is little in life that can top my paternal pride in doing this.
Forty years after I proudly cast my first ballot for a war hero who didn't win, I am even prouder to have supplied two ballots for my favorite Kenyan socialist tool of Wall Street gay Muslim candidate ever. Eat your heart out, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio.
posted by rdone at 5:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


My favourite sticker (from uni) was "Back off, man, I've voted".

Since Aliens I hear it in Hicks' voice.
posted by Mezentian at 5:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


If you're in NYC and Sandy's impacted your ability to get to your polling place, you can vote for president at any polling place in the city.
posted by qnarf at 5:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's dumb, but dumb isn't always in purpose.

If it weren't on purpose they'd fix it after multiple years.
posted by gerryblog at 5:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Voted a week and a half ago in Florida. It would be nice if Obama pulled out a win here, but Nate's calling it for Romney. Ah, well.

Best to everyone - hope your voting experience is as smooth as possible.
posted by Mooski at 5:40 AM on November 6, 2012


I actually like the communal nature of having one election day where everyone stands in the same lines and does their civic duty

I like this too, and it's why I still almost always go to my polling place on election day, instead of going to city hall and voting early or getting an absentee ballot. But I recognized that I am fortunate in that my employer doesn't care if I get in late, or that I don't have to get to a second job in the evening. Given that everyone tends to procrastinate I think you would still have large crowds on the last day of elections but I think having well-managed other options makes it more fair than making election day a "national holiday" where plenty of people will still be working. Maybe do both!
posted by mikepop at 5:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Don't blame me, I voted for McGovern.
posted by thewalrus at 5:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


From reddit/r/nyc: The wife and I just went to vote at PS 158 on York Ave. It was the most disorganized voting experience I've ever been through. There is a line to get your ballot, a line for privacy booths to bubble-in your vote and then a line to scan your ballot. When we got in line to scan our ballots, 3 of the 4 scanners were already down and poll workers were getting upset. Then, with 3 people ahead of us, the 4th scanner jammed. They have now opened the "emergency ballot boxes" where you just slip your ballot in and it gets scanned later. I don't feel so confident about the process. Everyone get out and vote early today or make sure you give yourself enough time. It took about an hour. We actually heard a poll worker say, "It's not my problem!"
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I thought about voting over the weekend at City Hall, but I love going to our polling place on election day. It's in someone's garage.
posted by rtha at 5:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


An affectionate fist bump or a terrorist fist jab?
posted by tapeguy at 5:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


[Airplane joke goes here]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:43 AM on November 6, 2012


...and I guess I needed to refresh my browser, 'cause Nate's now calling Florida for Obama. Man, information moves fast these days.
posted by Mooski at 5:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Voted a week and a half ago in Florida. It would be nice if Obama pulled out a win here, but Nate's calling it for Romney.

He's actually favoring Obama with a 52.5% chance there
posted by mikepop at 5:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Voted a week and a half ago in Florida. It would be nice if Obama pulled out a win here, but Nate's calling it for Romney. Ah, well.

As of this morning it was light blue on 538.
posted by zombieflanders at 5:44 AM on November 6, 2012


Double jinx!
posted by zombieflanders at 5:45 AM on November 6, 2012


Done voting. I even voted for the County Soil and Water Conservation Board members.
posted by Area Man at 5:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


It's dumb, but dumb isn't always in purpose.

If it weren't on purpose they'd fix it after multiple years.


Just to clarify, I don't think this was conceived as a voter suppression tactic; my assumption was that it was an artifact of the transitional period in which Southern conservatives supported Democrats at the state level and Republicans at the national level. But it has a suppressive effect today, which is why poll workers in Durham have to tell every single person who walks in how it works.
posted by gerryblog at 5:48 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Obama! Fuck yeah!

Should have been his actual campaign slogan.

Thanks for voting, everyone. The rest of the world is counting on you today.
posted by Defying Gravity at 5:48 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Just heading out to cast my vote in Ohio, knowing that I might be single handedly deciding our next president. Cheers!
posted by neversummer at 5:48 AM on November 6, 2012 [19 favorites]


Florida's looking a little hypoxic hanging off Georgia. Hope Georgia's not fracking away at the border.
posted by de at 5:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Voted in MA, voted my conscious, voted Green, feeling so cliche...
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 5:51 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


As Lemmy goes, so goes the nation.

If you like to watch the polls, I tell you I'm your man
You're up some, down some, it's still the same to me
The pleasure is to follow, it makes no difference what you say
I don't share your hate, I just want to aggregate
Five Thirty Eight!
Five Thirty Eight!

Watching for the flyer, dancing with the devil
Going with the flow, it's all just math to me
Up seven or down eleven, all the internet watching you
Rassmusen or Pew, Gallup or Quinnipac U.
Five Thirty Eight!
Five Thirty Eight!

You know I'm born to crunch, national poll's for fools
But that's the way I like it baby
I don't want to blog forever
And don't forget Unskewed!

Pushing up the margin, I know you've got to see me
Read 'em and weep, Ohio's changed again!
I see it in the exit surveys, take one look and die
The only thing you see, you know it's gonna be,
Five Thirty Eight!
Five Thirty Eight!
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [29 favorites]


99.5% chance of Romney win in my state. So there's still a chance! Take that Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkanasas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, and Idaho. We're bluer than you!

Also, about 2/3 of the seats I'm voting for are unopposed, mostly held by Republicans. I need to find a good name to write in for those seats
posted by This Guy at 5:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Conservative Byte just sent me an e-mail that says: Everything – Except the Polls – Points to a Romney Landslide

Uh, thanks, guys. Also, unsubscribe.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 5:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [13 favorites]


I never get a sticker!
posted by octothorpe at 5:53 AM on November 6, 2012


Per Twitter, the Black Panthers are making their first appearance on Fox. Drink!
posted by gerryblog at 5:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


I will be in the air tonight around 8pm, flying from DC to NC. I mentioned to my wife last night that if Obama is named the presumptive winner by then I really hope God holds off on the Rapture at least until my plane lands, in case my pilot is taken.

She said I shouldn't worry, because I'd probably be taken in the Rapture as well, but Fox News tells me I voted for the Anti-Christ this election, so I'm not so confident.
posted by jermsplan at 5:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Mailed in my ballot last week. Washington has mail-in only. It's pretty awesome! I sat down late at night when I'm most awake and thoroughly read through everything and even did a bit of research on some of the people and stuck a stamp on and there you go. Done and dusted.

Except I don't get a sticker. I want a sticker!
posted by Mizu at 5:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


cmonkey: "I don't understand why America doesn't just make this a bank holiday, it's clearly not like anyone is going to be getting any work done."

You're assuming that people in power want to make it easier to vote and it's often just the opposite.
posted by octothorpe at 5:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Living in Bluelandia, I'm spared the barrage of presidential political ads that most people have to deal with; until yesterday I could recall seeing one Obama ad, although there may have been a few more. Since yesterday morning I've seen six or seven Romney ads. I know the PACs have to use it or lose it, but I have no idea why they would run Romney ads here.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:00 AM on November 6, 2012


I swapped votes with a nice Democrat in Massachusetts, so y'all have me to thank if Virginia squeaks blue by one vote. :)

Hmm, this is the second time that MetaFilter has gotten me to vote for a Democrat. (The first time was for Reid in 2010, to keep Ms. Batshitcrazypants out of the U.S. Senate) Y'all are a bad influence!!! :P
posted by Jacqueline at 12:33 PM on November 6 [1 favorite +] [!]


The Massachusetts ballot will let me vote for for legalized marijuana, legal assisted suicide, and a hotly-contested senate seat. On top of that, I vote-swapped with another MeFite to move a D vote to Virginia. I'm feeling pretty good about this election.

We'll reconvene to discuss this further at 8:30, me with bourbon bottle in hand, as Pennsylvania and Ohio and Virginia and Florida start reporting.
posted by Mayor West at 1:17 PM on November 6 [2 favorites +] [!]


I claim my prize!
posted by Reggie Knoble at 6:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


If Romney wins, I worry less about any policies his administration may enact (although I worry a lot about those, too) than I do about the long-term implications of the fact that it will have been proven that you can just straight-up fucking lie your way to the Presidency. That's not good for anyone.
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [88 favorites]


...the Black Panthers are making their first appearance on Fox.
I just checked the Fox website and saw nothing about that. There was a headline that said: "Obama Poised to Win Financially." I guess that's true like every day for Romney, hence it is not news.
posted by marxchivist at 6:01 AM on November 6, 2012


Voted early in Maryland: Obama for President, Cardin for Senate, John Delaney for Congress, and Yes on marriage equality and the DREAM Act. And I feel pretty good about the chances for all of them.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Results Maps:

New York Times
BBC
CNN
Fox
Bing
Google - no results map up yet.
posted by Happy Dave at 6:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [21 favorites]


I have no idea why they would run Romney ads here.

This came up in... something I was reading yesterday, and the most likely explanation I saw was that they are just blanket national ad buys, since the swing state markets were already fully saturated and bought-out.
posted by Kosh at 6:02 AM on November 6, 2012


In a rare Beevis and Butthead moment, I realized that replacing the "l" in the word Election with an "r" will make ALL of the news you read today much more amusing.

Starting with the thread title.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


I voted on Friday (the last day of early voting here). I know my national and statewide votes aren't going to help much, but every time I vote for Lloyd Doggett, it feels like a personal fuck-you to all the bastards who keep trying to gerrymander him out of Congress.
posted by immlass at 6:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


That was sweet. It actually took me longer to get home (due to traffic) than it did to wait in line to vote. First time in 12 years, feels good to be back in the game.

Now I must try to actually work today instead of just constantly refreshing this thread.
posted by King Bee at 6:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


#128 at my polling place. They are having a bake sale.

Democracy... NOW WITH PIE.
posted by louche mustachio at 6:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [25 favorites]


ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES CHANGE VOTES FOR ROMNEY INTO VOTES FOR OBAMA

A sample of my inbox this morning. . .I really need to get off my ass and unsubscribe to all of the wackdoodle stuff that I never subscribed to in the first place.
posted by Danf at 6:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


And I got a free sticker!
posted by louche mustachio at 6:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Today is going to be an exciting and only a little nervewracking day. If the polls and the aggregates are correct I think we'll get Obama elected 332-206, gain 1 democratic seat in the senate (no small feat given that Dems had to defend a ridiculous number of seats this year), and gain about 5-10 seats in the House. I'm not going to predict Speaker Pelosi but the sheer rage that would cause in Redlandia (where I live) would be delicious.

Oh well I guess I have to content myself with replacing 2 liberal justices to the Supreme Court and hoping beyond hope that the sheer amount of bile that Thomas and Scalia produce will force them to step down for health reasons during the next 4 years.

Of course I'll probably stay up to see election results well into the night just on the off chance that we have another 2000. No way in hell am I waking up to that. But Hawaii and Alaska are on their own.
posted by vuron at 6:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


marxchivist: "...the Black Panthers are making their first appearance on Fox.
I just checked the Fox website and saw nothing about that. There was a headline that said: "Obama Poised to Win Financially." I guess that's true like every day for Romney, hence it is not news.
"

I just checked foxnews.com and saw: "UNIONS UNDER FIRE: Accused of Trying to Force Illegal Immigrants to Vote"

I love it when they manage to get multiple unrelated knee-jerk topics together in one headline.
posted by octothorpe at 6:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Voter #71 in my town. w00t!

And my awesome father-in-law, who has already been a teacher, town councilman, and other volunteer, is a poll worker today. He rules.
posted by wenestvedt at 6:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


since the swing state markets were already fully saturated and bought-out.

Thanks, kosh. Also, wow.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:07 AM on November 6, 2012


Data point of one: Voting lines are OUT THE DOOR this morning in Louisville, KY. I've never seen that before, never. Not even close. Is there possibly, maybe, remotely a chance that my vote will actually count this time?
posted by jbickers at 6:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Just finished voting and it was concerning. They had paper or machines (only 2 mind you). Some woman put in her paper ballot and they said fine so she left. Then they noticed the machine jammed. I know machine or paper, technical difficulties always happen but this was disconcerning (and reminded me of Gore/Bush all over again).
posted by stormpooper at 6:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm thinking after nap, about 2ish... but could also go this morning.

Go vote in the middle of the day. Everyone with day jobs is out early and late waiting to vote, so take advantage of the lull in the afternoon.

Polls opened at 7:00 in MA, I got to the local fire station at 7:15, and it took me about 45 minutes to get through the line. They weren't kidding about record turnout. I think we just had a surprising number of "significant" elections and questions on the ballot - Senate seat, doctor-assisted suicide, legalized medical marijuana, and oh yeah don't let the ex-governor take over the White House.
posted by backseatpilot at 6:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Mitt Romney: Hilarious or Terrifying?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


There was a bake sale at my polling place in Watertown, MA, too! Also a 50 person line for precinct 4, which I got to skip because I live in precinct 5. I was also pleased to see optical scan ballots. Sadly, I did not get an "I Voted!" sticker to give to Ocean Child, who very patiently waited for me to vote.

Now to obsessively refresh the internet for the rest of the day.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 6:09 AM on November 6, 2012


I will personally send a sticker to everyone who votes against Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin.

I, for one, legitimately voted for Claire McCaskill.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 6:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [27 favorites]


Each time I hear a report of higher than normal voter turnout I'm glad, a) because it means that despite cynicism people actually think this election matters and b) because that generally means that Democrats are going to do better than expected.

Come on Obama coattails.
posted by vuron at 6:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Woo Hoo! My dear, sweet mother has decided she dislikes Romney so much she wants me to take her to vote for Obama. (She was going to sit this one out for age related reasons.)
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 6:11 AM on November 6, 2012 [43 favorites]


Wife and I walked our mail-in ballots to our county's election office two weeks ago. Oregon really has this down, IMO.
posted by Danf at 6:11 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Michiganders and Michigeese, don't forget to fill out the non-partisan section of your ballot.
posted by infinite intimation at 6:11 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I, for one, legitimately voted for Claire McCaskill.

You think our nation has a way of shutting that whole thing down?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:12 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


I just checked foxnews.com and saw: "UNIONS UNDER FIRE: Accused of Trying to Force Illegal Immigrants to Vote"

... at abortion clinics!
posted by uncleozzy at 6:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Getting a sticker is nice and all, but . . . "When twenty-four-year-old George Washington first ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses, he attributed his defeat to his failure to provide enough alcohol for the voters. When he tried again two years later, Washington floated into office partly on the 144 gallons of rum, punch, hard cider and beer his election agent handed out—roughly half a gallon for every vote he received."

I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 6:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [61 favorites]


Past bed-time for me, echoing Stav and Flapjax. I'm fully planning to wake up to good news in about six hours.

Good. News.

Don't let me down, folks.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:13 AM on November 6, 2012


My polling station is just outside Porter Square in Somerville, MA; I got there at about 6:55 and was done by around 7:30. All in all, not too bad. I arrived before the line really started forming, though... there were quite a few people in line behind me, especially by the time I left. It was a sub-freezing morning, too, so it was nice to see so many people out.
posted by Kosh at 6:15 AM on November 6, 2012


TPM Livewire:
Is this the last time you will vote for yourself?

"No, I don't think so," he said with a grin.
Biden plans to vote three more times before lunch.
posted by tapeguy at 6:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Don't let me down, folks.

I voted as hard as I could.
posted by louche mustachio at 6:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


I voted yesterday by absentee ballot in Minnesota. Obama/Biden, Keith Ellison and Amy Kloubuchar. And of course a big fat NO on both the anti marriage amendment and the voter ID amendment.

I would urge all Minnesotans who haven't voted yet to be careful on the judges. There are some seriously crazy people up for election.

COME ON Minnesota! Let's defeat those amendments! Vote no TWICE!
posted by triggerfinger at 6:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


I got to cast a vote for Joe Donnelly and against Richard Mourdock!

Interestingly, in the past few days, I received quite a few political calls imploring me to "remember to vote for Mitt Romney and Richard Mourdock". Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if those were for the Republicans or against the Republicans, trying to subtly paint Romney with Moudock's slime.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm absolutely certain this thread is going to win the nomination for Election Thread.

It has real momentum.
posted by Happy Dave at 6:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is your last election to feel young. The next time around, people born on the same day the immortal words "Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos" were aired will be able to vote.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [34 favorites]


Just voted in Cleveland and got an awesome “I (Ohio) voting!” sticker. Several voting machines at the location were already jammed/switched to manual mode by 8:30 AM.
posted by vkxmai at 6:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I think the longest I have had to wait was around 20 minutes (four songs).

If you would listen to my band, you could get through the line in just one song.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Is this the last time you will vote for yourself?

"No, I don't think so," he said with a grin.


Someone alert that guy in the pimp costume!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:19 AM on November 6, 2012


Since Biden has been so awesome at VP, I'm hoping that he automatically gets added to the Democratic ticket in 2016 as Veep. Clinton/Biden has a nice ring to it.
posted by vuron at 6:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


My boyfriend and I got up early and got to our (Brooklyn) polling place just as it opened. We were fourth and fifth voters in our district (for our polling place). I was surprised at how little line there was; we basically just walked in and voted.

A little over an hour later, I passed a different polling place on my way to school. The line to vote was out the door and round the corner going down the block, and more people were coming to join the line than were going through the door.
posted by ocherdraco at 6:20 AM on November 6, 2012


Hey, just stopping in to remind anyone in Maine that:
1) We have same-day voter registration;
2) You don't need a photo id, just something official with both your name and address on it (utility bill, debt collection notice, what have you).

If you're in Maine, and you're reading this, there is NO EXCUSE. Go vote.


I did both! Took me about 2 minutes tops to register. There was a long line at 8:00 a.m. but it moved very quickly.

I also believe we have the prettiest polling place in the country.

Yes on 1!!!! Gawd I hope it passes this year.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 6:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


indubitable: "I bet you're the person responsible for all those "robots.txt" files on the internet"

Actually, that's Metafilter's Own™ cstross.
posted by namewithoutwords at 6:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


If Romney wins, I worry less about any policies his administration may enact (although I worry a lot about those, too) than I do about the long-term implications of the fact that it will have been proven that you can just straight-up fucking lie your way to the Presidency. That's not good for anyone.

It's bad enough (and deeply demoralizing, personally) that he wasn't hissed out of the race and shunned by decent people everywhere. The ultimate demonstration of Straussian political thinking.
posted by winna at 6:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Alphabet City: my brother complained about the lack of stickers at the polling place, so a poll worker made him one.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Those buttons are also sometimes really screwed up; In North Carolina it records no vote for president, for instance, basically as a deliberate voter suppression tactic.


I know several NCers have already weighed in on this but I wanted to mention that the first thing you see on the ballot is the Presidential race (which in NC includes Obama, Romney, and Johnson) and below that section in a separate space is the straight ticket vote. Also I was physically handed a strip of paper that reminded me that the straight party vote did not include the President. You would have to be really blind, deaf, and dumb to miss that.

I have a sticker rolling around in the bottom of my purse...wish I could send it to y'all who need it! I have no small children in the home.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was a little surprised to learn that only 27 states + Washington DC allow no-excuse voting by mail. I could never figure out why people would stand in line to vote when they could just mail it in, but I suppose that's because I've always lived in states where that's an option.
posted by Rhomboid at 6:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mr. Burns Endorses Romney, another opus from some embarassed Fox employees
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Is it bad that I'm secretly really tickled by the fact that a high percentage of my Republican coworkers and friends, who've I've had a number of discussions with about the election are deciding not to go vote today because "we're in Texas so it doesn't really matter"? I mean I gave them a token "everyone should vote", but I'm not gonna do Romney's ground game for him.
posted by DynamiteToast at 6:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Nice miscalibrated touch screen.
posted by thewalrus at 6:22 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


I am in a boiler room in THE battleground state (Florida is the New Florida Again, Again!) doing tech support for the field organizers, who are getting their volunteers out to pound doors and keep people in line at the polls and start calling West once the polls close here. We're getting up-to-the-second turnout information precinct-by-precinct. You guys want some inside info, here it is: this fucking thing is tight. No joke, it's going to be won or lost by maybe fewer than 15,000 votes in Florida. If you're in Florida, go vote if you haven't. Then go do knocks and turn out more votes. And then help us call west. Romney Can Not Win If We Win Florida. You've all seen that math. It's All Hands On Deck. Put some hours in. You know what's at stake. Let's do this.
posted by Cookiebastard at 6:23 AM on November 6, 2012 [82 favorites]


Thnx, backseatpilot. My young friend is growing restless, so I think I'll check out the lines on our way to the playground. Maybe democracy will bore him into a nap... I can only hope.

If it looks super crowded, we'll just try again around 2.
posted by sonika at 6:23 AM on November 6, 2012


All this talk of 45 minute to 90 minute waits (on work days, no less) makes me wonder -- with voluntary voting no less -- the fuck you people are doing.

The long lines are probably the result of a lot more people turning up to vote instead of blowing it off. Seriously, we have one of the worst voter turnouts of any democracy; I think the New York State democratic primary had only an 11% turnout. Typically we have about 50-60% voter turnout at national elections.

So the long lines make me think that this may be "more people are finally voting for a change," and that makes me REALLY happy.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:24 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I will personally send a sticker to everyone who votes against Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin.

I will be heading to the polls soon to place my vote for Claire McCaskill, and I know my relatives in Indiana will be voting against Mourdock, so you've got my family behind that statement.
posted by jferg at 6:24 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Please, oh please, Nate Silver, be right.

And that's all I have to say. I need to work, and after work, I need to do battle with the Republican partisans scaling my Facebook wall.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:24 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


You guys want some inside info, here it is: this fucking thing is tight.

Hey that's pretty helpful, but to satiate my thirst for election coverage I'm gonna need you to report back with numbers, preferably every five minutes. Thanks.
posted by DynamiteToast at 6:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Those buttons are also sometimes really screwed up; In North Carolina it records no vote for president, for instance, basically as a deliberate voter suppression tactic.

The Board of Elections here passes out slips of paper AND tells you verbally AND has signs up that you need to vote for president separately. Don't fret. That and everyone's facebook is nagging about it too.

Let's not get paranoid.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I need to do battle with the Republican partisans scaling my Facebook wall.

Thank you for this mental image as well as for the turn of phrase. I will be stealing it. That is all.
posted by RolandOfEld at 6:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


God speed Cookiebastard, I'd love for Florida to dash Romney's hopes completely. I'm not counting on it but 332 would be awesome.

I'm just waiting to see if the Republican blame game will settle on Romney being too "liberal" as his fatal flaw. I'd love for them to put up some total clown like Santorum in 2016 even though I think Rubio will probably be the consensus pick.
posted by vuron at 6:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


As my contribution to subscribe to this thread, here's a link to yesterday's Diane Rehm show, a concerning analysis of the voter suppression, harassment and intimidation that's going on around the country. AS far as I'm concerned this is the most disgustingly unAmerican thing of all, and it should be roundly deplored by people on all sides.

I hope it's really not too long before we can have secure votes by email. There could still be stations for those without access to a computer, but it seems as though it has everything to offer: it would prevent fraud, generate however many receipts you want to create a cross-check, be fast to tabulate, and be convenient for people who can't get around easily. We could have a week during which to submit. The speakers on the show point out that most advances in American voting - such as the absentee ballot, introduced during the Civil War - are first implemented for people serving in the military. Perhaps soon we'll all be submitting an e-ballot as many of them do now. It could only be an improvement over this BS about fighting over poll hours and locations and ID.
posted by Miko at 6:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]




I also believe we have the prettiest polling place in the country.


That is very pretty but ours is nice too AND THEY HAVE PIE
posted by louche mustachio at 6:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I actually live at my polling station, so I thought I could run downstairs and vote before work. No such luck. Here in southeastern PA the line was already out the door when the polls opened. At least after I wait in the madness of the after work lines, I'm already home!
posted by gladly at 6:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Iowans!

You can register today, with ID!

If you're already registered you don't need ID to vote!

You can check your polling place or registration here!

Inform your peeps
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I early voted. Mostly because early voting was held in an actual city government building, while election day voting was moved a few weeks ago from a city government building to this Baptist church. Practically begging for some poll worker to have an 'attack of conscience.'

Good luck, all. We're going to lose this one.
posted by jinjo at 6:27 AM on November 6, 2012


I'm just waiting to see if the Republican blame game will settle on Romney being too "liberal" as his fatal flaw.

Oh, please do.

I'd love for them to put up some total clown like Santorum in 2016 even though I think Rubio will probably be the consensus pick.

Rubio's dead in the water for the national ticket or he would have been running this year. I think his opposition research just uncovered too much for him to be viable.
posted by Miko at 6:28 AM on November 6, 2012


I already voted early here in MD, so I kind of feel like I'm sitting on the sidelines, but I saved my sticker just so I could wear it again today. There's no doubt that the state is safely blue, so I'm mainly worried about Questions 4 and 6. I'm an ordained reverend, darn it (Universal Life Church); I wanna marry some gay people!
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Romney Mega Prayer. . .courtesy of my daughter.
posted by Danf at 6:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


No offense, Cookie Bastard, but that sounds a lot like this. I do hope you're right, though.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 6:29 AM on November 6, 2012


When will it be considered the proper time to make a "Don't blame me - I voted for Kodos" joke?
posted by item at 6:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I mean, besides 1996.
posted by item at 6:30 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I am sure it is the spirit of revenge speaking, but I keep thinking about how many elderly Florida voters are likely to vote against the black guy but not if they have to stand on a 3 hour line to do it, because my bunions.
posted by spitbull at 6:30 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Email voting sounds good in theory Miko but I work with tech people that struggle with the concept of captchas. How do you ensure that only the authorized voter is voting and not some malware that is intercepting outgoing SMTP traffic?

I think HTTPS is probably more doable but you'd still need to make sure people don't forget their password or use password123, etc.
posted by vuron at 6:30 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just now on Facebook, a hillbilly (his words) guy from Arkansas I know from another message board, the biggest damn gun lover I've ever met, just said he voted for Obama. This brings me hope.
posted by bondcliff at 6:31 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


The excitement of a new thread is always so great. I'm favoriting everything.
posted by DynamiteToast at 6:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


This thread is too busy for so late at night (here), so I will leave you all with the hope that your voting comes with pie (if you must), or a good old democratic sausage sizzle.

Good luck everyone. We're counting on you.
posted by Mezentian at 6:32 AM on November 6, 2012


As mentioned in chat, if everyone here is not following #romneydeathrally on Twitter, they may be missing the apex of Western civilization.
posted by Shepherd at 6:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [22 favorites]


A list of a large number of pundit predictions.
posted by OmieWise at 6:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


See you in 8 hours, USA! I'm all agog.
posted by h00py at 6:33 AM on November 6, 2012


Obama 1, Romney 2
posted by growabrain at 6:34 AM on November 6, 2012


Kos has 500 Reasons to Vote Obama
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:35 AM on November 6, 2012


Here's a fantastic wingnut rant from Facebook that got posted today. I can assure you it is not satire - this guy posts stuff like this all the time. Remember: if you don't vote, you're letting people like this decide the election.
Before You Vote... Let Me Explain This To You... Up Until 1871 We Had A Constitutional Republic Called The United States (Notice Spelling) Representing And Represented By We The People... BUT In 1871 They Moved Our Capital From Pennsylvania (A State In Union And Leaving Us Without A Government) To Washington DC (A Foreign District) And Formed A Corporation Called The UNITED STATES (Notice Spelling ALL CAPS) Declaring To Be The Government (And Threw Our Constitution Out The Window And Starting Writing Laws To Which We Were To Follow Of Their Own Not The Unalienable Rights Our Constitution Gave Us) And Was To Only Govern In Washington DC For 1 Year But Was Never Reversed! As Time Went By Alot Of Things Happened But Then In 1913 The Corporation SOLD The Power Of Coining And Regulating Money Away From The Congress To ANOTHER Corporation We Know As The Federal Reserve (Unconstitutional). A Few More Years Went By And In 1933 They Took YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE And Formed A Corporation Around Your Name To Back The Loans From The Central Banks (Commonly Referred To As A STRAWMAN Look It Up) And Made Adhesion Contracts For That Corporation To Tie You Into Their Jurisdiction Such As Drivers License, Social Security Cards, Checking Accounts, Federal Reserve Notes (Money), Mortgages, Anything With Title (Look At Them All They Are In CAPS Which Denotes Corporation Gramatically) Then In 1944 The Corporation Took All Of Its Assets (Building, Strawmen, Titles, EVERYTHING They Owned) And Deeded It To The International Monetary Fund ANOTHER Foreign Corporation (IMF Brenton Woods Act Of 1944 For Research) Soooo If You Think Your Vote Counts Think Again Because The Government Is A Corporation Run By A Foreign Corporation!!! Example: If McDonalds Buys Burger King Who Is Gonna Control??? Think About It!!! Who Do You REALLY Thinks Calls The Shots??? NOT WE THE PEOPLE!!! The Corporation Owns You, Everything You THINK You Own, Your Children, EVERYTHING!!! So In Closing No Matter Who You Vote For Obama, Romney, Paul, Johnson, ANYONE They Will Not Answer To You Because The IMF Is Still Gonna Call The Shots And They Are After One Thing And One Thing Only ONE WORLD ORDER It Doesnt Matter What Person We Elect He/She Will Be Part Of Carrying Out The Master Plan!!! Any Questions???
posted by 0xFCAF at 6:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [13 favorites]


What Is It With Nut Jobs Capitalizing Every Word?
posted by bondcliff at 6:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [28 favorites]


I voted weeks ago (woohoo 100% mail-in voting! They're expecting over 80% turnout in my state!) in a state that Silver has as a 100% obama victory, but we have some really important downticket races. The race for Governor is really important this time around. But what will truly just break my heart is if we reject R-74, the vote to retain our state's (brand-new, suspended until the election) policy of extending the protections of marriage to all couples. As I said on Facebook, the only thing that threatens my marriage is the idea that the government gets more of a say about whom I marry than I do.

I wish I could say that I'll just be peaceably ignoring the whole thing, secure in my knowledge that I've done what I can, but the reality is that I'll be relentlessly refreshing this page and many others all day long, breathing into a paper bag and coming up with snarky election-themed cocktails. (My favorite so far: the Tied Electoral College. 151 and bitters -- lots and lots of bitters. What would be in a Blue State besides blue curacao?)
posted by KathrynT at 6:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Just finished a 4AM lit drop. Ready for this to be over.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 6:37 AM on November 6, 2012



Just now on Facebook, a hillbilly (his words) guy from Arkansas I know from another message board, the biggest damn gun lover I've ever met, just said he voted for Obama. This brings me hope.


No shit. I told this story a while back, but one of my oldest friends and musical mentors is a self-described "hillbilly redneck" hunter, country musician, and tractor mechanic in the Arkansas Ozarks who voted for Obama in 2008 and will do so again.

This is a guy who left *Texas* in the late 1990s (where I had played in his band for several years) because it was getting too cosmopolitan for him. He lives so far off the grid we hunt deer from his back porch and you need to rent an SUV to make it to his house on the 5 miles of dirt road it takes to get there.

For one reason: Bush the Crusader sent his kid to Iraq and fucked him up for life.

I hope there are many more of these guys than anyone suspected. I never hear stories like his in the media, but I know they are out there.
posted by spitbull at 6:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [17 favorites]


Romney Death Rally:
What is Kali Ma? Staffers at #RomneyDeathRally won't explain anything. Chanting grows louder. Dogs are howling. My kids just want to go home

One by one the stars are winking out, while the dark fires in Mitt Romney's eyes burn ever brighter. The end is nigh.

Trump's hairpiece grows. It seethes. It demands. We comply. Our birth certificates. Our school transcripts. Our souls.

"I can be slain by no man," Romney bellows, breath of rot and sulfur. Hillary Clinton raises her sword. "I am no man!"

The sun is out yet no light shines. A locomotive bourne of sinew and flesh belches sulfer. The Cain train has arrived.

Palin, frothing from her maw, screams "I CAN SEE R'LYEH FROM MY BACKYARD!"

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have now disrobed. Upon one chest is "laissez." Upon the other, "faire." Their bodies merge.

"I will bring Reagan back to America!" Mitt opens his shirt to reveal the face of Reagan sewn to his belly. Its eyes open.
posted by crayz at 6:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [84 favorites]


the GOP blowing its chance to retake the Senate two cycles in a row by nominating crackpots in key states

They nominated crackpots in every state.
posted by moammargaret at 6:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I just came here to say we're counting on you USA. Please don't screw this up.
posted by arcticseal at 6:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


That screed sounds like it might have some overlap with the "Freeman on the land" nutjobbery. Those are the people who believe that if their name is used in all caps in a court document it doesn't count, and the presence of gold fringes on the flag in a courtroom means the court is illegitimate by some kind of law of the sea.
posted by Rhomboid at 6:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


This was my voting experience in Savannah, GA:

The polling place was a Lutheran church. First you had to check-in, then get in line. Since the actual line to vote snaked outside, those in the line were constantly reminding new comers to go check-in.

Check-in involved filling out a short form with your name, address and signature, which was then checked by a poll worker, to make sure the name and addresses matched. Then you took said form and got in the big line to actually vote.

But, since the line to vote actually snaked past the check-in table, I just got in line and filled out the form when I passed the table. Efficiency is good.

Anyway, once in line, I was sandwiched between a guy talking on his phone and a family taking their 11 year old daughter with them to vote. The family was sweet, as they educated their daughter for what was clearly the nth time on the importance of voting and women's rights. The girl was nice , though a bit bored at times, which was understandable. But she had an her cell phone with a few games to keep her occupied when the adults would not shut up.

Once the line was inside the voting place, the layout of the voting process was a bit clearer. The line we were in wasn't the exact line to vote, there was a final check in, where your Georgia driver's license or ID card was scanned and checked against a database to make sure you were...something. I'm assuming it was that you were at the right polling place and legally able to vote.

While waiting to get to his point, the line passed a poll watcher who was, well, watching the room. There was sign at the entrance to the polling station which said talking or texting was forbidden once you were inside. In conversation with the watcher, she said she didn't care whether people were texting or talking, just if they were bothering other people. Fair enough.

Just before I was about to be checked in for the second time, the computer system on the voter databases seemed to go down. There was that familiar sign of people checking computer connections, then workers called out to the lead poll watcher that the system was down. She asked if they had checked the connections, they replied that they had and she implored them to check again, all of them. They did, including the cable leading to the wall and verified everything was alright.

Then the lead poll watcher came over and did something and figured out that it wasn't the system, just a single computer. Since there were only two computers, that meant the line could continue, just at a slower pace.

When I reached this check point, I handed over the form I had filled out, along with driver's license. The poll watcher marked off a something on my form, picked up a yellow ballot card and handed it and my license to me.

Then I went and cheerfully voted for socialist kenyan who is stealing our freedoms. When done, I turned the ballot card back in, got my sticker and left. All of this took about 30-40 minutes. This particular process would have been much quicker if there had been more computers at the final check out, that seemed to be the big bottle neck, ever before one computer started acting up. There were 5 actual polling booths and at times, only 1 or 2 were being used, due to the final check-in being slow. That might have been do to what I assume the voter database being overwhelmed with the entire county dialing in.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


What Is It With Nut Jobs Capitalizing Every Word?

Often (definitely not always) poor mastery of literacy skills points to other language processing issues which can cause convoluted thinking.
posted by Miko at 6:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


Some good Chris Matthews here
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


It Doesnt Matter What Person We Elect He/She Will Be Part Of Carrying Out The Master Plan!!! Any Questions???

Yes. Would you like orange or cherry jello with your hospital lunch?
posted by moammargaret at 6:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


KathrynT: What would be in a Blue State besides blue curacao?

I can't help you on ingredients, but whatever is in there, there should be equal parts of each liquor.
posted by King Bee at 6:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


You could volunteer to get out the vote!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"...Paul Ryan's back on stage calling for all unborn children to chew their way out"

#RomneyDeathRally is gonna kill me today. :D
posted by Jacqueline at 6:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Also, I took two "Georgia Voter" stickers. Just because.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Vote Dub/Step 2010
posted by Burhanistan at 6:43 AM on November 6, 2012


I spent several hours Sunday crafting a long and (hopefully) convincing email to get my dad, a mythical undecided Ohio voter, to vote for Obama. I don't know if it worked, but worst case, I know my mom will be there to cancel him out.
posted by gueneverey at 6:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I didn't vote today and I DON'T INTEND TO!
posted by mazola at 6:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just came here to say we're counting on you USA. Please don't screw this up.

I find these exhortations from "the rest of the world" pretty condescending.
posted by OmieWise at 6:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


At the two and a half hour mark in line here. Someone just came around offering granola bars, which is nice. Someone else passed by and asked what we're all in line for, which, 0_o.
posted by troika at 6:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


What Is It With Nut Jobs Capitalizing Every Word?


I've always thought it was an Attempt to Imitate the way Ye Olde Docu-ments were Written.
posted by Rat Spatula at 6:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


> It Doesnt Matter What Person We Elect He/She Will Be Part Of Carrying Out The Master Plan!!!

Credit where credit's due: He/She?
Nice to read.
posted by de at 6:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


snarky election-themed cocktails

"The 99%" is any liquor heated in an open pot. You inhale the vapor.

Please don't do this.
posted by uncleozzy at 6:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I didn't vote today and I DON'T INTEND TO!

So you're the reason why Obama is behind in Alberta!
posted by King Bee at 6:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


troika, you rock. Thank you for waiting.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can't help you on ingredients, but whatever is in there, there should be equal parts of each liquor.

A bartender friend of mine suggested something drinkable, which is an Aviation made with curacao instead of creme de violette. That would be gin, maraschino, and blue curacao.

From my other spitballing with her, a Green Party is absinthe, St. Germain, and soda: a bunch of things that all sound good in theory, but in practice combine to form something kind of unsettling. A Libertarian Party is moonshine and goldschlager; halfway through the party, you switch the moonshine for Sterno, and anyone who didn't bring a gas chromatograph to verify the composition of their drink should have planned better. A Democratic Party is vodka and soda; no lime, color, flavor, or substance, but at least it doesn't have Sterno in it. And a GOP is just an Old Fashioned with a different name.
posted by KathrynT at 6:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [44 favorites]


Took about 50 minutes in Somerville MA (8:20-9:10). I've moved a few blocks since 2008 but I think the wait was similar then.
posted by dfan at 6:48 AM on November 6, 2012


Fox News sees a black man—and they're scared!
The best part? Note how that scary, scary black man intimidates the women by greeting them and holding the door. Run for your lives!
posted by zombieflanders at 6:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


I find these exhortations from "the rest of the world" pretty condescending.

Why? When our country's elected leader has a massive amount of sway in world matters (such as Bush being the reason a whole lot of military servicepeople in a lot of nations have been serving and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan), and the outcome of this election could determine whether or not they're going to go die in Iran as well, I feel they have a vested interest and every right to express their opinions to us.

It's not just us today.
posted by olinerd at 6:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [30 favorites]


What would be in a Blue State besides blue curacao?

Organic blue agave tequila.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Just voted and bought a lottery ticket. I am hoping that I get a BIG winner between the two.
posted by jadepearl at 6:51 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I find these exhortations from "the rest of the world" pretty condescending.

I don't. They have every good reason to worry about who's running the show over here, and this is the nation that re-elected Dubya.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:51 AM on November 6, 2012 [21 favorites]


Welcome everyone, to a day of careful favorite rationing.
posted by JHarris at 6:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [14 favorites]


I am gonna get no work done today. I've already warned my boss.
posted by DynamiteToast at 6:53 AM on November 6, 2012


I was 31st in line when the polls opened in my precinct this morning. I was also the youngest person there. Evidently my fellow upper 20 year olds don't get up at 6:15am to vote.
posted by royalsong at 6:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Question, I'm in Virginia, and apparently I forgot to update my address when I moved, so my drivers license doesn't match my registration. Do I just vote at my old precinct and will I have problems if I do?
posted by empath at 6:53 AM on November 6, 2012


For LA-area residents who need a way to get to the polls:

Cab Companies Offering Free Rides to the Polls for November 6 Election
From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, local taxi companies will help Angelenos in Los Angeles, South Bay and Long Beach "Roll to the Polls" for free.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The robot lobby is tired of you organs trying to pawn Romney off on us.
posted by curious nu at 6:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


https://twitter.com/fivethirtynate

Nate Silver becomes one with The Model.
posted by qnarf at 6:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


What Is It With Nut Jobs Capitalizing Every Word?

I've always associated it with the way German capitalizes all nouns. It makes everything sound like it's the ideal, theoretical Platonic form of a thing, rather than simply a specific, flawed instance thereof. I think there's an appeal to it for folks with a loose purchase on reality, as it exists.
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


The best part? Note how that scary, scary black man intimidates the women by greeting them and holding the door. Run for your lives!

But he's in semi-military garb!
He could be the next Unabomber, Oklahoma Bomber or Batman shooter... but less white!
posted by Mezentian at 6:55 AM on November 6, 2012


Empath, if you were in NC I could tell you exactly what to do. If you moved less than thirty days ago I think the old precinct is fine. Otherwise you might need paperwork from them anyway. Worst case scenario this is what a provisional ballot is for.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:55 AM on November 6, 2012


My younger son turns 1 year old today (this happy chappy) and instead of helping him help himself to a faceful of cake tonight I am going to be babysitting the posting of election results on the website of the government entity for which I work. Grumble. There better be good news at the end of the night, is what I'm saying.
posted by dirtdirt at 6:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


For all of you, just show up at the polls. If there is a problem re address or whatever, there should always be a process to make sure you can at least vote provisionally. Poll workers are trained to make sure everyone has the right to exercise their privilege of voting.

(But if you haven't registered, what the heck were you thinking????? THAT it's too late to fix.)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:58 AM on November 6, 2012


Obama campaign sent me a text last night asking me to reply with "CALL" to get the number of an undecided swing state voter. Hell yes. So I called 19 year old Cody in West Palm Beach. After I gave him shit for being undecided, we talked for about 20 minutes about our lives, families, and hopes. I think he'll vote Obama, but you never know. The apathy was kind of strong in this one.

I would have made these calls all night but somehow Obama's texting app stopped responding. It was a great idea.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [25 favorites]


300 comments and it's not even 10AM EST.

*goes out to buy more RAM*
posted by gwint at 6:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Question, I'm in Virginia, and apparently I forgot to update my address when I moved, so my drivers license doesn't match my registration. Do I just vote at my old precinct and will I have problems if I do?

As long as you have a photo ID, you're good to go, but you should probably bring a utilities bill just in case.
posted by zombieflanders at 6:59 AM on November 6, 2012


But if you haven't registered, what the heck were you thinking????? THAT it's too late to fix.)

Unless you're in a state with same-day registration! Like Maine!
posted by KathrynT at 6:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Question, I'm in Virginia, and apparently I forgot to update my address when I moved, so my drivers license doesn't match my registration. Do I just vote at my old precinct and will I have problems if I do?"

empath: I'm in Virginia and my drivers license doesn't match my voter registration address (although in my case my voter registration is the correct address and my license the old address) and I had no problem voting. I just had to tell them my full name and address and have the address I tell them match the address they had in their book.
posted by Jacqueline at 7:00 AM on November 6, 2012


My polling location doesn't give out "I Voted!" stickers. womp.
posted by likeatoaster at 7:00 AM on November 6, 2012


I just voted in New York so I have no idea if my vote counted or not, only that my ballot was scanned. Plus the scanner guy saw or could have seen what party I voted for with a casual glance.
posted by gubo at 7:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Early voter here in MD. I wanted to vote before the storm but the line was massive then. Instead I went last Thursday and was done in about 30 minutes. I was thinking about picking up some booze and partying tonight, but then I remembered that I have dance class tonight and have to work in the morning.
posted by sperose at 7:01 AM on November 6, 2012


Okay, I watched the Wakandan citizen scarily opening doors videos, so I must ask:
do you not have exclusion zones there?

"Poll watcher" or not (and he is a bit intimidating), should he not be kept back 100,200,300 metres from the polling location?
posted by Mezentian at 7:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


My conservative husband voted Democrat for the first time in his life. It's been one hell of an election cycle.
posted by bayliss at 7:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


We have the scantron sheets here in CT and voting took about five minutes. I miss the old lever machines but this new system scales really well. This little polling place, one of eleven in town, had seven table-booths to work at, where they would never had more than one or two machines. And at 8:30, 450 people had voted already, assuming the counter on the ballot reader was correct.
posted by smackfu at 7:02 AM on November 6, 2012


Bugs Bunny's contingency plan if Florida causes any (more) problems.
posted by obscurator at 7:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


"Poll watcher" or not (and he is a bit intimidating), should he not be kept back 100,200,300 metres from the polling location?

Did we see the actual polling place? What if that's the front entrance to a church, and 150 m down the hall is the auditorium?
posted by DynamiteToast at 7:03 AM on November 6, 2012


Voted in Hendersonville, NC, about 7:30 am. No line. 8 voting machines, less than 8 people there when I got there. Went to the table marked "A-L", gave the nice old lady with the big binder (full of women AND men!) my name. She flipped through, found it, asked me to confirm my address. No ID necessary. Voted, verified my selection on the paper spool behind the little window on the machine. Did not get a sticker. Thought about taking one from the "kids vote!" table set up in the corner, but decided against it. Went to work.

That's how it's been every year I've voted here (since 2004). In 2010 I was literally the only non poll worker there when I walked in. I don't know if Hendersonville has low voter turnout, or people just vote later in the day, or what. There are a lot more names in those binders than you'd think, being there.
posted by Roommate at 7:04 AM on November 6, 2012


Biden waited in line to vote, like a normal.
I love Joe.
posted by qnarf at 7:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [36 favorites]


I voted so hard, it's gonna take 4 poll workers to count it.

Number 418, and I was there when the polls opened. Long line....
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 7:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Empath - I'm in VA too, here's a photo from my registration card pamphlet. I think as long as you have one of those and vote at your old polling place you're fine.
posted by troika at 7:05 AM on November 6, 2012


Obama bomaye!
posted by kirkaracha at 7:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Plus the scanner guy saw or could have seen what party I voted for with a casual glance.

They are supposed to have "privacy sleeves" but they were missing at my place, now that I think about it. But there was no scanner guy here, just a sticker guy.
posted by smackfu at 7:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I voted two weeks ago, and I still feel like I need to vote. I missed seeing Obama, for the first time, in Wisconsin, and I'm now heading to Chi..to feel that tangible love that's going to be in the air tonight. Or, I will throw up and want the half of America to spontaneously combust. This election is about so many things, I really love what's at stake here. Do we believe math? That's all. Sales people hate the information age. National polls, over land lines? Please! I install landlines for a living. These people are old, OLD, saving by bundling(so the never use it), on the bracelet, or no cell service. Even if the Damien wins, they won't make it another election. I see young adults more concerned with the direction we are going then I ever was as that age. So this is like Star Wars, only we have greater numbers, and a constitution, and information.

And for those who wake from fox's machine. Tell me it ain't like being sick for ten years and finding out it's your mother poisoning you.
I love this shit
posted by Flex1970 at 7:07 AM on November 6, 2012


Voted last week. Been haranguing people to vote nearly every day since. I'm in Ohio. If Obama wins the state, you know who to thank.
posted by jscalzi at 7:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [22 favorites]


I'm getting ready to go vote. Is there a site that has illegal electioneering practices I can keep an eye out for?
posted by codacorolla at 7:07 AM on November 6, 2012


biden biden biden biden biden biden biden biden biden
romney? romney?
biden biden biden biden biden biden biden biden biden
romney? romney?
VOTE! VOTE!
posted by seanmpuckett at 7:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


I voted on Saturday in NJ by absentee ballot - delivered in person to the county clerk's, which was open over the weekend. I had no idea where the polling places would be, and figured I'd better vote early. Mine didn't move, as it turns out, but a number of others in town did - several of our schools don't have power yet. I think my sister is voting by email.

When I get out of work tonight, I shall settle in for the night with snacks and the TV and my spreadsheet. Really wish I didn't have work today, kind of, but I just went back yesterday after an unexpected week off, so I can't really complain too much.
posted by booksherpa at 7:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


We want vote suppression stories! If your voting machine is suddenly running LoseThos, let us know!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I will personally send a sticker to everyone who votes against Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:34 AM on November 6 [+] [!]


I voted against Akin. I want a sticker!

I came home the other day and my neighbor had placed an Akin sign in their yard. I said 'screw that' and went and acquired a whole slew of signs for various democrats (7 in all.) Later that day, I see my neighbor pull into his driveway, look over at my yard, shake his head and back out. He came back 45 minutes later with 3 Romney signs.
posted by Jacob G at 7:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [27 favorites]


Did we see the actual polling place? What if that's the front entrance to a church, and 150 m down the hall is the auditorium?

Depends entirely on the state law. Here it is 75' from the entrance to the building.
posted by smackfu at 7:09 AM on November 6, 2012


Did we see the actual polling place? What if that's the front entrance to a church, and 150 m down the hall is the auditorium?

It has been almost 20 years since I handed out how to vote gumpf, but here we count the polling location as any building within which the booths sit. It seems to work for us, with your compulsory voting on randomly decided Saturdays.

The only people I can recall within voting locations are electoral commission workers, and hands-off scruitineers.

Man, I want to sleep, but I can't look away.
posted by Mezentian at 7:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


i'm sorta anxious. but i think i'd actually cry if that rich liar wins. which he won't but still..
posted by ninjew at 7:11 AM on November 6, 2012


That's not how it worked for my place in Texas. That video is from PA though so who knows. I'm gonna air on the side of he's probably not in the wrong.
posted by DynamiteToast at 7:11 AM on November 6, 2012


I feel they have a vested interest and every right to express their opinions to us.

Sure, but I find the tone of them "Don't disappoint us now" to be condescending. It's good you don't, since I don't see my preferences putting a stop to them.
posted by OmieWise at 7:11 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Scantrons ... I waited half an hour for a Scantron reader to work recently when having tests graded for an American Govt. class I teach. The machine ended up having to be sent off to Nebraska for repairs. I ended up taking my students' cards home and grading them in all of 15-20 minutes. Might as well just with the hand count.
posted by raysmj at 7:12 AM on November 6, 2012


Also, about 2/3 of the seats I'm voting for are unopposed, mostly held by Republicans. I need to find a good name to write in for those seats
posted by This Guy at 5:52 AM on November 6 [1 favorite +] [!]


How about "This Guy"?
posted by madcaptenor at 7:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I'm in a tiny town in Texas, and I've been in line for more than 30 minutes, and probably have another 30 before I get to the polls. Crazy. I mean all of the electoral votes will go to the republicans even if they ran cthulhu...I don't get it.
posted by dejah420 at 7:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Voting absentee is awesome and all, but I miss the ceremony of Voting. It's just not the same when you do it in your underware while sitting at the computer.
posted by aspo at 7:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: As Time Went By Alot Of Things Happened
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 7:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Why? When our country's elected leader has a massive amount of sway in world matters,...

It's condescending because we know this already.

Also because it implies that we have the power to control or sway other people's votes. We just don't. I know it makes me feel impotent, and I'm sure that's true for others, but I've been on a long slow process of recgonizing that America does get the government it wants. I wish we were consistently better, but the demons of our national history and character can't be just wished or willed away. It takes work. We're doing it, a lot of us, but we're met with equally passionate work on the part of those whose vision for this nation is significantly different, and they have just as legitimate a right to push for it, no matter how much I, we, you deplore it.
posted by Miko at 7:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [21 favorites]


but I miss the ceremony of Voting.

I put on a jacket and tie to go vote. I've been trying to make important events more memorable by looking nice, it feels good.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [20 favorites]


Have I mentioned how much I love the word scrutineer? It brings to mind famous nautical movies like Scrutiny on the Bounty & The Caine Scrutiny.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


backseatpilot ... I run a small red-carpet roll-out hire start up, MeMail me. We also offer brass bands, flashing lights, and the odd "super-model".

Nothing you do need ever be boring again.
And for an extra fiddy, there's a Kardashian sex tape package.
posted by Mezentian at 7:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Was #79 at the ward in my polling place at 8 am. It was busier than during the recall election, but I went much earlier than I usually go. The whole thing took 5-10 minutes in a mostly white dem. area.
posted by drezdn at 7:19 AM on November 6, 2012


And great bands, like Scruttini Politti.
posted by OmieWise at 7:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Election thread come on grab your friends
The page will go to distant lands
With jessymn the mod and cortex the other mod
The favs will never end
Its Election thread
posted by hellojed at 7:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


Post your polling place!
Here's mine. It's the local school corporation office.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:20 AM on November 6, 2012


From Silver's twitter: current projections for FL are Obama 49.797%, Romney at 49.775%.

I think if that turns out to be the case, out to five significant digits like that, the entire country owes Nate Silver a beer.
posted by KathrynT at 7:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [18 favorites]


Election thread come on grab your friends

Wait, so I should get really stoned and watch this thread all day? I think I can handle that.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:21 AM on November 6, 2012


Proud to be a part of the blue ultramegasupermajority in DC, the nation's bulwark against Romney winning the popular vote.

I hope.
posted by SugarAndSass at 7:22 AM on November 6, 2012


I'm voting after therapy, which I dearly need because my anxiety is through the roof this morning. I will be such a wreck if Romney wins.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:22 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


KathrynT, holy crap, how many votes is that?
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:23 AM on November 6, 2012


Line down the block here at my polling place in Central Harlem.
posted by davidjmcgee at 7:24 AM on November 6, 2012


Proud to be a part of the blue ultramegasupermajority in DC, the nation's bulwark against Romney winning the popular vote.

A couple weeks ago, my wife asked the bartender at our local bar(in DC) if she'd decided who to vote for. The bartender gave her a look like she'd asked if the bartender was considering cannibalism.

Of course, my wife was still locked in her "Obama or Jill Stein" debate so when that was clear, all was forgiven.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:24 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I voted before work this morning. No lines at my polling place in the Avondale neighborhood in Chicago. I was asked for ID, which I showed: 1) because I have it 2) I didn't have time to argue. Illinois does NOT have a voter ID law, no idea if my refusal would have disenfranchised me.
posted by IvoShandor at 7:25 AM on November 6, 2012


Here in rural PA, our county sent out "ID Required to Vote" signs by "accident" that were posted at many voting sites. Apparently, they're now working on getting them taken down but don't even have phone numbers for all the polling places. With all the coverage on the PA voter ID law, how can an accident like that happen? In a Republican-dominated county of course!
posted by dellsolace at 7:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


KathrynT, holy crap, how many votes is that?

Rough math, but about 8,000,000 voted in 08 in FL, and at a margin of about 25 vote difference out of every 100,000, that's a 2000 vote difference.
posted by DynamiteToast at 7:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Guardian have the road to this election in comic novel form.
posted by Wordshore at 7:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I was a little surprised to learn that only 27 states + Washington DC allow no-excuse voting by mail. I could never figure out why people would stand in line to vote when they could just mail it in, but I suppose that's because I've always lived in states where that's an option.


Because mail ballots are only a viable solution for people who will be unavailable our out of town. It is extremely important to encourage people who can vote in-person to do so because there's no chain of custody for absentee ballots. No monitoring of the casting of the ballot to guard against intimidation. The only solution to long lines is more capacity at polling places, not tossing away the vital protections a carefully monitored and conducted polling place has.

Additionally, there are myriad ways to toss an absentee ballot that can't occur in-person. Stringent signature verification standards for example, and there is no machine that checks for over-votes like an optical scanner at an actual polling place.

Who do you trust, a volunteer poll worker monitored by observers from both parties in a neutral space, or ballots scattered to the winds where voters might be intimidated into signing or watched while casting?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College at 7:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


I voted absentee/grace period last week (forgot to change my address within a month of the election, whoops). One of the big foreseeable problems with mailing an absentee ballot is postage, e.g. nowhere on the envelope or in the literature have they denoted the cost to mail the dang thing. Imagining a lot of poor folks are going to get their ballots with red post office stamps all over them this week, unless USPS makes an exception though the govt certainly isn't doing them any favors.
posted by obscurator at 7:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Here's mud in yer eye and scrutineer.
posted by fleacircus at 7:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


(But if you haven't registered, what the heck were you thinking????? THAT it's too late to fix.)

No, not everywhere: look here for a list of states offering election-day or "same-day" registration --- and North Dakota has no registration requirement at all!

If you have not registered yet, you may still be eligible to vote today.

And it's typically quick and easy. Heck, some unregistered voters in line with me this morning got registered, handed a ballot, and led to a booth in the brief time I was still standing in line. (And I don't begrudge them the line-jump AT ALL: if its their first time, let's make it as quick and pleasant as possible so they'll come back next time!)

If you have questions about your polling place or eligibility to vote, or to report problems or irregularities in the voting process, you can call the non-partisan Election Protection coalition at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
posted by Elsa at 7:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Voted for Dr Evil in VA. Sorry guys, but I have my reasons that at least some of my pro-Obama friends say are sound. I voted Obama last time around. I know there's at least a few of us who share my thought process in VA.
posted by monkeymcgee at 7:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


DynamiteToast, pulling from all registered voters, it's about a 2600 vote difference, so I'd say your math holds up.
posted by KathrynT at 7:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I voted before work this morning. No lines at my polling place in the Avondale neighborhood in Chicago. I was asked for ID, which I showed: 1) because I have it 2) I didn't have time to argue. Illinois does NOT have a voter ID law, no idea if my refusal would have disenfranchised me.

Hey, you live right by me! Is that twig still hanging onto the power line on the east side of Sacramento just north of the overpass? I swear that thing's been there for six months.
posted by theodolite at 7:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm really kicking myself about something now.

I'm not an American, but I live here and definitely want Obama to win. A few weeks ago I was talking to one of my fellow TAs for a class at my grad school. He's a black guy, from Florida, an undergrad. Even though I can't vote here, I'm a political junkie and I said something about the election coming up. Only to find out that this super nice, funny guy said he doesn't follow politics at all and wasn't going to vote as he didn't know anything about the two candidates. I mentally face-palmed and then briefly debated talking to him about this but eventually decided that since Florida looked pretty safe for Obama at the time and it wasn't really my place to argue with him about it, that I should just keep silent. If it does come down to a handful of votes in Florida, I'm going to be kicking myself for a while :(
posted by peacheater at 7:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Haven't voted yet, and have already decided on the presidential and senate races.

I always try to consider at least ONE Green Party Candidate, so I looked at the House race. It's a pretty solid lock for the Dems - Hakeem Jeffries has introduced a lot of bills I support, but he also supported the Atlantic Yards/Barclay Center behemoth (pre-rusted for your convenience), so I got issues with that.

And then I got all excited when I saw the Green Party candidate was the No-Impact Man. And then my confidence was dashed when I saw that, on the front page of his blog right now, he has mis-spelled the word "Hurricane".

I have no idea.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


One of the big foreseeable problems with mailing an absentee ballot is postage, e.g. nowhere on the envelope or in the literature have they denoted the cost to mail the dang thing.

My ballot would have been postage-paid if I'd mailed it in the U.S.
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 7:28 AM on November 6, 2012


I notice the bars are closed. Must be something going on.
posted by philip-random at 7:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Alot Of Things Happened

I miss Allie Brosh.
posted by JHarris at 7:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [27 favorites]


My line to vote was an hour and twenty minutes. If Obama loses the popular vote it won't be because Massachusetts didn't show up.
posted by Diablevert at 7:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


My ballot was a buck fifty to mail.
posted by Comrade_robot at 7:29 AM on November 6, 2012


Look guys, I'm not an American, so I can't participate in your wonderfully crazy election today. But I just want to say, on behalf of your friend and neighbour to the North:

Good luck. We're all counting on you.
posted by never used baby shoes at 7:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


If Obama wins, then there are going to be a lot of pissed off white people. If only white people voted, then Romney would win in a walk.

The days of only wooing white voters are officially over.
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:30 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Voted by mail-in ballot in Colorado. Was up with the birds anyway, a nervous fucking wreck.
posted by mynameisluka at 7:30 AM on November 6, 2012


black guy, from Florida, an undergrad

If that's him, and he doesn't know enough to vote, there's nothing you can do.
posted by Rykey at 7:30 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU GOOD LUCK. WE'RE ALL COUNTING ON YOU.
posted by jokeefe at 7:31 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I voted for some Greens in some of the local judge races that the Democrats don't even bother contesting (being Texas you basically have to be Republican to get elected to Judge outside of Austin, Dallas or Houston). I couldn't bear to vote for Libertarian third party candidates even in the cases where it was Republican vs Libertarian.

Oh well sooner or later Texas Democrats might get their house in order and actually organize at the local level.
posted by vuron at 7:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I voted against Akin. I want a sticker!

Me too! I love Claire McCaskill, but really, I was voting for science.
posted by almostmanda at 7:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


On why stand in line instead of mailing your vote in, it's an opportunity to connect with people, to physically participate in Democracy, which with all its dents and dings is still something very special to have. Plus you frequently get A STICKER.
posted by JHarris at 7:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


Please keep posting snippets here as they roll out so I don't have to ALSO watch this unfold on twitter!
posted by Theta States at 7:32 AM on November 6, 2012


If Obama wins, then there are going to be a lot of pissed off white people.

Yeah. The crazy that will come spewing-forth from the right after an Obama win will be mind-boggling. Frankly, I can't imagine how the right will be able to top the level of crazy they've already hit, but I'm confident they can clear the bar with ease.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


AND DON'T CALL ME SHIRLEY
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Wait, so I should get really stoned and watch this thread all day?"

No, you should get really stoned and hang out in this chat room all day.
posted by Jacqueline at 7:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I voted. Twice.
posted by Sailormom at 7:33 AM on November 6, 2012


Voted! Fuck you Mitt! Oh, and screw you, too, Scott Brown!

Come on over here Obama and Elizabeth Warren. Gimme some of that sugar. Aw yiss.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


If Obama wins, then there are going to be a lot of pissed off white people.

Except for all the ones who voted for Obama.

Most of the pissed off white people dislike him personally + believe that some sort of apocalyptic economic meltdown will occur if he's elected. Since he's only going to be around for 4 more years and said meltdown will not occur (probably) they'll just go back to grumbling and living in their white people bubble, and also taking whatever sweet new government benefits come their way without giving Obama credit for them.
posted by emjaybee at 7:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


dellsolace, color me shocked. I don't know when PA started imitating a banana republic, but it must have happened sometime in the last 30 years. What a nuisance.

My mom is in assisted living in PA. The admins at her facility took the initiative to get their residents' voting ID papers all set for the election, bless them. (Then again, if I were an admin there, I wouldn't want to be beset by swarms of grumbly old people who were turned away at the polls, not to mention their families!)

Meanwhile, back in the bluest state in the union, I whooshed in and out of my polling place at 7:15 this morning and got to work on time. The place was already hopping, though. Glad I voted early, if not often.
posted by Currer Belfry at 7:33 AM on November 6, 2012


I could never figure out why people would stand in line to vote when they could just mail it in, but I suppose that's because I've always lived in states where that's an option.

I like the process of voting in person. The old ladies with the registry books. The booth. It feels like ceremony, and as an agnostic, I have very few opportunities for ceremonies that mean something.

I was pretty horrified when I lived in Florida for a year and instead the process felt like chaos and madness.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


We early voted but here's our polling location if we hadn't.
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:34 AM on November 6, 2012


I voted for some Greens in some of the local judge races that the Democrats don't even bother contesting (being Texas you basically have to be Republican to get elected to Judge outside of Austin, Dallas or Houston). I couldn't bear to vote for Libertarian third party candidates even in the cases where it was Republican vs Libertarian.

Actually given that the majority of influence a trial level judge is going to have will be on criminal cases, many involving drugs and/or search and seizure, I would totally vote libertarian for a judicial election.

I would never give them control of the fisc, but I'd be perfectly happy to see them getting their cop hate on from the bench.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


The crazy that will come spewing-forth from the right after an Obama win will be mind-boggling

Yeah, I wish there was a way to vote for giving the Secret Service a raise.
posted by elizardbits at 7:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


believe that some sort of apocalyptic economic meltdown will occur if he's elected

As opposed to the one that caused him to be elected?
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 7:34 AM on November 6, 2012


My little one has her three monthly MRI today so hoping like fuck for some non-partisan good news as well as some fuck off Romney extremely partisan good news.
posted by Rumple at 7:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


wait, how do I log into the chat room again?
posted by KathrynT at 7:37 AM on November 6, 2012


Rumple, best wishes for your kid. Puts in perspective.
posted by spitbull at 7:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


One for any over-confident Obama supporters... #ItAintOverTillItsOver
posted by Wordshore at 7:37 AM on November 6, 2012


Of course that perspective is "Obamacare, Fuck Yeah!"
posted by spitbull at 7:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I just voted! This was my first time voting in person; in the 2008 election, which was just two months after my 18th birthday, I had to send in an absentee ballot from college. Those machines are so fun and patriotic!

(If any of you are worried about tonight's outcome, rest assured that I have NEVER voted for a losing candidate. Trust The Streak.)
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Like Louce Mustachio way upthread, I just voted NO (twice), got to vote for Obama as well as Keith Ellison, and did I mention NO (twice)?

Better than that, sometime today I plan to tell my boss with publicly crackpot political views that I successfully cancelled out his vote today. That's gonna be sweet.

Not worried about Obama. Very worried about these dumbass MN constitutional amendments on Voter ID and Marriage restriction.
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


wait, how do I log into the chat room again?

Mefi Chat room for Election Day

login using lowercase.

More info from pb here.

Ping us on email or in the MeTa thread if you need more help. There are 73 people there now.
posted by jessamyn at 7:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Apparently friends are seeing huge lines in Northern Virginia. Hooray.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:40 AM on November 6, 2012


pulling for good news for your kid, rumple.
posted by qnarf at 7:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


KathrynT: "wait, how do I log into the chat room again?"

chat.metafilter.com

Username: kathrynt@chat.metafilter.com
(must be all lowercase)

Password: [your MetaFilter account password]
posted by Jacqueline at 7:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I voted this morning and a "sweet white granny" was ILLEGALLY giving out evil homophobic fliers right at the door to my polling place (I am in Maryland). She is no longer there, which makes me happy (I spoke to the poll monitors). Remember, you have the right to help enforce polling zone rules! This is our political process in action!
posted by anya32 at 7:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [24 favorites]


Our line was the my wife and our three neighbors who all went to vote together, here in Hartford, CT. The voting machine said mine was the 158th ballot at 7:55 this morning. Painless.

Our neighborhood coffee shop was giving free coffee to anyone with an "I Voted" or "He Votado Hoy" sticker so we had pastries and coffee afterwards. Also, the Hartford library is forgiving the late fees of anyone with such a sticker, today only. More like this please.
posted by gauche at 7:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


KatherineT, I asked them to give you my seat over there.
posted by Danf at 7:42 AM on November 6, 2012


Some advice via text this morning from one of my best friends --

"Vote. Eat Chocolate. Wait."

It's like some kind of mantra.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Oh, yeah, and it was one of our neighbor's first time ever voting! (She's an immigrant.)
posted by gauche at 7:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Held my nose and did my part to protect Ohio and thus the nation.

This is also my first election as a home owner, so going down the list of tax levies was like grocery shopping with my wife. Watching one thing after another go in the basket and feeling more and more uncomfortable as the cost totaled up. I'm putting my money where my mouth is, though, and voted to support my public services. I don't think the school levy has a good chance, though. They're asking for five times as much as any other tax issue and when that one rang up even I was given pause. I was also amused how the wording in the school levy issue included GIANT EMERGENCY OH MY GOD VOTE YES OR WE WILL DIE oversize text.

So, held my nose for president and did the deed, voted myself some higher taxes, mostly gave the D's support where contested and laughed at Joe the Plumber.

And then I had pie.
posted by charred husk at 7:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Not that I expected otherwise, but 9:15am lines here in beautiful Independence, MO were short enough that it only took me 15 minutes to cast my vote to shut down the case of legitimate idiots running for office that we have.
posted by jferg at 7:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


COME ON, BARRY
posted by Chutzler at 7:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Maybe libertarians in other areas are more universally good about the criminal justice system but many candidates in this area just seem like Republicans with even more insane conspiracy theories. The libertarians that espouse drug reform or criminal justice reform positions are rarely the actual candidates but are instead the pot smoking college students with a Rand fixation.
posted by vuron at 7:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Voted at 6:45 this morning, number 18 in the line for people in my state senator's area at that polling place. No line, took all of 5 minutes.

I miss voting on important things and I really miss voter guides where each candidate writes a small bit about themselves (like they have in OR). Several of the judges were listed as being Republican, Democrat and Conservative, so I voted for the guys from the Working Families Party. Not that I think they'll win. But it's Brooklyn, so all I'm doing is adding to vote totals.

The fact that New York does not have early voting blows my mind. I don't really understand why.

As for those who object to voting by mail, you can do what I did when I was in Oregon- fill out the ballot and then drop it off at the library in the week leading up to the election. I assume most places have drop off spots.

I'm hopeful, but worried and scared. On the other hand, if Obamam wins, I'm expecting street parties in New York again. If Romney wins, well, I've got two bottles of good single malt and I'm buying beer to watch the election with the roommates.
posted by Hactar at 7:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


So, held my nose for president and did the deed, voted myself some higher taxes

So you voted for Romney? Unless you make seven figures a year that is...
posted by WinnipegDragon at 7:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Don't worry, there are unlimited seats in the chat room now -- pb got us the hookup. :)
posted by Jacqueline at 7:45 AM on November 6, 2012


Because mail ballots are only a viable solution for people who will be unavailable our out of town.

Tell that to the residents of Oregon and Washington, where all voting is done by mail, and where coincidentally the voter turnout rates happen to be 8.5% and 4.6% higher (resp.) than the national average.

Additionally, there are myriad ways to toss an absentee ballot that can't occur in-person. Stringent signature verification standards for example, and there is no machine that checks for over-votes like an optical scanner at an actual polling place.

That's just nonsense. For one thing, mail tampering is already a serious crime, and there are established systems to enforce it. In Washington there have been 15 million ballots cast by mail since 2000 and only nine convictions of voter fraud. 9/15,000,000 are pretty good odds, and the increased turnout surely makes up for the infinitesimal risk increase. Besides, you can track your ballot online and verify that it has been counted. Every signature is most certainly verified, and they feed the ballots into the same optical scanners that in-person voters use.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


Oh and no voting sticker. I am disappoint
posted by Hactar at 7:45 AM on November 6, 2012


My wife and I voted in Cary, NC at about 7:30 am. Very busy but the enthusiastic poll workers were running a tight ship. I was number 155 at that station. We were going to vote Saturday but a friend said it was a madhouse so we waited.

Right after that we went to my kid's second grade parent-teacher conference and saw their hallway election display with post-its where the kids had done a mock election. Obama had about 75% of the vote. Yay kids!
posted by freecellwizard at 7:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


So, held my nose for president and did the deed, voted myself some higher taxes

So you voted for Romney? Unless you make seven figures a year that is...


A lot of people vote themselves higher taxes in local matters - school levies, community pools and activity centers, etc.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 7:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Good morning from Massachusetts (which I flew into last night so I could go to my boyfriend's election party tonight - I voted in-person absentee in Virginia a couple weeks ago)! My dad reported that he was around #75 in line at 6:10 this morning in Alexandria, VA, all of my Northern Virginia friends are posting pics on Facebook of big lines, and my mom reported a loooooong line around 10 am in Dayton, OH. My boyfriend had only about a 5 minute wait here in Cambridge (Harvard GSD polling place, around 9:30 am) though. I am about to die of nervousness and am probably going to head out to volunteer for Elizabeth Warren in a few minutes here so that I can do something other than read blogs and have panic attacks all day.

Also, here's a bit of inspiration from a friend who is currently backpacking in Peru:
"Yo. I spent $180 to have my ballot shipped to a small town in the Peruvian Andes, never got it, printed off an emergency ballot online one week ago, traveled some five hours to get to Cuzco, and spent another 275 soles (~$100) to three-day ship it back to Virginia. Don't tell me you can't take an hour off today to go vote."

Happy Election Day, everybody!
posted by naoko at 7:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [15 favorites]


Our neighborhood coffee shop was giving free coffee to anyone with an "I Voted" or "He Votado Hoy" sticker so we had pastries and coffee afterwards. Also, the Hartford library is forgiving the late fees of anyone with such a sticker, today only. More like this please.

As much as I agree with the sentiment, this is actually illegal.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah you know little C's treatment would have cost 500,000 dollars if we lived in the states, and she would have a preexisting condition from the age of 20 months. That would have caused us financial ruin and made her a slave to whatever health care she could get.

As it is, We're out of pocket about a thousand bucks over two years of treatment as of next week, and we're currently siting on a ferry to the hospital. Government health care is paying for the ferry too.

C. is a dual USA Canada citizen so it's not just theory. If she is ever to live in the USA she has to have something like obamacare. It's that simple.

she's doing fine BTW tho not put of woods yet
posted by Rumple at 7:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [13 favorites]


In the future, we won't have to vote. The Nate Silver projection will be taken as gospel truth (more than now, even!). Every four years some historical data will be thrown into a computer and a President will be announced. It's gonna be great.

Multivac and Nate Silver, what a team!

(actually, Franchise was set in 2008.)
posted by zamboni at 7:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was approached by a lady in a bright red shirt and a clipboard outside my polling station. I assumed it was an exit poll. She asks me "hi, would you like a free flu shot?"

So.... I got a sticker for voting. And an influenza inoculation.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [25 favorites]


I voted at 8:45 this morning. I was voter #118. I wore my USA Flag pin (just like all of the politicians) and my Big Gay Rainbow Scarf. It is pouring rain and about 35 degrees outside.

My polling place is literally 20 feet from my front door. There was no line, but I live in a town of 2,000 so that wasn't a surprise. The octogenarian election judge showed me how to fill out the ballot by hovering his pen over the Romney/Ryan oval and saying "You fill in the oval completely." I thanked him, went into the little booth, voted with my conscience, got my sticker and was on my merry way.

Now I wait.
posted by Elly Vortex at 7:50 AM on November 6, 2012


My sister in law posted the below on Facebook last night:

--

Why phone banking matters. Convo I just had with man in Ohio:
Me: Have you voted yet?
Man: No, I don't know where to go.
Me: Oh, sure. Your voting location is at X.
Man: Don't I need ID? I lost my license so I thought I couldn't vote.
Me: Not true. All you need is one form of ID, which could be a paycheck, a bank statement, a utility bill, or any other government document that shows your name and your address.
Man: Really? Wow, thanks so much for the call.

--

https://call.barackobama.com
posted by AwkwardPause at 7:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [43 favorites]


LET'S DO THIS!!!!
posted by grubi at 7:52 AM on November 6, 2012


(I'm so excited.)
posted by grubi at 7:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Talking about "condescending" rest-of-worlders is reading far too much into a couple of one-liners that come from exactly the same nervous anticipation that many of you are feeling today. It's the online equivalent of clasping your hands, looking to the heavens and saying please, please let X win. Nobody is assuming that you personally are going to vote for a particular candidate, so why take it personally?
posted by rory at 7:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


The chat room is not for the faint of heart or slow of fingers. You have been warned.
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


IT'S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY! I took the day off of work because I knew I would be so full of anxiety that I would be refreshing this page all day instead of working. I am very happy that this is a day when friends will be buying me free drinks.
posted by Alison at 7:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I also saw relatively long (for our district) lines at the polls. And this in a solidly democratic town. Also, the train in to Philly was not at all crowded- I think many commuters faced longer than expected lines and were delayed. So, I'm pretty stoked that everybody and her uncle are out voting!
posted by Mister_A at 7:53 AM on November 6, 2012


Yes, AwkwardPause! I made 50 or so calls last night, and for every person who said, "You have the wrong fucking number" or "I'm sick of these phone calls," I got a person who didn't know their polling location yet, and I got to be the person to tell them!
posted by pineappleheart at 7:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


So.... I got a sticker for voting. And an influenza inoculation.

That's what they told you it was. Expect the zombie apocalypse shortly.
posted by jferg at 7:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


So am I just supposed to sit here all day, bouncing aimlessly between this endlessly updating thread and the superscroll speed chat? Is that what you want? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN
posted by SomaSoda at 7:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


You don't need early voting or voting by mail to have a high turnout rate. Minnesota frequently leads the nation and we don't have either except for people who are going to be out of the district on election day.

It would, theoretically, be easier to sell your vote with a vote by mail system.
posted by Area Man at 7:55 AM on November 6, 2012


I early voted here in Maryland, and the turnout was heavy. On the way to work this morning I passed several polling places, and turnout looks to be very good today, too. I'm not sure if that just correlates with voting-on-the-way-to-work or what. There are several important downballot issues here, including Marriage Equality and the Maryland DREAM Act. I did my part for the cause, but my sticker fell off my jacket, so I feel a little empty inside.
posted by wintermind at 7:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


So am I just supposed to sit here all day, bouncing aimlessly between this endlessly updating thread and the superscroll speed chat?

That and Twitter, yeah.
posted by grubi at 7:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


So am I just supposed to sit here all day, bouncing aimlessly between this endlessly updating thread and the superscroll speed chat? Is that what you want? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN

You're supposed to eat chocolate too. And maybe drink some water. Or chocolate milk, to be extravagant.
posted by anya32 at 7:55 AM on November 6, 2012


Just got done here. Took about an hour all told. Most of the ballot was unopposed republicans...Texas, whatcha gonna do. Voted green everywhere I thought the dems didn't stand a chance, just because I'd love to see some greens take local races. It's not like my vote matters on the national scale. Most liberals in the south have been disenfranchised by the electoral college. Still, I hope Jill and company get enough votes to push the idea of third parties.
posted by dejah420 at 7:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Please, oh please, Nate Silver, be right.

A Schrödinger's-cat-like quantum superposition of 86% Obama + 14% Romney?
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Us rest-of-the-worlders should be allowed to vote.
We could get like, 1 elector between all of us, just so we don't feel left out.
posted by signal at 7:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


So, Quantum Romneybama would only lower taxes for rich gay people?
posted by wintermind at 7:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I've cheerfully done my duty regarding Todd Akin and Billy Long, may each of them eat a sack of dirty doorknobs. Poll lines were short here in SW MO, as our polling places are mostly at Baptist churches, as far as I can tell, of which there are many.
posted by Capybara at 7:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


You're supposed to eat chocolate too

Well, I did put cocoa nibs in my french press this morning, so guess I'm doing it sort of right.
posted by SomaSoda at 7:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Does Clark County, NV still give out these huge "I Voted" stickers?
posted by audi alteram partem at 7:58 AM on November 6, 2012


You need to fix the electoral system there. I am curious: is that possible?
This thread is too busy for so late at night (here), so I will leave you all with the hope that your voting comes with pie (if you must), or a good old democratic sausage sizzle.

Mezentian, they don't even have sausage sizzles. It's barbaric.
posted by zamboni at 7:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Well, I did put cocoa nibs in my french press this morning, so guess I'm doing it sort of right.

Oh my goodness, what an amazing idea! SomaSoda 2016 on the nibs platform?
posted by anya32 at 8:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Most of the ballot was unopposed republicans...Texas, whatcha gonna do.

Texas? Sounds like suburban Indianapolis. I had 19 races on my ballot, 12 of which were Republicans running unopposed. At least we have open primaries so that anyone who realizes the Republican primary is the de facto election for a lot of local races can vote in it.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:00 AM on November 6, 2012


This disturbing video that appears to be depicting voter fraud is being shared by George Takei. Based on the local candidates in the 2nd part of the video, you see Elizabeth Summers, and Eugene Depasquale. The area in question is for York County Pennsylvania.
posted by Blasdelb at 8:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


Short line, lots of good vibes. My son and I checked in right next to each other and I leaned over to the poll worker helping him and said 'that's my little pumpkin and he's VOTING' and she and I had a little cry. Here he is.
posted by ersatzkat at 8:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


Borrowed from the other thread: Keep Calm and Trust Nate Silver
posted by saturday_morning at 8:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


> This disturbing video that appears to be depicting voter fraud is being shared by George Takei. Based on the local candidates in the 2nd part of the video, you see Elizabeth Summers, and Eugene Depasquale. The area in question is for York County Pennsylvania.

Jesus, can we just go with scantron forms for everything, even if folks don't want to do vote by mail.
posted by mrzarquon at 8:03 AM on November 6, 2012


This disturbing video that appears to be depicting voter fraud is being shared by George Takei.

That is disturbing, but wouldn't voter fraud be soooo much better perpetrated by not letting on to the Obama voter what's actually happening?
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Living in Tarrant county I at least have a competitive State Senator race between the Dem and the Republican so that's pretty much been my hope for this election cycle. I don't mind adding to Obama's vote totals but it can definitely get depressing when so much of Texas is effectively a one party state.
posted by vuron at 8:03 AM on November 6, 2012


The crazy that will come spewing-forth from the right after an Obama win will be mind-boggling

I'm OK with it. Bring the crazy. In fact, the more spittle that flies from the angry red-faced sector, the more reasonable but misled/befuddled people will look again and think "you know, I'm not sure I want to be aligned with these jerks." We saw a hint of ship-jumping after the 47% video, and I'd expect more. The GOP is going to have to rethink itself.
posted by Miko at 8:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Voted at 6:30 am in central Indianapolis. There was hardly any line and no hassles. This state is a foregone conclusion in the presidential race, but there are plenty of downticket races -- including a crucial Senate seat -- that are real contests.

Now I have my little sticker and I'm waiting for the returns with great anticipation.
posted by Gelatin at 8:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just voted for DONALD TRUMP because I don't want ALIENS putting MIND-CONTROL JUICE in my MOUNTAIN DEW
posted by fungible at 8:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [15 favorites]


Voted green everywhere I thought the dems didn't stand a chance

I did the exact same thing when I voted a couple of weeks ago.
posted by PuppyCat at 8:05 AM on November 6, 2012


This disturbing video that appears to be depicting voter fraud is being shared by George Takei.

Reddit just picked it up. Person that claims to be the video poster says NBC and BBC have just contacted him. Someone on Reddit claiming to be from CNN was also looking for him.
posted by FJT at 8:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I just voted for DONALD TRUMP because I don't want ALIENS putting MIND-CONTROL JUICE in my MOUNTAIN DEW

Mountain Dew? You fell right. Into. Their. Trap.

Fool!
posted by grubi at 8:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Election mad libs! I just voted for CANDIDATE because I don't want OUTSIDER GROUP putting SUBSTANCE in my TREASURED POSSESSION
posted by saturday_morning at 8:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [13 favorites]


It took me 90 minutes to vote in Baltimore this morning. I think turnout is going to be very strong due to all the referendums on the ballot this year. Most important of course is approving same sex marriage and the DREAM Act. Also important (but I'm conflicted about it) is the gambling expansion question which has seen more money spent on ads than the last three governor's races combined.
posted by postel's law at 8:06 AM on November 6, 2012


The GOP is going to have to rethink itself.

Nobody tells the GOP what to do!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Nobody puts the GOP in a corner. Except the GOP.
posted by OmieWise at 8:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Yeah, I think that video is fake.

Look at his finger moving towards the screen in the beginning, the shading on the top half doesn't change. Also the color palette of the finger is really off, color/brightness correction for cell phones won't have such a saturated bright color for the finger. Try it out yourself on your cellphone camera by putting your finger in front of your monitor.

I know this sounds too much like "i can tell by the pixels", but it comes off as fake as fuck.
posted by amuseDetachment at 8:08 AM on November 6, 2012


Election mad libs! I just voted for CANDIDATE because I don't want OUTSIDER GROUP putting SUBSTANCE in my TREASURED POSSESSION

I just voted for JOHN COLTRANE because I don't want WHITE PEOPLE putting MAYONNAISE in my CORNHOLE.
posted by grubi at 8:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


Nobody tells the GOP what to do!

Nobody puts Romney in a corner!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:09 AM on November 6, 2012


Nobody tells the GOP what to do!

'specially not the womenfolk!
posted by Miko at 8:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait until no-one cares who you elect for president. That's when you're gonna find out what "condescending" looks like.
posted by howfar at 8:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Although there's a new Bad Lip Reading out, built from all the debates, I recommend the epic previous one for everyone. I personally will watch (listen!) it every hour until the results are in or until I pass out from the election night wine I just bought.

As a Finn and and not an American, I'll agree with the sentiment that it's not my business to ask anyone there to vote that way or the other, but I will say that I hope for a good, smooth election day for all of you!

ANCHOVIES! GO!
posted by Anything at 8:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Election mad libs! I just voted for CANDIDATE because I don't want OUTSIDER GROUP putting SUBSTANCE in my TREASURED POSSESSION

I just voted for PONYBOY because I don't want THE SOCS putting BOTTLE KNIVES in my JOHNNY.
posted by FJT at 8:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


> The GOP is going to have to rethink itself.

Or not, and remain in the political wilderness until the Greens (or some such) fill some seats.
posted by de at 8:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really, really should turn off my internet when I get home from work and just spend the night in Skyrim. At least there I can slaughter people whose opinions I don't like, and I don't feel bad about it 'cause they're just electronic. But instead, I will likely wind up obsessing and screaming at people over the internet, because clearly that's the way to a better America...
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I just voted for KERMIT THE FROG because I don't want DECEPTICONS putting KRYPTONITE in my ELEMENTS OF HARMONY.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


Line in my city ward had about a 20-30 minute wait early this morning; the state is projected to have over 70% voter turnout for this election. A trivial but unsettling thing happened to me; my name was nowhere to be found in the voter registry book. The official (who happened to be a close neighbor) even checked the archive of purged voter names, and nothing. Why is this unsettling? I've been voting in this city for 20 years now. Thank gods for same day registration; all of this took longer than I'd allotted time for, but I was able to vote. No answer as to why or how my name came to be dropped, though.

And now I'll be as nervous as a cat all day. I am still baffled (and frankly more than a little embarrassed in front of the rest of the world) that this presidential race is even close. Tonight, my TV will get its standard turn-on-every-four-years run.
posted by vers at 8:10 AM on November 6, 2012


Don't forget to get your receipt.

(from Wired 2004, but they chose today's date to be the "future".)
posted by mikepop at 8:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Wait until no-one cares who you elect for president. That's when you're gonna find out what "condescending" looks like.

I really don't understand what this means.

1. What conditions would mean that no one cares who we elect for President? Can you describe the conditions you are envisioning and how they will come about?
2. What forms of condescenion do you expect we would be experiencing then that we aren't today?
posted by Miko at 8:11 AM on November 6, 2012


90 minute wait in the west village. HIsssssss
posted by elizardbits at 8:11 AM on November 6, 2012


Did anyone else hear the "undecided voter" they interviewed on Marketplace last night? The "undecided voter" who was a lifelong registered Republican, also ex-military, also very concerned about "government handouts"?

What is it about hardcore right-wingers that makes them self-describe as "undecided" until the last possible minute? Do they just enjoy the attention?
posted by ook at 8:12 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


In the spirit of full disclosure, this turns out to be fake.
posted by Danf at 8:12 AM on November 6, 2012


Arlington, VA. I drove by two polling places this morning, both with lines out the door. My boss said his Maryland voting location was a zoo, as well. Boy am I glad my company encourages us to take time out of the day to go vote when it's convenient. Will vote this afternoon, hoping that lines will be shorter. A naturalized citizen, this is my third presidential election. I'm still super excited about going to vote! A friend of mine is bringing his Chinese friend to the polling location, and said he is so excited he's bouncing off the walls this morning. Makes me happy!
posted by gemmy at 8:12 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


The forms of condescension that go along with not being the most powerful nation on Earth. I'm British, I know what this feels like.
posted by howfar at 8:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


What is it about hardcore right-wingers that makes them self-describe as "undecided" until the last possible minute? Do they just enjoy the attention?

Well, yeah. I assume lying on teevee gives them their first legit boner in many years.
posted by elizardbits at 8:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have been recently told (or rather, screamed at) that if I vote for Obama and he wins I have to start paying $400 in rent.

Still voting for him anyways.
posted by littlesq at 8:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [17 favorites]


15-20 minutes in Brooklyn Heights, no sticker, but I did see the lead guitar player for They Might Be Giants headed to the polls as I left.
posted by JBennett at 8:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


ook: got it in one.
posted by seanmpuckett at 8:14 AM on November 6, 2012


The GOP is going to have to rethink itself.

Yea but they'll probably just rethink themselves even more right-wing. If Romney loses, they'll say that it's because he was a RINO squish who never really believed in all the evil shit he said. They'll nominate Erick Erickson next time.
posted by octothorpe at 8:14 AM on November 6, 2012


So.... any exit polls?

*twitch*
posted by Theta States at 8:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have been recently told (or rather, screamed at) that if I vote for Obama and he wins I have to start paying $400 in rent.

Still voting for him anyways.


My reply would be: "Well, if he wins, I'll be able to afford it!"
posted by grubi at 8:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


The forms of condescension that go along with not being the most powerful nation on Earth. I'm British, I know what this feels like.

But we do care who you elect. And your country remains pretty important.

There are a lot of people that would actually like the US to be less the upholder of the free world and all.
posted by Miko at 8:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, yeah. I assume lying on teevee gives them their first legit boner in many years.

Damn it, there's nothing wrong with people who say teevee. I also say uum-brella. I'd a redneck, but that doesn't automatically mean I'm crazy.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:15 AM on November 6, 2012


I hope they let this woman cut to the front of the line.
Malone, 21, voted about 8:30 a.m. in Precinct 88 at the aptly-named New Life Celebration Church, in south suburban Dolton. Her water had broken, yet she made the detour to vote in her first Presidential Election.
posted by gladly at 8:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [33 favorites]


Yea but they'll probably just rethink themselves even more right-wing.

Well, you're right that there's an extreme right that isn't really going away soon. So maybe this would in fact give the Greens breathing room. Would be interesting.
posted by Miko at 8:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


What is it about hardcore right-wingers that makes them self-describe as "undecided" until the last possible minute? Do they just enjoy the attention?

Well, and worse, to my mind, they try to have it both ways. The talk about the "oversampling" of Democratic voters this cycle really only makes sense if you ignore the going vogue among Republican voters calling themselves "Independent." You can't both have the same number of Republicans you used to have, and have substantially more Independents. It's a very weird kind of subterfuge.
posted by OmieWise at 8:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


....i say teevee all the time.
posted by elizardbits at 8:16 AM on November 6, 2012


What is it about hardcore right-wingers that makes them self-describe as "undecided" until the last possible minute? Do they just enjoy the attention?

They are making a principled and thoughtful decision to vote for any and all republicans no matter what.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 8:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Washington's state superintendent of public education is running unopposed... so two of my friends wrote my name in. (WA is all mail-in ballots now.) After I heard that, I had to do it myself.

Yay, me! I've gotten a plurality of the vote!
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Okay false alarm. I'm just locked in a decade long fight with my wife about my pronunciation of these words that makes me sensitive.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:17 AM on November 6, 2012


This morning I walked out of my apartment to go vote and for some reason my first thought on stepping out into the cold morning was "weird, Mitt Romney is also awake somewhere, living, breathing, plotting, sentient..." and then after after a few seconds of ruminating on that last point I said to no one in particular, "...nah."
posted by invitapriore at 8:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


so much waiting...........................

On the bright side, I'm going to an election-result-viewing party at the US embassy in Nairobi at like 5am tomorrow. So that's kinda cool. My first ever party at an embassy!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Americans in Kenya seem to overwhelmingly favor the candidate from Nyanza province.
posted by kaibutsu at 8:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [15 favorites]


15-20 minutes in Brooklyn Heights, no sticker, but I did see the lead guitar player for They Might Be Giants headed to the polls as I left.

Tell Flans I said hi!
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


You can't both have the same number of Republicans you used to have, and have substantially more Independents. It's a very weird kind of subterfuge.

This thought never occurred to me until you pointed it out.
posted by Miko at 8:19 AM on November 6, 2012


Yay, me! I've gotten a plurality of the vote!
It would be very interesting to get hold of the official tally to see if your name shows up and, if it does, if you got at least three votes. If not...FRAUD AT POLLS!
posted by Thorzdad at 8:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


The map on Facebook is actually kind of interesting. It shows when people click the "I voted" button in real time.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Voted at 7:30 this morning in Nashville, about a 30 minute wait. Chatted with the guy behind me about how Tennessee bans phones in polling places because damn it, if being bored standing in line was good enough for the founding fathers it's good enough for us. As is my usual habit I wrote in my partner's name against anyone running unopposed. Sticker acquired, mission accomplished.
posted by ghharr at 8:20 AM on November 6, 2012


Chrysler workers were given the day off to vote.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [17 favorites]


I voted!

I noted with interest that on our ballot we had candidates from the newly-formed Descendents of American Slaves party. Wish I'd known more about them before I voted. While I'm a little discomfited by what I perceive as their lack of separation of church and state, I find myself intrigued by their ideas.
posted by magstheaxe at 8:21 AM on November 6, 2012


Line *looked* reasonable, so we went to vote. Unfortunately, it was one of those super snaky lines that masked its true horror. Hour and a half.

Which would have been marginally less, but we accidentally got in the wrong section of the line to deposit the ballot and someone complained to te election official that my tot and I were cutting in line. Yes. My tot who had been in line for over an hour already and was now late for nap and showing it. But apparently, holding toddlers to the rules was very important to somebody.

Somebody else would have you know that DEMOCRACY IS THE WORST!
posted by sonika at 8:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


That is awesome, Chrysler. Because you know, fuck Romney.
posted by spitbull at 8:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


I waited an hour in Dumbo/Vinegar Hill Brooklyn,and would have waited longer if our building hadn't magically come up as belonging in the smaller line.

It was a mess, and I'm unhappy about it, not because of personal inconvenience but because it must be confusing for first time/low information voters and there was a lot of room for error.
posted by sweetkid at 8:21 AM on November 6, 2012


But we do care who you elect. And your country remains pretty important.

There are a lot of people that would actually like the US to be less the upholder of the free world and all.


Yeah. Was largely joking. But the point is that people aren't condescending, they're responding to US power. People don't say "don't disappoint us" 'cause they think that the US electorate is stupid, they say it because it profoundly matters to them whether it is. You might not like being the most powerful country in the world, but you are. It has its disadvantages, but there are also disadvantages that will emerge as that position wanes.
posted by howfar at 8:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


It shows when people click the "I voted" button in real time.

Hmm, are we supposed to have an "I voted" button in FB? I do not.
posted by smackfu at 8:22 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


It would be very interesting to get hold of the official tally to see if your name shows up and, if it does, if you got at least three votes. If not...FRAUD AT POLLS!

So I should note... this guy whom I'm apparently now running against for WA Super of Public Ed stood in a (very fine) HS science classroom where I've subbed many times and talked about getting teachers to pull their weight literally the morning after he was popped for drunk driving.

But I'm not running a negative campaign! No, sir! I haven't paid for a single campaign ad.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:22 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


Bumoto Ako (ballot 18 at my polling place).
posted by infinitewindow at 8:22 AM on November 6, 2012


Since someone asked me earlier this is a helpful page for voters in Minnesota. Find your polling place, get a sample ballot, find information on the candidates via links to their websites (including tricky judicial and other "non-partisan" races) all that good stuff.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:22 AM on November 6, 2012


Hmm, are we supposed to have an "I voted" button in FB? I do not.

It seems to be inconsistently appearing at the top of people's news feeds.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:24 AM on November 6, 2012


Chrysler workers were given the day off to vote.

Message: don't lie about corporations, they fight back and they fight dirty.
posted by gerryblog at 8:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


SCARYBLACKDEATH 2012: Because the other guy is just that much worse than scary black death.
posted by grubi at 8:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Corporations are voters, my friend.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Election Day: A Light at the End of Our Obstacle Course
posted by homunculus at 8:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Romney's Intrade odds went to 28.5 around 10am, 28.2 45 minutes later, now at 27.5%.
OH GOOD.
posted by Theta States at 8:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


if you vote but you don't vote on facebook does that count?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Election AM in Florida: A Line, a Machine, a Conspiracy
posted by homunculus at 8:29 AM on November 6, 2012


Voted at 10:17 this morning, at the neighborhood community center. Voting at the center covers three different wards. According to Mr. theBRKP there was a line at 7am, but it was almost empty while I was there.

I went in ready to refuse to give my ID and ended up handing it over so the election officials could figure out where I needed to go to sign the little card and get my voting stub. On the way out I saw a man putting up yard signs.

Now I'm off to renew my passport.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 8:29 AM on November 6, 2012


I think it does this year, but not in 2016?
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:29 AM on November 6, 2012


There were innumerable reports of CEOs who were also big GOP donors sending memos to their employees basically threatening them with their jobs if Romney didn't win so you'd better go vote nudge nudge wink wink. Chrysler using that power in the service of actual truth? Priceless.
posted by spitbull at 8:31 AM on November 6, 2012


A Line, a Machine, a Conspiracy

Ycaripsnocaenihcamaenila!
posted by phl at 8:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


I got THREE "I Voted" stickers today (one for me, 2 for my children who came along). VOTE FRAUD IN CONNECTICUT!
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 8:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


I was voter #112 at my precinct. No waiting, but this is a tiny Kansas town with a population of about 1,300, so that's to be expected.

Only two Democratic options on the entire ballot; this area is a conservative's dream. (Want to vote for Jill Stein? Then you'd have to write her in.)
posted by rewil at 8:33 AM on November 6, 2012


I get my American citizenship one fucking week too late to vote! If Obama loses because of my Virginia non-vote, I will regret paying my rent instead of saving to pay my $700.00 immigration fees a week sooner.
posted by Tarumba at 8:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's only fraud when you stick your stickers to facebook.
posted by Chutzler at 8:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Vote. Eat Chocolate Drink heavily. Wait."
posted by Mayor West at 8:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Waited an hour and 15 minutes, about an hour longer than usual. I was primed and ready for voter intimidation, since I live in sort of a Northern VA "border town" that's half old-school conservatives and half immigrants and liberals who can't afford to live in the closer-in suburbs. Didn't see anything though, except for the usual redneck stink-eye at our Obama magnet.
posted by JoanArkham at 8:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tarumba: $700? Is that special circumstances or standard?
posted by SomaSoda at 8:35 AM on November 6, 2012


Oh, right: I spent some time planning what to do with my I Voted sticker since I don't work in journalism any more and won't be preserving them on my AP Stylebook as according to custom, but there were no stickers.

OUTRAGE!
posted by rewil at 8:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I wish I lived near Sonika and Snickerdoodle and other people with small kids. I'd love to have a drop in "come finger paint and have cookies with Holly's kid while your parents stand in line" type thing.
posted by hollygoheavy at 8:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Worcester, MA 1-4 reporting in. 45-minute wait as of ~10am.

Voted 'yes' on all three questions, though I don't really hold out much hope for any of 'em to pass.
posted by xbonesgt at 8:36 AM on November 6, 2012


It's actually about 680, they also have the expedited fees, but I didn't ever bother finding out about those.
posted by Tarumba at 8:36 AM on November 6, 2012


So far all the right places from which MeFites report are reporting light turnout, and all the right places are reporting heavy turnout. For example, it's to the Dem's benefit if there is low turnout almost anywhere but an urban neighborhood in Missouri. Akin's only hope is a wave of last minute motivated Romney supporters going to the polls even though the presidency appears uncontested there.

Liking it. Keep them anecdotes a coming!

Around Air Force bases you sometimes see signs of support that say (with respect to jet noise) "That's not noise pollution! It's the sound of freedom!"

Those lines are the sight of freedom.
posted by spitbull at 8:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Just got back from voting here in Los Angeles.

Did we win yet?
posted by SLC Mom at 8:36 AM on November 6, 2012


VOTE FOR BRAIN SLUG PARTY
posted by schmod at 8:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Drink heavily

May have to start soon just so that time goes faster. Stupid slow time.
posted by SomaSoda at 8:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


On my way out to vote. Yeah!
posted by ericb at 8:37 AM on November 6, 2012


Kaine's people in VA are quite confident they are going to win. I have it from the top of the top of the campaign.
posted by Ironmouth at 8:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I have not gotten an "I Voted" sticker since 2000, when I was ten years old and therefore did not vote; I've been faintly bothered by this ever since. I do hope this changes this year!
posted by beryllium at 8:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Voted 'yes' on all three [MA] questions, though I don't really hold out much hope for any of 'em to pass.
I believe they've all been polling pretty well.
posted by dfan at 8:38 AM on November 6, 2012


VOTE FOR BRAIN SLUG PARTY

Brain Slugs are wrong on taxes. All glory to the hypnotoad.
posted by drezdn at 8:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [15 favorites]


Tarumba: $700? Is that special circumstances or standard?

The filing fee for Form N-400 is $595, plus an $85 biometrics fee. (Source: I'm a paralegal in an immigration law firm, and there's a chart of fees thumbtacked right in front of my desk.)
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


There seem to be an awful lot of Virginians posting in this thread. Do Virginian MeFites ever have Meetups? I moved here a year ago and hardly know anyone. :(
posted by Jacqueline at 8:39 AM on November 6, 2012


I'm an American living overseas and I'm registered in the most Democratic of Democratic states (no complaints, though!), and so I wasn't feeling like I had anything in the game. So, drunkenly, I put perhaps more than I should have into a (legal, don't worry) online betting website.

C'mon high electoral vote result for Obama!
C'mon Ohio dems! I REALLY BELIEVE IN YOU!
C'mon Florida dems! I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY BELIEVE IN YOU!!!

sheesh as if it wasn't nerve-wracking enough
posted by barnacles at 8:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Biometrics fee, the fuck?
posted by spitbull at 8:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


So, what's the verdict on the gambling thing in Maryland? I've only been COMPLETELY INUNDATED with constant advertising about it for the past 3 months, and I still don't completely understand the argument against it...
posted by schmod at 8:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I work from home, so I can take my damn sweet time in getting to the polling station, for which there's never been any sort of line at any previous election and the only real delay is due to poll workers having difficulty finding my name on the list. At the primary earlier this year, they had "I Voted" stickers in a truly amazing variety of languages: I think they had English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Chinese. I get the Chinese one for extra irony, especially if Romney ends up pulling it out.
posted by LionIndex at 8:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Biometrics fee, the fuck?

yeah, I assume it's some kind of anal probe searching for communism.
posted by elizardbits at 8:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


Biometrics fee, the fuck?

Fancy word for ID photo and fingerprints.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:41 AM on November 6, 2012


There seem to be an awful lot of Virginians posting in this thread. Do Virginian MeFites ever have Meetups? I moved here a year ago and hardly know anyone. :(

They're called DC meetups for convenience, and to avoid embarrassment.
posted by OmieWise at 8:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Oh, right. Or that.
posted by elizardbits at 8:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Suddenly worried. Who would George Lucas vote for?
posted by Wordshore at 8:41 AM on November 6, 2012


So, what's the verdict on the gambling thing in Maryland? I've only been COMPLETELY INUNDATED with constant advertising about it for the past 3 months, and I still don't completely understand the argument against it...

'cause life is precious... and God... and the Bible.
posted by grubi at 8:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I'd say there's a better than average chance that this inspirational music video about voting will make you laugh. (friendlink)
posted by davidjmcgee at 8:42 AM on November 6, 2012


In all seriousness, fuck Mitt Romney and everyone behind him that thought they could buy an election and win on hate. I am reminded of a line from Bliss (the film based on the novel by Peter Carey) that basically goes "I curse you all for all eternity and without exception".

This is the guy I voted for in 2008, and this is the guy I voted for 2 weeks ago with tears in my eyes because I knew it would be a long time until my next opportunity to vote for someone I value and respect.

That being said, this is still my national anthem. For everyone else sitting in their comfortable lives with their smug selves who don't really know what it means to struggle and to suffer, fuck them too. For everyone hungry kid in this country, for every person with no place to live or a hellhole they try to call home, for everyone with addictions they can't get help for, for everyone with no real chance to pull themselves out of the ditch, for every person looked over for even the shittiest of jobs because they're the wrong color/age/gender, for every person that can't get lifesaving medical treatment or has had to file bankruptcy because they *could* get it, for everyone who knows first hand just how fucked things really are in this country, I tried to vote for the guy I pray can turn the dial at least a degree or two in the right direction.
posted by PuppyCat at 8:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [22 favorites]


SCARYBLACKDEATH 2012: Because the other guy is just that much worse than scary black death.
posted by grubi


I have no words for how happy this makes me. Thank you.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


>I believe they've all been polling pretty well.

really? good to know!
posted by xbonesgt at 8:42 AM on November 6, 2012


Greenwich Village, waited in the four separate lines: 1. Find your electoral district, even though it's on the card they mailed us; 2. Get your voter card and ballot; 3. Wait for a desk at which to fill out your ballot; 4. Scan your ballot. Oh, and 5. Bake sale muffins! Still, less than 40 minutes all told - but thanks to my enlightened employer for Election Day off, so I can spend the day reloading this thread and Electoral Vote Predictor without having to pretend to work. As the viral GIF says, Keep Calm and Trust Nate Silver!
posted by nicwolff at 8:43 AM on November 6, 2012


Biometrics fee, the fuck?
You have to go get your fingerprints and palm prints taken, and they now have these amazing machines that do it really frelling fast - I was so impressed I had to go home to look up the company that made them! Becoming a citizen was really expensive, but worth it.
posted by gemmy at 8:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


How come nobody talks about the third party candidates?

Everyone should run for President at least once in their life.
posted by mazola at 8:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I believe they've all been polling pretty well.

Yeah, of the three (Right to Repair, Death With Dignity, Medical Marijuana) only the Death With Dignity question has a bit of a hill to climb. The medical marijuana question actually gets a bit of a bump from people going No on #2 as voters absolve themselves from forcing another to live a life of pain by letting them have a bit of weed.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have no words for how happy this makes me. Thank you.

I'll be expecting massive contracts when you're elected, of course. Thank me then.
posted by grubi at 8:43 AM on November 6, 2012


Went to my Pittsburgh-area polling place with my wife this morning. Was asked to show a photo ID, declined, and was told "well you don't need it this time but you will next time", to which I said "yeah, we'll see about that."

Got to the electronic voting machine, same style as the one shown earlier in the thread with the touchscreen calibration problems. No such problems with mine, but the poll workers did have problems getting my machine (which had just been used seconds earlier by another voter) to come up with the initial screen. They plugged a large hard-token type thing into it to get it to initialize, and some sort of white boot screen came up. The one worker asked the other one if it had already recorded a blank vote, and the other guy said "no, I don't think it does that until the last screen." Comforting!

Eventually the main screen came up, I made my selections, and said a silent prayer (our polling place is a Lutheran church) that my vote actually gets counted.

As Charlie Pierce says, "This is your democracy America -- cherish it."
posted by tonycpsu at 8:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm pretty sure the only reason anyone is in my office today is so they don't have to drink alone.
posted by elizardbits at 8:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


So, what's the verdict on the gambling thing in Maryland? I've only been COMPLETELY INUNDATED with constant advertising about it for the past 3 months, and I still don't completely understand the argument against it...

The main argument against Question 7, and it's a good argument, is that there's absolutely no guarantee that the school system will see a single dime (in the words of the state Comptroller, no less) of the promised income. Also, many people find it peculiar that the casino owners haven't even built all the casinos they said they'd build the last time we did something like this, so why should we give them even more money now? Add to that any normal objections to casinos or gambling, and you have a solid opposition bloc. I voted against, for what it's worth, because I trust the Comptroller more than big business.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Suddenly worried. Who would George Lucas vote for?
I just voted for DONALD TRUMP because I don't want ALIENS putting MIND-CONTROL JUICE in my MOUNTAIN DEW
I came in here to post that.
posted by George Lucas at 8:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Had the LONGEST LINE EVER at my polling place here in Los Angeles this morning. I am not a kid person, really, but it was sososo awesome to see a woman there with her 3 or 4 year old, letting him hold the ballot after she voted and turn it in for her.

This, on top of hearing Leonard Cohen sing "Democracy" at the Nokia last night, has warmed my cold cynical heart on this lovely Election Day. Plus, I got a sticker.
posted by OolooKitty at 8:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


As far as anecdotes go, I waited about an hour to vote for McCaskill this morning. I resisted the temptation to cross out Todd Akin's name and write "Shitbeak 'Dead Eyes' McEvilfuck" in its place on the optical scan sheet, so I think that probably all went smoothly enough.
posted by invitapriore at 8:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [23 favorites]


"They're called DC meetups for convenience, and to avoid embarrassment."

OK, so are there every any Meetups down here in the "real" Virginia? :D
posted by Jacqueline at 8:46 AM on November 6, 2012


I live in Washington so I voted last week through the mail.

After all this build up it feels ... anti climatic. I didn't even get a sticker.

Democracy blueballs, I suppose. The perils of our modern world.
posted by Tevin at 8:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


So, what's the verdict on the gambling thing in Maryland? I've only been COMPLETELY INUNDATED with constant advertising about it for the past 3 months, and I still don't completely understand the argument against it...

There are a few arguments: #1 - the money will not go into education as promised - it's just another empty promise; #2 - taxpayers should not subsidize an expensive private business - another example of giving big tax breaks/money to the rich owners; #3 - the folks who will build the casino likely will not be Maryland residents, so the promise of jobs is not exactly accurate.
posted by anya32 at 8:46 AM on November 6, 2012


Texas is regressive in oh so many ways but the extended voting period is awesome. Walked in last Tuesday at 5:30, no line to speak of.

Though it's not like my vote counted for anything. It is still Texas.
posted by Runes at 8:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


In suburban Detroit. Recently moved to Richie Rich lake-property /old conservative white folk country. (Where people drive trucks with bumper stickers reading: “My other auto is a Glock 9mm.” And lots of R-Money signs are blighting my beautiful scenic roads.)

All my local govt. officials are Rs, and there’s very gerrymandered state/national districts. My state rep is a tea party nutter, married to another elected TP guy. And my US Congressional district is the now infamous MI-11, former job of Thaddeus McCotter.

I’m trying to be hopeful the Dem candidate will take the latter post, but probably the crazy Repub (is that redundant at this point?) will win. And I’m sure TP lady will be reelected. So my goal is to stay somewhat active in politics, and get one/both the hell out of office next time.

Yesterday I voted absentee ballot and then made a token GOTV effort, driving my poor old car around, trying to drop off lit to homes that I think were union people. (Who probably didn’t need the reinforcement at this point!)
posted by NorthernLite at 8:47 AM on November 6, 2012


Well, I was pleasantly surprised by an item on our ballot to add language to the town charter that would prevent city officials from appointing relatives to city offices. (Significance: this is Providence, RI.)
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [14 favorites]


So, what's the verdict on the gambling thing in Maryland? I've only been COMPLETELY INUNDATED with constant advertising about it for the past 3 months, and I still don't completely understand the argument against it...

I think the argument against it is basically "don't vote for it because of education" which is probably right. The gambling for education thing is generally a ruse since no amount of gambling revenue keeps the state legislature from appropriating less to education to account for gambling revenue.

I also grew up in North Carolina back when we didn't have a lotto and was raised to believe that lottos were an evil Yankee invention, like toll roads, that should be opposed at all costs. I'm not anti-gambling (I am anti-state run lottery), but I still hate the gambling revenue for education argument.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sometimes I hate living on the East Coast because I have to wait THREE EXTRA HOURS from when my polls close to start seeing the returns.
posted by zizzle at 8:47 AM on November 6, 2012


it's coming through a hole in the air, and all those nights down in Tienanmen square... it's coming from the feel that this ain't exactly real, or it's real but it ain't exactly there...
posted by kaibutsu at 8:48 AM on November 6, 2012


the fingerprints expire if they take to long to process your case, mind you. Which means you have to pay again!
posted by Tarumba at 8:48 AM on November 6, 2012


OmieWise: "They're called DC meetups for convenience, and to avoid embarrassment."

I can't count how many times people who live in Leesburg have told me that they're from "DC."

That's like living in Pennsylvania, and saying that you live in NYC.
posted by schmod at 8:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


How come nobody talks about the third party candidates?

First thing on my list once I can stop worrying about the out-and-out sociopaths getting into power.
posted by curious nu at 8:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


I voted here in the giant Red Sea of Kansas. I got to walk right in and vote, except, of course, I had to get by the vote-suppressing id checking machines. In addition to my pre-existing issues with them, seeing them in person made me realize how expensive the system must be. What had previously been a pile of old green and white daisy wheel paper print outs was now three computers with scanners and electronic signature pads. What a horrible vote suppressing waste!
posted by girl scientist at 8:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Palin/Ryan 2016 - Cause it'd be freaking hilarious.
posted by HannoverFist at 8:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


You guys with your Jill Steins and your Gary Johnsons. Here in NJ we have a far better third party candidate on the ballot. Jeff Boss. Take a look at his stances and views, and I think you'll all be writing him in instead of voting for Romney or Obama.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 8:50 AM on November 6, 2012


'I tell ya, this generation is worse than the hippies, the flappers, and the Nazis combined...at least the hippies gave us those fat watchbands, and the flappers could dance, and the Nazis had that song "Eight Days a Week".'
posted by grubi at 8:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


mazola: "How come nobody talks about the third party candidates?

I guess 'cos we've studied some game theory and math?
posted by barnacles at 8:51 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


So am I just supposed to sit here all day, bouncing aimlessly between this endlessly updating thread and the superscroll speed chat? Is that what you want? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN

you can also make calls to get out the vote by going to "certain candidate" webpages. they give you all of the information online. i have friends working phones all day and MANY have talked to people who were unsure of where to vote or who needed some support. could be worth it to take your lunch hour to help with GOTV.
posted by anya32 at 8:52 AM on November 6, 2012


Tarumba, congrats on citizenship! This is for you.
posted by thirteenkiller at 8:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I like to vote without showing any ID, just because I can. Today the nice poll worker looked at me standing before her, empty handed, and sighed just a litt bit.
"It's a little easier if we have something with your name on it." Then she looked up my name, crossed it off, had me sign, and sent me on down the line to get my ballot.
I should really be nicer to my poll workers.
posted by SLC Mom at 8:53 AM on November 6, 2012


The MD gambling expansion referendum would send money to education, but it is likely to be offset by cuts to education funding from other sources. My boss wrote a policy brief about it (full disclosure, I edited it, and yes I know our website sucks. I'm a policy analyst, not a web designer, no matter what my boss thinks).
posted by postel's law at 8:53 AM on November 6, 2012


Here in NJ we have a far better third party candidate on the ballot. Jeff Boss. Take a look at his stances and views, and I think you'll all be writing him in instead of voting for Romney or Obama.

Oh, man. I wish I hadn't already voted. That guy had me at "The NSA changed my website to make me look bad."
posted by gauche at 8:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Voted this morning in Columbus in a pretty diverse neighborhood heavily trafficked by graduate students. Lines were disconcertingly short and they ran out of stickers, but the mean guy who made me file a provisional ballot in 2010 wasn't working the polls this year, and I got flirted with by an enormous man passing out sample ballots for Democrats. My only other duties today are to go teach about the interbreeding between humans and Neandertals, and maybe get into an argument with the Alliance of Ohio Christian Voters who have been passing out flyers on the Oval for the past couple of weeks about how contraception coverage is the same thing as religious oppression. Cross your fingers, drink some beer, and eat a cookie. Hooray USA!
posted by ChuraChura at 8:53 AM on November 6, 2012


This, on top of hearing Leonard Cohen sing "Democracy" at the Nokia last night, has warmed my cold cynical heart on this lovely Election Day.

Nice idea for an election day playlist! To this, may I add: John Prine, Your Flag Decal
posted by Runes at 8:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Here in NJ we have a far better third party candidate on the ballot. Jeff Boss.

Holy shit - two years ago I was working in Weehawken and remember seeing his notices plastered on the streetlights all around the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel.

One of the MANY reasons I begged my temp agency to get me back into working in New York again after a year.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:53 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


This, on top of hearing Leonard Cohen sing "Democracy" at the Nokia last night, has warmed my cold cynical heart on this lovely Election Day.

Saw him in Austin last week. The whole crowd san along with that song. It was a truly inspiring amazing show.

Sail on, O mighty ship of state! To the shores of need, Past the reefs of greed, Through the squalls of hate.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sincerely yours,
Website.

I mean, Jeff Boss.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Palin/Ryan 2016 - Cause it'd be freaking hilarious.

I'm holding out for Bachman/Zoidberg.
posted by Rhomboid at 8:55 AM on November 6, 2012


I pledge, before the night is over, I will find a way to shoehorn PONY into this.
posted by JHarris at 8:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


anya32: "There are a few arguments: #1 - the money will not go into education as promised - it's just another empty promise; #2 - taxpayers should not subsidize an expensive private business - another example of giving big tax breaks/money to the rich owners; #3 - the folks who will build the casino likely will not be Maryland residents, so the promise of jobs is not exactly accurate."

So, basically the argument against it is that the legislature does a bad or inconsistent job of appropriating money from the general fund?

I fail to see how preventing gambling expansion would make this any worse. The legislature would just have less money in the budget to work with. How exactly does that help education?

I'm certainly sympathetic to Argument #2, although I'm not quite sure how gambling is being subsidized any more than anything else in National Harbor has been. Wouldn't the casinos be a large and reliable revenue stream for the state? Sounds more like an investment than a subsidy (as opposed to, say, sports stadia, which rarely recoup their initial investment).

Argument #3 makes less sense. Why exactly should we care about which one-percenters own the casino? They'd be paying taxes in Maryland, and the workers at the casino would presumably mostly be living in the state.
posted by schmod at 8:55 AM on November 6, 2012


To this, may I add: John Prine, Your Flag Decal

Saw him at the same venue as Cohen a month ago. Yes, same reaction -- whole crowd san along.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:56 AM on November 6, 2012


My polling place is this cool little building.

It's a lot better than my last polling place, when this guy was staring at me the whole time I waited in line.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Jacqueline, you can come hang out with me in Hampton Roads! We'll go to one of the very many fast food restaurants here, make obscure MeFi references and exclude everyone else!
posted by Tarumba at 8:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


MA 5-2, voted in the shadow of Fenway Park. Four people in line, about 20 voting. Reasonable turn-out for 11 AM. Voted "yes" on all three ballot questions, plus there was a surprise 4th question, which was a non-binding advisory question on how to balance the budge.

I was interviewed by a reporter on my way out. He was specifically interested in Brown/Warren. I told him I voted against Brown because he acted like a dick during the campaign (he asked me to re-state it). But I probably won't get published anyways, as the reporter was from the Boston Herald, and they love Scott Brown.
posted by benito.strauss at 8:56 AM on November 6, 2012


Ha, last time I voted in person in Iowa I was proud to decline to show ID as well. We don't have a voter ID requirement, but they have some new ID scanning thing that's supposed to make check-in easier. No can do, people!
posted by thirteenkiller at 8:56 AM on November 6, 2012


One more thing - while Nate Silver has become a media darling, don't forget about The Votemaster over at www.electoral-vote.com. He's got the history and the data and he's got a wickedly dry sense of humor that brightens my darker moments of political despair. His projections are in step with Silver's, but I dig him because he's a math geek who also happens to be interested in politics.
posted by PuppyCat at 8:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


A question about early voting and vote-by-mail in general, which isn't really offered in my state: Shouldn't there be concerns about someone's boss, spouse, or corner mobster forcing or paying you to vote a certain way - which they can now validate took place?
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 8:56 AM on November 6, 2012


Just want to point out that the #RomneyDeathRalley tag on Twitter is a thing of beauty:

Originally Posted by @epomorski
"I have a clear and unequivocal message..." We hear a roar of static and ear-splitting feedback. There is no microphone.

Originally Posted by @PierreTheMime
Terrible noneuclidean forms rise beyond the horizon and fill the blood-red skies. Endless laughter carries in the wind.

Originally Posted by @bizmarkiedesade
What is Kali Ma? Staffers at #RomneyDeathRally won't explain anything. Chanting grows louder. Dogs are howling. My kids just want to go home.

Originally Posted by @sea_trash
Hooded guard at east gate won't say why monoliths are being erected at the four corners of stage. Air smells of smoke.

LOST: My right femur. Last seen near the fleshmother. Reward if found. #RomneyDeathRally

Ceremonial drums reach fever pitch. Paul Ryan chants from a pulpit. "I want to go home, mommy" "There is no home anymore" #RomneyDeathRally

The first celebrity guests have arrived: the nazis whose faces melted off at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. #RomneyDeathRally

After Ryan summoned the dark entity Atl'as-Shrug'nigur'th, I tried to privatize my sanity, but it was too late. #RomneyDeathRally

posted by magstheaxe at 8:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [22 favorites]


This is just a little reminder: if you are approached while beyond the perimeter of a polling place by a rightwinger or GOP-affiliated election monitor, be nice. Be really nice. Have a full conversation about the weather, the local sports teams, anything. Every minute of theirs you waste is valuable.

Just saying.
posted by spitbull at 8:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [29 favorites]


It's a lot better than my last polling place, when this guy was staring at me the whole time I waited in line.

Why have you FRAUDULENTLY tagged that photo as "puppy"?
posted by elizardbits at 8:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I voted in a rec center in the projects near where I live and there is a big sign outside that says you can't get in the building without ID. I thought this was for voting so got mine out, but then of course didn't need any ID to vote, though there was a thing that matched my signature. The ID sign was probably just for the regular rec center use.

It's just really frustrating, how many people maybe didn't come in because they didn't have ID, thinking it was for the voting.

So stupid.
posted by sweetkid at 8:58 AM on November 6, 2012


Oops. I didn't know there was a live thread.

I voted this morning. On one of Mitt Romney's touch screens with no paper backup.
posted by dirigibleman at 8:59 AM on November 6, 2012


While we wait for the results to come tumbling in, let's take a HeartSmart© trip back to a magical and bygone era: The Nineteen Hundred and Nineties!

Let's Rock the Vote with Madonna, Michael Stipe, Anthony Kiedis, Dee-Lite, Jellyfish, Lush, Ozzy and more!
posted by Senor Cardgage at 8:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


If you're in the Somerville, MA area, they're still short of poll workers. Head over to City Hall and they'll swear you in.
posted by backseatpilot at 8:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


My phone died while I was waiting in line, but it took me three hours, fifteen minutes. The lady checking everyone in demanded a second form of ID, even though it says right there on the registration card that the card itself is acceptable. Good thing I had, like, six forms of ID on me just in case.
posted by troika at 8:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Glad to finally be living in Portland proper, but I just remembered seeing signs for a guy named Paul WARR-KING and now I am forever sad for not being able to vote for someone named WARR-KING.

WARR-KING.

I mean, c'mon.

What are some other great names in your local races?
posted by curious nu at 9:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Felicity Green ‏@mygothlaundry

Tentacles emerge from the stage as hideous gibbering emits from the mouths of #romneydeathrally oh wait no that's just Fox election coverage
posted by Danf at 9:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I live in Texas. One of our local judges was named Sam Texas. I had to vote for him.
posted by DynamiteToast at 9:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


As to Maryland's Question 7, I just wanted a casino that was easier for me to get to. The same reason I'd vote for liquor stores to be open seven days a week. Vice, uh, ease.
posted by josher71 at 9:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Voted shortly after 8 in rural, red PA. Packed parking lot, a fast-moving line, and many upbeat people. *And* I bought a couple of doughnuts (for the kids, of course) to support holiday lights on Main Street, as the stand was set up at the exit. I feel so American!
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:02 AM on November 6, 2012


Why have you FRAUDULENTLY tagged that photo as "puppy"?

FIXED! MORTIFIED!
posted by Room 641-A at 9:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The lady checking everyone in demanded a second form of ID, even though it says right there on the registration card that the card itself is acceptable.

Please, please report this to your board of elections.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [40 favorites]


Kaine's people in VA are quite confident they are going to win. I have it from the top of the top of the campaign.
posted by Ironmouth at 8:38 AM on November 6


Should I take the absence of a Presidential prediction in this comment as a sign to FREAK OUT about Virginia? Because that seems to be what I'm doing today, strangely. Seeking out information that points to an Obama defeat, since everyone else seems so confident.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 9:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Voted at 7:25 this morning in San Francisco. Waited for ten minutes in line - not bad at all for pre-work voting! - then had to cast a provisional ballot (I registered at the last minute). I didn't get a sticker. But we had signs outside that said "100 PIES", because you're not allowed to electioneer within 100 feet of a polling place.
posted by madcaptenor at 9:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Massachusetts voters - who else was surprised by the Citizens United ballot question 4? I thought there were only 3 ballot questions this time around.

A coworker of mine also had no idea about it, nor does she have any notion what the issue is. I subscribe to RSS feeds for at least 3 political Mass-based blogs and I don't remember any mention of it.

I won't be surprised if the "Nos" prevail just because most people will have no idea what the question is asking. (Not sure that better notice solves that problem, sadly.) I don't think that getting ballot questions in under the wire does anyone any favors.
posted by Currer Belfry at 9:06 AM on November 6, 2012


Should I take the absence of a Presidential prediction in this comment as a sign to FREAK OUT about Virginia? Because that seems to be what I'm doing today, strangely. Seeking out information that points to an Obama defeat, since everyone else seems so confident.

I have called 8 voters today and the 3 that I reached are all voting for Obama. Keep up hope AND do something about it - you still can! As I said above, calls can be made through the website and people who did not know where to vote before do know now!
posted by anya32 at 9:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


But we had signs outside that said "100 PIES"

And that's terrible.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


zizzle: "Sometimes I hate living on the East Coast because I have to wait THREE EXTRA HOURS from when my polls close to start seeing the returns."

Mostly we just need to know the returns in from Florida, Virginia, PA and Ohio all of which close at 8.
posted by octothorpe at 9:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Me too, Arsenio! I am doing the same thing!

It's nice to know I am not carrying the anti-jinx duty on my own!
posted by Tarumba at 9:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I voted two weeks ago and grabbed two I Voted stickers, one for that day and one to wear today. My state is one of those that passed an onerous voter ID law, presumably in an effort to disenfranchise the poor, working-class and elderly. There was some commentary about the fact that my state's ID law allows voters to use handgun carry permits, which was seen as a way to re-enfranchise conservative voters.

When I showed up at the county rec center to vote, I showed my carry permit and then voted for Obama. Take THAT, Republican Voter Suppression Machine!

I did not vote a straight Democratic ticket, though, because this this clown is our Democratic nominee for Senate. I voted for Martin Pleasant, Green Party, instead.
posted by workerant at 9:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Man, if I showed up at a polling place and they were rebooting the voting machines, I would freak out inside. Have they just thrown out the votes cast before the reboot? Will a system error necessitate another reboot in the afternoon, throwing out my vote? Without a paper trail, who can even tell?
posted by ceribus peribus at 9:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


What are some other great names in your local races?

We've had a Marianne(?) Lawless, who I think was running for sheriff, and congressman Gerry Studds. I did once see a car with bumper stickers saying "Lawless Studds".
posted by benito.strauss at 9:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Helicopters going bananas over downtown Boston. Romney-bot must have beamed in.
posted by sonika at 9:09 AM on November 6, 2012


Got to the electronic voting machine, same style as the one shown earlier in the thread with the touchscreen calibration problems. No such problems with mine, but the poll workers did have problems getting my machine (which had just been used seconds earlier by another voter) to come up with the initial screen. They plugged a large hard-token type thing into it to get it to initialize, and some sort of white boot screen came up. The one worker asked the other one if it had already recorded a blank vote, and the other guy said "no, I don't think it does that until the last screen." Comforting!

Yeah, this is what i had (rural Western PA). I didn't have any problems, except it took me a while to realize the big red flashing "vote" button was what you needed to push to finish the vote.

This is the first election where I've felt my vote won't be counted.
posted by dirigibleman at 9:09 AM on November 6, 2012


"What are some other great names in your local races?"

Someone with the last name Hurt is running for Congress, so the entire area is filled with "HURT CONGRESS" signs. They make me giggle.
posted by Jacqueline at 9:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


>Massachusetts voters - who else was surprised by the Citizens United ballot question 4? I thought there were only 3 ballot questions this time around.

I only had three questions on my ballot. Where are you? Was this a Boston-only thing?
posted by xbonesgt at 9:10 AM on November 6, 2012


I have heard the arguments about being "implicated" in a "system of compromise" and therefore "not wanting to vote." To you, I say: EAT DICKS IN SPACE.
posted by rewil at 9:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


But we had signs outside that said "100 PIES"

Same, but I live in an area with a lot of Latinos, so there was another sign that said "100 PASTELES"
posted by theodolite at 9:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


The one I helped build for Facebook isn't on the list and I'm modest enough to mention it here now.

America Votes 2012 on Facebook Stories

It'll be responsible for some of the spam on your Facebook timelines :-p
posted by 13twelve at 9:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


But we had signs outside that said "100 PIES"

And that's terrible.


It is terrible! I was promised pie and I didn't get it.
posted by madcaptenor at 9:12 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


We were out shopping for a new bed on Saturday, and a salesman at one store told us a HILARIOUS joke about how we needed to remember to change our clocks on Sunday and our President on Tuesday.

He didn't make the sale, and he's going to be pissed about the results of the election, too.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


"What are some other great names in your local races?"

Someone I'm facebook friends with was list their votes and included

1st CD: Rush*

Which garnered a lot of "Prog Rock sucks!" type comments.

*Illinois First Congressional District's Bobby Rush
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Massachusetts voters - who else was surprised by the Citizens United ballot question 4? I thought there were only 3 ballot questions this time around.

Wasn't that one of the non-binding questions? There was one at the end of my ballot (Somerville), explicitly listed as non-binding, about asking the rep from my district to vote in favor of a federal constitutional amendment stripping corporate personhood and allowing Congress to place limits on campaign contributions.
posted by Kosh at 9:14 AM on November 6, 2012


A question about early voting and vote-by-mail in general, which isn't really offered in my state: Shouldn't there be concerns about someone's boss, spouse, or corner mobster forcing or paying you to vote a certain way - which they can now validate took place?

Interesting. My gut response is that it is balanced out by more people voting. But that's a new question for me to all of you - is voter turnout higher in states where people vote-by-mail?
posted by anya32 at 9:14 AM on November 6, 2012


madcaptenor: It is terrible! I was promised pie and I didn't get it"

PIE!
posted by barnacles at 9:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


What are some other great names in your local races?

There is a candidate named Mark McCracken who is running for ... oh hell just watch the ad.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 9:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


West coast here, just waking up. Skimming through this frantic thread is making me anxious. You folks need to chill. The scroll is dizzying.

That said, I MISS the voting booth and sticker experience. My first Washington state vote was mailed in last week - the only way we vote here.

Back to sipping my espresso ... trying to catch up to your energy level.
posted by Surfurrus at 9:16 AM on November 6, 2012


HERE WE GO AMERICA, HERE WE GO *CLAP CLAP CLAP*
posted by bleep at 9:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


We voted at 8:15 this morning in Alameda, CA. Roseanne Barr was the first option on the ballot. It was tempting, but I voted for Obama once again.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The map on Facebook is actually kind of interesting. It shows when people click the "I voted" button in real time.

It is, but not so interesting as its counter with only eight digits. It can register a total of 99,999,999 votes, or about 32% of the population of the USA.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:16 AM on November 6, 2012


Nice idea for an election day playlist! To this, may I add: John Prine, Your Flag Decal

Funny, I was just singing Paradise thinking about the critical environmental issues in this election.
posted by winna at 9:17 AM on November 6, 2012


I pledge, before the night is over, I will find a way to shoehorn PONY into this.

posted by JHarris at 11:55 AM on November 6 [+] [!]

posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


In Boston some ballots had four questions, others five or six. Only 1-3 are statewide and binding. Mine had four: the original 3, plus one on supporting social security.
posted by sonika at 9:18 AM on November 6, 2012


My phone died while I was waiting in line, but it took me three hours, fifteen minutes. The lady checking everyone in demanded a second form of ID, even though it says right there on the registration card that the card itself is acceptable. Good thing I had, like, six forms of ID on me just in case.

Attention everyone: If a poll worker or poll watcher attempts to deny you a ballot, call the National Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) immediately.
posted by tzikeh at 9:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [28 favorites]


Drove a couple people to the polls early this morning. Then waited an hour to vote myself in Uptown Minneapolis (very smooth going as always, thanks Temple Israel volunteers!). Got my sticker.

Now I have to bake my kid a birthday cake. She asked for red velvet, and I considered doing blue velvet instead, but I've decided to split the difference. Non-partisan purple velvet cake tonight!
posted by padraigin at 9:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


RELEASE THE MCCRACKEN!
posted by Jacqueline at 9:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


It can register a total of 99,999,999 votes, or about 32% of the population of the USA.

Yeah, but the entire population of the US is not eligible to vote.
posted by elizardbits at 9:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Voting in New Jersey a "catastrophe".
Voters were being asked for I.D. even though the state has no law requiring it, voting locations opened late and some locations didn't have ballots, she said. "In a word, there's just one word to describe the experience in New Jersey, and that is catastrophe," Arnwine said.

While the state is allowing voters to return their absentee ballots electronically, servers in at least three counties had shut down.
posted by dirigibleman at 9:19 AM on November 6, 2012


We were out shopping for a new bed on Saturday, and a salesman at one store told us a HILARIOUS joke about how we needed to remember to change our clocks on Sunday and our President on Tuesday.

I heard it as "Set your clocks back on Sunday. Don't set your country back 50 years on Tuesday."
posted by vacapinta at 9:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


It's still a lower number than the 2008 turnout, which was around 125 million.
posted by enn at 9:19 AM on November 6, 2012


I find these exhortations from "the rest of the world" pretty condescending.


LMAO....and there goes the air raid siren again.
posted by srboisvert at 9:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


What are some other great names in your local races?

My husband and I have been giggling like simple schoolchildren at the Gina Mitten signs all over our neighborhood for the last few months.
posted by teleri025 at 9:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


RELEASE THE MCCRACKEN!

There's actually another ad (that I can't find) all about his opponent "Whackin' McCracken". He's sure to lose, but I hope he had his fun.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 9:20 AM on November 6, 2012


OH ... and Lemmy story (!): My sister was in one of Mtrheads videos in the 80s and my activist mother was visiting her shortly after. Then my mom met Lemmy again on the plane on her return to the states. She told about her long chat with him, "Lovely boy." (I need to find out more about the details of that conversation ... wonder if she got him to sign up with her anti-nuke campaign!)

Grandmother power!
posted by Surfurrus at 9:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


And with that, I'm going to start drinking. Will check in later and see if space-time has collapsed yet. #RomneyDeathRally
posted by kaibutsu at 9:21 AM on November 6, 2012


xbonesgt: I reside north of Boston.

Kosh: that's the one.

Ballotpedia doesn't know about question 4, either...
posted by Currer Belfry at 9:21 AM on November 6, 2012


Fired Go! Ready To Up!
posted by vibrotronica at 9:22 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


dirigibleman:
"Voters were being asked for I.D. even though the state has no law requiring it"
Yeah, I was asked for ID in Ohio, too. But that is mainly to make it easier to look up your name in the list, I believe.
posted by charred husk at 9:22 AM on November 6, 2012


Are they still using the old mechanical voting machines in Brooklyn?
posted by griphus at 9:23 AM on November 6, 2012


No, I scanned mine in Dumbo griphus.
posted by sweetkid at 9:23 AM on November 6, 2012


I had to just refresh the 259 comments I hadn't read or I never would have gotten to the bottom.

Just got back from voting in my suburb to Raleigh NC. The whole process from beginning to end was about 15 minutes and on the ballot counting machine was 1115. I suspect that after-work voting will be much busier. I got my I VOTED sticker, so I'm all proud and stuff.
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 9:25 AM on November 6, 2012


Google searches for "who is running for president" spiking.
posted by DynamiteToast at 9:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn... call the president.

And the president is Barack Obama.
posted by Kurt Russell at 9:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Yeah those amazing non-hackable easy to use mechanical machines have been out for awhile. In favor of voting on paper like a bunch of pioneers.
posted by bleep at 9:26 AM on November 6, 2012


We had the fourth ballot question in Franklin, Massachusetts too.

I skipped it; it isn't binding.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:27 AM on November 6, 2012


What are some other great names in your local races?

I voted against Ron Swanson.
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 9:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Huh, they asked my name, and I spelled it for them, and when I saw my page come up said "There I am!". That's all it needed. I've never been asked for ID in New Jersey.
posted by Karmakaze at 9:27 AM on November 6, 2012


uncleozzy and tzikeh - just filed a complaint on the VA SBE website and called Election Protection! I can't speak for the online form, but the Election Protection woman was very helpful.
posted by troika at 9:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


What are some other great names in your local races?

I voted against Ron Swanson.


I did too, one more dead town's last parade. You're not in Tallahassee by any chance, are you?
posted by grubi at 9:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oregonian voters: Drop your ballot off at one of approx. two million* ballot boxes in your area. With our mail-in/drop off ballot system, there's zero reason not to vote. Be there, or be a complete and total doofus (harsh words, I know)! Here: http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/#


*Give or take a few.
posted by but no cigar at 9:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


For those of you thinking of joining in the Metafilter chat room, you are now required to present ID in the form of a photo of a pet. So be sure to bring that with you to the jabber server.
posted by tzikeh at 9:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


We have a Dr. Bengali on the ballot for our school board - his campaign posters are black and orange and have pictures of tigers on them, and his slogan is "A scientist, not a politician".
posted by ersatzkat at 9:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


The other day Chris Hayes said, rightly I think, that one of the most underreported stories of this election is the GOP blowing its chance to retake the Senate two cycles in a row by nominating crackpots in key states.

Everything is underreported on TV. That GOP/Senate problem story has been a persistent no-news-day story for a long time now. Politico, 10/18.

Election AM in Florida: A Line, a Machine, a Conspiracy

CPP is killing it.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:29 AM on November 6, 2012


...and in Maryland, I have never, not once, been asked for ID to vote. My son wasn't asked for ID either, even though the posted state rules at the door said "first time voters may be asked to provide ID".
posted by ersatzkat at 9:30 AM on November 6, 2012


I voted, in MA. You just give the poll worker your street address, they look it up in their big book, ask you what your name is, and if they match you're good to go. No ID or anything needs to be shown. And the ballot is paper, and you get to feed it into a neato giant scanner thingy. The whole country should be doing this. It's incredibly easy to understand, and it leaves a paper trail.
posted by chowflap at 9:30 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Talking heads on CNN are already starting the face-saving, "The Sandy storm bounce was significant for the President."
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 9:30 AM on November 6, 2012


You're not in Tallahassee by any chance, are you?

Nope. Toronto, actually.
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 9:30 AM on November 6, 2012


Voting Machine in Pennsylvania Isn’t Accepting Votes for Obama

"...video one Pennsylvania voter captured of an electronic voting machine refusing to accept a vote for President Obama, instead repeatedly selecting "MITT ROMNEY" for President when the voter clearly intended to vote for Barack Obama.

This glitch is even more chilling when you consider the fact that Pennsylvania's governor, Republican Tom Corbett, told attendees at a Mitt Romney rally on Sunday that he was confident the state's electoral votes would go to Governor Romney, despite the fact that Obama's got a relatively safe lead in most state polls."
posted by HopperFan at 9:31 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


The Sandy Storm Bounce is the hottest new dance move from uptown.
posted by griphus at 9:31 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Voted at 10 AM, no lines, got a sticker. Was profoundly grateful to the local Republican party for having someone electioneering at my polling place. Here in NC judges are elected in non-partisan races, so the Republicans hand out a handy-dandy sheet listing the names of the Republican-approved candidates. It was extremely useful to have a guide telling me who not to vote for.
posted by Daily Alice at 9:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


You're not in Tallahassee by any chance, are you?

Nope. Toronto, actually.


BE ADVISED: SWANSON HAS CROSSED THE BORDER. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND SURLY. ARMED WITH INCREDIBLE MUSTACHE.
posted by grubi at 9:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


If you didn't get an "I Voted" Sticker, I put on on mlkshk for you

Or, direct Image URL
posted by jazon at 9:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I voted in TN and goddamn did I need some ID.
posted by WidgetAlley at 9:32 AM on November 6, 2012


I can't count how many times people who live in Leesburg have told me that they're from "DC."

I live in Fredericksburg and we usually say we are from DC. It's much easier than explaining where the hell Fredericksburg is. Also, I can see the Washington Monument from my office...
posted by COD at 9:33 AM on November 6, 2012


why is joe biden going to cleveland
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 9:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


HopperFan, I'm inclined to think the glitch is a glitch, although the lack of interest shown by the poll workers is concerning.

If you want to steal the election, you wouldn't show the voter "Hey! I'm stealing your vote!" If machines are being set up to divert votes to Romney, it will happen in the quiet innards.
posted by maudlin at 9:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


"The Sandy storm bounce was significant for the President."

Which really means, "People were reminded what the government does for them in times of trouble, severely undercutting the Republican argument." So it isn't like it was some (as I heard a douchebag call it on some station this morning) "gift" to Obama.
posted by OmieWise at 9:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


You just give the poll worker your street address

I'm curious how they handle people with no street address, since you can register by just giving vague directions to where you live ("down by the river, about a hundred yards from the tire dump").
posted by backseatpilot at 9:34 AM on November 6, 2012


Helicopters going bananas over downtown Boston. Romney-bot must have beamed in.

But wait, I thought he was a Michigander. I'm sooo disappointed he won't be spending election night here, where the trees are just the right height.
posted by NorthernLite at 9:34 AM on November 6, 2012


Kittens voting.
posted by mazola at 9:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


The GOP is going to have to rethink itself.

I would love to believe that this is the case, but I fear that at least some of them will double down.

It will be up to liberals in America not to sacrifice the momentum and organisation that they have built up in the course of the campaign. Liberalism in America needs to be evangelised and grown, almost like a religion, during the times when a specific liberal president is not running for office. Unless liberal candidates can be supported by strong liberal institutions, they will be less likely to get into office and less likely to keep their promises when they do.

Remember how in 2008 the Republican party - despite being for years dominated by a powerful religious voting block - was quick to accuse Democrats of forming an "Obama Cult"?

In my experience, Republicans always talk, quite openly, about what they fear - they do it by accusing their enemies of doing whatever it is they are most afraid of, in the hope that their enemies will get embarrassed and disclaim it. In this case, Republicans were clearly terrified of the idea of a large, lasting liberal community with the integrity, sociability and vigor of a religion (but with a much more open-minded social agenda).

So I guess what I'm saying, in a long-winded way, is that I hope Americans who can, vote today - but that after today is over and the time comes to move forward, the liberal side of the aisle doesn't make the mistake of 2008 and demobilise. Win or lose, they have to keep spreading the good word.
posted by lucien_reeve at 9:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


What are some other great names in your local races?

I voted against Ron Swanson.


I wrote in Leslie Knope as a representative from my district on the Governor's Council. Ben Wyatt will have to do with being Register of Deeds in my county.

( Both seats were being sought by uncontested Democrats )
posted by RonButNotStupid at 9:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Republicans love democracy... until someone tries to practice it.
posted by grubi at 9:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


This campaign has taken two years off my life.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


(Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates:
"why is joe biden going to cleveland"
To console grieving Browns fans.
posted by charred husk at 9:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


MA non-binding question 4 was on the Berkshire County ballot too. Must've been a late addition; the carefully-positioned-just-outside-the-no-signs-beyond-this-point point "Yes On 4" signs were handwritten magic marker affairs.
posted by ook at 9:36 AM on November 6, 2012


OK, so are there every any Meetups down here in the "real" Virginia? :D

There have been meetups in Richmond.
posted by COD at 9:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Liberalism in America needs to be evangelised and grown, almost like a religion, during the times when a specific liberal president is not running for office.

wow, no, it absolutely, 100% does not.
posted by dubold at 9:36 AM on November 6, 2012


Man, today is like Christmas for trolls...

Just walk past a line at a polling place and comment audibly to a friend, "What a bunch of idiots. Who would wait in line to vote?"

"One vote will never make a difference" or is another good one to dust off for some classic fun... ah, to be 13 again.

I always like to throw in a "you know they throw those provisional ballots in the trash, don't you?" comment to a fellow voter when I see the pink (or green) folder.

There's a fine fine line between practical joking and trolling, I suppose...
posted by mrgrimm at 9:36 AM on November 6, 2012


True The Vote Barred From Ohio Polling Stations
The right-wing group True The Vote has been prohibited from monitoring elections in voting stations around Columbus, Ohio, and may soon find itself under investigation for fraud, the Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday.
posted by Room 641-A at 9:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [26 favorites]


"the lack of interest shown by the poll workers is concerning"

Yes!

Also, I love the phrase "quiet innards."
posted by HopperFan at 9:37 AM on November 6, 2012


Aww man I have been a permanent Absentee voter in Cali for ages, but now I'm thinking I should start doing it old school to indoctrinate teach my kids some civics.
posted by ambrosia at 9:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


...although the lack of interest shown by the poll workers is concerning.

I went to a poll worker orientation back before the '04 election. It was maybe 95% senior citizen ladies who did not remotely come off as having an interest in preserving the Democratic Process as much as they were bored and it was good pay for a day's work.
posted by griphus at 9:38 AM on November 6, 2012


I'm curious how they handle people with no street address, since you can register by just giving vague directions to where you live ("down by the river, about a hundred yards from the tire dump").

I think in most (all?) states you have to give an address, whether it's a shelter or a park, etc.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:38 AM on November 6, 2012


So, just so somebody here says it (as if I've read all 700+ comments)... both Obama and Romney ran inexcusably shitty campaigns. I honestly think only a fool (or an unfeeling millionaire) would vote for Romney, but even so -- both of them came in against an opponent with glaring weaknesses, and both of them did a crappy job of selling themselves.

It's kind of a crime that this election turned into such a nail-biter.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:38 AM on November 6, 2012


Upper West Side. 10 minute wait to vote. Poll worker asked for the spelling of my last name three times before telling me my name wasn't in her book and I must be in the wrong district. I told her that Sh comes after Se and then pointed out to her where my name was.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:39 AM on November 6, 2012


This campaign has taken two years off my life.

To be fair, that's because it's lasted for two years.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [22 favorites]


I'm curious how they handle people with no street address, since you can register by just giving vague directions to where you live ("down by the river, about a hundred yards from the tire dump").

Most people who are homeless have an address that they use, because you need one for so many documents and resources. It may be a shelter at which they sometimes stay, an aid agency, or a relative or friend's house,a PO box or a Mailboxes Etc. box.

If your house is gone (like in the storm) you still have that as a legal address.
posted by Miko at 9:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


why is joe biden going to cleveland

Because Cleveland Rocks!
posted by drezdn at 9:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Mittens is indeed spending Election Day in Boston, despite the trees being the wrong height.

And despite his earning six total votes in the whole city.
posted by sonika at 9:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


scaryblackdeath:
"So, just so somebody here says it (as if I've read all 700+ comments)... both Obama and Romney ran inexcusably shitty campaigns."
It's what happens when the best you can do is demoralize your opponent's base into not voting or voting third party. Sad, really.
posted by charred husk at 9:40 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's kind of a crime that this election turned into such a nail-biter.

Aside from the silly bump Romney got from Debate #1, it has not been a nail-biter at all. If you believe in quantitative analysis, that is. Which I do.

I'm strongly of a mind that there is one path for Romney to the White House now, and that is a fixed election. Sadly this is a non-zero probability.
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have the coolest polling place ever. At least in Hampton Roads, anyway. Chrysler Museum of Art.
posted by sephira at 9:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Kaine's people in VA are quite confident they are going to win. I have it from the top of the top of the campaign.
posted by Ironmouth at 8:38 AM on November 6

Should I take the absence of a Presidential prediction in this comment as a sign to FREAK OUT about Virginia? Because that seems to be what I'm doing today, strangely. Seeking out information that points to an Obama defeat, since everyone else seems so confident.


No. Not at all. Literally I know the top guy in his campaign personally. I live in DC.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:42 AM on November 6, 2012


Most people who are homeless have an address that they use,

When we registered to vote after our move, the registration form actually had a small diagram of a street intersection you could use to describe in pictures where you lived. So I'm curious what happens if you use that instead of giving a valid street address.
posted by backseatpilot at 9:42 AM on November 6, 2012


Every time you forget to vote Ann Coulter Eats a Kitten.
posted by NorthernLite at 9:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Oregonian voters: Drop your ballot off at one of approx. two million* ballot boxes in your area. "

I like being able to vote from the comfort of my Oregonian kitchen. I dropped the ballot in the mail box a week ago and a couple days later, checked online to make sure my ballot got to the election office. Seems like a pretty efficient and voter-friendly approach, IMO.
posted by Phyllis Harmonic at 9:42 AM on November 6, 2012


I signed up for Twitter just so I could do this:

As Romney speaks, visions of a crumbling Earth swirl in front of us. "FILTH SHALL SURGE AS LIGHT ONCE DID FROM A NEW SUN" #RomneyDeathRally
posted by invitapriore at 9:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


Took me 90 minutes to vote in my densely residential neighborhood of Somerville, MA, just north of Boston. Waiting 'til 10 AM to avoid the morning rush did not work.

Somerville had 7 ballot questions, BTW. Three state wide, three on directing our state reps to vote on something or other, and a city-wide question, IIRC.
posted by maryr at 9:43 AM on November 6, 2012


Destroyed by Total Capitalism America Has Already Lost Tuesday's Election
posted by shothotbot at 9:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


At my SF polling place this morning, there was a line. And the machine you feed your ballots into was broken. So we left our ballots in their little privacy folders on top of the machine, to be fed in later when the machine is not broken. I'm a little suspicious that I'm not more suspicious, but honestly, what insane person is going to try voter suppression in a city as blue as SF? Still, I'm keeping my receipts!
posted by rtha at 9:43 AM on November 6, 2012


(Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates:
"why is joe biden going to cleveland"
To console grieving Browns fans.


Because this campaign plays to win and leaves nothing to chance.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:43 AM on November 6, 2012


I voted absentee in MA and I don't remember there being a 4th question about Citizens' United on the ballot. Looking into it more it seems like it wasn't available for my precinct, which is a shame.
posted by Peccable at 9:43 AM on November 6, 2012


Well the talking heads really don't have any incentive to keep pressing the "razor thin" narrative anymore and have some incentive to actually call the election correctly or else people like Nate Silver might begin to push them out of the way.

It's not like the media affiliates are going to get any more add buys at this point either so the need for NBC and ABC, etc to push the virtual tie meme is no longer as compelling from a financial standpoint.
posted by vuron at 9:44 AM on November 6, 2012


There's a fine fine line between practical joking and trolling, I suppose...

....Just as fine as the line between trolling and just being a jerk.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I'm curious how they handle people with no street address, since you can register by just giving vague directions to where you live ("down by the river, about a hundred yards from the tire dump").

My experience when I lived on a boat and had no street address was that no you cannot, you have to just make one up and register fraudulently, even when you make a fuss about it and bring in a bunch of printouts of Supreme Court case law establishing the right of homeless people to vote.
posted by enn at 9:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mittens is indeed spending Election Day in Boston, despite the trees being the wrong height.

He also has his campaign headquarters in Boston, which raises the question of why he maintains such a presence here. He could have set up shop in New Hampshire (swing state!) or somewhere else, but he chose Boston.

My hypothesis is that he remains in-state because here he's King of The Republicans (what few we have anyway) and that if he based his operations somewhere else he'd have to deal with party officials who wield considerably more influence than he does.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 9:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


The right-wing group True The Vote has been prohibited from monitoring elections in voting stations around Columbus, Ohio, and may soon find itself under investigation for fraud, the Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday.

Can you smell which way the wind is blowing?

Er ...

A list of a large number of pundit predictions.

The rise of the poll quants.
(Sam Wong says Obama has a 99.8% chance of winning?)
posted by mrgrimm at 9:44 AM on November 6, 2012


Destroyed by Total Capitalism America Has Already Lost Tuesday's Election


"The Winner Makes No Difference to Europe"

I think the Nihilists from The Big Lebowski are now writing for Der Spiegel.
posted by griphus at 9:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


I voted absentee in MA and I don't remember there being a 4th question about Citizens' United on the ballot

Yeah, we had that question (first I'd heard of it was reading my ballot, but that's my fault for not researching the ballot questions ahead of time). it's non-binding though.
posted by Miko at 9:45 AM on November 6, 2012


It's not like the media affiliates are going to get any more add buys at this point either so the need for NBC and ABC, etc to push the virtual tie meme is no longer as compelling from a financial standpoint.

But the pundits have been talking like it's a horse race for MONTHS. Even they believe it now.
posted by dobi at 9:45 AM on November 6, 2012


Just got a lovely call from a Lloyd Doggett volunteer and we had a nice chat in which she thanked me for voting for him. He has a strong GOTV operation.
posted by immlass at 9:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


90 minutes to vote, no sticker, very grumpy toddler. Anyone know how I can get on the NYC board of elections?

For anyone else voting in the West Village, if you're in election district 84 or 85, expect a looong wait. 3, 4, 88, and 89 can walk right in.
posted by snickerdoodle at 9:46 AM on November 6, 2012


Destroyed by Total Capitalism America Has Already Lost Tuesday's Election

That is basically my feeling in a headline. I also agree with the article. My uncle wrote a bit for Daily Kos about how to manage having radical political beliefs at a time when everyone's pressuring you to go vote for the least-bad guy: What is 'Resistance' in a Unified Field? I've been thinking about those ideas a lot these past few months.
posted by jessamyn at 9:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [22 favorites]


Voting Machine in Pennsylvania Isn’t Accepting Votes for Obama

Beyond the Freedom Curtain - HP voter suppression compilation video
posted by mrgrimm at 9:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can't wait to hear Romney's concession speech. Maybe he'll get Al Franken (in the guise of Stuart Smalley) to write it for him.
posted by perhapses at 9:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm doing voter protection in Wisconsin. Couple minor issues so far, but there has been a line of between 15 & 100, including same day registrants, since the polling place opened. I very much need coffee.

One young woman was too poor to afford eye glasses, could not read the ballot. Lots of people let her try theirs, but a poll worker assisted her properly eventually.
posted by crush-onastick at 9:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Lloyd Doggett is the best.

I had a very cute, very gay young man knock on my door to give me Democratic Party literature. He said "Are you voting?" I said yes. He looked at me. I looked at him. "Democratic?" "...yeah."
posted by restless_nomad at 9:48 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


Also, I love the phrase "quiet innards."

I would pay money for quiet innards.
posted by srboisvert at 9:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Hope you can get on the Board, snickerdoodle.

That Diane Rehm show from yesterday which I posted waaayyy upthread made some interesting points about voting, and how our biggest concern should not be fraud (though that is big) but simple incompetence, which is widespread and responsible for a lot of issues like poor communication, not enough ballots, improperly handled ballots, ill trained poll workers, etc. Unpreparedness, bad leadership, poor projections, laziness, lack of planning and organization. It does make me want to find some way to improve the elections process locally.
posted by Miko at 9:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Lloyd Doggett is the best & he has great staff. I had a stupid question about the I9 work elligibility form some years ago when I was a small business owner, and after getting stonewalled & voice-mailed & hung up-upon by all branches of the federal govt. I could think of to call, I called Doggett's office to complain, & the person who answered the phone, on the first ring, had worked at INS and knew the answer to my question.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


OMG I just voted for this guy.
posted by charred husk at 9:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


if you're in election district 84 or 85, expect a looong wait

W13th street is an election PARTY.
posted by elizardbits at 9:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


The partisan Republican pundits aren't going to say that Romney was a bad candidate until after the election results are tallied and Democratic pundits have no incentive to reduce voter turnout when many lower ticket races are still definitely in doubt.

Of course shitheads like Dick Morris won't own up to their bloviating nonsense after the election, they'll just transfer the blame to Democratic Chicago style shenanigans rather than put forth the idea that the Republican party needs to transform itself unless it wants to be a regional opposition party.

Old school Republicans from the Northeast made that transformation in order to remain relevant in national elections and now the new breed of southern social conservative Republicans are going to have to come to some hard decisions about the type of party they want to present to the electorate.
posted by vuron at 9:51 AM on November 6, 2012


My uncle wrote a bit for Daily Kos about how to manage having radical political beliefs at a time when everyone's pressuring you to go vote for the least-bad guy

There are also those of us who are more "climate-aware" than either of the 2 evils, wondering, "what are we going to do to save our planet?" and getting awfully frustrated.

The DK article was interesting, but ultimately unfulfilling.

You don’t have to surrender to an ideologue to notice that high-fashion, expensive consumer toys, cars and houses and status-competition are the building blocks of the Empire everyone says they loath. So why don’t we, as best as we are able, simply let them go?

Sure, but I think most of us are there already. What now? Or what about us who are there already?
posted by mrgrimm at 9:51 AM on November 6, 2012


My husband is on the Board of Elections here. He was appointed by the county chairman of his party and signed off on by the State board of elections. That is how NC does it. He says other states do differently so I would ask your precinct chairman or somebody in your local political party of preference.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 9:52 AM on November 6, 2012


I can't believe how long it's taking people to vote. I'm glad I stuck out the three hours it took me to do early voting on Saturday. I had visions of being in that city park facility at 10 pm, still waiting to vote. It just seems wrong.
posted by halonine at 9:52 AM on November 6, 2012


Got to the electronic voting machine, same style as the one shown earlier in the thread with the touchscreen calibration problems. No such problems with mine, but the poll workers did have problems getting my machine (which had just been used seconds earlier by another voter) to come up with the initial screen.

Same trouble with mine. The screen skipped the president and congressional races and came up on the local races. I had to back up to vote for president.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 9:54 AM on November 6, 2012


"I told her that Sh comes after Se and then pointed out to her where my name was."

"Democracy for Dummies"- warning or book?
posted by Phyllis Harmonic at 9:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's a fine fine line between practical joking and trolling, I suppose...

....Just as fine as the line between trolling and just being a jerk.


In the many many levels of my persona hierarchy, "Troll" is a subset of "Jerk" - my jerkiness alone contains multitudes.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:55 AM on November 6, 2012


Heading out to go vote. I'll check in when I get back.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:55 AM on November 6, 2012


"The Winner Makes No Difference to Europe"

I think the Nihilists from The Big Lebowski are now writing for Der Spiegel.


But ... regardless of whomever Americans choose (or their corporations select, to be more accurate) as King Plutocrat For The Next 4 Years, it really won't have any impact on Europe. Sure, if Plutocrat Romney is revealed as the lucky winner, he'll probably give a long harangue about how European countries must join America in the quest to bomb the shit out of Iran, but that's about it.

Obama is popular in Europe the rest of the world because he doesn't come across as being a stereotypical American, that's really all there is to it.
posted by cmonkey at 9:55 AM on November 6, 2012


There are also those of us who are more "climate-aware" than either of the 2 evils, wondering, "what are we going to do to save our planet?" and getting awfully frustrated.

I vote on environmental issues to a large degree, & here's a persuasive argument: http://www.mittromney.com/issues/environment
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


Also, it may not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but I was really proud to cast my vote for this guy, who is a serious fighter in the face of Tennessee's hatred of racism and immigrants and even had the-- gasp!-- stones to mention the GOP's war on women and labor. Go get 'em, Credo!
posted by WidgetAlley at 9:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Ugh. Had to fill out a Provisional ballot in Colorado Springs because my name wasn't on the rolls (I moved to another address in the city two years ago). If the state goes red, it's my fault, y'all.
posted by bibliowench at 9:57 AM on November 6, 2012


Should I take the absence of a Presidential prediction in this comment as a sign to FREAK OUT about Virginia? Because that seems to be what I'm doing today, strangely. Seeking out information that points to an Obama defeat, since everyone else seems so confident.

Kaine is running ahead of Obama, but not by too much. If Ironmouth's source is solid, then being confident now is a good sign.

BTW I saw some tweets a couple hours ago from a reporter who's been following the Obama campaign since early 2007 and who claims he's familiar with their body language and mannerisms, and he thought they looked pretty confident and excited. It's not much to go on, but it makes me feel just a little bit better.
posted by zombieflanders at 9:57 AM on November 6, 2012


What now? Or what about us who are there already?

Well, I think in the issues he identified before talking about the consumer goods - full federal funding for elections, keeping corporate money out of it, etc. Occupy in its earliest days had a winning formula of talking not about policital races but about commonalities - economic inequality and policies favoring the kind of growth most people really don't approve of ideologically. I think keeping and building focus around civic issues of common interest regardless of party is a wise move for revolutionaries. Meanwhile, the people in office make the policies we live under, so it makes sense to express preferences - if not ideals - there, where they are happening now.

Too many people, I think, imagine the Presidential vote as their only opportunity for protest or alternative political visions. But that's silly. Change doesn't start there - it starts on the ground, in grassroots movements, local coalitions, municipal and state committees, offices, and policies.I don't understand why more of my radical friends don't engage with the system in places where the system is actually built, but only at the very last domino, where it's really too little too late to achieve more idealistic goals.
posted by Miko at 9:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


BTW I saw some tweets a couple hours ago from a reporter who's been following the Obama campaign since early 2007 and who claims he's familiar with their body language and mannerisms, and he thought they looked pretty confident and excited. It's not much to go on, but it makes me feel just a little bit better.

Just overheard one of the guys a couple rows over from me say that he was looking at some exit polls and getting "sick to his stomach."

Consider where I work. Consider why this would be a good sign.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


My roommate commented on why Oregon's voting system is vastly superior*:
I got high, then went and handed my vote to a librarian. Why doesn't the rest of the country do it this way?
*In Oregon all ballots are mailed weeks in advance, and you drop it off any number of official places or mail it at your convenience.
posted by wcfields at 9:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Voted in Massachusetts earlier this morning - brisk turnout, but no wait to speak of in my smallish town. No question 4 in Worcester County.
backseatpilot: I put on a jacket and tie to go vote. I've been trying to make important events more memorable by looking nice, it feels good.
Now you've got me feeling guilty for going to the polls in jeans. I do usually try to dress up for civic events like town meeting. I hated being made to dress up for things as a kid, but as I get older I've come to understand that dressing up for an occasion is a way of saying, "Hey, we live in a civil society and this is my show of respect for my fellow attendees/participants."
posted by usonian at 9:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


So my wife and a friend were discussing the election during playdate a week or two ago, and my four year old son asked them what they were talking about. In trying to explain why they don't like Romney's tax and economic policies, she resorted to a metaphor about sharing: we think Romney's ideas are like giving most of the toys to just some kids, Obama's we think would be like sharing more of the toys with more of the kids who don't already have toys.

My son's takeaway interpretation of this, which he's repeated many times since and has clung to despite many attempts on my part to clarify, is that ROMNEY WANTS TO STEAL ALL THE TOYS FROM ALL THE KIDS.
posted by ook at 9:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [43 favorites]


Man what do you wear to a voting booth? Sweater vest? Bomber jacket?
posted by The Whelk at 9:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Since its 2012 and we live in the future I was able to vote via email from Sao Paulo Brazil almost a month ago. I really hope that when the polls close things are clear so I dont have to stay up crazy late to find out who won... or go to bed without knowing.
posted by Glibpaxman at 10:00 AM on November 6, 2012


Oh, hai, guise, if yr sitting around waiting and eating chocolates, feeling anxious and stuff, I have an idea.

If you're for Obama, try the following. (If you're for Romney stay home with your chocolate and anxiety.)

Take Action!

If you are in a Battleground State, go to your local Field Office or Staging Location, grab a walk-pack, and go do some knocks! For every fourteen doors you knock, you get one new vote for the candidate. So in a two hour canvass shift you can get maybe five new votes. Florida is going to be decided by a few thousand votes. If you each get five friends to join a canvass, and we're dead even like the polls say, then that will be enough to cover the spread. We can win this. It's crunch time. You can be in control. It's in your hands.

If you're not in a battleground state, make phone calls into one. Click Here and get on board!
posted by Cookiebastard at 10:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Man what do you wear to a voting booth?

FREEDOM
posted by elizardbits at 10:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Man what do you wear to a voting booth?

Outrage Fatigues
posted by dubold at 10:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [32 favorites]


Cookiebastard:
"Oh, hai, guise, if yr sitting around waiting and eating chocolates, feeling anxious and stuff, I have an idea.
...
Take Action! "
What if you're sitting around and eating chocolates, feeling anxious and stuff while configuring a Cisco router at work?
posted by charred husk at 10:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Man what do you wear to a voting booth?

FREEDOM


I really hate people that wear their freedom on their sleeve ;)
posted by COD at 10:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


The anxiousness doesn't come from the election, though. I'm just not comfortable with CLI.
posted by charred husk at 10:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Are phone calls really considered to be productive at this point? I'm already sick of getting them and I'm in one of the un-swingiest of not swing states. I can imagine one more phone call to someone in Ohio might be enough to make them snap and vote the other way purely out of spite....
posted by ook at 10:03 AM on November 6, 2012


The doobie that came with my Oregon mail-in ballot was a bit smushed so I didn't do the get high part. Also, I'm avoiding the library because I checked out a DVD and when I opened it at home about a dozen live cockroaches jumped out! I dropped my ballot in a mailbox.
posted by perhapses at 10:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Now you've got me feeling guilty for going to the polls in jeans. I do usually try to dress up for civic events


This is the one thing that makes me feel a little sad about voting by mail or electronically. Going to the polling place and seeing your neighbors and fellow citizens gather the purpose of representation gives me this little "civic glow," the same thing I feel making donations or giving blood. It's one of the small rituals that still keeps some of us bound together. A little sorry that our trend toward doing everything separately via devices would cut a little more into that.

Take Action!

Some friends of mine in NH are advertising on FaceBook that they'll give rides, and/or driving around asking people if they need rides.
posted by Miko at 10:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"The Winner Makes No Difference to Europe"

I think the Nihilists from The Big Lebowski are now writing for Der Spiegel.


Really, how will the president (elect) make any different to Europe? That place has plenty of problems of its own without getting into America's messes. Look to Norway and Sweden, I guess.

If you're for Obama, try the following. (If you're for Romney stay home with your chocolate and anxiety.) ...

What if you're for Jill Stein and you have to work all day then pick up the kids after school and make dinner and then do the dishes, make lunch for tomorrow, and balance the budget?

My second vote is for Stein, but my first vote is making dinner on time and getting the kids to sleep. If the polling line is longer than an hour, I'm not gonna be able to do it. Sure, I should have voted early, or absentee. I should do a lot of things. Sorry, America, you'll have to live without my worthless opinion again.

Back to work ...
posted by mrgrimm at 10:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


My husband and I were voters 905 and 906 in our tiny Western Massachusetts town. Fetus Nibs didn't get a ballot, but this still counts as his/her first election, right?

There was a short line and the place was packed. We didn't get stickers but we did get Halloween sized boxes of Nerds! The polling place is in an elementary school, and usually the PTO has a bake sale on election days. I was disappointed they were only selling t-shirts today. No brownies for me and Nibs.
posted by apricot at 10:04 AM on November 6, 2012


Are phone calls really considered to be productive at this point? I'm already sick of getting them and I'm in one of the un-swingiest of not swing states. I can imagine one more phone call to someone in Ohio might be enough to make them snap and vote the other way purely out of spite....

My wife and I have turned off the ringer on the landline. We got 16 calls last night, alone.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 10:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


> Obama is popular in Europe the rest of the world because he doesn't come across as being a stereotypical American, that's really all there is to it.

Oh he does!
posted by de at 10:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Now you've got me feeling guilty for going to the polls in jeans.

My cabdriver this morning was an older Cuban man in a three piece suit who could barely contain his gleeful exuberance at having just voted; he kept bursting into song and exclaiming SI SE PUEDE and he got a really big tip.
posted by elizardbits at 10:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [37 favorites]


A friend in Brooklyn writes: 1.5 hours. And was asked for ID. Wow.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:05 AM on November 6, 2012


how will the president (elect) make any different to Europe?

NATO, to take the obvious starting place.
posted by Miko at 10:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


man, I am getting nothing done at work today.
posted by xbonesgt at 10:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


If the polling line is longer than an hour, I'm not gonna be able to do it. Sure, I should have voted early, or absentee. I should do a lot of things.

If you had time to troll, you had time to vote.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Asking for ID in Brooklyn isn't anything new, honestly. I haven't heard of anyone being disenfranchised, but when you've got an hour-long line with "Qing," "Ciccorelli," "Dmitriyiev," et. al. on it, it's just faster and easier to look it up that way.
posted by griphus at 10:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Man what do you wear to a voting booth? Sweater vest? Bomber jacket?

Oh man you're still thinking this out?

posted by Anything at 10:07 AM on November 6, 2012


man, I am getting nothing done at work today.

work-related things i have done so far today:

- showed up
- turned on computer
- [footage not found]
posted by elizardbits at 10:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [33 favorites]


I told her that Sh comes after Se and then pointed out to her where my name was."

"Democracy for Dummies"- warning or book?



In fairness to the poll workers they get there very early, they are very busy, they are tired, and having been one myself I can confirm it's easy to get a brain fart occasionally.

Be nice to them.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 10:07 AM on November 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


Are phone calls really considered to be productive at this point?

Yes. There are some stories above of people making calls this morning, and ending up telling the person where they can go vote, and what documents were permissible as ID, theoretically getting that person to go vote.
posted by inigo2 at 10:07 AM on November 6, 2012


W13th street is an election PARTY.

I am totally going to come back with cupcakes and streamers as soon as I get some circulation back into my cold, numb fingers.
posted by snickerdoodle at 10:08 AM on November 6, 2012


My second vote is for Stein, but my first vote is making dinner on time and getting the kids to sleep.

So you are going to vote for Stein but don't think it's important to do so? If voting for Stein is
less important than not getting one evening on schedule, how is it more important than, y'know, voting against Mitt Romney for president?
posted by howfar at 10:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I just found the article by the guy I mentioned upthread who was talking about Obama's campaign team and how confident they were (emphasis mine):
The Obama campaign's confidence extends well beyond Pennsylvania. In conversations with an array of top advisers this morning, a clear picture emerged that Chicago believes it has Nevada, Iowa, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire more or less in the bag; that it feels nearly as certain of carrying Ohio; and that Obama is just a tad ahead in Virginia. As for Colorado and Florida, Team Obama believes they are both too close to call, but thinks they could well win both; they are forthrightly pessimistic only about North Carolina among the nine battlegrounds. This could all just be spin, of course — or they could simply be proven wrong. But having known and reported on these people for a solid six years now, my sense of their tone and body language is that their self-assurance is for real.
posted by zombieflanders at 10:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


QUESTION

Ok, so my girlfriend and I moved last year and just updated our voter registration a couple of weeks ago. We both got cards, and I checked the Chicago Board of Elections site when we did and found both of our names on there and our proper polling place, which is right around the corner from our apartment.

We both have bills, etc. showing our proper address (my driver's license has an old address and hers is from out of state), BUT I've just been told by my coworker that they redistricted Chicago and the huge lines we're seeing are largely due to the voter rolls not being properly updated, so I wanted to print out the page from the Board of Elections site showing our polling place, but it's down, and apparently has been for two days. -_-

So, the question is, if they try to deny me a ballot (going after work, a bit less than two hours before they close), is there anything I can do, materially, to make sure I get to vote today?
posted by adamdschneider at 10:08 AM on November 6, 2012


Just got back from voting, downtown Austin. In addition to pretty comprehensive early voting Travis County has finally implemented 'vote anywhere, any time' which make it easier. I waited about an hour, but everything went smoothly. The line was nearing twice as long when I left as when I got there.

My sticker says "Yo voté", which is nice.
posted by dirtdirt at 10:08 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


This whole thing about the "rest of the world's" comments being condescending strikes me as pretty funny. Who is in government in the US actually has an impact on who is in government in a bunch of other countries. So the citizens of those countries are pretty anxious. And they are UTTERLY impotent. They don't even have the luxury of that single vote.
posted by bardophile at 10:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Thanks to the economy I don't have to work on Tuesdays anymore. My laundry got done and my husband got a hot lunch on his break but that's about as productive as it's probably going to get today. That and I am making sure I don't come down with the family cold.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 10:09 AM on November 6, 2012


Since I can never get to the bottom of the thread without another hundred or so comments to read...

While we have all mail voting here in Washington, where we are going to legalize gay marriage and recreational marijuana and elect Barak Obama, and it is very convenient, I totally miss actually going to the voting place. Seeing our democracy in action, and the nice little old people running the election always has made me feel like I'm a part of the solution.

Plus, no stickers :(
posted by Windopaene at 10:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


man, I am getting nothing done at work today.

and it's so frustrating, because nothing is even happening! There's no news! But I keep checking a dozen sites every 6 minutes anyway.
posted by something something at 10:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


My husband and I were voters 905 and 906 in our tiny Western Massachusetts town. Fetus Nibs didn't get a ballot, but this still counts as his/her first election, right?

I wrote in my nine-year old for president in the same tiny Western Massachusetts town (voter 202) because today is his birthday.

(hi neighbor)
posted by ennui.bz at 10:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Romney Mega Prayer. . .courtesy of my daughter.
posted by Danf at 2:28 PM on November 6 [+] [!]
Battle of Lepanto represented by a guy in full armor? I'm not saying that nobody wore armor at that battle, but it seems like an odd choice.
The map on Facebook is actually kind of interesting. It shows when people click the "I voted" button in real time.
Is that lawful in the US? It seems kinda near to exit polling, which in other countries is unlawful to make known before the polls have shut.
posted by Jehan at 10:10 AM on November 6, 2012


God speed, everyone. I am counting on you to do your best.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 10:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was amused that a lot of the campaign robocalls were hijacked by the storm. For example, one of the local candidates sent out a robocall before the storm hit with information on evacuation areas and multiple ways to access emergency information and barely mentioned the election at all. Another came in last night to the effect of "We're recording this on behalf of the candidate because he's too busy working on disaster relief to campaign. If you need help getting to a polling place, or even general storm assistance, feel free to call..."
posted by Karmakaze at 10:11 AM on November 6, 2012


>and it's so frustrating, because nothing is even happening! There's no news! But I keep checking a dozen sites every 6 minutes anyway.

I know! It's y'all's fault. Every update you people post about standing in line and filling in bubbles and twisting knobs and pulling levers and having ELECTION PARTIES and everything else gives me happy little civic-shivers.
posted by xbonesgt at 10:12 AM on November 6, 2012


Now you've got me feeling guilty for going to the polls in jeans.

I'm pretty sure I wasn't even wearing pants. Go Oregon!
posted by cortex at 10:12 AM on November 6, 2012 [13 favorites]


I just voted around an hour and a half ago. There was no line and I wasn't asked for ID, though they did ask me for my address and full name. I'm in San Francisco.
posted by yaymukund at 10:12 AM on November 6, 2012


Copying my own Facebook update from earlier today: Maybe it's time to become American. Voting by proxy through wife is hard when she has her own damn opinions.

posted by zeikka at 10:12 AM on November 6, 2012


charred husk, if you can do GOTV calls while configuring a Cisco router, CLICK HERE.

Or there's this handy dandy Facebook whatchamadoogle on the internets.
posted by Cookiebastard at 10:12 AM on November 6, 2012


I wonder if the inventor of virtual desktops realized how useful they are for looking like you're working. I've got my one with two panes open in Vim so that I look super-productive and then you can imagine what the other five are being used for.
posted by invitapriore at 10:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is that lawful in the US? It seems kinda near to exit polling, which in other countries is unlawful to make known before the polls have shut.

If somebody wants to proclaim who they voted for, and where they voted at, I don't see how anybody in the govt can stop them. Free speech and all that. The prohibition on exit polling today in the media is I believe, a self-imposed thing to make sure the media doesn't unduly influence the election by announcing results while polls are still open out west.
posted by COD at 10:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Please, oh please, Nate Silver, be right.

I'm pretty confident that Mr. Silver's analysis of the correlation between polls and outcomes is good. The question is if there's other factors in play that could make a disconnect between historical polls and outcomes.

The obvious thing to point to is vote suppression/tampering shenanigans. They're not exactly new, but there are some new twists this year, and I think the GOP may even be desperate enough to push the envelope.
posted by weston at 10:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


griphus, it doesn't seem to have been a spelling issue. My friend told the poll worker it was illegal to ask, and the poll worker then said that she didn't ask for ID. Several others in line confirmed my friend's story, and the poll worker said they were all wrong, and she was sorry, and let my friend vote.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:13 AM on November 6, 2012


Oh Fox News...
FUNNY BUSINESS IN PHILLY
GOP officials booted, Black Panthers return — and Obama at polling site?

New Black Panthers Return to Scene of 2008 Polling Station Confrontation
OMG BLACK PEOPLE IN PHILLY!
posted by Theta States at 10:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


The map on Facebook is actually kind of interesting. It shows when people click the "I voted" button in real time.

Is that lawful in the US? It seems kinda near to exit polling, which in other countries is unlawful to make known before the polls have shut.


It's a button you have to click on Facebook (opt in, obviously) and it doesn't show who you voted for, just that you voted.
posted by Flamingo at 10:13 AM on November 6, 2012


Hey, Cookiebastard, what's up? Been working hard lately?
posted by grubi at 10:13 AM on November 6, 2012


It seems kinda near to exit polling, which in other countries is unlawful to make known before the polls have shut.

True, you could probably scrape people's posts and social networks and figure out who they are voting for in real time. That sounds like fun, actually. Anyone have access to the FB api?
posted by shothotbot at 10:14 AM on November 6, 2012


Ok, voted in MA. No lines.

Aside from voting for people it felt really good to vote for assisted suicide and medical marijuana. It almost felt like common sense and science was winning out against emotion and religious agenda.
posted by bondcliff at 10:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


I've decided on a red/white/blue checkered dress shirt and khaki pants, FYI
posted by The Whelk at 10:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


GOTMFV, grubi!
posted by Cookiebastard at 10:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Heh. I heard that. I early voted Saturday.
posted by grubi at 10:16 AM on November 6, 2012


But ... regardless of whomever Americans choose (or their corporations select, to be more accurate) as King Plutocrat For The Next 4 Years, it really won't have any impact on Europe.

Europe trades quite a bit with America, so it would be nice if the current president stays instead of the guy with no economic plans and a penchant for military endeavours.
posted by ersatz at 10:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


So, the question is, if they try to deny me a ballot (going after work, a bit less than two hours before they close), is there anything I can do, materially, to make sure I get to vote today?

You should still be able to get a provisional ballot, I think?
posted by elizardbits at 10:16 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've decided on a red/white/blue checkered dress shirt and khaki pants, FYI

Yeah, I think the ascot might give the wrong impression.
posted by shothotbot at 10:17 AM on November 6, 2012


I voted in Cambridge, MA. Waited an hour at my precinct in Cambridgeport. Mood was quiet, anticipatory and friendly. They *did* give me a sticker, thank goodness.

Now I am having the most spectacularly unproductive day at work.
posted by Cygnet at 10:17 AM on November 6, 2012


Oh ferchristsakes...
An Inquiring Nation Wants to Know: 'Who Is Running for President?'

posted by Theta States at 10:17 AM on November 6, 2012


and then you can imagine what the other five are being used for

it's butts, right
posted by elizardbits at 10:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


This whole thing about the "rest of the world's" comments being condescending strikes me as pretty funny. Who is in government in the US actually has an impact on who is in government in a bunch of other countries. So the citizens of those countries are pretty anxious. And they are UTTERLY impotent. They don't even have the luxury of that single vote.

I'll repeat the content of my comment again.

It's condescending (a) because we already know this. So people are telling us "this is high stakes you guys!1!!1!," which is something we already know.

And it's condescending (b) because it implies we can do something about it and are choosing not to. Which isn't the case. Most of us who agree with you are doing/have done everything we can do. The last and most significant thing we can't do is control the nervous systems of other people when they go uin to pull the lever.

Our perpsective is just like yours. We know a lot is at stake. All we can do, after all the volunteering and miserable conversations and research and postering and arguing and donating and canvassing and visibilities and letter-to-editor-writing is, like you, watch the outcome.
posted by Miko at 10:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I've decided on a red/white/blue checkered dress shirt and khaki pants, FYI

I wore a long green dress with a high collar, so as to appear: 1.) as imperial and unquestionable as possible (being white helps) and 2.) GREEN PARTY.
posted by WidgetAlley at 10:18 AM on November 6, 2012


Yeah, I think the ascot might give the wrong impression.

it's a cravat!
posted by The Whelk at 10:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Can I just say this is the first time I've been on television?
posted by Capt. Renault at 10:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Voted my conscience for potus, voted for warren (with a silent hope that if she is elected she finds a hairdresser who doesn't hate her) happily. Wrote some pets and local weirdos in for all the unopposed county clerk slots, voted yes to the car thing, the death with dignity thing and the reefer thing. And cast some nonbinding corporations are not people vote. Yay!
posted by Divine_Wino at 10:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Poll worker asked for the spelling of my last name three times before telling me my name wasn't in her book and I must be in the wrong district. I told her that Sh comes after Se and then pointed out to her where my name was.

True story: When I showed up to give my name at a recent election, a poll worker had this very helpful piece of paper in front of her: "A B C D E F G H I J..."
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 10:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aside from voting for people it felt really good to vote for assisted suicide and medical marijuana. It almost felt like common sense and science was winning out against emotion and religious agenda.

I totally agree! After reading through the 4 questions I thought "well these are at least some cool, sensible ballot initiatives: voluntary euthanasia, medical marijuana, and repeal of Citizens United.

There was also something about data sharing for auto mechanics which I skipped based on the advice of the Boston Globe. But still.
posted by Miko at 10:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Can I just say this is the first time I've been on television?

No, you may not.
posted by grubi at 10:19 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm back!
1:00pm - Backed out of my garage. Drove 1.5 miles to polling place. Voted. Drove back home.
1:17pm - Pulled into my garage.

My polling place was quiet. Two machines. One empty and waiting for me. In and done with no fuss.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh ferchristsakes...
An Inquiring Nation Wants to Know: 'Who Is Running for President?'


I was one of those people. I was looking for who the third party candidates are as I suspect many of those searches may be doing.

(End result: I can say with certainty that any of those candidates would like fine on US currency in the future).
posted by mazola at 10:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


If Black Panthers are "guarding" polling places in Pennsylvania, I bet Romney's local polling place in Massachusetts is being guarded by Rafalca.
posted by tapeguy at 10:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


OMG BLACK PEOPLE IN PHILLY!

I see FOX has re-edited the video clip of the scary Black Panther to remove the part where he politely holds the door open for the little old white ladies.
posted by ook at 10:21 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


When I showed up to give my name at a recent election, a poll worker had this very helpful piece of paper in front of her: "A B C D E F G H I J..."

Would you rather they didn't? Around here, the only requirement for being a poll worker is "show up to orientation, pass the written test, and show up for election day." The written test involves writing down what was told to you during orientation.
posted by griphus at 10:22 AM on November 6, 2012


I voted for the stuff that counts today in Maryland, and the stuff that's a sure thing. I'm really hoping 5, 6, and 7 all pass. I'm also rooting for the recreational marijuana ballot initiatives in other states in the hopes that starts a nation-wide trend.
posted by codacorolla at 10:22 AM on November 6, 2012


Washington's all-mail-in voting is demonstrably better for getting out the vote. It makes it easier to get through a long ballot while feeling confident in one's choices, because there's no pressure to get done quickly. Still, I genuinely do miss physically going to a polling station. It made me feel like I'd actually done something with my day.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:22 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I imagine anyone might start to mess up their alphabet after looking at names all day. You know that weird feeling you get when words just look wrong? Orthographic incredulity, right?
posted by thirteenkiller at 10:23 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I voted during what was apparently Mommy Hour. Every other person at my polling place was a toddler. The stickers, they were flying off the roll.

Walking home, I remembered the gut-churning excitement I felt on voting day four years ago. I was so full of hope that Obama would win, and so sure that there would be a giant exhale after the results were announced. There was.

At 9 or so that night, after the election had been called, I could hear people whooping and cheering and loads of horns honking. We were so excited then. I actually got in my car and drove around the block, honking the whole way, just so I could be a part of it.

I've got some butterflies today as well. It's not the same kind of hope it was four years ago. I don't things are going to improve drastically and immediately if Obama is re-elected. But I think that if Romney were elected things would go to hell very quickly. So, yes, there's hope..

To make matters worse, I'm home in bed with a fever. Going to be a looooooong, anxious day.

Godspeed, y'all.
posted by mudpuppie at 10:23 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


If Ironmouth's source is solid, then being confident now is a good sign.

My source is the top strategist for the campaign.
posted by Ironmouth at 10:23 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I should also note that in addition to calling people, you can also help people get to the polls. The nice older lady I spoke with in Virginia said she had arranged with the Obama campaign to get a ride to the poll at 1:30. Friends of mine are in Richmond now and are asking for anyone with a car to help get folks to the polls. There is still work you can do!
posted by anya32 at 10:24 AM on November 6, 2012


"My name was Barack Obama, y'know, the President..."
posted by philipy at 10:24 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's nothing but comments, all the way down
posted by SomaSoda at 10:24 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Ironmouth, is that based off of last-minute polls, or some other secret metric?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 10:25 AM on November 6, 2012


> It's condescending (a) because we already know this. So people are telling us "this is high stakes you guys!1!!1!," which is something we already know.

No Miko, it's one of those things that has to keep being said until there is change, like any drive for liberation.
posted by de at 10:25 AM on November 6, 2012


Jessamyn, thanks for the DailyKos article you linked to. As a citizen who simultaneously agrees with a lot of radical liberal ideas and disagrees with the extreme "vote your conscience or become the Enemy" mindset, that article did a good job expressing why that attitude frustrates me so.

I don't think it's either cynical or pessimistic to say that human civilization is not our species' natural state. Civilization is artificial. But civilizing, on the other hand, is at the core of our very nature. What is conscious thought but the ability to seek order?

I feel that certain people whose politics are close to mine feel the exact opposite: that we should take civilization for granted, but people are savages who are ruining it for the rest of us. They conceive of an ideal society and get upset that reality doesn't match it. But why should it? The world does not exist for our convenience. That includes other people, all of whom think we should be convenient for them and not the other way around. It's just as absurdly entitled to believe that everybody ought to be loving and just as to believe that, say, gay people shouldn't be married cos God says so. Maybe even more entitled, since love and justice are so hard to obtain.

I wish the world was getting better at a faster pace. I doubt I'll live to see the society that I wish I could live in. But except for when I'm in an especially bad mood, I don't hold others responsible for not helping to create that society for me. The fact that I can envision something better means I'm responsible for sharing my vision, piece by piece, person by person. It's up to me to help others dream for my dream.

This doesn't stop me from hating the hate and bigotry that would deny my friends rights which they clearly deserve. Doesn't stop me from acting sometimes like the right-ness of the world I long for is so self-evident that only imbeciles would fail to think it worthwhile. But I try not to get mad at political process and compromise, weakness and corruption, setbacks and failures. The system fails to live up to my ideals, but it emerged from literally nothing not super long ago, and it's comprised of faulty human beings who don't have a perfect idea of how to deal with the vast faultiness which makes rationality and order so difficult.

I think Obama's been a great president and I voted for him today without hesitation. I expect another great four years. Is he great by the standards of my imagined society? No: in the world of my ideals he's too moderate, too willing to compromise, too okay with drone attacks and economic injustice and a whole plethora of other wretched things. But he faced the reality of 2008's America, and in four years he's made that reality considerably better in many ways, and worse in very few. If every president I vote for could cause as much progress as Barack Obama, then I'll die loving my country.

They probably won't, and that's okay. Maybe we'll get a chance to push real radical change sometime in the future – the world's changing quickly, so who knows? But we work with what we've got, and judge the world by what it is rather than by what we'd rather it be. One can dream of a better society without wholly rejecting the one we've got.
posted by Rory Marinich at 10:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [45 favorites]


Remember the week where the press pretended Michelle Bachmann had a chance? Herman Cain's smoking ad? The "let him die" scream? Those were more innocent times.
posted by drezdn at 10:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


True story: When I showed up to give my name at a recent election, a poll worker had this very helpful piece of paper in front of her: "A B C D E F G H I J..."

That's just mean. What about the voters with names later in the alphabet?

Seriously though, I'll take my volunteer poll workers as I find them and appreciate their effort.
posted by jaduncan at 10:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


An Inquiring Nation Wants to Know: 'Who Is Running for President?'

I wonder what would happen to election results if they actually made you write in the name of the candidate you were voting for? (Let's assume the results checking would be reasonably tolerant of typos and not immediately hijacked for partisan voter suppression). Presidential results would hopefully stay similar, but I wonder just how many of the local races would be left blank.
posted by Gary at 10:26 AM on November 6, 2012


Oh -- forgot. I handed my driver's license to the poll worker because my last name is difficult for some people to spell, and it's just easier to have them read it. "You don't need that," she told me. I told her I knew that -- just thought it would make things easier. "It does not make things easier," she said, "it sets a precedent!"

Then she went back to trying to find my name after I spelled it for her a few more times.
posted by mudpuppie at 10:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [35 favorites]


While I was voting, the poll workers were discussing the futility of the vote, since the Mayan calendar says we're gonna die anyway.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Regardless of who wins, can we just take a moment to consider the fact that for the last couple of weeks, Kid Rock has been performing at Mitt Romney rallies? Why has this not been discussed more?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 10:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


No Miko, it's one of those things that has to keep being said until there is change, like any drive for liberation.

Yeah, I don't think it does. Really, nobody gets it better than us.

I can understand saying "We really really hope you guys choose [NAME] for [OFFICE] because [REASONS!]" But I can't understand saying to voters in another nation "don't screw this up" as if the command could make it so. Or even as if we who you are talking to could make it so.
posted by Miko at 10:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


The rest of us will make an effort not to condescend to the "leaders of the free world" during their election.
posted by ceribus peribus at 10:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I was so much less crazy on Election Day in 2008. I was still in college so I could successfully distract myself with classes and holing up in the library with my wireless turned off until 6:00ish, and then the result was announced at 8:00, so I had less time to spend frantically refreshing news sites and freaking out. Now I'm at work, not busy enough, and dying of anticipation and pointless anxiety. I really, really hope it's an early night, my nerves can't take it.

(Also, I voted by mail and checked to make sure my ballot was received by the LA County Registrar on the CA Secretary of State website. That made me feel better about my ballot not disappearing into the maw of the USPS.)
posted by yasaman at 10:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


When you go into your polling place... Ask yourself, "Why not Zoidberg?"
posted by drezdn at 10:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


Is that lawful in the US?

Yup.

It seems kinda near to exit polling, which in other countries is unlawful to make known before the polls have shut.

Most/all media won't report exit polls until they're closed, but doing so would be lawful in the US. Under the 1st Amendment it is very, very difficult for the government to actually stop you from disseminating truthful information or punish you for doing so after the fact.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm at the polling station
All dressed in blues
If you can't read my ballot
Just look at my shoes
posted by koeselitz at 10:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


We both have bills, etc. showing our proper address (my driver's license has an old address and hers is from out of state), BUT I've just been told by my coworker that they redistricted Chicago and the huge lines we're seeing are largely due to the voter rolls not being properly updated, so I wanted to print out the page from the Board of Elections site showing our polling place, but it's down, and apparently has been for two days. -_-

So, the question is, if they try to deny me a ballot (going after work, a bit less than two hours before they close), is there anything I can do, materially, to make sure I get to vote today?


I suspect you'll be fine. If you've got the registration card they mailed you, and you do go to the correct polling station, I think you'll be ok. Worst case, you'd fill out a provisional ballot.
posted by dnash at 10:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


> Kid Rock has been performing at Mitt Romney rallies? Why has this not been discussed more?

I think a large part of America is just happy with whatever keeps Kid Rock from performing anywhere else within hearing.
posted by Panjandrum at 10:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [23 favorites]


If everyone who thought their poll workers were not doing a good job called tomorrow to volunteer to be a poll worker, that would be a great outcome.

When you're processing hundreds of people a day in a relentless stream, and feeling the pressure to do it right, it's possible to miss a few, get confused or distracted or momentarily cross-eyed. But they're giving their time to perform a public service for their town. Chances are you really could do it better. Try it, it's fun.
posted by Miko at 10:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Kid Rock has been performing at Mitt Romney rallies? Why has this not been discussed more?

Because LEMMY IS ON OUR SIDE! What else matters?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Remember the week where the press pretended Michelle Bachmann had a chance?

I know you are talking about the presidential race, but FYI there is an outside chance she loses her house seat today. Extremely outside, sure, but the polls in that conservative district are way tighter than you'd expect. Apparently even right wingers can grow weary of 100% batshit insane.
posted by mcstayinskool at 10:30 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


> "don't screw this up"

That's not a command, Miko, it's a plea.
posted by de at 10:31 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Ironmouth, is that based off of last-minute polls, or some other secret metric?

I'm assuming its the internal polling.
posted by Ironmouth at 10:31 AM on November 6, 2012


For what it's worth, I'll be watching the election coverage on Al Jazeera. Even its pre-election coverage is turning out to be far superior and less partisan (probably as close to non-parisan as you can get) than any media I can find from the US media.
posted by Talez at 10:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I for one have complete faith in Ironmouth's ability to share the Obama administration's perspective with Metafilter

This was the Kaine campaign. Although last time a buddy shared the Obama exits with me. They were spot on.
posted by Ironmouth at 10:32 AM on November 6, 2012


Kid Rock has been performing at Mitt Romney rallies? Why has this not been discussed more?

Apparently, while the boss and hova were warming it up for the president, romney locked up that crucial marshall tucker endorsement.
posted by ndfine at 10:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Heh, Koeselitz. I am wearing almost all blue, on purpose, today.
posted by NorthernLite at 10:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh -- forgot. I handed my driver's license to the poll worker because my last name is difficult for some people to spell, and it's just easier to have them read it. "You don't need that," she told me. I told her I knew that -- just thought it would make things easier. "It does not make things easier," she said, "it sets a precedent!"

Good for your poll worker. I absent-mindedly got my driver's license out too because it just felt like all the other times I've been in line for something where they would ask my name, which is uncommon and oddly difficult for people to get on the first couple of tries. The guy took my license right away and still had trouble finding me.

But now I think about voter ID and feel bad about getting my license out.
posted by gauche at 10:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Re the Fox News stuff on Philly...not that I want to give Fox any credence, but is there really an Obama mural in a polling place? That strikes me as problematic.
posted by dry white toast at 10:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


KID ROCK, LIVE AT ROMNEYCON '12

Presented to you by the Committee to Re-Elect Barack Obama
posted by griphus at 10:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


30 minute wait in downtown Oakland this morning. I got my sticker! Yay!
posted by brundlefly at 10:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm at the polling station
All dressed in blues
If you can't read my ballot
Just look at my shoes


Funny. I always wear red on election day, but I suppose most people take it the wrong way. If anyone asks, I tell them it's for the blood of the workers.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I voted, in MA. You just give the poll worker your street address, they look it up in their big book, ask you what your name is, and if they match you're good to go. No ID or anything needs to be shown. And the ballot is paper, and you get to feed it into a neato giant scanner thingy. The whole country should be doing this. It's incredibly easy to understand, and it leaves a paper trail.

Yeah, that's how we do it in my county in California. Easy, leaves a paper trail, and the final machine will not accept spoiled, overvoted or blank ballots- you have to do it again. No bubbles to fill out either, you just connect a long arrow that points to your choice by filling in the middle. It's much easier for people without fine motor skills to color in, and instantly communicates "I WANT THIS ONE". Every voter should have it this easy.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:36 AM on November 6, 2012


Damnation. After climbing gradually through the morning, the Intrade percentage on Obama winning has been falling steadily for the last hour or so. Hmmm.
posted by Wordshore at 10:37 AM on November 6, 2012


What are some other great names in your local races?
Lon Johnson. Whenever my girlfriend or I see one of his signs, we have to break into "Oh long johnson..."
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:37 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Hampton, New Hampshire here. Long line of cars entering the elementary school polling location around 11:30. We parked on a side street and walked. Crowded, but no line at all at the "S" table. In and out in five minutes, so fast I worried I'd made a mistake. Glad to see a good crowd in line for election day registration. I'm hoping to make some calls/knock/etc later this afternoon.
posted by schoolgirl report at 10:38 AM on November 6, 2012


Voted early last week in Harris County Texas (Houston). Love my little blue corner of the state! The parking lot was packed! The local performing arts high school was doing an awesome flash mob of Thriller zombies. And best of all: a 1978-ish Good Times Van was BLARING Queen's We Will Rock You. So much fun.

Oh and thanks Austin peeps for voting Lloyd Doggett! I'm not in his district but love him so much. An awesome Texas democrat who I volunteered for in 1984 when I was in high school and he was in the Texas Senate.

Looking forward to the day we are a swing state (lemme dream Texas haters Let me DREAM). Happy Voting everyone!
posted by dog food sugar at 10:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


is there really an Obama mural in a polling place?

Sure, it's probably a rec center or something like that. Pres. Obama is the President of the United States of America, it's OK to have a mural of him in a public place. There are also murals of Julius Erving!
posted by Mister_A at 10:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Oh, and my favorite local candidate name is Fred Rice. His name was kerned just tight enough on his signs so at a glance it looked like Fried Rice.
posted by schoolgirl report at 10:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Voted absentee from Dubai (a, uh, non-democracy), got a sticker in the mail with my ballot and wore it today. It got some looks and questions. Everyone who asked, from a number of different countries, was happy I voted for Obama.
posted by ambient2 at 10:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


As usual, there will be battle among the TV networks for the Election Gimmick Award. CNN looks to be well ahead on the gimmick-o-meter with its plan to use the lights on the Empire State Building in New York to demonstrate the results. Blue and red bars will snake up the tower as states are called. And then CNN projects a result, the top of the tower will turn red or blue. We can't imagine how excited Wolf Blitzer will be about this
posted by ersatz at 10:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


its plan to use the lights on the Empire State Building in New York to demonstrate the results. Blue and red bars will snake up the tower as states are called. And then CNN projects a result, the top of the tower will turn red or blue.

This is so comic booky I can;t even deal
posted by The Whelk at 10:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Re: Kidrock: I'm less interested in his motivations, which I assume are completely venal, and more in the motivations of Romney, who must know what Kidrock stands for. Oh, oh, wait, I guess Romney's motivations are completely venal too.
posted by OmieWise at 10:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Why isn't this a national holiday?

Did you ever read Harpo Marx's description of Election Day in his autobiography "Harpo Speaks!"? It's great. He lived in Manhattan, in the shadows of Tammany Hall. All the neighborhoods had bonfires in the streets to celebrate. His grandfather, who was not legally eligible to vote, voted anyway and nobody stopped him.
posted by Melismata at 10:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wolf Blitzer won't be happy until he enters the TRON universe on election night.
posted by Theta States at 10:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [14 favorites]


>We can't imagine how excited Wolf Blitzer will be about this

ah shit, really? I was hoping they'd have him talking to a sweet hologram again this year.
posted by xbonesgt at 10:42 AM on November 6, 2012


Apparently, while the boss and hova were warming it up for the president, romney locked up that crucial marshall tucker endorsement.

As someone who enjoys Southern Rock and Country, I've long since made my peace with the fact that they frequently have terrible politics. I would, however, point out that what's touring under the name now is not the original Marshall Tucker band.

So I'm not worried that the fact that I'm listening to "Can't You See" right now will somehow be taken as an implicit Romney endorsement.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:42 AM on November 6, 2012


I am declaring comment bankruptcy and skipping down here
posted by shothotbot at 10:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


By the way, when I vote here in Boston, not only do I not have to show ID, they usually don't even ask for my first name. And my last name is fairly common. Maybe it's just another perk of being a white middle-class male?
posted by benito.strauss at 10:43 AM on November 6, 2012


EmpressCallipygos: Beware the exit polls
posted by shothotbot at 10:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


The rolls in MA are organized by address first. I guess unless you are in a giant apartment building they can see that you're the only one with your last name.
posted by Miko at 10:44 AM on November 6, 2012


Making election day a national holiday instead of extending early voting would disenfranchise the working class. Do you think Wal-Mark would let their employees have Election Day off? Where will all the middle class folks go to purchase their Election Day party supplies if they close?
posted by charred husk at 10:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


God damn CNN. I get tired of people complaining about cable news (but only because I don't watch it probably) But criminy- why don't you just ask Ryan Seacrest and Khloe Kardashian to host your coverage.

adamdschneider -- I have never, ever been asked for any id when I have provided the registration card which is what my partner also uses because he doesn't have an Illinois ID. (And if you have the whole printed sheet it came on, it should have your polling place on it.)

However, I don't know if the change might affect that. I haven't voted today yet (also had an MRI to attend oddly and we forgot our polling place had changed so it wasn't on the way as we were planning) but being a few blocks from Obama campaign HQ, I definitely feel part of the process -- with the cops and the snowplows re-directing traffic. (This post has been sitting in my text box for a while as I try to upload the pics from my phone.)

(P.S. The fact that I can spell 'Khloe Kardashian' correctly without looking it up is not something I'm proud of -- though I did have to look it up to check if I was right.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


what Kidrock stands for

There is nothing inherently wrong with liking beer, guns, and boobs, though.
posted by elizardbits at 10:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Linda McMahon Gives Master Class In False Flag GOTV: "McMahon’s [R-WWE] campaign is closing out the cycle with an appeal to urban and minority voters that looks and feels much like a Democratic campaign effort."
posted by audi alteram partem at 10:45 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Then I'm wrong.
I'll STFU.
posted by de at 10:45 AM on November 6, 2012


Voting took an hour-fifteen this morning. Got in line by 7:20... Voting in MD, so I'm crossing my fingers for gay marriage and the MD Dream Act.
posted by pointless_incessant_barking at 10:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


God I would kill for a Ryan Seacrest/Khloe Kardashian-covered election news cycle. Especially if they forced them to go through the entire thing, from pre-poll-open to post-result.
posted by griphus at 10:46 AM on November 6, 2012


There is nothing inherently wrong with liking beer, guns, and boobs, though.

Agreed! With extreme prejudice! It is not, however, the Romney platform.
posted by OmieWise at 10:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Voted in Randolph Vermont. Walked to the polls from my house. No line. No ID. No address asked for. No stickers. Could see on the list which of my neighbors have/have not voted. Voted for Bernie Sanders and myself (I am running for Justice of the Peace) among other people. Paper ballots got filled in with pens. Some were eaten up by the scantron machine and some local stuff ballots (should we combine school districts?) got put into a big wooden voting box. Saw some people outside who I thought were exit polling but they were only trying to get signatures to get on to the "stuff we vote to fund" list come town meeting time.
posted by jessamyn at 10:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [17 favorites]


Voting booth ware.
posted by The Whelk at 10:48 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Agreed! With extreme prejudice! It is not, however, the Romney platform.

As a Mormon I'd expect the only part he supports is guns, and without beer, what's the point of guns?
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:48 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


God I would kill for a Ryan Seacrest/Khloe Kardashian-covered election news cycle. Especially if they forced them to go through the entire thing, from pre-poll-open to post-result.


But then states would be announced reality show style... "We have the new results from Ohio...right after this commercial break." (though I'm not unconvinced CNN and the rest wouldn't do that as is.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


(At around 6 P.M., Seacrest starts to pretenaturally age because he hasn't had his infant blood transfusion, and Khloe has to remove her shoes making the show brought to you by the Picture of Dorian Gray and A Forehead.)
posted by griphus at 10:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Any time you can score an endorsement from the man SPIN Magazine once called "America's Greasiest Pimp," you've gotta jump on that with both feet.
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:49 AM on November 6, 2012


I don't want to spoil anything but I feel like there's some chance this thread will blow through the previous record.
posted by gerryblog at 10:49 AM on November 6, 2012


jessamyn, I always love your dispatches from Vermont, but I'm amazed that you can so consistently post to the internet from the 19th century. (Neat story!)
posted by OmieWise at 10:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Lon Johnson. Whenever my girlfriend or I see one of his signs, we have to break into "Oh long johnson..."

I always wanted to start a band called Oh Don Piano
posted by SomaSoda at 10:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


(I am running for Justice of the Peace)

That is awesome.
posted by bardophile at 10:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Beware the exit poles
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:50 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Voting took an hour-fifteen this morning.

Yeah, it took me about an hour, and that has never ever happened before. I don't bother voting early any more because my election-day polling place is literally a drunken stagger across the street, and there has never been more than a five-minute wait.

This is the first major election where people can vote at any polling place in the county, though, so the election workers' theory was that it was just an unusually popular site. I am totally hoping it turns out to be record turnout instead.

(I live in one of the bluest districts of maybe the bluest county in the state, so record turnout here would be very nice.)
posted by restless_nomad at 10:51 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Linda McMahon Gives Master Class In False Flag GOTV: "McMahon’s [R-WWE] campaign is closing out the cycle with an appeal to urban and minority voters that looks and feels much like a Democratic campaign effort."

The Republican candidate for governor in Washington (McKenna) has been doing the same thing here in Seattle, in order to confuse voters about his party affiliation and personal ideology, which is largely unfriendly to said voters. Kind of a scumbag move, really, but then Republicans just don't feel any shame.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Multnomah County (Portland, Ore) is totally lagging in ballots received statewide as of yesterday with 53% turned in! you better vote 'cause I already wasted mine on the Progressive Party thinking Oregon was safe!!!!! (but I'm more worried about the "death tax" repeal winning and the corporate "kicker" measure losing.)
posted by vespabelle at 10:52 AM on November 6, 2012


I put on a jacket and tie to go vote.

I put on my robe and wizard hat.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 10:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [19 favorites]


I didn't get exit polled, either! Which is in keeping with not being phone polled or canvassed. There were some people milling around outside and I asked if they were exit pollers but, no. They removed the post-Sandy toppled flagpole, too, so I didn't even see an exit pole.
posted by troika at 10:53 AM on November 6, 2012


I voted! My little brother was sadly not on the registry though, so we'll have to take him to city hall and fix that. Can't get same-day voting, though.
posted by flatluigi at 10:54 AM on November 6, 2012


I went out for a run this morning. It was a beautiful Election Day morning. Vivid blue skies, puffy white clouds, and a wave of red that washed over everything for about ten minutes as the sun came up. I went past the elementary school where I used to vote before Washinton State switched to vote-by-mail exclusively. It's a little sad to not have that few minutes of real community on election day with the other neighbors lined up to vote and the volunteers at their alphabetical tables with their giant books of voter names. It's also a lot more convenient to be able to vote on my sofa in my underwear.

By the time I returned home, got showered and dressed, and headed out the door for work, the sky had grayed over for what is sure to be another dreary day in Seattle.

If the yard signs on my street are any indication, Ron Paul has this one wrapped up.
posted by Balonious Assault at 10:54 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wow. Not to fuel any paranoia about election fraud, but check out this video a Pennslyvania voter provided to MSNBC: Machine turns vote for Obama into one for Romney.
posted by saulgoodman at 10:55 AM on November 6, 2012


I know that later on today all of the networks will be calling states one way or the other "based on projections from 29 districts", and of course the most reliable information will probably be from this thread itself, but is there any official, government backed online source for election results?

Not expected to be available until all the polls close across the country, of course. I just prefer raw data to the anonymous expert models from the talking heads. More fun to add it up myself.
posted by ceribus peribus at 10:56 AM on November 6, 2012


Oops. Should have looked further upthread. Guess that's already been covered.
posted by saulgoodman at 10:56 AM on November 6, 2012


POLITICO: Fox News obsessed with lone Black Panther

Fox News's "Fox & Friends" kicked off the coverage of the New Black Panther Party today at 8 a.m. with an interview with Get Out The Vet's Ben Brink about how Navy SEALs and other veterans will "fight back" against such voter intimidation from the New Black Panther Party. About ten minutes later, Fox News's Gretchen Carlson introduced video of the man standing outside the polling place.
posted by Theta States at 10:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


My Republican VP down in Texas sent this out this morning tagged at the end of a monthly results email:

"For those in the States - happy election day! If you are having a hard time deciding which candidate to vote for, give me a call….I have a few opinions : )"

Whilst it's nice he's encouraging everyone to vote, I do wish he'd kept his opinions to himself over the past few months.
posted by arcticseal at 10:58 AM on November 6, 2012


Purple Velvet Cake update:

I used both red and blue food coloring to concoct this wonder of culinary science, but when I looked in the mirror afterward, only the blue food coloring managed to get itself all. over. my. face.

I'm going to email Nate Silver and see what he makes of that.
posted by padraigin at 10:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


saulgoodman, they have been showing voting machines doing the same thing but reversing from Romney to Obama. That means they need recalibration. I vote on a touchscreen and there is a paper on they left side of the machine where you can confirm your vote and if there is a problem you can let the poll workers know. I don't like machine voting-I always liked the paper ballots myself-but if one pays attention -and one should-the vote should be okay.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 10:58 AM on November 6, 2012


Here's a nice trip down memory lane.
posted by sparklemotion at 10:59 AM on November 6, 2012


Linda McMahon Gives Master Class In False Flag GOTV: "McMahon’s [R-WWE] campaign is closing out the cycle with an appeal to urban and minority voters that looks and feels much like a Democratic campaign effort."
posted by audi alteram partem


I would be extremely disappointed if Linda McMahon, of all people, actually ran a clean campaign. She needs to go heel or go home.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


What are some other great names in your local races?

Evidently, if you don't vote for this NYC congressional candidate, he will drain a level (assuming you fail your save).
posted by The Bellman at 10:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


vespabelle: "Multnomah County (Portland, Ore) is totally lagging in ballots received statewide as of yesterday with 53% turned in! you better vote 'cause I already wasted mine on the Progressive Party thinking Oregon was safe!!!!! (but I'm more worried about the "death tax" repeal winning and the corporate "kicker" measure losing.)"

Haven't checked Washington County, but I voted no on the "Death Tax" measure (just because my Tea Party boss has a Yes sign outside the business) and Yes on Corporate Kicker.
posted by jgaiser at 10:59 AM on November 6, 2012


Voted in Maine. Hell yes on 1 (our marriage equality ballot question)! We lost last time (a people's veto of a law enacted by a democratic state majority and democratic governor), so here's hoping second try's the charm.
posted by that's candlepin at 11:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


...is there any official, government backed online source for election results?


Your state should have an official election results page somewhere on the web, although it will likely lag the network projections by hours, if not days.
posted by COD at 11:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"POLITICO: Fox News obsessed with lone Black Panther"

As always, never read the comments
posted by Blasdelb at 11:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wolf Blitzer won't be happy until he enters the TRON universe on election night.

Can we just leave him in there while we're at it?
posted by ook at 11:00 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Meanwhile, in one of Florida's most critical battleground counties, voters are getting robocalls saying Election Day is Wednesday.
posted by _superconductor at 11:01 AM on November 6, 2012


I'm in a very long line to vote! This morning I volunteered with Election Protection (a nonpartisan org) at a call center, it was really interesting. If you notice polling place irregularities or have a question about voting, give them a call at 1-866-OUR-VOTE. I actually just made a report myself about confusing signage and long lines at my polling place.
posted by insectosaurus at 11:01 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


saulgoodman, they have been showing voting machines doing the same thing but reversing from Romney to Obama.

I haven't seen a single video showing that, only accusations (generally on right wing sites). Anyone have a link to one?
posted by inigo2 at 11:02 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Evidently, if you don't vote for this NYC congressional candidate, he will drain a level (assuming you fail your save).

NY Councilman Dan Halloran is running for the representative seat in District 6 and openly Theodist.
posted by griphus at 11:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


insectosaurus, thanks for volunteering with Election Protection! You're doing the Lord's work, my friend.
posted by magstheaxe at 11:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


insectosaurus - I called Election Protection earlier today! You guys rock. Thank you for, well, protecting elections.
posted by troika at 11:03 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Meanwhile, in one of Florida's most critical battleground counties, voters are getting robocalls saying Election Day is Wednesday.

Disseminating objectively false information about the election (e.g. ID requirements, polling times and places) should be a serious crime.
posted by jedicus at 11:04 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


> Haven't checked Washington County, but I voted no on the "Death Tax" measure (just because my Tea Party boss has a Yes sign outside the business) and Yes on Corporate Kicker.

I see a lot of people in the office with their ballots today, so they are planning to drop off at the ballot space during lunch.

Folks in rural counties might have mailed them in already. (I mailed mine in, and checked online that yes it was received).
posted by mrzarquon at 11:04 AM on November 6, 2012


From last night's Daily Show: Jon Stewart Tears Apart Cable News Pundits For Pre-Election ‘Musical Chairs’ Game Of Predictions
posted by homunculus at 11:04 AM on November 6, 2012


How and when are concession speeches written? Does each candidate have a person who writes them in advance, or are they written on the fly as the outcome becomes clearer?
posted by Ollie at 11:05 AM on November 6, 2012


The Ohio news just makes me sick. The worst thing is there's no way to prove that it's not insanity. Why the fuck aren't there paper ballots? Why do people allow this shit to happen?
posted by aspo at 11:05 AM on November 6, 2012


What are some other great names in your local races?

There's a Goering running for County Treasurer in Cincinnati.
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Inigo2, it's been reported here in NC in regular news sources, and they went into detail to explain about the recalibration issues. Again, I have been a poll worker, and they are good people. If there is any voter fraud on anyone's part it won't be those people.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 11:05 AM on November 6, 2012


Prop. 30 support slips, Field Poll finds

POLL: PROP. 30 SUPPORT SLIPS

If anyone out there in California supports prop 30 and wasn't solidly planning on voting, please consider making the effort. It is really close, and if it fails could result in big teacher layoffs and higher college tuition.

I voted for at least three tax raises. I guess I'm a liberal.
posted by Golden Eternity at 11:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Disseminating objectively false information about the election (e.g. ID requirements, polling times and places) should be a serious crime.

It should be treated on approximately the same level as treason. For fucking serious.
posted by elizardbits at 11:05 AM on November 6, 2012 [14 favorites]


Citation needed
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:05 AM on November 6, 2012


Voted on UWS of New York at 7:45 a.m. with my now-4-year-old for the first time (the last time around I didn't make it to vote, as I was in the hospital having just given birth to said 4-year-old). Line looked about 40 minutes long, but they were letting people who were registered in that district jump the line so it only took us about 20 minutes once I realized hey, wait, we're in district 99! There were a couple of really nice people with iphones walking along the line and offering to look up your district for you, just to be helpful.

I asked for a sticker for my very patient little guy, and the poll worker said, "Honey, we don't have stickers here. I'm just hoping we still have pens!" Sure enough, the lines for the private voting boxes were clustering around about 5 out of the 15 -- the ones that still had working pens attached.

Am debating going back and bringing a box of pens.
posted by Mchelly at 11:06 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Disseminating objectively false information about the election (e.g. ID requirements, polling times and places) should be a serious crime.

I don't disagree, but that sounds like a legitimate accident (Monday's message going out on Tuesday for half an hour) rather than fraud.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 11:06 AM on November 6, 2012


Here's a mainstream link to the machine issues in NC.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 11:07 AM on November 6, 2012


> Meanwhile, in one of Florida's most critical battleground counties, voters are getting robocalls saying Election Day is Wednesday.

Disseminating objectively false information about the election (e.g. ID requirements, polling times and places) should be a serious crime.


Actually, it's a little more complicated - the Board of Elections had 12,000 people signed up for a series of robocalls reminding them that they had until "7 pm tomorrow" to turn in their ballots. Those calls were all scheduled to go out on Monday, where "7 pm tomorrow" would be 7 pm on Tuesday.

But for some reason, a number of those 12,000 calls got rescheduled to go out TODAY - making "7 pm tomorrow" 7 pm on WEDNESDAY.

I mean, it sucks, but this looks more like "wacked-out computer glitch" as opposed to "someone intentionaly playing dirty pool." (Although, the articles' reports that two staff workers scoffed when people called to alert them to the problem - "that's impossible," they said. Then when they got a ton more calls they finally looked into it and realized "whoa shit" and started making human-type calls to fix the error.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:08 AM on November 6, 2012


NY Councilman Dan Halloran is running for the representative seat in District 6 and openly Theodist.

District 6, apparently, is where he's a Viking.
posted by The Bellman at 11:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Shit Rappers Tweet.

I especially like Killer Mike's contribution:


My Grandma Ms. Bettie Clonts Trained me to vote. I cast my ballot today in her honor. Thank u "Mama". Thank u. Becuz of u I aint a sucka.

posted by chrchr at 11:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [13 favorites]


So even though I'm a big believer in numbers and math and Nate Silver and not woohoo -- just as I went outside to smoke -- a presidential motorcade went by. And I sent them all my positive energy.

(I also made a silent promise that I would quit smoking immediately if my overly optimistic prediction yesterday wins me the Joe Biden cutout.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Not sure if this has been posted...
USA Today has a great slideshow timeline of when polls close
posted by Theta States at 11:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


St. Alia of the Bunnies: "Again, I have been a poll worker, and they are good people. If there is any voter fraud on anyone's part it won't be those people."

Who's blaming the poll workers? The idea that a touchscreen in 2012 needs to be "calibrated" is absurd. When was the last time you had to calibrate your cell phone or tablet's touchscreen? The touch targets are large enough on these things (or should be) that the calibration at the factory should be all that is needed.

It's the design of these machines that would allow this kind error (whether caused through human error at the polls or dirty tricks somewhere in the chain) to occur.
posted by tonycpsu at 11:09 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Does each candidate have a person who writes them in advance, or are they written on the fly as the outcome becomes clearer?

Of course they write a concession in advance! You want to tempt the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing?

(actually, I don't know)
/goes outside, turns around three times and spits

posted by ceribus peribus at 11:10 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Exit Poll of Early Voters Shows Obama Support Slips In South Florida
posted by Golden Eternity at 11:10 AM on November 6, 2012


Who's blaming the poll workers? The idea that a touchscreen in 2012 needs to be "calibrated" is absurd. When was the last time you had to calibrate your cell phone or tablet's touchscreen? The touch targets are large enough on these things (or should be) that the calibration at the factory should be all that is needed.

I don't know about tablets, but the touchscreen on my phone is wonky enough to be an argument in favor of paper ballot all by itself.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 11:11 AM on November 6, 2012


So I guess this is when I start drinking.

Aw, sweetie, you're late. I started last night with the Jim Beam Black.

Who can blame me? I live in Ohio. I have turned off the phone, the TV is off limits until my husband gets home from work, at which time we intend to watch The Amazing Spiderman, and drink ourselves comatose.
posted by MissySedai at 11:11 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


tonycpsu, what most folks are talking about is the strip of paper on the side of the machine that is a confirmation of your vote. I think it would probably be very easy for that mechanism to screw up. But I am no mechanic. But I agree that paper ballots are better.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 11:11 AM on November 6, 2012


We use the wheel-and-buttons voting machines here, and they're weird but at least they make satisfying clicky noises.
posted by restless_nomad at 11:11 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


@MCMikeNamara I am a wee bit tempted to swing by the Prez's house tonight. Though he'll be up at McCormick Place.
posted by halonine at 11:12 AM on November 6, 2012


Does each candidate have a person who writes them in advance, or are they written on the fly as the outcome becomes clearer?
Eisenhower had this in his pocket on June 6, 1944
posted by shothotbot at 11:12 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Obama's (step-)grandmother wishes him well from Kenya, says he doesn't visit often enough.
posted by gauche at 11:13 AM on November 6, 2012


Waited in line for two hours here in Somerville, MA. Voters are out in force and they've already ran out of stickers.

Don't they know that the only reason I vote is to get a sticker?
posted by lydhre at 11:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wolf Blitzer won't be happy until he enters the TRON universe on election night.

Can we just leave him in there while we're at it?

If he wins the light-cycle and disc competitions and THEN escapes, he'll be far too powerful!
posted by Theta States at 11:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I've also heard some reports that some people, after selecting a candidate for president on the touch screen, have said that a message pops up reading, "People who voted for [CANDIDATE] also voted for these candidates..."
posted by perhapses at 11:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Those calls were all scheduled to go out on Monday, where "7 pm tomorrow" would be 7 pm on Tuesday...But for some reason, a number of those 12,000 calls got rescheduled to go out TODAY - making "7 pm tomorrow" 7 pm on WEDNESDAY.

Never presume conspiracy when competency is at issue, but: surely the possibility that this sort of thing could happen suggests that having a reminder with only a relative day marker is a bad idea? Why not "7pm tomorrow, Tuesday the 6th?"
posted by cjelli at 11:13 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


tonycpsu: "The idea that a touchscreen in 2012 needs to be "calibrated" is absurd. When was the last time you had to calibrate your cell phone or tablet's touchscreen?"

I'm not so sure. I recently did some work for a company that does touch screen installations for conferences and other events, and they often had to be calibrated when they were set up.
posted by brundlefly at 11:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


But for some reason, a number of those 12,000 calls got rescheduled to go out TODAY - making "7 pm tomorrow" 7 pm on WEDNESDAY.

Maybe I'm crazy, but this seems like it could have been avoided just by the message saying "7PM on Tuesday" rather than "7PM tomorrow".
posted by adamdschneider at 11:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The idea that a touchscreen in 2012 needs to be "calibrated" is absurd.

Having worked for a company that produces point-of-sale systems (hardware and software), I can assure you that touch screens do need to be calibrated. I can also attest to the fact that they can be so badly out of whack that touching button "a" registers a click on button "b".

The technology behind large, cheap touchscreens is not the same technology as the touchscreen on your phone.
posted by DWRoelands at 11:14 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I would, however, point out that what's touring under the name now is not the original Marshall Tucker band.

According to Wikipedia, there have been 27 members of the MTB over the years.
posted by octothorpe at 11:15 AM on November 6, 2012


(I am running for Justice of the Peace)

A friend of mine got elected marshall of Telluride some years back, so if you win, I will know a Marshall Marsha and a Justice Jess. Good luck!
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:15 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Maybe I'm crazy, but this seems like it could have been avoided just by the message saying "7PM on Tuesday" rather than "7PM tomorrow".

Absolutely it could. And I suspect that someone is talking to the robocall script writer about that very thing right now.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:16 AM on November 6, 2012


A bunch of you guys seem to think I was making a positive statement when I was trying to make a normative one. We have technology for touchscreens that should not require post-factory calibration to be accurate enough to properly register a dozen or so touch zones on such a large screen. The fact that we're using cheap touchscreens that do need this calibration does not undermine my point that it's ridiculous that we're using older, shittier technology for something so important.
posted by tonycpsu at 11:17 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


*sigh* so I get to the bottom of the thread - 700+ comment. & there are 225 new comments. It's cutting into my nap time.

Also, there is http://videothevote.org/, in case anyone is harassed or see someone being harassed at the polls today.

And if it's buried somewhere in the previous comments, well, there it is again.

Lastly, voted a couple of weeks ago with little fanfare. Though I fear we'll be stuck w/ squinty eyed Pat McCrory as our next governor in NC. Ugh
posted by yoga at 11:18 AM on November 6, 2012


(why I didn't vote last election)
posted by Mchelly at 11:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [17 favorites]


Golden Eternity: That Sherwood dude's informal "exit poll" was a straw poll, and his info about enthusiasm was all anecdotal. Yeesh.

I think I'll just tune in for election reports tonight.
posted by raysmj at 11:18 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Latest tumblr rumour spreading like fiendfyre is that anyone filming any problems they're having in the voting booths will somehow magically render their votes invalid.

sigh
posted by elizardbits at 11:19 AM on November 6, 2012


> I'm not so sure. I recently did some work for a company that does touch screen installations for conferences and other events, and they often had to be calibrated when they were set up.

That is in part because the touchscreen element is actually a separate usb HID device that is laid over the screen in many cases. So the screen is really a giant transparent touchpad that sites over the monitor, then is sending element actions to portions of the screen. Since I am sure a good chunk of these machines are running windows of some sort, so the finger press on the screen is correlated to a mouse button press on a specific x,y coordinate on the same screen.

The ridiculous thing is that because there has been money funneling into these custom devices, 12 years ago, all of their functionality could probably be replicated using iPad's and their kiosk mode, along with a secure sandboxed application, and cost $600 a pop.
posted by mrzarquon at 11:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Does each candidate have a person who writes them in advance, or are they written on the fly as the outcome becomes clearer?

McGovern wrote his together with writer John Holum on election night.

Gore's concession speech was written by Eli Attie a few days before the election.

Lincoln wrote one (that he didn't have to deliver) in the summer of 1864 because the war was going so badly that he thought he would lose the election.
posted by jedicus at 11:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Shameless plug for voters in Oakland -- my boyfriend Mick Storm is running for the At-large council seat against De La Fuente and Kaplan. I'm hoping his name alone gets him a decent number of votes.
posted by waitangi at 11:20 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


So, I live in upstate NY. At one level, I'd really, really like to vote for Jill Stein, in symbolic support of more ambitious environmental and social justice policies and ending drone warfare, corporate influence in politics, and corruption.

I know that even in the aftermath of Sandy, people have been saying that New York will still go for Obama, but I can't help worrying that this won't happen, or that Obama won't win the popular vote or that I ought to enlarge that margin, or that I should vote for Obama because there are voters who won't get to do so because of voter suppression or because of Sandy--or because, when it comes down to it, he's quite possibly done the best he can do given the circumstances he has to navigate, and I would unquestionably prefer to see him lead the nation over Romney.

And yet I can't quite get myself to do the sensible thing and vote Obama, even though I know I might well regret it if I don't. I know that I need to escape being an anxious wreck over this and go vote for someone (who isn't Romney) already before the polls get too crowded. But I'm not there yet.
posted by beryllium at 11:20 AM on November 6, 2012


I recently moved to Orange County from Los Angeles, and voting here was a trip. It's still Southern California, but it might as well be Arizona. People were voting against 30, for 32, and for Romney. WTF Orange County?
posted by Arbac at 11:23 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I will personally send a sticker to everyone who votes against Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:34 AM on November 6 [+] [!]


I generally don't discuss who I vote for with anyone except my wife, but I, too, want a sticker. Legitimately.
posted by mysterpigg at 11:24 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anyone who wants a sticker please send me a MeMail.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


And yet I can't quite get myself to do the sensible thing and vote Obama, even though I know I might well regret it if I don't.

I would import the idea of a carbon offset to this scenario. You want to support the greens, but you don't want Romney to be elected. It's much like you want to fly to Florida, but you don't want to contribute to global warming. So identify some action - a donation, a local party action you can take, a local race you can support a Green in, attendance at next elections Green convention - and use that as your political "offset" while you vote for the person you would prefer to actually lead the nation for the next 4 years.

Plus, whatever your offset is could help make the Greens stronger and more viable overall.
posted by Miko at 11:25 AM on November 6, 2012 [15 favorites]


beryllium, I voted for Nader in 2000 (I was living in Texas, so there was no point at all in voting for Gore, and supporting the Green party seemed sensible) and while I still don't think my logic was flawed, emotionally I sort of wish I hadn't done it. (I voted for Kerry in '04, which was just as pointless but felt better.)
posted by restless_nomad at 11:26 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


If anyone out there in California supports prop 30 and wasn't solidly planning on voting, please consider making the effort. It is really close, and if it fails could result in big teacher layoffs and higher college tuition.

I voted yes, and I know a bunch of other people who will be voting yes.

On preview: I do not live in the OC.

My Grandma Ms. Bettie Clonts Trained me to vote. I cast my ballot today in her honor. Thank u "Mama". Thank u. Becuz of u I aint a sucka.

This kind of made me tear up a little. I like it when people honor their grandmothers.
posted by Room 641-A at 11:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Over a 1,000 comments before there is a single result. I, as a Canadian, am inexplicably glued to this thread. It's like a giant internet magnet for my face.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 11:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Man Who Eats Breakfast At Dunkin' Donuts Every Morning And Enjoys The 'Saw' Films Allowed To Vote (Onion)
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:27 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


beryllium - if you can't do it for Obama, think about some of the things Joe Biden has done, like drafting the Violence Against Women Act.

He prompted Obama to come out in favor of gay marriage. My sister and I are both native Upstate New Yorkers. She (a MD resident now) just texted me to say that she got a little choked up voting for gay marriage. Like his slogan says: Forward. Under Obama's administration, we're moving ever forward. Progress may be slower that we'd like, but it is progress.
posted by troika at 11:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [15 favorites]


Today I brought my proudest achievement with me to the polls here in Virginia: my son, a brand-new 18-year-old Obama voter.

"Romney's a lying tool," he said. Too much hate in the ads. Too many bald-faced lies. Too smarmy a snake-oil-salesman grin. Too much contempt for people who don't have piles of money to piss away on car elevators. He might not otherwise have cared much one way or the other, and under normal circumstances he is convinced that most human endeavors are pointless, but the relentless negative campaigning backfired and he was happy to get up at 7 a.m. and wait in line for an hour to vote with mom.
posted by headnsouth at 11:28 AM on November 6, 2012 [25 favorites]


Here's a mainstream link to the machine issues in NC.

Appreciate the link. Still no video of the issue, but it's something.

Out of curiosity, anyone know if the machines in NC are the ones from Romney's family?
posted by inigo2 at 11:29 AM on November 6, 2012


Did my part in Indy against Murdock. Hoping we don't also end up with a yahoo for a governor, but that might be a long shot. I was in and out of my polling place in about ten minutes, but there was a line out the door as I was leaving. And I got three "I Vote, I Count" stickers! Here's hoping.
posted by percolatrix at 11:29 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow, St. Alia, I didn't realize parts of NC had those crappy touch screen things. I voted in Wake County and we have the paper forms that you feed into the big scanner box. I am pretty happy with those.
posted by freecellwizard at 11:30 AM on November 6, 2012


I voted this morning. It took about an hour. The woman in front of me in line complained at one point that the process was "so primitive." I looked around at the school gym we were all standing in. There were several hundred people waiting patiently in various lines and diligently bubbling in their votes, all of whom had woken up early or rearranged work to come in and participate in the election of our government. I'm not blind to the problems. The older I get, the more problems I see around me. I know our country is often terrible and that injustice is pervasive. I know that the voting process itself has serious flaws. But all of my usual cynicism just wasn't there in that moment for some reason. Instead I had tears in my eyes. I texted my mom (in case she was asleep, not because I am lame) "thanks for bringing me to this country - voting." Today is the opposite of primitive. Today is hopeful. The enterprise we are engaged in is hopeful. My mom brought me out of a country with no democracy in which non-anonymous sham votes could be cast in favor of the only candidate running for each office. I didn't say anything to the woman because, you know, morning, and also I don't like strangers, but in my imagination I kept saying "primitive? This is what it looks like to be civilized! If we can build on moments like these incrementally, anything is possible! America is possible!" We live in a nation founded on an idea with an aspirational constitution that we may never achieve, but what we're striving for is a vision of equality and freedom that I am proud of and that I love. Bit by bit, I hope to see it realized in my lifetime. Voting is making me cry because I live in an almost free country and I am happy and grateful.
posted by prefpara at 11:30 AM on November 6, 2012 [41 favorites]


Californians: I have a vote by mail ballot that I am going to drop off after work. Will I have to stand in line or can I just show up and chuck it at somebody? Or does it vary by polling place?

And will I get a sticker?
posted by elsietheeel at 11:31 AM on November 6, 2012


I recently moved to Orange County from Los Angeles, and voting here was a trip. It's still Southern California, but it might as well be Arizona. People were voting against 30, for 32, and for Romney. WTF Orange County?

Which part of the county are you in? Folks talk about the "Orange Curtain" between LA and OC, but the real Orange Curtain is between the northwest and southeast portions of the county. SE Orange County is as Yuppie Republican as they come.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 11:32 AM on November 6, 2012


If Obama wins Wisconsin, can we please stop referring to it as a "swing state?"
posted by drezdn at 11:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


And yet I can't quite get myself to do the sensible thing and vote Obama, even though I know I might well regret it if I don't.

Flying Spaghetti Monster, when I was a young whippersnapper I voted for John Anderson. Ask me how that 12 years of Reagan/BushI worked out.

Just keep saying out loud, “President Romney, President Romney, President Romney.”

Or President Ryan.

And get your ass to the polling place.
posted by NorthernLite at 11:32 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


I remember exit polls very fondly, from the day President Kerry got elected in a landslide.
posted by gimonca at 11:33 AM on November 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


I wish I could get one of those "I kick men's asses AND I vote" stickers that Ray Smuckles' dad has.
posted by A Bad Catholic at 11:34 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Someone on Facebook is trying to convince me that the media is not allowed to report ANY returns until all the polls have closed in California.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:34 AM on November 6, 2012


St. Alia of the Bunnies: "Again, I have been a poll worker, and they are good people. If there is any voter fraud on anyone's part it won't be those people."

Not for nothing, and I love that people volunteer to be poll workers, but: Oregon election worker fired for altering ballots to Republican straight ticket.
posted by dejah420 at 11:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Someone on Facebook is trying to convince me that the media is not allowed to report ANY returns until all the polls have closed in California.

That's not true. It's not even true in Canada anymore.
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 11:35 AM on November 6, 2012


I am 500 messages back in this thread and will never catch up. So...

I voted at 12:30 today at the elementary school I attended (and learned to square dance at). It took about 30 minutes to get through an efficiently run line. This is Virginia, and I live where a liberalish outpost meets a more traditional and conservative region. People were really engaged in the election, and I saw multiple families and one poor first-time voter whose mother was VERY concerned he didn't know what he was doing or how computers worked or that he knew anything about the electoral choices. He had to wave her away three times and assure her he'd be home after work twice before she let him alone.

I voted for one candidate, against one candidate, and against a party and their super-annoying ads in the third race. I split my votes on the two referenda (no need for a constitutional change when there's a perfectly good and unchallenged state law on the books doing the same damn thing). I quadruple checked that my electronic votes were indicating who and what I wanted them to indicate and was out of there in 90 seconds.

I miss voting by lever. I did that in my first in-person vote, and it was awesome.
posted by julen at 11:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Which part of the county are you in? Folks talk about the "Orange Curtain" between LA and OC, but the real Orange Curtain is between the northwest and southeast portions of the county. SE Orange County is as Yuppie Republican as they come.


Irvine! Where the streets are wide, the stores close early, and the only options for food at 1am are Dennys or Korean. Why do I have to drive to Santa Ana for a Taco?
posted by Arbac at 11:35 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Who's blaming the poll workers? The idea that a touchscreen in 2012 needs to be "calibrated" is absurd. When was the last time you had to calibrate your cell phone or tablet's touchscreen? The touch targets are large enough on these things (or should be) that the calibration at the factory should be all that is needed.

The capacitive touch screen technology used in tablets/cell phones is expensive to make on larger screens typically used in POS type devices. Conductors are actually fabricated into the glass, as I understand it, and don't have a great yield. The larger the glass, the worse the yield. POS terminals may use less expensive technology that doesn't need to be as accurate, and may need to be calibrated. (I think they sometimes use acoustic waves to detect touches. Not sure if this is the case for these voting machines, but it may be. It does seem like a touch screen problem to me, except why is it only the Romney-Obama race that reportedly has a problem and not the other races?
posted by Golden Eternity at 11:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The ridiculous thing is that because there has been money funneling into these custom devices, 12 years ago, all of their functionality could probably be replicated using iPad's and their kiosk mode, along with a secure sandboxed application, and cost $600 a pop.

....or we could just use plain old pen and paper, which actually works, and costs like fifty cents a voter. Voting is great here in Washington, where we all get paper ballots in the mail with weeks to spare, and we can vote at home with a pen, and where there are no crazy overcomplicated high-tech wacko machines to change our votes for us. Y'all should try it.
posted by Mars Saxman at 11:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Yeah, "poll workers are good people" is a "not even wrong" statement.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:36 AM on November 6, 2012


I have one long time, uber-radical friend in particular who refuses to vote because Obama is "mediocre" and she has no other options on her ballot to believe in. In searching for something to use as a way of talking to her about it, I came across this quote from an article in The Feminist Wire.

"Yesterday, we read a number of eloquent arguments about why some people are choosing to abstain from voting. And while we respect our friends and the decisions they are making, we are troubled by the suggestion that abstention from voting marks a step toward an ethical higher ground. In our view, this is simply not the case.

Voting, in and of itself, is neither wholly system-changing nor inherently conciliatory; it is one available gesture in the series of actions through which those of us committed to an anti-oppressive politics live our lives."

How have you been successful in talking to people about voting who hold similar views? It is a struggle I frequently face because of the politics of my communities.
posted by anya32 at 11:36 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


A bunch of you guys seem to think I was making a positive statement when I was trying to make a normative one. We have technology for touchscreens that should not require post-factory calibration to be accurate enough to properly register a dozen or so touch zones on such a large screen. The fact that we're using cheap touchscreens that do need this calibration does not undermine my point that it's ridiculous that we're using older, shittier technology for something so important.

With what money? There's tens of thousands of precincts in the US; changing each state's voting technology is a multimillion dollar project for something that gets used, max, a couple times a year. There's about three companies making this stuff, there's only 50-odd customers, and those customers only buy new product once every twenty years.
posted by Diablevert at 11:36 AM on November 6, 2012


Ask me how that 12 years of Reagan/BushI worked out.

Ask some Pakistanis, Afghans, or Somalians how 4 years of Obama have worked out. Not that Romney would be any better. Either way it will be 4 more years of shadow war and unreported atrocities.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 11:36 AM on November 6, 2012


Someone on Facebook is trying to convince me that the media is not allowed to report ANY returns until all the polls have closed in California.

I think it's more of an agreement than a rule, because I vaguely remember when I was a kid people concerned that calling the election before the polls close in the West Coast would depress turnout.

Sorry, Hawaii, nobody seems to care about you.
posted by ambrosia at 11:37 AM on November 6, 2012


elsietheeel, I dropped my ballot off at one of Santa Clara County's drive-through drop-off sites yesterday. There was no line. I drove up to a box, dropped my ballot in, and somebody gave me a sticker. Pretty easy.
posted by Serf at 11:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Today I got to vote on whether we should legally require porno actors to wear condoms. Yay democracy?
posted by Justinian at 11:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Waited 30 min or so at 10 AM; long line and only getting longer.

Signs at polling place say you cannot use electronic devices including phones inside. I can understand this as preventing bad guys from intimidating people by videoing them, tho it also means voters can't video problems they are having with the process/machines.
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:38 AM on November 6, 2012


Ohio GOP Secretary of State orders secret, last minute, unaudited software updates to voting machines
posted by shothotbot at 11:38 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


My place is already out of stickers by 2 so I didn't get my sticker :-(
posted by The Whelk at 11:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just to say good luck guys and we know you'll do the right thing.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 11:39 AM on November 6, 2012


ambrosia, this person, who claimed to be a journalist, wasn't even talking about calling the election. They said no results would be released at all.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:39 AM on November 6, 2012


Instead I had tears in my eyes.

I voted in a rec center with posters made in the shape of ice cream sundaes by little kids, and each sundae had quotes on it about why they want the rec center to stay open. "The rec center keeps us out of trouble" "A place to play basketball after school" "Somewhere we can do our homework" "A safe place to play." I waited for an hour in line and was looking at those signs the whole time.

I voted for Obama. With tears in my eyes, for those kids.
posted by sweetkid at 11:39 AM on November 6, 2012 [25 favorites]


Diablevert: " With what money? There's tens of thousands of precincts in the US; changing each state's voting technology is a multimillion dollar project for something that gets used, max, a couple times a year. There's about three companies making this stuff, there's only 50-odd customers, and those customers only buy new product once every twenty years."

This is the part where I talk about another absurdity, which is our federalism fetish that leads us to having thousands of counties in 50 states making their own decisions about what the voting machines or ballots look like. One federal competitive-bid contract, with the requirement that the code be open source for everyone to see, and a verifiable paper trail for the inevitable recounts. That solves the money problem.
posted by tonycpsu at 11:41 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


If Obama wins Wisconsin, can we please stop referring to it as a "swing state?"

Not really -- Wisconsin is still half Democrats and half Republicans, and as long as that's the case, we will remain a swing state. It's only six months since we voted by a 7-point margin to retain our GOP governor.
posted by escabeche at 11:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Regardless of who wins the election, we U.S. types, as a group, should push for massive, national election reform. To quote David Frum (and he's not a person I'd normally quote):
Almost everywhere else, elections are run by impartial voting agencies. In France, elections are the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior, which establishes places and hours of voting, prints ballots (France still uses paper) and counts the votes. In Germany, an independent federal returning officer oversees a complex state and federal voting system. In Canada, federal elections are managed by a specialized agency, Elections Canada. Mexico, emerging from a sad history of electoral manipulation, created in the 1990s a respected independent agency, the Federal Electoral Institute. Brazil has nationwide electronic voting, producing instantaneous, uncontested results...

But here's what doesn't happen in other democracies:

Politicians of one party do not set voting schedules to favor their side and harm the other. Politicians do not move around voting places to gain advantages for themselves or to disadvantage their opponents. In fact, in almost no other country do politicians have any say in the administration of elections at all.
The whole opinion piece is worth a read. Nothing new to most folks, but it does put it in one place.

Anyhow, yeah, voting methods, hours, locations, etc. shouldn't be controlled by partisans.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [17 favorites]


Ask some Pakistanis, Afghans, or Somalians how 4 years of Obama have worked out. Not that Romney would be any better. Either way it will be 4 more years of shadow war and unreported atrocities.

Don't forget to ask them how fun it is living under the Taliban and Al Shabbab.
posted by Golden Eternity at 11:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Not for nothing, and I love that people volunteer to be poll workers, but: Oregon election worker fired for altering ballots to Republican straight ticket.

Fired? Why does this not say immediately arrested?
posted by jaduncan at 11:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


And yet I can't quite get myself to do the sensible thing and vote Obama, even though I know I might well regret it if I don't.

Hey beryllium! If you're in upstate NY, you probably have the option of voting for Obama under the Working Families Party line. This will give your vote to Obama but also to the WFP, which is far more progressive than the Democratic party. It's a good way to support progressive policies & third parties without feeling like you might throw away an important vote. I wish fusion voting were possible in more states!

Working Familes Party
How Fusion Voting Works
posted by ourobouros at 11:42 AM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


what America's embarrassing election system can learn from voting around the globe
posted by gaspode at 11:43 AM on November 6, 2012


Image of a pamphlet urging you to "Vote NO on Woman Suffrage" from the National Association OPPOSED to Woman Suffrage.
posted by ob1quixote at 11:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


roomthreeseventeen, if the results are that Obama carries VA,FL, and OH, it's pretty much over and done. The game is up, and even if they aren't calling it officially, it's the same thing as calling it.
posted by ambrosia at 11:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I just want to tell you all good luck. We're all counting on you.
posted by kirkaracha at 11:43 AM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
posted by Slap*Happy at 11:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Someone on Facebook is trying to convince me that the media is not allowed to report ANY returns until all the polls have closed in California.

Regarding exit polls, "before 5 pm there are no exit polls."
posted by Flamingo at 11:44 AM on November 6, 2012


In my country(but not my precinct thankfully) there was a split precinct where voters from 2 different areas could vote. That sounds like a dangerous idea. And it was. The poll workers failed to code some of the machines for precinct 1 and some for precinct 7, thus causing some unknown number of voter so vote in the wrong congressional race. The error was caught and they have decided to invalidate the congressional votes of 189 ballots, as they have no confidence that the voters were voting on the correct race. The presidential votes will still count.

It's a human error, it happens. However, I'm more concerned that roughly 90 (assuming even distribution) voters voted for Congressional candidates that don't represent them, and didn't even notice. Given my locale, it's a fairly safe bet they were voting straight Republican.

Part of me thinks it's a travesty that they have essentially been disenfranchised. Another part thinks they shouldn't be voting in the first place if they are checking off names they don't even recognize.
posted by COD at 11:44 AM on November 6, 2012


This is the part where I talk about another absurdity, which is our federalism fetish that leads us to having thousands of counties in 50 states making their own decisions about what the voting machines or ballots look like. One federal competitive-bid contract, with the requirement that the code be open source for everyone to see, and a verifiable paper trail for the inevitable recounts. That solves the money problem.

It seems to me that any procedure where Step One is "Amend the constitution to allow for the federalization of national elections" is not the most simple solution.
posted by Diablevert at 11:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Northeast Minneapolis: showed up at the elementary school to vote. Line doesn't look bad at all. Weather outside is cold and damp, so I'm happy I won't be waiting outside for an extended time.

Then after you get inside and round the corner, you can see that the election workers have let the line snake over way, way down a long side hallway and back again. Cue sad trombone effect.

The fun part was getting to the front of the line and watching new people come in, round the corner and realize the line was 3-4 times longer than they thought it was.

Only 45 minutes to get through everything though, and it seemed even faster. We have good elections workers and judges here.
posted by gimonca at 11:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Today I got to vote on whether we should legally require porno actors to wear condoms. Yay democracy?

I'm kind of sorry I don't live in LA just to be able to watch news coverage of the voting on that proposition. Maybe we'll get some coverage down here in San Diego - some of the outlying communities have more local things on the ballot, but our only local one is Prop Z, a school bond issue, that takes up 90% of the pages in my sample ballot.
posted by LionIndex at 11:44 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


oh yeah, I know that. I just thought the idea of Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz staring at their laptops and being unable to report anything until 10pm was too hilarious.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:44 AM on November 6, 2012


should have shared this instead:

"It’s not like the floodgates open at 5 p.m., either: Networks are prohibited from releasing information that could be used to project the race until after polls have closed. It won’t be until 7 p.m. that projections get the green light on the East Coast."
posted by Flamingo at 11:45 AM on November 6, 2012


And, Minneapolis has used good, honest optical scanners for a couple of decades now. Fill in the ovals, slide your ballot into the scanner, get a sticker. Any questions? You've got a paper trail to back it up. None of that touchscreen idiocy around here.
posted by gimonca at 11:46 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I can't believe I just now realized that

"Republican money" = "R Money" = "Romney"
posted by freecellwizard at 11:47 AM on November 6, 2012


This election for skrozidile:

My head in the sand i hate politics let's just not talk about it kid sister has started actively engaging with friends and family on healthcare, foreign policy, and social issues after doing her own research. She calls me to talk about it now. She is voting for the first time today at age 24 (for Obama! in Virginia!).

My southern baptist George W Bush loving uber conservative mom has reversed her stance on gay marriage (thank you Matthew Vines) and filled out an early ballot casting another Virginia vote for Obama.This is her first democratic vote in all of her 56 years.

My dad also had to fill out an early ballot for Obama in Virginia because his company is run by an evil texan republican bazillionaire who whisked his company of disgruntled sales people utterly dependent on the auto industry off to a performance seminar in Arizona this week.

My crazy white racist grandparents cast two votes in Ohio for Obama.

I am hopeful.
posted by skrozidile at 11:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [24 favorites]


How have you been successful in talking to people about voting who hold similar views?

I don't know that I've been successful, but my line with these guys is, "Yes, voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil. But don't pretend that you don't choose lesser evils every day of your life, you car-that-runs-on-petroleum-driving, house-built-on-Native-lands-living, white-privilege-accepting American. It's not digging a fucking ditch--get in there and pull the lever!"
posted by Rykey at 11:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Not really -- Wisconsin is still half Democrats and half Republicans, and as long as that's the case, we will remain a swing state.

But when's the last time a Republican won the presidential election in Wisconsin? (Please don't be this year... Please don't be this year)
posted by drezdn at 11:47 AM on November 6, 2012


people concerned that calling the election before the polls close in the West Coast would depress turnout.

Also, "exit polls" and "returns" are different things.

It seems to me that any procedure where Step One is "Amend the constitution to allow for the federalization of national elections" is not the most simple solution.

Ah, but it's a "states' rights" issue! States run the elections, and the righties like it this way, because then you can use your wingnut state legislators to pass laws that make voting confusing, unpredictable, and difficult, with the added bonus that it's totally different state by state in such a way that no one can send a coherent national message about voting rights and access, making the whole thing a giant mess and thus exluding a lot of people who probably wouldn't vote for your guys.
posted by Miko at 11:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


When I voted this morning, I was voter number 42 according to the machine that ate my ballot.

The really weird thing is that I'd written in Sam Rockwell for president.
posted by item at 11:47 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Diablevert: As if the status quo is simple? You want to talk wasted money? Look at the phalanxes of lawyers we have out there trying to rig elections or prevent elections from being rigged. Look at the resources that go into these antiquated, closed-source electronic systems. I recognize that amending the constitution is a high bar, but this is a major problem in our democracy, so I think it's worth trying.
posted by tonycpsu at 11:48 AM on November 6, 2012


I voted this morning on my way into work. I'm a new voter - became a citizen last year - and this was the first major election I have had a chance to vote in (I voted in some very small local elections last November). Because of the (soooo bullllshittttt) California proposition system and my need to be an informed voter, it took me about six hours of reading and research to figure out how to vote. But I think it's worth it. It's quite simply the least I can do for my new home.

I'm signed up to vote by mail but wanted to drop my ballot off so I could see my actual polling place so I did that this morning. It's at a senior citizen center so it's nicely heated to approximately 105F. I arrived around 8:45 (polls open at 8am here) and found myself in a line of about 20 people. The man behind me said it was the only time he's ever seen a line to vote for anything. We discussed a bit how horrible it is that people have to wait in lines over an hour long in some places (basically, shit-talking Florida a bit).

It turns out that I could have just skipped the line, so when I found that out, I went over to the dropoff place, put my ballot in the box and got my sticker. San Mateo County's sticker game is patriotic realness. Waved bye to my new friend and headed out to pick up some bagels for my coworkers. I could hear a few other people in line exclaiming how they'd never seen anything like it.

And no lie: I cried a little. It was an amazing feeling to finally be able to join with my community - for real, in person, with my actual neighbours - to engage in this process. I would have happily stood in that line all day to do it.
posted by marylynn at 11:48 AM on November 6, 2012 [31 favorites]


if the results are that Obama carries VA,FL, and OH, it's pretty much over and done. The game is up, and even if they aren't calling it officially, it's the same thing as calling it.

Romney can have FL. If Obama carries OH and VA, it's over.
Romney would need NH, WI, IA, CO AND NV. Not going to happen.
posted by Theta States at 11:48 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm sure I'm speaking for more than one person working in news today when I say thanks, Iowa Secretary of State's Office, for changing your election data feeds at the last minute to remove the two fields per candidate I was concatenating into unique identifiers! Today was the best day to do that kind of thing!
posted by jason_steakums at 11:49 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Now you've got me feeling guilty for going to the polls in jeans.

My cabdriver this morning was an older Cuban man in a three piece suit who could barely contain his gleeful exuberance at having just voted; he kept bursting into song and exclaiming SI SE PUEDE and he got a really big tip.
posted by elizardbits at 10:05 AM on November 6 [17 favorites −] [!]


This brought a tear to my eyes earlier.
posted by Golden Eternity at 11:51 AM on November 6, 2012


Image of a pamphlet urging you to "Vote NO on Woman Suffrage" from the National Association OPPOSED to Woman Suffrage.

I already saw Romney's debate strategy.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 11:51 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


San Mateo County's sticker game is patriotic realness.

That clinches it- next time, I vote in person so I can take my kids and get one of those stickers.
posted by ambrosia at 11:52 AM on November 6, 2012


[A couple comments removed. I swear to christ, if you find yourself warning people that you just linked to photos of dead kids, just go do something else instead of hitting post on that comment. Thank you.]
posted by cortex at 11:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [60 favorites]


The lady checking everyone in demanded a second form of ID, even though it says right there on the registration card that the card itself is acceptable.

So, my dog (literally) ate my voter registration card. What he didn't eat he shredded up into a million tiny bits. This is it taped back together.

I voted in Chicago this morning, with this bedraggled card. Some (but not all) of the ID information is missing. I offered my driver's license so they could compare, and the poll worker said, "nope, we don't want to see it, you have your card--this is great!"
posted by phunniemee at 11:52 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


All I can say is that as a Canadian, watching this thread is much less stressful than watching all my fellow Canadians freak out on Facebook. Can only imagine what it's like when you and yours actually have a say. Good luck, all. The next few hours are going to be long enough up here.
posted by yellowbinder at 11:53 AM on November 6, 2012


This is useful for today.

And this is more legitimately useful for when results start rolling in.
posted by codacorolla at 11:55 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


I voted in a rec center with posters made in the shape of ice cream sundaes by little kids, and each sundae had quotes on it about why they want the rec center to stay open. "The rec center keeps us out of trouble" "A place to play basketball after school" "Somewhere we can do our homework" "A safe place to play." I waited for an hour in line and was looking at those signs the whole time.

My local library does something similar and it depresses me to near-suicidal levels.

I'm going to the gym right after work- I figure that working out for two hours will make the long grind from eight pm onward less terrifying.
posted by winna at 11:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


So, my dog (literally) ate my voter registration card.

Sounds like your dog is a Republican. Voter suppression!
posted by grubi at 11:56 AM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


[AElfwine, cut this out or take the day off.]
posted by cortex at 11:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


> This is useful for today.

wat
posted by The Devil Tesla at 11:57 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I voted early weeks ago.

Sunday, I was out canvassing for the Obama grassroots campaign, and the turf they sent me to was a particularly ratty set of apartment complexes on the north edge of the city. I brought my 15-year-old daughter with me, in the spirit of teaching her about democracy.

Little could have emotionally prepared me for the experience; wandering through dingy hallways over brown-stained floors and knocking on thin, faded hollow-core doors with the apartment numbers scrawled on them with a hasty sharpie. Bleary-eyed children in diapers answered the doors and stared at me blankly as I asked for their parents. Hunched adults pushed past me, not daring to make eye contact or stop when I asked them if they planned to vote on Tuesday. Aside from a couple of alert, enthusiastic ladies in a corner apartment, everybody seemed defeated.

As we walked through a courtyard from one building to another, a group of children played with a broken shopping cart. I smiled and waved and they gave me wary looks until we passed.

I knocked on more doors, trying to turn out the black, Hmong, Latino, the elderly fading into poverty. I thought to myself that if only half would come to the polls, then if only a third would come to the polls, and then if only a quarter would come to the polls. Even if only those two alert, enthusiastic ladies in the corner apartment make it.

Somebody just tell me even the smallest difference can be made for these people. Raise my taxes so they can catch a breath or a break or something. Anything. Just tell me these people have something to look forward to.
posted by rocketman at 11:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [63 favorites]


Hello memory hole.

As long as we're slinging accusations of forgetting the victims of US policies, remember the 600,000 people The Lancet said died during the US invasion of Iraq? Drone strikes are barely a blip compared to what we're gonna get should Bush Mk III take office and we suddenly need to attack Somalia, North Korea and Iran like RIGHT NOW!
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 11:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Bob Dylan on Facebook: "Here's pretty close to what I said last night in Madison. I said from the stage that we had to play better than good tonight, that the president was here today and he’s a hard act to follow.Also, that we’re not fooled by the media and we think it’s going to be a landslide."
posted by Miko at 11:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


map showing the times polls close.

So Ohio is 7:30, Virginia is 7pm. Once those 2 are called for Obama, I can go to bed happy.
posted by Theta States at 11:58 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is useful for today.

They didn't alpha out the mouths and it is driving me insane.
posted by jason_steakums at 11:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Diablevert: As if the status quo is simple? You want to talk wasted money? Look at the phalanxes of lawyers we have out there trying to rig elections or prevent elections from being rigged. Look at the resources that go into these antiquated, closed-source electronic systems. I recognize that amending the constitution is a high bar, but this is a major problem in our democracy, so I think it's worth trying.

My personal feeling is that, pragmatically, you'd get a lot further with a state-by-state grassroots campaign to convert touch screen states to optical scanners. The praises that people have been singing in this thread for pptical scanners are non-partisan convincers --- in an election environment where both sides have been hurling claims of voter fraud at each other, I think the idea of having a clear paper trail to turn to in the event of a recount is something that the vast majority of people would support.

Whereas, as Miko points out, trying to set up a federal body to run elections would attract hardcore opposition in a large swathes of the country --- state's rights! Etc. --- that would almost certainly doom any constitutional amendment, which requires a large supermajority of states. Plus, if you want to talk dollars and cents and waste and effort, a successful constitutional amendment would like take decades to pass and cost tens if not hundreds of millions. Local good governance reform's a lot cheaper.
posted by Diablevert at 11:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


So, several years back, we had our BOE elections and because I hadn't done any research, I voted for names I recognized.

Turns out the reason I recognized one of those names is because the candidate was a nutso "teach the bible in biology class and make sure to use the word 'Fag' a lot" sort of person.

I voted for her because I knew her name but didn't bother to do any research.

The Presidential election isn't all that's at stake here today. Indeed, the Federal Races aren't all that is at stake today. The people you vote for in your state and city elections are going to profoundly impact how you live in a much more tangible way than the feds.

So, what I'm saying is, don't be a moron like I was. Do your research on your local candidates and ballot issues and make some smart choices. And, west coast people, don't be discouraged by the results of the national races. The difference you make locally trumps the national results.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:59 AM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


>This is useful for today.

that is useful for EVERY DAY
posted by xbonesgt at 12:00 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Is it legal to instagram your vote? A state by state guide.
posted by shothotbot at 12:00 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Whew, I'm feeling much calmer now. I really needed to get that out of my head and get some outside reason. Miko, your suggestion is helpful, and I will be thinking about appropriate offsets. restless_nomad and NorthernLite, I also really appreciate your sharing your experiences.

I'm going to walk over to my polling place and vote now (thanks for the reminder about fusion voting, ourobouros!). Thank you so much, guys.
posted by beryllium at 12:01 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Iowa prohibits the use of cameras, cellular telephones, pagers, or other electronic communications devices in the voting booth

I wonder how that applies to absentee voting.
posted by thirteenkiller at 12:02 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anyhow, yeah, voting methods, hours, locations, etc. shouldn't be controlled by partisans.

I can't help but picture a polling station manned by stoic, swarthy men in berets and bandoliers.
posted by Flashman at 12:02 PM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


Ladies and gentlefolk, I present to you the most pressing breaking news rocking the nation right now:
MURAL GATE
posted by Theta States at 12:05 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Republicans on my Facebook feed are all freaking out about the Blank Panther in Philly and the Obama mural in Chicago. THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WON'T REPORT THIS!!!! REPOST!!!!
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:06 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wolf Blitzer won't be happy until he enters the TRON universe on election night.

I hear he's already called it in favor of Vanellope Von Schweetz.
posted by JHarris at 12:06 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh, they're both in Philly.
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:07 PM on November 6, 2012


Bob Dylan on Facebook: "Here's pretty close to what I said last night in Madison. I said from the stage that we had to play better than good tonight, that the president was here today and he’s a hard act to follow.Also, that we’re not fooled by the media and we think it’s going to be a landslide."

So THAT'S what he was saying!
posted by Floydd at 12:07 PM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


Jerry called it Murinal Gate.
posted by jason_steakums at 12:07 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm totally a Blank Panther.
posted by adamdschneider at 12:07 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


The Lamestream Media is also not talking about these roving gangs of GOP dogs eating voter registration cards and ballots. SOMEBODY STOP THEM
posted by grubi at 12:07 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


//The Republicans on my Facebook feed are all freaking out ..//

You still have Republican friends on FB? I had to hide their updates from my wall months ago.
posted by COD at 12:07 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Romney Megaprayer is interesting because it's a hoax, but people are taking part in it anyway.

"A month ago I found a site: literallyunbelievable.org/ It’s people who think stories from The Onion are real.

It got me thinking a lot about Poe’s Law - the idea that two people can see the same thing very differently.

I wanted to create something that would be satirical to one group and be taken seriously by another.

On Tuesday, October 30th I put up a site:
RomneyMegaPrayer.com

I've have a few observations from watching it percolate across the Internet.

1) Conservative Christians aren't as chatty as atheists on Twitter, but they do sign up. There are more than 1,700 people praying for Romney to win Monday night. This means that the Romney Mega Prayer is the Schrödinger's cat of political websites. It's both real and satire at the same time.

2) Liberal/Non-theistic people were far more susceptible to believing it was real than I ever expected. I think their expectations of Christian Conservatives is so low that they were ready to accept that this was real.

3) Even though the science and the history citations were of low credibility, few people (or fewer than I had hoped) would just come right out and call it a hoax. Almost no one questioned who was behind this or why the site had no authorship or attribution. This one bothers me the most. Why didn't people ask or look for this?"

(I think see: 2 answers this one myself, and the kind of people that would take it seriously are not rigorous fact checkers by nature.)
posted by tardigrade at 12:08 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


the Blank Panther

Now picturing The Pink Panther, but with no face. You cannot hear the theme song, but you know that it plays in worlds beyond our own.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:08 PM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


honestly, people in Philly have too much other stuff to do besides intimidating white people.
posted by Mister_A at 12:08 PM on November 6, 2012


Stealing Blank Panther for a band sideproject.
posted by Theta States at 12:10 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


honestly, people in Philly have too much other stuff to do besides intimidating white people.

There is an Eagles joke in there somewhere but I'm just not feeling it.
posted by shothotbot at 12:10 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


julen: I miss voting by lever. I did that in my first in-person vote, and it was awesome.

Admit it, you just miss shouting IT'S ALIVE right after pulling it.
posted by JHarris at 12:10 PM on November 6, 2012 [12 favorites]


While it will undoubtedly be blown way out of proportion by the right, I can kind of see where they are coming from with the Obama slogan and logo literally as a backdrop to the polling booth. I certainly would raise a stink if it was a Romney mural.
posted by Think_Long at 12:10 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm an Obama supporter, but someone should have covered that mural.
posted by ColdChef at 12:11 PM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


As a proud liberal and born-and-raised Philadelphian now living on the other side of the state for employment reasons, it warms the cockles of my heart to see my Philly peeps trolling the right-wing noise machine into a frenzy of racist disgust. You stay strong, Philly!
posted by tonycpsu at 12:12 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Big deal, get a Romney poster and slap it beside him. Or drape the wall temporarily. Or figure, since most people KNOW he's president right now and won't be unduly persuaded by, I don't know, HIS FACE maybe chill out and go vote and then go get coffee?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:12 PM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


I'm an Obama supporter, but someone should have covered that mural.

Agreed.
But at the same time, people that don't have a problem with all the shenanigans being played by Republican PA and OH and FL election officials get approximately zero sympathy from me.
posted by inigo2 at 12:13 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, when I voted in true-blue Brooklyn, someone was wearing an Obama logo shirt, and that annoyed me. I think they eventually told her to zip up her jacket.

Big deal, get a Romney poster and slap it beside him. Or drape the wall temporarily. Or figure, since most people KNOW he's president right now and won't be unduly persuaded by, I don't know, HIS FACE maybe chill out and go vote and then go get coffee?

I hear you, but I don't think I'm being too pharisaic when I say that rules are rules. No campaign material within however many feet of the polling place.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:14 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I guess what I am wondering about is that at some point, if only by accident, the Democrats will nominate a white male. What is the GOP plan then?
posted by shothotbot at 12:14 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Really! I mean, the guy is the president, it's OK for his image to be in a public place!
posted by Mister_A at 12:14 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


beryllium I was going to apologize if I sounded a little hot-headed before. It’s just that over a period of time all the talk here of voting third-party kind of build up my aggravation. (And I'm someone whose politics are probably closer to Stein's.)

Pure idealism is beautiful, but not very pragmatic. We need it to fuel our soul, but then we have to go into the real world and make those practical choices that are before us today.

Good luck at your polling place.
posted by NorthernLite at 12:14 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


The GOP is going to have to rethink itself.

Point may have already been made, but I feel like the GOP has remade itself by focusing on the house, senate, governors' mansions, and state senate/house/assembly. This small ball approach seems very very effective.
posted by IndpMed at 12:15 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh dear god. Twitter Users Threaten Mitt on #RomneyDeathRally. "The hashtag quickly became popular on Twitter with hundreds of Democrats sharing their own sentiments and plans to kill Romney should he win and become the next president of the United States."
posted by jokeefe at 12:15 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Be right back, laughing myself into hysterical tears.
posted by jokeefe at 12:15 PM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


This is the thread where we post our fave @fivethirtynate tweets

"Correlation is not causation," I tell the Narrative as the Redskins fall. Trailing anger and wrath, it flees in ontological terror.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 12:17 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Here in NC it is legal to wear a campaign shirt or logo in a polling place but only if the person wearing it is in the actual process of voting. AFAIK they don't have to cover unless the rules have changed since I worked the polls-and I don't think they have.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:18 PM on November 6, 2012


Today I brought my proudest achievement with me to the polls here in Virginia: my son, a brand-new 18-year-old Obama voter.

Reminds me of the most personally discouraging scuttlebut in my immediate family: 21-year-old brother, utterly uninterested in politics, completely unmoved by how important I consider it to be (I was willing to move to Florida over the summer as paid OFA staff, but juuust missed the qualifying threshold), and yet he's out of the blue registered and planning to vote for Romney... apparently because his new girlfriend (from Texas!) told him to. Probably can't even name the running mates, much less the radical things one of them has in store for his future, yet hung up on me ~30 seconds into my first and only attempt at a "Hey, this is kind of important, I want to talk to you about this" conversation. The birth of close-mindedness is an ugly, ugly thing.

Good thing our stage is set in Alabama and this is all therefore MEANINGLESS (he said as he prepares to leave for the polling place).
posted by Rhaomi at 12:18 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was kind of shocked at the amount of soliciting at my polling place. There were people knocking on our car windows as we were parking to hand us pamphlets. I've voted in California more than any other state where that kind of thing is strictly verboten so it was very unsettling to me. A majority of the offenders were people shilling for Republicans, not that that is here nor there, but I'm sure there's all sorts of last minute shenanigans going on.
posted by Kimberly at 12:18 PM on November 6, 2012


Black Panther isn't allowed to vote in the U.S., I think.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:18 PM on November 6, 2012


The GOP is going to have to rethink itself.

I recommend the GOP embrace The Tea Party even more tightly.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 12:20 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


//The birth of close-mindedness is an ugly, ugly thing.//

You give your brother too much credit. His sudden interest is clearly all about sex.
posted by COD at 12:20 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Someone with the last name Hurt is running for Congress, so the entire area is filled with "HURT CONGRESS" signs. They make me giggle.

VA-05! Beautiful country, crappy Congressman Hurt - sigh.

To my fellow non-real-Virginians: I'm hearing reports of power failures affecting machines in Fairfax County - anyone experience this firsthand? What's going on out there?

Interesting day up here on my Massachusetts visit - canvassing for Warren felt good, witnessed some LONG lines at the polling place in Davis Square in Somerville.

Obama phone calling tool is available here if folks are feeling like they need something useful to do for a few minutes.
posted by naoko at 12:21 PM on November 6, 2012


All I can say is that as a Canadian, watching this thread is much less stressful than watching all my fellow Canadians freak out on Facebook. Can only imagine what it's like when you and yours actually have a say. Good luck, all. The next few hours are going to be long enough up here.

Tell me about it. I hadn't even known about Proposition 6 in Michigan until today, and it's just one, huge braincramp. You're not in favour of Canada footing the whole bill? Because Matty Maroun bought more people off again? Wasn't that guy still in jail? Shouldn't he be?

Deep breaths, deep breaths... C'mon, Michigan. Do Canada a solid. TAKE OUR MONEY.
posted by Capt. Renault at 12:22 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Really! I mean, the guy is the president, it's OK for his image to be in a public place!

The Obama campaign logo is not our President. Whether it's for election or re-election, you're not supposed to display campaign material in a polling place.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:24 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, man the story about the Black Panther intimidating voters in Philly just made me mad.

Really, Fox? Really? You think people who live in Philly are so terrified of black people that they aren't going to walk past one black dude to vote? Do you even know who lives in Philly? Look for Fox' breaking investigative reporting showing how the Black Panthers also intimidated voters in Harlem, Compton, Detroit, and the South Side of Chicago.

And the headline is priceless, besides. "Black Panther spotted at polling location." Like, what would a black dude be doing at a polling location on election day? Clearly he's up to no good. I mean, there's no other possible explanation.
posted by gauche at 12:24 PM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Sam Wang's final final: As I wrote late last night, Florida is a hard case. Several new polls came out this morning, making the median basically zero. As a tie-breaker I resorted to mean-based statistics. I will be unsurprised for it to go either way. Nate Silver and Drew Linzer went the other way. We are all tossing coins. I am prepared to lose the coin toss.

In Florida, a recount is triggered by a margin of 0.5% or less (recount rules, Brennan Center for Justice). I estimate that there is a 50-50 chance of a recount. We might not know the exact outcome for some time.

The next-closest state is North Carolina, with margin of Romney +1.0%. All other margins are 2% or greater.

posted by OmieWise at 12:24 PM on November 6, 2012


Ladies and gentlefolk, I present to you the most pressing breaking news rocking the nation right now:
MURAL GATE


The REPUBLICAN Secretary of State put the polling station there. Blame her.
posted by Talez at 12:25 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


We just got back from voting in NW Indiana. Hope the polls are wrong and we turn my state blue again. At the very least, I did my part to keep Gift from God Mourdock out.
posted by AstroGuy at 12:25 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Mefite developed FB app that records people who click the "I voted" button in their timeline just rolled 4 million votes. (Sorry I can't scroll back up and find the post with the username, but neither of my phone's browsers seem to have a "find in page" option. I'm sure it's there, but damned if I can find it.)
posted by dejah420 at 12:26 PM on November 6, 2012


The REPUBLICAN Secretary of State put the polling station there. Blame her.

There's every possibility that no one in the real world really gives a crap about it, even if that mural was technically against the rules. There isn't much to be done about it now.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:27 PM on November 6, 2012


Warren Ellis: My Last Column About the Presidential Election (Really)
posted by homunculus at 12:27 PM on November 6, 2012


Kimberly: "I was kind of shocked at the amount of soliciting at my polling place. There were people knocking on our car windows as we were parking to hand us pamphlets. I've voted in California more than any other state where that kind of thing is strictly verboten so it was very unsettling to me."

In 2008, I voted in Berkeley and there were several people in Obama shirts handing out stuff to people in line outside. I was pretty shocked, and in retrospect I should have reported it.

Nothing like that in Oakland this time around.
posted by brundlefly at 12:27 PM on November 6, 2012


In Florida, a recount is triggered by a margin of 0.5% or less

Hmm. See, I get the rules wrong. I thought that if the Florida margin was 0.5% or less it just went to the party that had appointed the most Supreme Court justices.
posted by tyllwin at 12:28 PM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Illinois woman votes while in labor
posted by magstheaxe at 12:28 PM on November 6, 2012


I'm fascinated that that Facebook app shows women outvoting men 2:1.
posted by ook at 12:29 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Someone with the last name Hurt is running for Congress, so the entire area is filled with "HURT CONGRESS" signs. They make me giggle.

There's someone in our area that was running for school board whose name was Denise Fears. So all her signs said: Denise FEARS for Independence School Board. I always read them like headlines instead of campaign signs.
posted by jferg at 12:29 PM on November 6, 2012


In VA they only have to be 40 feet from the door - so you are accosted right up until you walk into the building.
posted by COD at 12:29 PM on November 6, 2012


His sudden interest is clearly all about sex.

Amusingly, something you could say just as accurately about a sizeable fraction of the GOP base.
posted by Rhaomi at 12:30 PM on November 6, 2012


Anti-Obama infomercial runs instead of World News Tonight / Nightline in Columbus, OH.
posted by tonycpsu at 12:30 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm fascinated that that Facebook app shows women outvoting men 2:1.

I bet that women post or check FB more than men do
posted by shothotbot at 12:30 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Oh holy crap. I was starting to feel pretty relaxed about the results until I saw this linked above.

Really, GOP? Really?
posted by ook at 12:31 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


tardigrade: Romney Megaprayer is interesting because it's a hoax, but people are taking part in it anyway.
I'm not saying I don't believe this is true. I am saying I'd like a link to that blog post so I can link it elsewhere.
posted by ob1quixote at 12:31 PM on November 6, 2012


Anybody else have Girl Scouts doing a brisk cookie business at their polling place?
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:31 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


How many people voted today in a building with a big mural of Obama?

How many people voted today in a church with a very particular political viewpoint?

I don't think either is a good thing, but C'MON.
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:32 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Romney Megaprayer is interesting because it's a hoax, but people are taking part in it anyway.

And the effect is the same either way. So.
posted by grubi at 12:32 PM on November 6, 2012


Reporting from Cleveland Heights, a dark blue dot in the light blue wash that is North East Ohio, the bluest of the Five Ohios.

96 houses on the block; only three have Romney and/or Mandell (Senator Sherrod 'Scratchy' Brown's opponent) yard signs -- up from two sets of GOP signs in 2008.

One house on my block has an actual, official, professionally printed, not-crayons-on-cardboard "Gary Johnson for President" yard sign -- the only one I've ever seen.

But all-in-all, this is pretty safe Dem / Obama territory.

They moved our polling place again. In 13 years, we've voted in four different locations. Voting took almost an hour. There was a bit of a line, but mainly chaos, incompetence, and no-one being in charge. Poll workers, like the neighborhood, were ethnically diverse, which is nice to see. Not the most chaos, worst lines, or longest wait -- that was 2004.

There was one creepy guy in a suit and flag-themed tie holding a clipboard and chatting amicably with the poll workers whom I assume was a GOP 'poll monitor'. There was no trouble. Just the usual disorganized asynchronous polyphony.

Data point: Meanwhile, down in Boehner's district, my 88 year old father (who voted for Nixon three times and James F-ing Rhodes [see: May 4, 1970] countless times) is voting disgustedly against Boehner again and cheerfully for Obama again. So here's one old white guy and one very old white guy to confound the demographers.

= = = = =

I'm curious how they handle people with no street address, since you can register by just giving vague directions to where you live ("down by the river, about a hundred yards from the tire dump").

My experience when I lived on a boat and had no street address was that no you cannot, you have to just make one up and register fraudulently.


I was able to vote once in the 1970s when my address was 1964 Electra Parkedway, apt. #225.
 
posted by Herodios at 12:32 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I voted in a rest home under a giant bingo board. Clearly the election has been bought by Big Bingo.
posted by brundlefly at 12:33 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was kind of shocked at the amount of soliciting at my polling place. There were people knocking on our car windows as we were parking to hand us pamphlets. I've voted in California more than any other state where that kind of thing is strictly verboten so it was very unsettling to me.

I think it was in '96 or '00 - I was still living on the Lower East Side, anyway - and some dude showed up at my polling place wearing a huge Clinton t-shirt, and over that was a jean jacket to which he'd sewn a Clinton patch, and he also had a Clinton bumper sticker pinned to his backpack and another one slapped on his bike helmet. He got into line to vote dressed like that, and for several minutes people were just giving him dirty looks, but then one person finally said something and he snapped back and then everyone else in the damn room jumped all over him because "you aren't supposed to be campaigning so close to the polls." I think people actually chased him out to the lobby so he could take off his jacket and turn his shirt inside out and put his helmet in his bag or something.

Pretty much everyone else was also voting for Clinton too anyway, but people knew the rules, dammit.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:33 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


When I voted in Park Slope, two unrelated men were reading Žižek books in line. They were the only people reading paper books in line. It was an odd coincidence.

Also, right by the polling place, there was a cafe that had only been open for a week. They were thoroughly overwhelmed by the caffeine demands of our myriad, voting Park Slope Moms.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:34 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh holy crap. I was starting to feel pretty relaxed about the results until I saw this linked above.


Why on earth do we need complex/sophisticated software to count votes?
posted by Theta States at 12:34 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anybody else have Girl Scouts doing a brisk cookie business at their polling place?

PTA bake sale, with bought, not made, baked goods. UWS for the lame win.
posted by shothotbot at 12:35 PM on November 6, 2012


Why on earth do we need complex/sophisticated software to count votes?

Math is hard!
posted by grubi at 12:35 PM on November 6, 2012


There's every possibility that no one in the real world really gives a crap about it, even if that mural was technically against the rules.

FOX News viewers care. *fake sniffle*
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:35 PM on November 6, 2012


I voted in Brookline MA and the only people I saw representing candidates were people carrying Warren signs. Of course, If MA is the bluest of states, Brookline is off in the ultraviolet portion of the spectrum
posted by vicusofrecirculation at 12:36 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sticherbeast,
I live in Park Slope but realized yesterday that I was still registered in the East Village. So I had to go there, it was mayhem, and not a Zizek book in site.
posted by Liquidwolf at 12:36 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Pretty much everyone else was also voting for Clinton too anyway, but people knew the rules, dammit.

If everyone else was voting for Clinton, I think I figured out if it was '96 or 2000.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:36 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


bake sale, with bought, not made, baked goods. UWS for the lame win.

That's not even a "bake sale," it's just a "sale!"
posted by uncleozzy at 12:37 PM on November 6, 2012


Why do I have to drive to Santa Ana for a Taco?

You're within driving distance of Baja Fish Tacos, and you're complaining?

... the real Orange Curtain is between the northwest and southeast portions of the county. SE Orange County is as Yuppie Republican as they come.

Northeast OC is still republican, it's just not rich. I used to tell people I grew up in a small conservative Ohio town that happened to be 30 minutes south of L.A.
posted by benito.strauss at 12:37 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Kinda feel like @fivethirtynate and #romneydeathralley are all part of some hilarious, as-yet-to-be-named culminating metanarrative. Electonomicon? Apollcolypse?
posted by SomaSoda at 12:37 PM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Hm, getting back to the nationalized elections tangent -- I'm not a lawyer, but it was pointed out to me that Article I vests Congress with the power to regulate elections for the Senate and House. It would obviously be a massive inconvenience for the states to hold separate elections for President using separate machines / ballots / whatever, right? So, couldn't Congress exercising its Article I power to regulate these elections create and end-around approach to nationalizing the Presidential elections?
posted by tonycpsu at 12:38 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was kind of shocked at the amount of soliciting at my polling place.

I was surprised at the complete lack of anyone outside the polling place here. No one at all. That was very strange compared to years past. In fact, I've been struck by the relative lack of yard signs in my neighborhood this year. In '08, the streets were festooned with McCain/Palin signage with the two or three lone Obama signs mixed in. This year, I think I've seen exactly one Romney sign on my street and, maybe, one Obama bumpersticker.

I'm not sure what that means, but it sure doesn't look like much support for Romney in this corner of bright-red state.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:38 PM on November 6, 2012


I voted in Park Slope this morning and there was a guy screaming at the person in charge of the polling place because the line he had to wait in was so long. C'mon, guy.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 12:39 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


If everyone else was voting for Clinton, I think I figured out if it was '96 or 2000.

Um. By "clinton," of course I meant -

Hey, look over there, a distraction! (runs away)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:40 PM on November 6, 2012


I'M LATE FOR THE FOOD COOP BOARD MEETING GODDAMMIT I'M A BUSY MAN THINGS TO DO
posted by griphus at 12:40 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I voted in Park Slope this morning and there was a guy screaming at the person in charge of the polling place because the line he had to wait in was so long. C'mon, guy.

AW, COME ON BRO, MAKE THERE BE LESS PEOPLE THAT EXIST
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:40 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I was surprised at the complete lack of anyone outside the polling place here. No one at all. That was very strange compared to years past. In fact, I've been struck by the relative lack of yard signs in my neighborhood this year. In '08, the streets were festooned with McCain/Palin signage with the two or three lone Obama signs mixed in. This year, I think I've seen exactly one Romney sign on my street and, maybe, one Obama bumpersticker.

Let's just say... they asked TOO MANY QUESTIONS
posted by grubi at 12:41 PM on November 6, 2012


ob1quixote: Sorry, I should have linked. Here's an interview with him.
posted by tardigrade at 12:42 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I voted in Park Slope this morning and there was a guy screaming at the person in charge of the polling place because the line he had to wait in was so long. C'mon, guy.

LOOK YOU ARE MAKING ME WASTE VALUABLE BEARD-GROWING TIME HERE
posted by grubi at 12:42 PM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


A kid in my daughter's middle school class was so outraged that Mitt Romney lost the school's mock election that he had to go to the counselor's office. Knowing the father, I was delighted.

Another child, in my 10-year old's class, said that Obama wants to "take away all the guns." I started to teach my son to say, "Don't be stupid, it's a Constitutionally protected right" but I just got tired.

Come on, Ohio & Florida!
posted by wenestvedt at 12:43 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


AW, COME ON BRO, MAKE THERE BE LESS PEOPLE THAT EXIST

well, you start with the good ole days when if you didn't own property, you didn't get a vote. Hell, we wouldn't even have to discriminate against women and people of non-pink skin tone. Yet.
posted by philip-random at 12:43 PM on November 6, 2012


Rocketman: ...brown floors and knocking on thin, faded hollow-core doors with the apartment numbers scrawled on them with a hasty sharpie.

Save us from the tyranny of hollow-core doors and hollow-core pols.


/shiver
posted by Skygazer at 12:43 PM on November 6, 2012


I was kind of shocked at the amount of soliciting at my polling place.

Yes, the "No on N" people are insane in Richmond, Calif. Measure N is a tax on sodas, and it's being fought with a bazillion dollars by the soft drink companies. I sort of wonder if Richmond has ever seen this much money and complete bullshit slung over any other Measure. Total mob scene with posters and vans full of people bused in to vote No on N (and get a free T-shirt with "No on N!" written on it!)

I hate nanny state measures. I hate regressive taxes. The guy who wrote it is every annoying stereotype about sanctimonious and patronizing leftists, and campaigns entirely by means of the false dilemma fallacy. But what I hate most of all is when the people on "my" side are the sort of odious, corrupt, and shameless liars that these "No on N" fuckers are.
posted by small_ruminant at 12:44 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


How many people voted today in a church with a very particular political viewpoint?

A friend's Facebook post:
"Excited to walk into a Catholic church with a bunch of Mexicans and vote for a black president, a Muslim state representative, the end of marriage as a religious institution, and the preservation of universal suffrage. Gonna be hard to walk out of there and not tell them their god is dead and chaos reigns."
posted by nickmark at 12:45 PM on November 6, 2012 [24 favorites]


When all of this election stuff is done, can we get back to the Mayan Apocalypse coming next month?
posted by Theta States at 12:45 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


This year, I think I've seen exactly one Romney sign on my street and, maybe, one Obama bumpersticker.

Campaigns are realizing that yard signs and bumper stickers make supporters feel good but don't do much to change minds. The money is better spent on ads, canvassing, phone calls, etc.
posted by jedicus at 12:45 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


When all of this election stuff is done, can we get back to the Mayan Apocalypse coming next month?

Next month? Oh god. Seems like it comes earlier and earlier every year.
posted by grubi at 12:46 PM on November 6, 2012 [18 favorites]


is there really an Obama mural in a polling place?

There is a mural at my polling place that includes Obama, along with Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Marther Luther King Jr. and Eudora Welty.

Obama is the only one who is regularly vandalized. Right now I believe it says "Obomba Pakistan" and his eyes are blacked out.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:47 PM on November 6, 2012


I haven't even started my Apocalypse shopping yet.
posted by ceribus peribus at 12:47 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


The Real Loser - Truth.

Related: The Long Con - Untruth and Consequences
posted by homunculus at 12:48 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


How many people voted today in a church with a very particular political viewpoint?

Quite a few in Minnesota, sadly.

Report just in: It [a posted sign/prayer of some kind] asks God to "Grant to us all the gift of courage to proclaim and defend your plan for marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman in a lifelong, exclusive relationsiop of loving trust, compassion, and generosity, open to the conception of children." The report is that it's within the prohibited 100 feet of a polling place.

The biggest Catholic church in my area has had "Vote Yes" campaign signs up for weeks. I think it's blatantly illegal, but apparently that's only my personal opinion. My understanding is that State of MN isn't pursuing cases like this that don't involve candidates specifically, and the IRS has been generally hopeless in responding to complaints based on tax-exempt status.
posted by gimonca at 12:48 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey, did the cravat guy also comment in the fedora thread? BRB, exhuming the past...
posted by wenestvedt at 12:48 PM on November 6, 2012


"No on N"

There's something wrong with this palindrome.
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:48 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Shopping? You have disposable income?
posted by de at 12:48 PM on November 6, 2012


There is a mural at my polling place that includes Obama, along with Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Marther Luther King Jr. and Eudora Welty.

Now I want to find this place and spray paint "FLANNERY O'CONNOR 4 LYFE" over the picture of Eudora Welty.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:49 PM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Ohio Dem Party Chair:

Volunteer shifts are very heavy in Cuyahoga County (Cleve) with voting reaching 51% turnout at 3p. 41/2 more hours! (total in 2010 44%)

Lucas County (Toledo) long lines in central city and east suburbs w goals being met for 3p Elected officials mobilizing rapid response teams

Cleveland+Cuyahoga County has 4 hours to hit 2008 turnout numbers. Twice as many vols getting it done! We will get there!

Also hearing everywhere that the youth vote is up, perhaps above '08.
posted by Ironmouth at 12:49 PM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


I haven't even started my Apocalypse shopping yet.

Black Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday is just around the corner.
posted by grubi at 12:50 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"No on N"

There's something wrong with this palindrome.


Easy fix: "N? No on N!"
posted by jedicus at 12:50 PM on November 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


My polling place is the elementary school from "The Wire," now a Montessori school. Was joking earlier with a neighbour about how they should move it to a corner that was also in "The Wire" a lot, where you'd have your choice of blue caps and red caps to purchase in order to register your vote.
posted by QIbHom at 12:50 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


When all of this election stuff is done, can we get back to the Mayan Apocalypse coming next month?

Next month? Oh god. Seems like it comes earlier and earlier every year.

Thank you grubi. I nearly lost my coffee all over my screen when I read that!
posted by vac2003 at 12:51 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I voted in a Masonic lodge today. More evidence that Freemasons control the government!
posted by entropicamericana at 12:51 PM on November 6, 2012


So I celebrated Participatory Democracy Yay! Day by walking down to Joe's Pizza in the village and having an old fashioned glass-bottle Coke ad as I finished it on the corner I noticed a gaggle of (German? sounded like german) tourists had taken my picture and then I realized I was wearing a red white and blue shirt with a slice of pizza in one hand and a glass coke-a-cola in the other and was basically living out a dictionary entry for "American."
posted by The Whelk at 12:51 PM on November 6, 2012 [54 favorites]


Campaigns are realizing that yard signs and bumper stickers make supporters feel good but don't do much to change minds. The money is better spent on ads, canvassing, phone calls, etc.

This was in Ask a while back, and I can't find it now, but the gist was that the single most effective thing a candidate can do is motivate people to knock on the doors of their neighbors and have conversations with them. I wish I could find the post because I remember the OP ranking the activities by cost-effectiveness.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 12:52 PM on November 6, 2012


Campaigns are realizing that yard signs and bumper stickers make supporters feel good but don't do much to change minds.

Wait—does this mean all those people honking at me were already horny?
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:52 PM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


So I celebrated Participatory Democracy Yay! Day by walking down to Joe's Pizza in the village and having an old fashioned glass-bottle Coke ad as I finished it on the corner I noticed a gaggle of (German? sounded like german) tourists had taken my picture and then I realized I was wearing a red white and blue shirt with a slice of pizza in one hand and a glass coke-a-cola in the other and was basically living out a dictionary entry for "American."

Only if you were wearing jeans and a pair of Chucks.
posted by grubi at 12:53 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Whelk, that's awesome. Now I regret not doing that. Will try to remember it for next election.
posted by small_ruminant at 12:53 PM on November 6, 2012


The Detroit News: Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks 'Did I vote?'
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 12:53 PM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Wait—does this mean all those people honking at me were already horny?

Oh stop acting so coy. You know you love it.
posted by grubi at 12:54 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, that's a new spin on the whole "dead people voting" thing.
posted by yasaman at 12:55 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Minnesota does not allow campaigning of any kind within the polling place, not even wearning a button.

However, the school where I voted was in the middle of some sort of student election, so there were lots of 8.5 by 11 paper printouts taped up that said things like VOTE VICTOR FOR BETTER LUNCHES AND RECESS. So, it still felt like an election.
posted by gimonca at 12:55 PM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]



Only if you were wearing jeans and a pair of Chucks.

Jeans and Sebago Docksides
posted by The Whelk at 12:55 PM on November 6, 2012


The biggest Catholic church in my area has had "Vote Yes" campaign signs up for weeks. I think it's blatantly illegal, but apparently that's only my personal opinion. My understanding is that State of MN isn't pursuing cases like this that don't involve candidates specifically, and the IRS has been generally hopeless in responding to complaints based on tax-exempt status.

I don't know anything about the legality of this, but I think in the Cities at least, the churches with huge ass "Vote NO" signs far outnumber the "Vote Yes" churches.
posted by Think_Long at 12:55 PM on November 6, 2012


So I celebrated Participatory Democracy Yay! Day by walking down to Joe's Pizza in the village and having an old fashioned glass-bottle Coke ad as I finished it on the corner I noticed a gaggle of (German? sounded like german) tourists had taken my picture and then I realized I was wearing a red white and blue shirt with a slice of pizza in one hand and a glass coke-a-cola in the other and was basically living out a dictionary entry for "American."

Only if you were wearing jeans and a pair of Chucks.


And carrying an AK-47 and wearing a full bandolier. Also waving a bible.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 12:56 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


My ESL students here in Chile were cracking up at a ballot from 2008 we looked up. Particularly the vote for Railroad Commissioner.
posted by saul wright at 12:56 PM on November 6, 2012


The Whelk, that's awesome. Now I regret not doing that. Will try to remember it for next election.

Next election? Let's do it next Saturday! And every one after that forever and ever, Amen.
posted by goHermGO at 12:56 PM on November 6, 2012


He should have an AR-15 not an AK-47.
posted by Mister_A at 12:56 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


The Detroit News: Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks 'Did I vote?'

Okay, we have this, and we have the woman who voted even though she was in labor.

Now we just need a story of a couple who visit the polling station to vote while they're on their way to go get married and we'll have the grand slam.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:56 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


More evidence that Freemasons control the government!

Well, not entirely.
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:57 PM on November 6, 2012


However, the school where I voted was in the middle of some sort of student election, so there were lots of 8.5 by 11 paper printouts taped up that said things like VOTE VICTOR FOR BETTER LUNCHES AND RECESS. So, it still felt like an election.

That Victor sounds like he's got the pulse of the people.
posted by grubi at 12:57 PM on November 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


More evidence that Freemasons control the government!

Well, not entirely.


Well, all the good parts.
posted by grubi at 12:57 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, though my presidential vote won't mean anything, it felt great to vote against that ratfuck Todd Akin.
posted by saul wright at 12:58 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Didn't Nate Silver put his final projection out at noon last year? Where's the post? WHERE IS IT? DOES THIS MEAN HE'S WORRIED? WHAT DO WE DO
posted by saturday_morning at 12:58 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


He should have an AR-15 not an AK-47.

Beat me to it - the AK is a pinko commie socialist assault rifle that hates our freedoms.
posted by phl at 12:58 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


In 2008 I was part of a Catholics United movement that guarded RC church parking lots and warned pamphleteers that it was illegal to distribute campaign literature at a tax exempt church. Then we would follow them around and remove the fliers they put on cars. I don't know if that was specifically legal for us to say & do that, but it was something our family enjoyed doing together on crisp fall Sundays.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 12:59 PM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Hallucinating Peruvian Shamans Predict the Election Winner
posted by homunculus at 12:59 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


My ESL students here in Chile were cracking up at a ballot from 2008 we looked up. Particularly the vote for Railroad Commissioner.

Bonus fact: In Texas, the Railroad Commissioner is actually fairly important and fairly powerful. The anachronistically-named Railroad Commission oversees all oil and gas production/regulation in the state.
posted by mudpuppie at 12:59 PM on November 6, 2012


Didn't Nate Silver put his final projection out at noon last year? Where's the post?

I wonder if that has something to do with the New York Times not releasing things the same way. Just spitballing.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:59 PM on November 6, 2012


They (NYT) are taking down their paywall at 6EST. Maybe they're waiting for that?
posted by mudpuppie at 1:02 PM on November 6, 2012


Whenever my girlfriend or I see one of his signs, we have to break into "Oh long johnson..."

Pretty sure that was Lyndon.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 1:02 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


The last two Presidential elections, in 2004 and 2008, I volunteered as an attorney poll observer, making sure people got to vote (not a huge issue here in WA, particularly in Seattle) and it felt good to be part of that. I miss it this year, with everything being vote by mail. Maybe in four years, when I have no toddlers, I can volunteer to go someplace like Ohio or Florida that actually needs that kind of help.

And this sitting around waiting for SOMETHING TO HAPPEN is going to KILL ME.
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 1:02 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't know about this Mitt Rombley. There were some pretty scathing reviews on Angie's List.
posted by grubi at 1:02 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


VA turnout up from 2010, may exceed '08.
posted by Ironmouth at 1:03 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Bonus fact: In Texas, the Railroad Commissioner is actually fairly important and fairly powerful.

This is also true in Monopoly.
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:04 PM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


stupidsexyflanders, I bet you're thinking of this comment:
The larger the elections, the less important yard signs are.

[...]

Some general vote getting effectiveness guidelines are:
Direct mail: gets one vote for every 500 pieces of mail sent when targeted at undecideds.
Phone banking: gets one vote for every 400 calls when targeted.
Canvass visit from a stranger: gets one vote for every 300 door knocks when targeted.
Personal canvass visit from a neighbor: gets one vote for every 12 visits.
Partisan voter guides/cheat sheets handed out at the polls: gets one vote for every 10 handouts.
The most effective vote getting mechanisms are the things most people are least likely to do: visit their neighbors and be outside their polling place talking to their neighbors.
(The comment is much longer than this, and interesting. Later in the thread, the poster pops back in to comment on where those numbers came from.)
posted by metaBugs at 1:05 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


They (NYT) are taking down their paywall at 6EST. Maybe they're waiting for that?

This makes entirely more sense than my "Nate Silver Is A Conservative Mouthbreather Who Has Been Trolling Us This Whole Time" concerns
posted by saturday_morning at 1:05 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Note, Nate Silver just posted that this thread has a 94.2% of becoming the longest MeFi thread ever.
posted by Ironmouth at 1:06 PM on November 6, 2012 [14 favorites]


jokeefe, you could power ten states with that much WOOSH.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 1:07 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't know about this Mitt Rombley. There were some pretty scathing reviews on Angie's List.

Yea, his binders are pretty crappy.
posted by RolandOfEld at 1:09 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Totally just bailed on dance class tonight (they're prepping for a performance on Sunday that I won't be able to attend) so I can watch returns (and work on writing my sovereign goddesses paper and make real food and attend to some chores).

Will be picking up a bottle of wine on my way home. I suspect I won't be the only one.
posted by sperose at 1:09 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think a post disappeared off 538. I know I saw a projection of 315/92% at 11am-something and now it's back to 313 at 10:10 am.
posted by AstroGuy at 1:10 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is the first time since I moved back to the States (in 2004) that I voted by mail. I do miss going to the polling place and joining in the shared public ritual of enacting democracy, but I knew today would be hectic and I didn't want to risk not being able to make it there in Imelda.

My plan is to set myself up with a couple of bottles of wine, old episodes of The West Wing, and this thread on my iPad when I get home in an hour or so. I'll spend the rest of the afternoon, evening, and late night hours trying to get some work done while multitasking with my election obsession.

Tomorrow morning I have to give a talk on social media and electoral politics to a bunch of international journalists, so it's a mostly legit way to spend the time, right? The wine is just civilization.
posted by Superplin at 1:10 PM on November 6, 2012


A guide to when key state polls close - in that article, all times are Eastern. Below, I'm going to use Pacific time because that's more relevant to me.

3pm - Kentucky (most), Indiana (most)
4 - Virginia, Florida (most)
4:30 - Ohio, North Carolina
5 - New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Missouri, Texas (most)
5:30 - Arkansas
6 - Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona
7 - Iowa, Nevada
8 - California
10 - Alaska
posted by Pronoiac at 1:10 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Will be picking up a bottle of wine on my way home. I suspect I won't be the only one.

I have a bottle of Chivas I've seen saving JUST FOR TODAY
posted by The Whelk at 1:10 PM on November 6, 2012


It's my birthday (a big one, at that) so pleasepleaseplease let me get what I want*!

* - Oh, is this the election thread? I was just hoping for a pony.
posted by ooga_booga at 1:10 PM on November 6, 2012


Note, Nate Silver just posted that this thread has a 94.2% of becoming the longest MeFi thread ever.

If we have to recount Ohio or FL that goes up to 100%
posted by DynamiteToast at 1:11 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


And the headline is priceless, besides. "Black Panther spotted at polling location."

Rilly. Everyone knows a melanistic panther has no spots.
 
posted by Herodios at 1:12 PM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


*snerk* - the talk of yard signs has reminded me of something from my hometown. The patriarch of the family who was friends with my family for years ended up in Connecticut state politics (did quite well, in fact); even though he had the rather difficult-to-spell-or-pronounce surname "Pawelkiewicz". One year, another Democrat on the state legislature had the similarly-long surname "Vertefeuille".

My neighbor kept a record of some of the creative mis-spellings of both names, and reported that at some point she saw a yard sign on someone's house that read "Vote for Walter P-something and Dan V-something".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:12 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Any Romney supporters here?
posted by b33j at 1:12 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


My normal precinct is an episcopalian church and they're always on the side of the angels. They were so No on 8 (the NC anti marriage amendment) that I thought about going to church as a weird thank you. I voted early last week so I didn't go to the regular place.
posted by winna at 1:12 PM on November 6, 2012


I have a bottle of Chivas I've seen saving JUST FOR TODAY

And an extra liver he's been saving JUST FOR TOMORROW
posted by Jahaza at 1:12 PM on November 6, 2012


Note, Nate Silver just posted that this thread has a 94.2% of becoming the longest MeFi thread ever.

Unlike the election, this thread is guaranteed to be over 30 days from now.
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:12 PM on November 6, 2012 [9 favorites]


It's past 4 PM EST. Where are the fake exit polls? This is no way to run an election.
posted by gerryblog at 1:14 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have decided in the interest of bi-partisanship that 2 bottles of wine from the blue states of California and Washington and a bottle of bourbon from the red state of Kentucky were in order.

Nate Silver told me I have a 95.3% chance of hangover.
posted by cmfletcher at 1:14 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have a bottle of Chivas I've seen saving JUST FOR TODAY

don't forget all the homies we've lost
posted by grubi at 1:15 PM on November 6, 2012


The inauguration was the last time I've been a) drunk on champagne and b) drunk before noon.
posted by griphus at 1:15 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Now put your hands up.
posted by ColdChef at 1:16 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's past 4 PM EST. Where are the fake exit polls? This is no way to run an election.

Hell, where is Jimmy Carter? HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CALM DOWN
posted by grubi at 1:16 PM on November 6, 2012


Any Romney supporters here?


How soon they forget....
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 1:17 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Now put your hands up.

That is somehow really off-putting.
posted by mudpuppie at 1:17 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


My only concern is what happens to polling data during the count. Voter suppression is occurring but by and large I see a lot of push back and increase in voter turnout due to it (nothing like firing up somebody by telling them they can't do something).

But with the judge rejecting the lawsuit on Husted's installation of experimental software that, as per the Salon article, exports unencrypted plain-text ballots, I'm rather anxious about the possibility of the vote being stolen.
posted by linux at 1:17 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


How Canadians would vote.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 1:18 PM on November 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


There's every reason to think that this will be an early night. If Obama wins Virginia it (almost) doesn't matter what happens in Ohio or Florida. Fingers crossed, fingers crossed.
posted by gerryblog at 1:19 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sorry, St Alia of the Bunnies - as a foreigner, I can't keep track sometimes. Just wanted to sympathise (not with your politics, as I couldn't be much further left) but with the unevenness that will be here.
posted by b33j at 1:19 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


How Canadians would vote.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 3:18 PM on November 6 [+] [!]


So... proud... *sniff*
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:19 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Fox News Says Halo 4 May Keep Gamers From Voting
posted by homunculus at 1:20 PM on November 6, 2012


Just want to pop in to note that we're all going to think it was so cuute that we thought the debate threads were long...
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 1:20 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


mudpuppie--I noticed up above you mentioned the poll worker not wanting to look at your ID. I just saw in an article on MN's election that our poll workers are specifically instructed not to look at IDs, and maybe yours are, too. We have a proposed amendment to add an ID requirement to our constitution right now, so it's a hot button issue. Many states are grappling with this issue, so they are probably overly sensitive about it.

...I am usually too shy to actually post anything substantive, but perhaps this is a place to share the open letter I wrote on Facebook about MN's proposed Voter ID amendment:

Hi friends,
Today I volunteered for Our Vote Our Future to call people and chat about the proposed Voter ID amendment. I know when I first heard about this proposal, it didn't seem like that bad a thing to me--after all, most people have IDs, right? But when I learned a little more I realized it's more complicated than that:
1. There are actually a lot of groups of people for whom it's more difficult than you might think to get an ID or to make sure it's current. Someone like my grandmother, who doesn't drive, doesn't need a current drivers license. 20% of people born before 1930 have never had a birth certificate, and would have a difficult time getting the necessary documents together to get a new ID. Many older people would also have a difficult time finding transportation to the DMV and putting in the time to go through the renewal process, and the same is true for people with physical disabilities. College students or other young people with shifting addresses might not have their current residence listed on their ID, and the same would be true for anyone with housing instability. City dwellers who rely on public transportation might not have drivers licenses, which means this will affect low income people disproportionally. People of color are also more likely to be affected by this restriction, as are immigrants. People who live in rural areas, for whom the nearest DMV is a couple hours' drive, will have a much harder time renewing their IDs. Other states that have passed similar legislation have made exceptions for certain groups of people--elders and overseas military, for example--but the proposed amendment for our state does not. All these people have the right to vote.

2. The permanence of a constitutional amendment is extreme and inappropriate. This is not just an ordinary law--it would be permanently added to our constitution, where it would be very difficult to amend or repeal. We would stand with Mississippi as one of only two states to actually amend the constitution over this issue.

3. The language that would actually be added to the constitution is much longer and more complicated than what you will see on your ballot. It is also vague and leaves a lot to be decided later. For example, they say that they will pay for valid voters to get an ID, but don't define where the money to do so will come from, what the process would be for applying, or whether they would also cover the attendant costs that come with application (like the transportation for the rural person mentioned above). We also don't even know who will be in the legislature when these decisions are being made, so we don't know who will be making these decisions. I am not comfortable voting for something without knowing what the end product will be.

4. Implementing this amendment will be expensive: Local elections officials and the Secretary of State’s office estimate that it would cost state and local governments $50 million or more to implement a complicated new system. It is an unfunded mandate that doesn't specify how to cover costs of implementation.

5. Minnesota's voting system is nationally recognized for being clean and fair. The idea that we need to prevent voter fraud is a solution for a problem that does not exist. The only fraudulent voting that I have heard of is occasional cases of convicted felons voting, but they have access to IDs and would not be affected by this amendment. In my mind, preventing the legitimate voters I mentioned above from voting is a much larger concern. There is every reason to protect our existing system and no reason to make such a costly and harmful overhaul.

6. This amendment would effectively end election day registration and absentee mail-in voting (both of which I myself have used in the past!), and would set up a complicated two-step system of provisional balloting where votes would only be counted in the case of a very close election. The details are still hazy on how it would work.

I am very proud that Minnesota has the largest voter turn out in the country; this amendment would give us one of the most restrictive voter policies.

Please vote no, and talk to your friends and family to make sure they know about the unintended consequences of this amendment. It might sound simple at first, but when you look closer it's clear that this is not the right choice for our state. Vote No!
posted by ialwayscryatendings at 1:20 PM on November 6, 2012 [20 favorites]


I'm working late tonight, but we're swinging out to grab some beer and pizza to nosh in the office while working and checking polls.

Should be fun.
posted by Imperfect at 1:20 PM on November 6, 2012


Yeah, since I expect Obama to win, I WANT TO SEE EXIT POLLS NAO!

The Internet has destroyed my already short attention span or something. Why can't I see DATA!!!

But my soccer game will end at 7:30 PM PST, and then we will sit around, relishing our victory with many beers, and watch the returns on the TVs at the arena. But so many hours to wait yet...
posted by Windopaene at 1:21 PM on November 6, 2012


Well gerry, here's a VA citizen waiting in line right now trying to make it an early night.

Everything seems to be chugging along smoothly here in Blacksburg, anyway.
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 1:22 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Don't be surprised if the networks call it for Obama by 8:15 EST. Seriously.
posted by grubi at 1:23 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'd be okie-dokie with that
posted by Windopaene at 1:24 PM on November 6, 2012


Problem is it really doesn't matter who wins. That fiscal cliff is out there and only God Almighty can keep us from tipping over it.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 1:24 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Problem is it really doesn't matter who wins.

Yes, yes it does.
posted by inigo2 at 1:25 PM on November 6, 2012 [38 favorites]


Fox News Says Halo 4 May Keep Gamers From Voting

Choice quote from that article: “The idiots who can't get a date and look at the women's breasts in the games will definitely find Halo 4 more interesting than something that requires thinking,” [says Jon Peddie, a gaming analyst].
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 1:25 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I think there are probably some smart people down here who can help with that as well.
posted by mudpuppie at 1:26 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


And it won't take god to stop from hitting the fiscal cliff, it'll take a congress willing to actually work with a president.
posted by inigo2 at 1:26 PM on November 6, 2012 [10 favorites]


linux: But with the judge rejecting the lawsuit on Husted's installation of experimental software that, as per the Salon article, exports unencrypted plain-text ballots, I'm rather anxious about the possibility of the vote being stolen.
For the record it's not ballots but totals. Furthermore the report wasn't encrypted before the change. The modification outlined in the article changes the format of the export from XML to CSV. Which is not to say that the whole thing isn't bullshit. They could have just converted the file at the central office on election day.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:27 PM on November 6, 2012


That fiscal cliff is out there and only God Almighty can keep us from tipping over it.

Well, that, or compromise.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 1:27 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


St. Alia of the Bunnies:
"Problem is it really doesn't matter who wins. That fiscal cliff is out there and only God Almighty can keep us from tipping over it."
Either that or the Eurozone goes to pot and the world goes with it. Once blogger noted the whomever is elected will be one of the most constrained presidents in history in terms of what he can do. I think I'd rather have someone who's willing to help with the suffering in that situation, though.
posted by charred husk at 1:27 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait. You're right.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 1:27 PM on November 6, 2012


I reached the end of the thread! Voted early, on the very first day I was able. I'm sick today, so I'm awfully glad I didn't wait until the last minute because that would have been misery.
posted by stoneweaver at 1:27 PM on November 6, 2012



And it won't take god to stop from hitting the fiscal cliff, it'll take a congress willing to actually work with a president.


That would take an act of God right there.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 1:27 PM on November 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I don't know anything about the legality of this, but I think in the Cities at least, the churches with huge ass "Vote NO" signs far outnumber the "Vote Yes" churches.

This is my reminder that I must get over to the southside more often, I guess.

When the "Vote Yes" signs sprouted at my neighborhood Catholic church (not naming names directly here, but you'll know which one it is--the big one on Stinson just over the city limit in St. Anthony), on a corner that I drive past constantly, I was royally peeved. It was a weekend afternoon, so I took 20 minutes or so to drive around and see if any of the other Catholic churches in this part of town had them. At that time, the other ones (the little quirky Slavic or Lebanese ethnic ones closer to the river) were sign-free. I haven't checked since September.

Lots of "Another Catholic Voting No" signs in people's front yards within a block or two of the big church, so there's that, too.
posted by gimonca at 1:27 PM on November 6, 2012


There were three people ahead of me in line to vote this afternoon. Due to a snafu with my registration, it took a while before I could get my ballot (first name was entered as my last name, oops). I ended up being #933, which is pretty good turnout around here. I'm not sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing for the candidates I want. I live in a fairly Democratic-leaning part of the city, but the state is as red as it gets.

While I was there getting my name confusion worked out, no fewer than three people were sent to other precincts.

Others reported 30 minute to an hour waits at other precincts throughout the city this morning.
posted by wierdo at 1:28 PM on November 6, 2012


Turmoil Follows As Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Meets Reality

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posted by tonycpsu at 1:29 PM on November 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


No "I VOTED" stickers here, because it's all mail-in in Washington, but a few weeks ago I found a roll of them in a recycling / art-supply store. My mother-in-law, the only liberal where she works, has been wearing a new one every day since early October.
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:29 PM on November 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Problem is it really doesn't matter who wins. That fiscal cliff is out there and only God Almighty can keep us from tipping over it.

There is a lot more at stake than the economy, though.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:30 PM on November 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


No "I VOTED" stickers here, because it's all mail-in in Washington,

They should mail you one back like a receipt.
posted by shothotbot at 1:30 PM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


For the record it's not ballots but totals. Furthermore the report wasn't encrypted before the change. The modification outlined in the article changes the format of the export from XML to CSV.

How do you know that, ob1?
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 1:31 PM on November 6, 2012



Wa-a-a-y upthread, like 45 seconds ago, someone mentioned the site that is my obsession in these times, electoral-vote.com.

This evening, the Votemaster will blank out his maps and switch to live-blogging the election results via the maps:
Live Blogging of the Election Tonight
Starting around 6 P.M. EST or so, the main page and Senate pages will switch to blank maps that will be updated throughout the evening as election results come in.

But be aware that very early reports can be confusing. If Austin happens to report first, Texas might be dark blue for a little while. If problems in New York City due to the storm delay reporting until after upstate districts report, New York might be dark red for a while.

But it will be interesting to see the colors spread out from east to west as the results come in. Come back tonight.

I love maps and I love info-grafix. It's gonna be sike-oh-delick, man.
posted by Herodios at 1:31 PM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Problem is it really doesn't matter who wins. That fiscal cliff is out there and only God Almighty can keep us from tipping over it.

Tell you what. You can sit over there and wait for God Almighty and I'll be over here trying to actually help.

Let's see what helps first. I'm pretty confident over here because Perry is still waiting over in his corner.
posted by Talez at 1:33 PM on November 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


My mail-in packet in San Diego county had a sticker in it. I saved it to wear today.
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