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Election 2008 Open Thread 
4th-Nov-2008 11:06 am
PatrioticPeace
Y helo thar, neglected political blog. I suck. But I come bearing linkspam!

Happy Voting Day! Tell me your voting stories, come spam me with pics of your polling place, or just pull up a chair in general. This is such an exciting day! Even though I'm sick (having thrown up 4 times this morning, ugh) I'm so excited because I think my state (Virginia) will finally go blue for the first time since 1964. This feels like a historic time, seriously.



Anyways, here, have some linkspam.

++ Americans line up to choose a president.

++ BBC: America voteds in historic election.

++ Record number of voters expected to deluge polls.

++ Stocks rally ahead of US election.

++ Obama votes as people line up to cast ballots.

++ Seeking upset, McCain to campaign Election Day. More about McCain.

++ New Hampshire voters cast first election day ballots.

++ WaPo front page story on the Final Push.

++ Long lines in DC area.

++ After epic campaign, voters go to polls.

++ NYT Guide to what to watch tonight.

++ A sea change for politics as we know it.

++ LA Times: Historic vote underway across America.
Comments 
4th-Nov-2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I just got back from voting with my Mom, and we're like giddy children on Christmas day. We've been texting our friends and family today to make sure they get out and vote. Mom actually got a bit choked up in the car and said, "I just voted for the first black President. I never thought I'd live long enough to see it." :-)
4th-Nov-2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
All my RL friends are so sick of hearing me remind them to go vote today, seriously. My friend Katie was like, "I'm gonna NOT vote just because you're bugging me about it so much!" That shut me up right away. :)

I never thought I'd live long enough to see it either. Oh man, this is such an exciting time.
4th-Nov-2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
I sent my mail-in vote last Tuesday.

I nearly passed out cold when he won Iowa. THAT was my choke-up moment. All those white people voted for a black man, it just fucking FLOORED me. If he wins it'll be my second flooring but you know what? I think he will.

*embraces floor* LOL



Edited at 2008-11-04 04:46 pm (UTC)
4th-Nov-2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
It's an amazing time to be an American.

Man, this is going to be a loooooooooooooong fucking day.
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4th-Nov-2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
I've been telling everyone I know to vote so much, they're getting really sick of me.
4th-Nov-2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
I voted at six this morning when it was still dark outside!! Well, actually, I probably voted at more like seven, but I stood in line for an hour first. So when I came back outside, the sun had come up, lol. And both my parents have voted, and I've been harassing people for days to make sure they all vote, so hopefully it will all pay off. My first presidential election, whoo-hoo!!! :D
4th-Nov-2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
I voted about an hour ago after class and just had the nicest moment of the entire campaign, I think.

I was driving down the street to come home after voting and stopped at a light. I saw an old couple walking down the street - like, 70s or 80s old. Looking all respectable. The woman was carrying an Obama sign and the man was wearing an Obama shirt where his face is on it looking like Che Guevara. I choked up and almost missed the light.
4th-Nov-2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: You 'I voted' sticker:

I have voted since I turned 18 (2000). I have never gotten an 'I voted' sticker. :( Either I was voting in a tiny town that just sent you on your way with no sticker, or I voted absentee (this year).

...I wish I had a sticker.
4th-Nov-2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
I voted at about 2:30 today and there was no line! I was kinda disappointed but I figure most people were either at work or already voted in the morning. Everyone I heard from was saying that it took at least an hour, so I guess I just went at the right time! I made my mom go with me cause I wasn't sure that she would otherwise!
I didn't get a sticker either, but I have never got one.
4th-Nov-2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
No chat? :(
5th-Nov-2008 12:31 am (UTC)

Voted. Got (nicely) asked to take off or hide the Obama button on my bag. (He didn't notice my Obama earrings, but I took those off too.) And this time there were stickers!

Went and carpooled up to New Hampshire to canvass. Got some people who I think voted McCain, and most had already voted, but I was still glad to be doing something rather than going crazy at home.

I could still be making calls to GOTV, but I'm kinda wiped out. Here's where if anyone is feeling twitchy energy they want to expend productively.

Might head back out to the local "nail-biting" campaign party later, if I revive at all. Free food, buy your drinks.
5th-Nov-2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I love voting and I've voted in EVERY election {primary and general} since I turned 18. This year was one of the worst years I've ever experienced when it came to my polling place. Here's my story... and I'm sticking to it.

So, to put it lightly, I got FUCKED when I went to vote today. I went through the check-in process and was handed my lovely ballot. I went to the voting booth and I started reading it. "Straight ticket... yeah, no thanks. McCain... Obama... Robert Barr. Wait, who the fuck is Barr?" I then proceeded to look at Obama's line, but totally connected the arrow for Barr. Immediately after I did it, I was like, "Oh shit." and I read the instructions at the top on what to do when you make a mistake. It says, "Take ballot to an Election Official." So, I did. I went up and said, "I made a mistake. I accidentally voted for the wrong person." The lady looked at me and said, "Put it in the machine and see if it reads it. That'll tell us if you made a mistake." I look at her again and say, "I made a mistake. I vot..." she cut in and goes, "you have to feed it into the machine." And I go, "But I made a mistake! I VOTED FOR..." and she cut in again, and said, "You have to feed it into the machine." I got frustrated and I finally fed it into the machine like the stupid lady told me to do and she goes, "Nope, you didn't make a mistake. It counted it." I WAS SO LIVID. I go, "BUT I VOTED FOR THE WRONG PERSON. I TOLD YOU I MADE A MISTAKE." And she goes, "Well, there is nothing we can do now. You've already voted." I was so upset. I, actually, started crying.

My mom went back later and talked to the Democratic Judge -- who happened to the be the SAME lady who MADE me feed my ballot into the machine -- and told her how upset I was. The lady goes, "I'm sorry. It's all my fault." and my mom goes, "you wouldn't even listen to her." And She goes, "It doesn't matter. This is a Republican County anyway." THIS IS THE DEMOCRATIC JUDGE SAYING THIS! WTF? I'm so mad. So yeah, I got to vote for only one thing and it was President and I didn't get to vote the way I wanted to because some STUPID lady didn't know how to do her job, though she told my mom she's "been doing it for years." Ugh. Anyway, yeah. I'm royally pissed.

But other than that, GOBama!!

Edited at 2008-11-05 12:46 am (UTC)
5th-Nov-2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Go here, http://www.ourvotelive.org/home.php and call this number:

Welcome to Our Vote Live, the official site documenting the groundbreaking voter assistance work of the Election Protection Coalition.

Here, you can review in real-time reports of voter assistance calls made to 866-OUR-VOTE, Election Protection's toll-free hotline.

and report it!

Edited at 2008-11-05 12:53 am (UTC)
5th-Nov-2008 01:01 am (UTC)
So, just call them up and tell them my story? I mean, what can they really do? I was told by the Election Officials at the Voter Registration office and the people at the polling place that "There was nothing that could be done because my vote was counted and they can't really tell the machine which ballot was mine and to not count it." I'm just really mad that this happened. I plan on calling the Democratic Chair of my county and complaining. If this woman really was a Democrat, I highly doubt she'd say, "Well, this is a Republican County anyway." when my mother told her she just lost a Democratic vote.
5th-Nov-2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely call and tell them. That is their whole purpose, to hold people accountable.
5th-Nov-2008 12:49 am (UTC)
YAY! I voted today, and there was amazing staff. I am so excited, I nearly teared up when I voted for the first black candidate for president. :)
5th-Nov-2008 01:08 am (UTC)
I don't know if this (or this sort of thing) will make national news at all, but here's my story from today:

I was hanging out at the union office where the GOTV doorknocking in Mankato was being organized earlier, and I heard one of the staffers talking to someone who was at the polling places for Minnesota State University's dorms (and then talked to her about the story afterwards): apparently the GOP has teams of "challengers" out with the sole mission of challenging people's registration at the polls - and they're instructing the judges to turn away first-time voters who are trying to register with someone vouching for them. (You know, since MN requires either an ID with current address or an ID and a bill or someone from the same precinct to vouch for you.)

What they're claiming is that the voucher and the vouchee need to live together - you need to bring a roommate or someone, or it doesn't count. Which is clearly not the way the rules are written.

The DFL folks are mounting challenges of their own (well, not challenges so much: the "challengers" that the Dems have out are there with the express purpose of defending challenged voters), and they have a lawyer out on the ground working on it, but yikes.
5th-Nov-2008 02:54 am (UTC) - from my lj
i'm glad that everyone on my friends list had a quick & easy time voting.

i arrived at the polls at 7:05am & left at 9:10am. during my 2 hour stint at an elementary school in arlington, i:

-saw a woman screaming about how they wouldn't let her vote because she went to the wrong polling place
-saw an adorable little boy in a suit, wearing obama stickers
-was asked twice by the same guy if i wanted a republican voting card (whatever their called)
-had to listen to a woman in line *behind* me go on & on about how she's been standing in line since 6am. not possible.
-had to listen to a guy who lives in my building say that the election is a conspiracy & that he can't say the "d" or "p" word because the secret service will come after him. or that george bush sr was president in the 1970's... a "secret" president. or that the do not call list is a sham because he has a big green book at home that has every single phone number in it. also, he's on his third marriage... i wonder why!

when i finally reached the gynasium, 3 of the 4 voting machines lost their battery power. so everyone is freaking out & there's only 1 machine left.

kinda feels like a dream!

but other than the insanity, i felt very emotional when i went to vote... this is an amazing time in our lives.
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