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Have You Voted Yet, Are You About to Vote, When Are You Voting

What are your voting plans today? Voting open thread? Here's a guide to finding out where to vote, if you don't already know. And here's another, and another for if you've forgotten where you're registered to vote! And here's a list of things to do in addition to voting. But definitely vote. Vote vote vote. Word starting to sound strange and maybe a little mysterious now. How she truly voted we might never know.

Elsewhere: "a brief history of presidents and their preferred libations."

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Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

im not voting today because i cant vote for my kitten for president

PatatasBravas

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood Could probably write your kitten in for school council or something though.

and thus begins her rise to power

Isn't there a cat that was elected mayor somewhere?

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

@PatatasBravas im glad you correctly assumed my kitty is a she bc its very important to me that women get involved in politics

SarahP

@PatatasBravas I too would vote for Mayor Stubbs!

plumb-bob

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood I would not vote for my cat. I'm pretty sure she's a libertarian.

Miss Maszkerádi

Can't vote. Didn't get my absentee ballot in time thanks to Sandy (and no, I can't cast a provisional ballot, I'm registered in a different state than I currently reside.) Would appreciate help in coming up with decent one-line response to the hordes of people sure to be getting in my face screaming "DID YOU VOTE? BECAUSE YOU DON'T DESERVE TO LIVE IN AMERICA IF YOU DIDN'T!" as soon as I deign to take my unworthy arse and walk outdoors. *whimper.*

OhMarie

@Countess Maritza I haven't really seen this too much in person, and it will all be over tomorrow--I'd say you'll avoid at least half of it if you just do not go on Facebook all day.

Lustful Cockmonster

@Countess Maritza Wear headphones all day, and look straight ahead with withering disdain? That's my daily routine to avoid unpleasantness...

PatatasBravas

@Countess Maritza I feel like "Didn't get my absentee ballot because of Sandy" is a pretty decent response?

Unless these guys are going to take your ballot, leap upon their horses, and fucking Pony Express it to the correct state. In which case I applaud them really.

TheLetterL

@Countess Maritza I mean, the truth should be enough, or a simple "I tried. It didn't work out" or even a "That's between me and my election official" or "M.Y.O.B."

My suggestion for "IF YOU DON'T VOTE, YOU CAN'T COMPLAIN!!!!" is a raised eyebrow and a confident "Oh yeah? Watch me."

(Full disclosure: Yes, I will vote. No, I don't like having everyone hovering over me about it.)

LolaLooksFrench

@Countess Maritza I didn't get an absentee ballot either. I think just because Ohio is the worst, since I requested one way before anyone even knew who Sandy was. Provisinal ballots aren't counted unless there's an Emergency, so it probably doesn't matter too much. Sorry our election system sucks!

itiresias

@Countess Maritza I forgot to print the absentee application at work, didn't have work for a couple of days and got distracted by Sandy, and when I could finally print it (on Nov. 1) I read the fine print that said "Absentee ballot must be received at least 7 days prior to November 6 in order for it to be valid."

I thought there was no way NJ would get my application, mail me a ballot, and have it come back in time for it to count, so I unhappily gave up. THEN I found out they are allowing absentee requests by email, with an extended deadline, because so many people are displaced by Sandy. So I sent it in to my county office yesterday.

And now I've received no response and am confused. Will I get something in the mail in the coming week and have a late vote? Why is that okay, because it sounds confusing? Will I get an email and be able to do it that way? I just want an I Voted sticker and I know I'm going to get bored at work and not ignore Facebook .

Miss Maszkerádi

@LolaLooksFrench Our election system does seriously, seriously suck. Cue my every-four-years whinging about the Electoral College. (though my small consolation about getting disenfranchised is the knowledge that my vote would have been thrown out when my "home" state careened red by noon anyway.)

cecil hungry

@TheLetterL I'm one of the "If you don''t vote, you don't get to complain" people, but I count honestly trying to vote as voting. I reserve that comment more for the people who are all "ohhhh my state always goes [red/blue] so it doesn't matter what I do, why bother????" because those people piss me off (and they're always the biggest complainers, too).

ghechr

@Countess Maritza You could always just lie and say you did vote so to leave you alone? I'm a terrible person.

Miss Maszkerádi

@cecil hungry (I must stop posting in this thread but I caaaaaan't) I think that in our system where we really only ever have two candidates to choose from, and it's a blatant "either-or" situation, a considered decision to say "Neither" - an abstention, a vote of no confidence - is acceptable. I nearly did that on purpose, actually. If it's laziness or apathy, "Man, I don't care, nothing matters, they're all the same anyway", those are the people that probably shouldn't be complaining. But a deliberate and considered "Neither" should be a valid position to take.

TheLetterL

@cecil hungry I guess what gets me (as a voter with average turnout) about “If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain” is that I have never seen it turn out productively. It shuts down what could be a useful dialogue and pisses off the complainer in the process.

Ophelia

@Countess Maritza Me too, due to a vacation/Sandy Mashup, but my absentee ballot was going to DC, where at least Obama will carry it with like, 90% of the vote.

cecil hungry

@TheLetterL Hmmmmmmm... well, those are valid points, but 99% of the time, when I get to the "shut up you didn't vote point," it's not because people are complaining about both/neither party, it's all "this-and-such didn't turn out the way I wanted," but they didn't bother to cast a vote. They want to both complain AND not care, and that's not the way it works. I'm all about reasonable discussion, and I don't just go around shouting at people not wearing "I Voted" stickers, or whatever, but there's definitely a sense of both entitlement and apathy that annoys me. I live in the reddest state in America (probably. Only state to have all counties go McCain in '08) and that discourages voters on both sides of the line since it "doesn't matter." BUT IT DOES MATTER! And you don't get to complain about how everything's super Republican if you're not going out there and at least attempting to change it. Or show your resistance. Or whatever. Sure, go vote and leave the President slot blank (no Jill Stein option here, worse luck) but vote on the local issues! We've actually got a shot at sending a Dem to the Senate--vote on that! PUT IN SOME EFFORT IN BETWEEN YOUR COMPLAINING DAMMIT!

The end.

Weasley

I voted! It was my first time. I feel like I didn't prepare adequately though. I used to scorn people who just voted in the presidential and ignored the local politics..and I did just about that except I did vote for my state representative. I guess I understand what it means to be to busy to pay close attention.

ThatWench

@Weasley This is where I think our system could benefit from being more party-oriented, like every other industrialized democracy. You don't have to research every race from Congress down to your local school board; you just have to pick you party and let them pick the actual individuals for the positions. That way, each national party can have a single, clearly-defined, nation-wide message that you only have to hear about once. And if folks want to form up some local/regional parties for the local races, ditto.

iceberg

@ThatWench I just vote as if that IS how it works.

franceschances

@iceberg I have when I lived in other places, but now I live in DC where the majority party is corrupt, corrupt, corrupt. Can't trust 'em to pick a good one, and the primary decides everything anyway.

fondue with cheddar

@Weasley It's hard to find real information about local candidates. Mailers and doorhangers don't count. I usually only vote for President/VP, Senate/House, and the state ballot questions.

ThatWench

@franceschances I live in DC, too, which further makes me wish for a no-primary system that makes it easier for local parties to flourish.

themmases

@Weasley Yeah, there is no way I could have learned about each and every single judge who was on my ballot-- over a page of them, mostly unopposed. I usually check the questionnaires given to local candidates at some point, but even then I am still always surprised by someone I didn't even know I'd have to vote about.

So I vote for the Democrat, and if there's more than one I vote for the woman. At least I have a system.

Blushingflwr

@Weasley Yeah, I couldn't sleep last night, so I went a-googling for info on the school board candidates. I don't want to accidentally let them start teaching creationism in my local schools.

Springtime for Voldemort

@Weasley I ended up not voting for the local judges, because I couldn't find any information on any of them. I hate that, because I think local judges are a HUGE part of how I actually live, but it seems like unless someone says something beyond stupid or makes an unbelievably controversial ruling, there's no info. :(

rimy

@Weasley For most of the local positions (judges, school board, etc.) in the town I voted in, the choices were Republican, Libertarian, or write-in, so I just ignored those. Sigh...

fondue with cheddar

@Blushingflwr Yeah, that's a good reason to vote for school board. Fortunately, I don't think there's much danger of anyone trying to teach creationism where I live (NJ suburb of Philadelphia).

Blushingflwr

@fondue with cheddar I live in Montgomery County, Maryland, which is a suburb of DC, and the odds are against it, but there are a lot of stupid, fucked-up things the school board can do (like the anti-gay policies of the largest school district in Minnesota) and it scares me. The schools here are pretty good, I just want them to stay that way.

fondue with cheddar

@Blushingflwr There's an anti-gay policy there? Wow. Not having an equality policy is bad enough but anti-gay? What's that all about?

acid burn

@Springtime for Voldemort Judges are also nonpartisan here (and everywhere I guess) so I usually look at who's endorsed them, and extrapolate from there. This year I had to decide between an older white guy with a lot of experience who was endorsed by a lot of liberal-leaning people, and a younger lesbian woman who seems a little more conservative (or at least pro-business). I wanted to support the gay lady but ultimately I went for the older guy.

Springtime for Voldemort

@acid burn I mean, lots of times, there isn't even a local newspaper article on them. Or at least, I can't find any. There should be a website detailing all the judges who allow slut defenses.

acid burn

@Springtime for Voldemort Oh, yeah, no articles, but do you not get voter guides in the mail where you are? My state (Oregon, and I think Washington did the same when I was there) sends out a big booklet that has statements from all the candidates and arguments for and against all the ballot measures, and it would be really impossible without that.

Blushingflwr

@acid burn Maryland sends out ballot proof, which lets you familiarize yourself with the ballot and what candidates/positions/questions are on the ballot, but there are no candidate statements included with it (or on the Board of Elections website). You have to do independent research.

fondue with cheddar

@acid burn Woah, that's fantastic!

@Blushingflwr We get sample ballots in the mail here in New Jersey, too. I mostly use them for the ballot questions because I already know who's running in the races I'll be voting on. Independent research should be easier what with the internet, but it's really not. I've tried.

Springtime for Voldemort

@acid burn The voter guide really only does various referendum stuff. And it wouldn't tell me the stuff about judges I want to know, anyway.

AniaGosia

@Weasley I live in Michigan and only got a guide - sponsored by a local politician - to the ballot proposals. No mention of any candidates. I googled around a while last week trying to find out who was running, but no luck. It's so frustrating!! I want to be informed before I vote! Even the official website that had election information didn't have any info about the candidates - just where to find your polling place, etc.

Lustful Cockmonster

Voted! Whoop! Voting makes me so happy, I am going to be in a good mood all day...(hopefully that continues tomorrow...I am a little terrified of the results...)

fondue with cheddar

@Lustful Cockmonster I'm a lot terrified of the results.

Lustful Cockmonster

@fondue with cheddar I am staying positive and believing Nate Silver science. I have to, otherwise I would be looking for jobs in other countries rather than doing the one I actually have today.

fondue with cheddar

@Lustful Cockmonster I'm trying to stay positive, but it's hard because an unfavorable outcome would be SO BAD. It still hasn't been that long since Bush, and I'm not ready to hate/fear my president again.

Lustful Cockmonster

@fondue with cheddar YIPPEEEEE!!! Good news across the board!

fondue with cheddar

@Lustful Cockmonster YES! I am so fucking relieved. I was hopeful but scared! So much good news for marriage equality and women, too. I'm proud of my fellow Americans.

anachronistique

Voted already! The school where I vote had a bake sale set up, which is GENIUS.

And then I got harangued on the way to work by a homeless man who saw my "I Voted" sticker and was mad that he wasn't allowed to vote because there wasn't room in the shelter so he couldn't list that as his address. Which is screwed up, but... huh?

PatatasBravas

@anachronistique Hopefully you voted for a person who will take care of this man's concerns in the future!

PatatasBravas

@anachronistique Also those are some wise kids. Waiting in line and gazing upon baked goods is a sure way to emancipate some quarters from my pockets.

dj pomegranate

@anachronistique Oh man, that is a great idea...I definitely would have bought a coffee/baked good this morning!

Lily Rowan

@anachronistique I'm always horribly disappointed when there's no bake sale at the polling place. And I don't expect to see one tonight, since my current polling place is a university building, not an elementary school.

Lady Humungus

@Lily Rowan We had a bake sale, but it was by the Boy Scouts, so I felt conflicted.

dreeski

@anachronistique
Voted! And bought a lovely pumpkin bread to support the 5th grade yearbook committee. I'm sure my co-workers will enjoy it, but I cannot. Next time, I think I will contribute a gluten-free baked good, and then buy it myself.

SarahP

@anachronistique There was also a bake sale at my polling place (also a school)! Such a good/cute idea.

anachronistique

@PatatasBravas They also had a coffee kiosk set up right by the door, which was spectacular because it's freezing here today. Luckily when I voted the line was longer inside than out, though.

steve

@anachronistique
Sausage sizzle at the polling place is the gold standard here in Oz.

fondue with cheddar

@anachronistique My coworker (who lives in Philadelphia) said they have free baked goods and coffee at his polling place. FREE.

iceberg

@steve Oh man i miss the institution of the sausage sizzle! There's nothing better than a half charred snag swimming in tomato sauce and wrapped in a slice of the whitest bread known to man.

Science vs. Dinosaurs

I voted! Absentee ballots are not as much fun as the real thing. No sticker.

ThatWench

@Science vs. Dinosaurs
I miss my vote-by mail ballot. I could have filled it out last night, and just dropped it at a collection site on my way in/home/off to lunch.

wharrgarbl

@Science vs. Dinosaurs There was one year when my district put little stickers in with the absentee ballots, so you could put it on once you'd mailed it in or delivered it.

Hot Doom

@Science vs. Dinosaurs Basically. I double checked the envelope to see if an 'I voted' sticker would fall out for me, but it didn't.

fondue with cheddar

@Science vs. Dinosaurs I didn't get a sticker! :(

But I did get a smile from a booth attendant with a loooong bright white beard. :)

frigwiggin

@Science vs. Dinosaurs

I absentee voted too. Which is a good thing, because I'm on like day 5 of a gross cold and should not be doing important things.

frigwiggin

@frigwiggin Also, this was my first time voting by mail, and I like it! It feels like doing a take-home open-book test.

falafelwaffle

@Science vs. Dinosaurs I sent in my absentee ballot in as soon as I got it (September) and it was highly anti-climactic. Didn't stop me from wearing my Louisianans for Obama shirt today and acting all proud for voting.

themmases

I voted! I felt silly because I expected it to be pretty quick and told my boss I'd have no problem still coming in early. Then remembered the other time I was at my polling place, I was voting in a primary in the middle of the afternoon. Durrrr.

Lustful Cockmonster

@themmases Me too, the line was so long! I was totally surprised until I realized I have never voted in a presidential election there, just the smaller ones where you waltz in and out. It moved pretty quickly though.

glitterary

@themmases I'm so shocked when I see the long lines on the news! I've voted several times here in the UK, and you just rock up and there is never a queue. Seriously, never, regardless of the time of day. Why the hell aren't there more polling stations in the US? Do you get helpful people volunteering to hold people's place in really long lines and call them when they're nearly at the front? That's what I'd want to do if I was somewhere that happened...

highfivesforall

@glitterary That...is not how lines work. This may work in a queue for a concert, or restaurant, but it doesn't make the line shorter in a situation where every single human being has to go through the same process that takes about the same amount of time. You can't "order together", and you're not waiting for it to open - you're just waiting for each person to vote in turn. This would just cause the line to be a standstill every time a new person got up to the front and all their friends cut in.
/completely unnecessary rant

glitterary

@highfivesforall No, I meant like--I can't vote, so if someone had to work that day, I could say "Well, I'll wait in line for you, and then when it's nearly your turn, I'll call you, you turn up, I remove myself from the line and you take my place." So then people who might find it hard to get time off work or away from looking after their kids or something wouldn't have to spend hours in a queue. Because having the time to queue is a luxury I have, but others might not.

I recognise that it doesn't make the line shorter for anyone else, but it means people who would otherwise be disenfranchised by waiting times could vote. That said, I guess that means those people would still be "in the line" and making it longer, just by proxy, so others might be discouraged from joining the line themselves. Really, there should just be more polling stations :^(

Exene

@highfivesforall I don't think she means "All my friends can have cuts once I get to the front," I think she means, "Hey guy on crutches, why don't you go sit down and I'll wait in line for you."

Whether she's for or against butts and coconuts, I don't know.

glitterary

@Exene Yep, that's what I meant :)

And totally for butts. I'm undecided on coconuts.

highfivesforall

@glitterary Ah, okay, that was not clear that you meant you'd take someone's place for them. I assumed you meant that hypothetically if there were lines where you were and could vote, you'd hold multiple people's place for them. I probably shouldn't read so much into two sentences in a comment on the internet!

Put me down as pro-butt and anti-coconut, please.

themmases

@glitterary Well, the line at my polling place wasn't really a result of the poor infrastructure and voter suppression that makes the news in, say, Ohio-- it's just extreme population density. I live in an area of Chicago where everything is an apartment building, including several high rises, and there are four separate precincts just in the block between my polling place (a 2 minute walk, maybe) and the next major street (a 30 second walk, maybe). Two of them voted in my polling place, and I think two of them voted in some public area of the high-rise across the street. There are also lots of young professionals like me who work super early, so showing up right at 6 a.m. when the polls opened was a popular option.

We can't really split up the precincts any more, because a) I'm not sure there are enough big public spaces in the tiny footprint we occupy, and b) our voting information is kept at the polling place (I sign a form confirming it without having to show ID as long as it all matches up), so it's not like we can just go anywhere or split up individual precincts-- we'd need two copies of everyone's information then. Also our ballot was crazy long.

Early voting is kind of a drag in Chicago because you have to go downtown, but anyone registered in IL can absentee vote by mail. I may do this next time.

glitterary

@highfivesforall Butts are the only way forward for this nation. I'm glad we can agree on that :D

Lustful Cockmonster

@highfivesforall Poor coconuts getting a bad rap...I'll stand up for them! Coconuts forever!

glitterary

@themmases Ah, thanks for explaining. I've voted in London a few times but I forgot how much bigger your tower blocks are--makes sense that you can't split those up.

beerd

@glitterary

"Why the hell aren't there more polling stations?" Because people VOTE at polling stations.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/opinion/26tue4.html

From 2004: "Officials in Knox County, Ohio, provided just two voting machines for [Kenyon College's] 1,300 voters....That same day in Columbus, voters in black neighborhoods waited as long as four hours, often in the rain."

Blushingflwr

@themmases And this is why Election Day should be moved to a weekend or made a Federal Holiday.

highfivesforall

@Lustful Cockmonster I will not budge on this issue.

beerd

@beerd Sorry, ya'll. I just get so pessimistic during election season. It's when I let my inner conspiracy theorist out for fresh air.

ThatWench

@Blushingflwr Or we could all do Vote By Mail!

I could review my voters' guide at home after work, read the pros and cons, fill out the bubbles for each question concerning butts and coconuts, and then drop off my ballot on the way into work the next morning!

Blushingflwr

@ThatWench This is also an excellent idea. Allows for a more informed electorate. BUT we would not get results as quickly, probably. I am envisioning an election season that looks a lot like tax season, where some people do it early, and others are going to the post office at 11:30 PM on the last day to make the postmark deadline.

ThatWench

@Blushingflwr It's not a postmark deadline, it's an in-officials'-hands deadline. By the Thursday before election day, the offical advice is "don't mail, drop-off". Drop-off points are in every public library, many schools, your local government offices, etc.

Also, based on comments in this thread as well as a previous one, it's suddenly occurring to me that we likely have met, depending on what parts of the scene you run in. (Oh, it feels so teenager-pretentious to call it "the scene.") I find this realization exciting, but plz2ignore if you (understandably) feel different.

Blushingflwr

@ThatWench Ahh, I've only done absentee ballots by mail and sent them in nice and early, so I've never worried about that deadline. Though I have done my taxes online on April 15.
For me, part of the problem is that I live so far from work, and most of the community centers where I live aren't actually convenient to me (or maybe they are and I've just never bothered to find out, I mostly know what's on the route to/from the Metro or my partner's house). Though I do walk past the volunteer fire department every day.

Also, it's possible! I use this screen name (with the vowels in flower) on most social networking sites where we talk about that sort of thing. I mostly run with BR/the Crucible.

ThatWench

@flwr Ha! Based on the long commute, my money was on Bmore TNG, but if the board games are in dc with me, all the better! I'm not really on FL due to terribleness of site design, but maybe I'll complete the circle of stalking and send you a wave.

And that's the further magic of vote by mail: every dropbox in the state is valid for you! That means you can get your ballot, and drop it off while carpooling to the Halloween party in the boonies, or while visiting the coast, or while wine tasting, or...

fruiting body

I voted six weeks ago because I knew I was moving to the UK before normal ballots get mailed out (Oregon is vote by mail.) I don't think I'm going to see any Americans today besides my husband but I'm still wearing an old Obama '08 pin all day anyway. (My underwear is red, white and blue, too.)

ThatWench

@fruiting body Vote by mail FTW, forever and ever. Miss ya, Oregon.

districter

I voted early on Saturday and I had to wait 3 hours, BUT I got to vote so it still felt good.

I have yet to hear a report of someone near me who had a short or effortless time voting. A coworker tried to vote in northern Virginia today and was told 2.5+ hour wait and had to come into work and try again later.

franceschances

@districter OMG NO. I hope your coworker and everyone else who had to make that call gets to vote later! This should not be happening :( :( :(

New Hoarder

@districter Wow, who told them that? Where in NoVa? I hope it wasn't someone campaigning for either party and trying to mislead someone.

SarahP

@districter I had a short and almost effortless time voting! (In a suburb of Boston at 8:00am, though, so.)

Bittersweet

@districter My friends in NoVa also report long lines at polling spots. When I lived there and voted in the '92 election, it was crowded and I had to wait quite a while. Not sure why it's like that there? Like SarahP, I live outside Boston and have never had to wait more than a few min. when voting. And we have paper ballots/fill in the bubble in my town!

miss olsen

@districter I waited 1.5 hours in northern VA this morning. I hope your coworker knows that as long as they are in line by 7 pm they are entitled to vote! Just get there by 7!

Astronaut Mermaid

@districter Goodness, what? I just got back from voting in Arlington and it took all of half an hour tops. Then again, we had truly enormous early voting numbers, so there's that. I hope your friend gets to vote!

New Hoarder

@miss olsen That's what I have been telling people I've canvassed! I really hope people don't give up. =-(

miss olsen

@New Hoarder High-five for canvassing! Go you!

districter

@New Hoarder He wasn't told he COULDN'T wait, he just needed to come into work - for clarification. They did tell him that he just needed to be back my 7pm (which is he planning on doing.)

I have been hearing about his unwavering devotion to the republican party for a year now, I don't think he'll miss the chance to try to vote Obama out of office : )

New Hoarder

@districter Oh, I was just wondering if the wait was more like an hour and they said 2.5 hours to discourage people.

New Hoarder

@miss olsen I hated doing it in '04 for Kerry but am really feeling hopeful doing it this time! Some of the conversations I've had while doing it have been so inspiring.

districter

@Astronaut Mermaid He was in Arlington, so it must vary a lot site to site? My boyfriend stopped by his elementary school in Fairfax Co. and said it was a "mad house," probably 1-2 hour wait at least. I am going to hope that big turnouts in NoVa is a good sign!!

New Hoarder

@districter Me too!

LaLoba

@districter Is this sort of abnormal? I feel like I'm hearing about these things way more than usual, then again I may be paying more attention? I'm from Oregon and have never been to a voting booth! Voted by mail my whole voting life. It's less climactic but more convenient.

LaLoba

@LaLoba Also, NEVER a single sticker.

districter

@LaLoba Last presidential election I voted in MD with no lines, but I am hearing about lots of long waits this year. I think many people I know at least are pumped up about voting for gay marriage. I am not sure what the usual is in NoVa or DC, could be I am just paying more attention as well.

Beericle

@districter I early voted in DC on friday. 30 minutes from start to finish. Have a friend who tried to vote in MoCo this morning, and left because she thought the lines would be 2-3 hours. I am telling myself lines are so long, even with early voting because so many people are actually getting out and voting, and I think that is pretty cool.

ThatWench

@LaLoba On reflection, it just seems so Oregonian not to have the stickers. I mean, there's the whole "eh, I voted weeks ago" laidback mini-smugness, so the "lookie my sticker" smugness seems like it'd be overkill.

On the other hand, describing to my coworker how GOTV works in Oregon ("Can I turn in your ballot for you?") horrified her. (Let it be known that we don't force you to give over your ballot! We can also provide directions to the drop-off boxes!)

lookuplookup

I voted this morning. I went to my polling place at 6:25 & there was already a line. I knew I would have to cast a provisional ballot because my change of address was never processed by my county board of elections. The dude running the voter assistance table tried to redirect me to the incorrect precinct because he gave the wrong current address to the board of elections when calling in to verify my polling place. It was a hot mess and now I can't shake the feeling that my vote is just in a trash can somewhere, which is just great because I live in Ohio.

PatatasBravas

@lookuplookup Maybe a smidgen late now, but for anyone else who has trouble with voting/gets harassed/given the run around:

You can call the Election Protection Hotline at 1.866.OUR.VOTE or email the hotline at info@866ourvote.org. THESE PEEPS WILL HELP.

lookuplookup

@PatatasBravas Thankfully I was able to speak to someone from the Board of Directions directly & cleared things up on the spot -- marking what is probably the first time I have bothered to be assertive in like the last year.

maybe partying will help

Voting Plannes: go stand in line for however long it takes, have a beer afterward. Preferably a local brew because dammit come on swing state Ohio! We can do this!

PatatasBravas

@maybe partying will help GO OHIO GO

maybe partying will help

@PatatasBravas

Someday I'll live someplace comfortably blue...I moved from FL to OH and apparently the voting shenanigans here are almost as bad as the ones in Florida (evidenced by lookuplookup and a couple people I know in Columbus). :(

WhiskeySour

@maybe partying will help
4:30-ish today I'll be doing my part for Ohio. I'm nervous not just about the presidential election, but also for the Senate seat. Ugh.

JessicaLovejoy

I voted last Sunday in South Florida and it was such a breeze I feel sheepish about it! Polling place was three minutes from my house, it was 30 minutes from the back of the line to being handed my ballot.

Good thing I had a chance to go early, today is the first day of Mercury Retrograde and my Keurig already isn't working, if I went today my ballot probably would have exploded.

leonstj

HOW DID ALL OF YOU PEOPLE GET STICKERS?!?!?!?

There were no stickers at my voting place, and it was stinky and dark and dank and in a basement. I never understood that. There should be like, cake and mimosas and bounce music when you vote. IT IS SO FUN. I want to vote like, eight more times today.

I'm really spoiled, cuz we had democratic party primaries just recently in Brooklyn, and now this election...voting twice in two months! VOTING. Yesssssss. I can't even focus at work now, I just want to go home and watch news & twitter & the reuters feed. I even took off tomorrow cuz I know I will be doing too much democracy drinking tonight.

Speaking of, does anybody know any good drinking games? I was thinking of getting a measuring cup, and drinking a half oz of beer for every electoral vote called for obama.

yourstruly

@leon s my friends and I were thinking of taking a shot for every state called for Obama. That's a sure fire way for the 'check liver' light to come on...

Lady Humungus

@leon s No stickers for us either :( What the heck?
I don't have a good drinking game, other than to nervously gulp booze all night. We are having "the 47 percenter" which is 53% champagne and 47% Kool-aid. Also I made Barak Obabaganoush.

Disco Sheets

@leon s You live in Greenpoint? I'm pretty sure none of the Greenpoint polling locations ever stock those stickers. I was so pumped this morning that my new voting place (very much not in Brooklyn) had a million stickers, including Spanish ones. GO VOTING!

JessicaLovejoy

@leon s I don't recall ever getting one in NY, but I have in FL? Maybe more are ordered/sent to ~battleground~ states? IDK. Just a theory. I did have this exchange with my dad:
Me: I didn't know there were special early vote stickers! I didn't think they'd have any at all!
Him: I wouldn't have voted!

NeverOddOrEven

@leon s
Ohmygod, what if every polling place had bouncy castles?! That would be awesome, and a sure-fire way to increase voter turn out.

bitchycrosstownexpress

@JessicaLovejoy I've never received one in NY either. When I was growing up in OK there were always so many they'd often give them to us for coming in with our parents. I got spoiled.

anachronistique

@JessicaLovejoy Pretty sure I've gotten stickers in NY, NJ and MA! Maybe it's just whether your city/precinct is full of people who hate fun.

Someone turned down a sticker while checking out as I waited in line, and I made the poll workers all crack up when I went "Why wouldn't you want a sticker? That's the WHOLE POINT!"

New Hoarder

@leon s I have a whole spool of "I voted for President Obama!" stickers to hand out to people who early voted while I was canvassing. I decorated my body in O/B stickers (including my cheeks...both sets) when I went to the Obama/ Clinton rally this weekend! People really like stickers, especially me.

fondue with cheddar

@leon s If you play that drinking game. I hope you get shitfaced!

Though really, I'd need to drink for every electoral vote for Romney. Because if he wins I will need to be placated.

Blondsak

@leon s My friends and I play a game we call red cup blue cup every 4 years. Here are the general rules (we usually knock a few off as the night goes on, otherwise we would never make it):

Have many pitchers/cans/kegs of beer, access to a fairly bipartisan tv channel, and red and blue SOLO cups. Divide the group by half. One half are the Republicans, and drink from red cups. The other the Dems, and drink from blue cups.

Repubs take a sip every time someone says:
- Romney
- Ryan
- candidate
- 47%
- Ann
- conservative
- Mormon
- Massachusetts
- Governor

Also, they take a sip every time a state goes blue, and every time a clip of Romney plays.

Dems take a sip every time someone says:
- Obama
- Biden
- incumbent
- liberal
- Michelle
- Clinton
- Senator
- jobs
- Obamacare

Also, they take a sip every time a state goes red, and every time a clip of Obama plays.

Everyone takes a sip when someone says:
- economy
- President
- campaign
- election

This will get you VERY drunk VERY fast, so small sips are important. But as I told my friends, no matter who is declared winner I want to be drunk when I hear about it, so.

adorable-eggplant

@leon s Not to rub it in buuuuut I had three options of sticker ("Yo voté" "I early voted" and "I early voted" with a picture of a voting machine). Also I went on Halloween and all the volunteers were dressed up. It was awesome! One woman had painted her face like a cheetah.

fondue with cheddar

@adorable-eggplant Please tell me you picked "Yo voté". Because that sounds so much cooler. It also sounds like advice you might give to someone in English: "Yo...vote, eh?"

adorable-eggplant

@fondue with cheddar I went with the picture one cause it looks like a beeper from the 80s and I love tacky things (lol, sticker pun).

fondue with cheddar

@adorable-eggplant Beepers! Good choice.

Probs

Lines have been pretty crazy this morning around the DC area from what I hear. My polling place is like four blocks from my office, so I'm going around 10:15-10:30, hopefully I'll mostly miss the lines. King Greenleaf Rec Center here I come!

franceschances

@Probs My DC polling place was crazy disorganized and chaotic :(

Probs

@franceschances that suuuuuucks. Mine was run quite well.

yourstruly

I voted absentee, but I really should have registered to vote in Virginia, where I'm going to school. My vote would count more here. Well, at least I cancelled out my mom's vote...

New Hoarder

@yourstruly Back in '04 (my first prez election) I was a student in Ohio and rapidly switched my registration from VA to OH, because at that the time I knew VA didn't stand a chance of being anything but red. For '08, I made sure to switch back to VA and we turned blue! I am so so hoping VA is blue again but I am trying not to get my hopes up too high. I gave up my weekend and the rest of today to campaign for O so I hope that makes somewhat of a difference!

dj pomegranate

My polling place is a block from my apartment and I thought I was being super smart by showing up early. The line was an hour long! (BUT THERE WERE NO STICKERS. I really wanted a sticker.) GO DEMOCRACY, GO OBAMA!

bitchycrosstownexpress

@dj pomegranate Yeah, mine is in the middle of the next block over and the line was already around the corner. As I was standing there staring at it another woman came up and we had one of those random NYC street corner conversations about how nuts it was. So I'm going back after work in hopes that everyone else tried to go early.

hands_down

I voted in Virginia this morning. The only weird part was that I was in the system as an "inactive voter", even though I last voted in 2010. My husband, who didn't vote in 2010, wasn't listed as inactive. But I just had to fill out a form and then I was able to vote normally. And I was happy that we had paper ballots. Don't think I ever voted with those before.

steve

Dear America,
Try not to mess up the world too much today.
Sincerely,
Foreigners

SarahP

@steve We are all trying our best!

PatatasBravas

@steve noooooo pressure though

steve

@SarahP
All our alien thanks to you!

steve

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SarahP

@steve Our pleasure!

fondue with cheddar

@steve (and the world) I am so glad to have pleased you all, and glad to have another four years of not being ashamed of my president!

wharrgarbl

I'm taking some time off work this afternoon to vote. I'm not really expecting much of a line, even though we've got a fucking monster of a ballot this time around. I guess one of the silver linings to living in a Republican stronghold district is that, while my congressperson might always be a genetically-engineered super-douche, our polling stations are usually not maliciously under-resourced.

NeverOddOrEven

I wont be voting until after work (but hopefully leaving early), but I wore my blueist blue shirt today. Subliminal messaging works, right?
And the boob-factor must increase it, like, ten-fold.

New Hoarder

@NeverOddOrEven I am wearing bright blue Toms ballet flats, navy blue pants (more of a brighter sapphire color, really), a violet shirt (to mix it up), and a royal blue cape today. My mostly blue second purse is sporting my O/B button. It's convenient that most of my wardrobe is blue anyway. I have to make a real effort to buy/ wear red... huh. I guess I've subliminally messaged myself!

New Hoarder

@NeverOddOrEven But when I canvassed the other day in dark blue jeans and a mostly blue, thermal, Roxy-brand (sporty) shirt, one guy who answered the door thought I was a Repub until I offered him an O/B sticker. I don't know what I did wrong!

NeverOddOrEven

@New Hoarder
Yea, I have to force myself to stop buying cool-toned everything. Red and yellow are a'ight, but most shades of orange just ruin everything for the warm-tones.

SarahP

@NeverOddOrEven Oops, I'm wearing a red shirt today. BUT I AM BLUE AT HEART.

bitchycrosstownexpress

@NeverOddOrEven I was trying to pick out a blue outfit but I messed up and wore my blue work pants yesterday, and I don't have a work appropriate blue sweater. I went for brown and green instead, since it is at least not red.

fabel

@SarahP SAME HERE. I realized when I walked out the door, & thought "hmm, hope nobody will mistake this as some subliminal thing" but apparently I was wrong! Maybe I should write GO OBAMA on my head?

fondue with cheddar

@SarahP I wore a blue t-shirt with a multicolored print and multicolored striped shirt underneath it. I look like an undecided voter! Everybody at my work knows where everybody else stands, though. We're all voting for Obama except my boss.

Spice&Snails&PuppyDogTails

@NeverOddOrEven I'm wearing red white and blue, like a SUPER CHEESY person. Because I am super cheesy.

frigwiggin

@NeverOddOrEven I painted my nails a beautiful dark blue yesterday without thinking about it, and now I know why!

rimy

@Spice&Snails&PuppyDogTails Haha, I totally thought about doing red, white, and blue, but I couldn't find the right clothes in time. I went with green, grey, and black instead. Now that I think about it I should have at least worn my blue ballet flats! Dangit, now I want to at least get a patriotic/sparkly blue manicure.

adorable-eggplant

@rimy I accidentally wore a red striped shirt and navy blue cardigan yesterday, and then realized, crap, I should've worn this tomorrow!

NeverOddOrEven

@NeverOddOrEven
Update: I get to leave for the day at 1pm and have gotten multiple compliments on my very, electric blue blouse.
It's working! Muahahahahahahaha!

Spice&Snails&PuppyDogTails

@NeverOddOrEven You should do the manicure! That sounds both patriotic and relaxing, and will help keep you from biting off all your nails in anxiety.

Valley Girl

@SarahP I'm wearing a red shirt today too, to blend in at work. But I will change into my Obama "MR. PRESIDENT YOU PROMISED I VOTED NOW PLEASE DELIVER" shirt and "Bark for Barack" button to watch the results!

Sea Ermine

Ok you know how when you vote it's not just for the president but for a couple other things too (school board, etc.). Does anyone know where to get that kind of info for NYC? I've only been able to vote once before but it was absentee and so I could go home and look it all up online, plus, I just moved here recently so I don't know who anyone is. Is there a handy link anywhere that explains everyone's positions and policies and whatnot?

NeverOddOrEven

@Sea Ermine
NPR has a thing that will quiz you on local races.

ThatWench

@Sea Ermine Your newspaper's editorial board has spent a lot of time in the past several months issuing endorsements, and there's probably a round-up on their website of everyone they endorsed. This does involve putting some faith in someone else's choices, but at the very least, reading the ones that got full-length editorials should give you a basic overview of what the race has been about. (Plus, full-length editorial for local race is pretty good evidence that it's been a contested race, which means your vote is probably more pivotal than, say, in the essentially-uncontested reelection of your statehouse Rep.)

ThatWench

@ThatWench And, yes, I know of *some* newspapers that could be recommended for NYC, but it's good advice for anyone that's a fairly new transplant. We flipped through Washington Post's section to see who the least-likely-to-be-indicted candidates for the DC races are, and learned that they had posted their "all endorsements roundup" as a slideshow. Because Washington Post is DETERMINED to win the award for worst newspaper website design in the world.

OhMarie

@Sea Ermine Vote411.org had a good summary of all of my local races (except school board--sorry school board). They will even give you the pro position and the con position on everything. Turns out the most confusing question on my whole ballot was just to clear up some confusing language in our city charter!

miss olsen

@Sea Ermine if you don't want or need to wade through positions and descriptions you could also google: "your locality" "party of your choice" "sample ballot 2012" OR "endorsements 2012." My local Dems love a sample ballot; not sure if that's a thing nationwide.

spex

@Sea Ermine Seconding Vote411! (Though I'm admittedly partial, since I sort of work for them.) Not every state participated/submitted information this year, but if your area is included it's a great resource.

fondue with cheddar

@NeverOddOrEven Damn, this is useful. I wish I hadn't already voted this morning! I've used another site in the past (I forget which one but not one mentioned in this thread) and local information was inadequate at best.

ThatWench

@miss olsen If you're okay with strongly partisan sample-balloting, unions are also quite fond of producing them. They won't always take a side on every question, and there probably won't be a lot of "why", but if you're a state with lots of non-partisan races and/or ballot measures about confusing tax code changes, it can get you short-and-sweet answers.

NeverOddOrEven

@NeverOddOrEven
I lied, I was thinking of something I saw on Minnesota Public Radio's website. But check the one for your state.

Sea Ermine

@miss olsen Oh that's excellent thanks!

Sea Ermine

@ThatWench Wait what exactly is a union sample ballot? Is it connected to job unions or some other kind of union for voters? I apologize if my questions (here and elsewhere on the thread) are stupid, I moved to the US 4 years ago and my only knowledge of elections comes from one semester of US history I took in 10th grade so US politics is still incredibly confusing for me. Like, I know where I stand on all the issues I just have zero idea of how to apply them to a voting situation.

Sea Ermine

@OhMarie Oooh that's super useful, thank you!

Sea Ermine

@ThatWench That's a smart thing to look into. I don't read any local newspapers so I'm not sure which one's would support what I'm interested in but for next time I'll check there. I only just remembered we have to vote for more than just the president so I'm a little late to the game on this.

ThatWench

@Sea Ermine The union one is employee unions, yes. Their clout in the election cycles isn't what it used to be, but there are still enough unionized workers that are proud pro-union voters, and union workers often put in their time knocking on doors and the like. I was once handed a sample ballot while waiting at a bus stop... to go to my job on one of the campaigns. :P

Sea Ermine

@ThatWench ahhhh ok that makes sense.

@everybody Thank you all for your help figuring out the whole voting process! I just came back from voting and I'm pleased to say I knew who everyone on the ballot was and what their positions were.

NeverOddOrEven

If you are lucky enough to get a sticker, lots of places are giving out free shit!
I don't know how much is just local, but Einstein Bros Bagels will give you a free bagel with cream cheese, and White Castle is giving away sweet potato fries. I think there was more but I forget.
Look into it!

Lady Humungus

@NeverOddOrEven Tim Horton’s is giving away a free donut with the purchase of a coffee! Good ol Timmies... I think you need to take in the linked coupon though.

NeverOddOrEven

@Lady Humungus
Where are there Tim Horton's in the US? MN is close enough to Canada.... I want some.

schrodingers_cat

@NeverOddOrEven Babeland is giving away free toys! You have to live in Seattle or NYC for this, but if you do, GO!

NeverOddOrEven

@schrodingers_cat
Smitten Kitten in Mpls is giving discounts. But now that seems lame in comparison.

schrodingers_cat

@NeverOddOrEven Yeah, I think they do it every major election. Sadly, I am not in Seattle this year to collect my free vibrator.

unicornfighter

@Lady Humungus This is legitimately making me consider switching my residency from FL to OH for as long as I live here. I'm so pissed I don't have a sticker from absentee voting. So pissed.

Jinxie

@NeverOddOrEven Apparently Gap is giving a 20% discount today if you show your "I voted" sticker (or enter "GAPVOTE" online). I haven't heard of any freebies local to me (San Fran) but I guess I can content myself with having been a part of democracy or something? (Though it'd be rad to get free Timmies and a free vibe.)

Lady Humungus

@NeverOddOrEven I live in Buffalo, NY and there's a T-Ho's on practically every corner. I think they have them in PA and OH too.

Plexia

I'm not voting because I'm not American, but I was in Carnaby Street just now and a wizened old busker was singing this song that went "Obadee obadi OBAAAAMA! La la la not a Mor-Mon!". So there you go. London is thinking of you.

oh! valencia

@Plexia bahahaha. I hope that song is in my head all day.

glitterary

I'm British, but I wish so badly I could contribute in some way! All my American friends are already voting for Obama, so showing support on social networks isn't going to make a difference. Everyone I know here in the UK is nervous about the outcome! But man, Americans should see the envious looks us Brits have been giving you the past four years. You guys have the best head of state. Jealous!

Hot Doom

@glitterary I'm an American living in England, and I'm amazed at the coverage the US election is getting over here. I mean, it's convenient for me to be able to turn on the tv at any given time and watch coverage of swing states, and whatnot, but wow, I imagine Brits are getting as sick of it all as Americans are!

It's also been interesting to see the response of Britons and Europeans and THE WORLD about this election. I hope Obama gets re-elected as much as the next Democrat, but it's also clear how ham-fisted Romney's ideas about policies are about diplomacy ("I'm going to crack down on China!", Iran, nukes, etc.) that could affect the rest of the world. So I do see the interest there. Uuuhhhhhhnnnnnnnn...is how I feel about today and not knowing the result yet!

glitterary

@Hot Doom American foreign policy has a massive, massive effect on the rest of the world. We were completely baffled when Tony Blair cosied up to Bush and committed to the war in Afghanistan despite the entire UK screaming at him not to--and he was Labour, so we had expected him to be fairly sensible. Politicians seem to be these inscrutable creatures who make all the wrong decisions, yet somehow Obama gets it right the vast majority of the time. Apparently, we can't trust our own government not to follow a complete idiot into an illegal war just because he's the biggest kid in the playground, so it's really important for the biggest kid to be a good person. And we genuinely see Obama as one of the only trustworthy, responsible politicians on the planet. And we don't get a say! There's nothing we can do! So waiting for the result is nerve-wracking.

And seriously, the man is amazing. He's so clever and dedicated and sexy. Keep hold of that one, really.

Faintly Macabre

@Hot Doom I'm in France, and it's the same here. Half the people I meet, once they find out I'm American, ask me something about the elections--if I'm voting, who for, who I think will win, what I think of Romney, etc. It's probably the biggest story in the French news right now, too. However, when I tried to print my emergency absentee ballot envelopes (I had my original absentee ballot sent to the wrong address) people in the print shops became stunningly apathetic about voting and elections! Oh, France.

Hot Doom

@Faintly Macabre haha, yes! I haven't gotten it so much while living in the UK this time, but back when I was living in Scotland in 2004, as soon as people found out I was American, they'd do the same thing: ask if I voted, who I voted for, etc, and then when I said Gore, they say 'Oh you're OK! and vigorously shake my hand.

@Glitterary I wish more US citizens feel the same way you (and I) do! You probably already know this, but to many people in the US, Obama represents the downfall of America, with Obamacare and and slowly recovering economy as a few of the many reasons he should be out. I won't even get started on the whole Muslim thing. Which is crazy- like, holy shit! A thoughtful adult leading a country!? Never! Pitchforks and rifles at the ready!

glitterary

@Hot Doom I find that so baffling! I really don't understand where they're coming from. Things like Obamacare--how can that possibly be a bad thing? How? It just sounds like people are all up in arms about their right and their children's right to die painfully and unloved in miserable poverty. How is being forced to pay insane amounts just so you can get better if you get sick a good thing? How do people look at the massive profits insurance companies make screwing people over and go "Hmm, yes, that's reasonable, I guess if you have cancer already you should stop getting treatment if your employer goes bust and has to lay you off." WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK, AMERICA. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOU.

There are some things--like abortion, for example--where I agree with the Democrat stance, but I can wrap my head around why people would be against that. I disagree completely, but I do get it. But the healthcare thing simply does not compute.

NeverOddOrEven

@glitterary
ITS KILLING SMALL BUSNESS CANT AFFORD WILL CLOSE ECONOMY BAD. FREE MARKET SOCALSM.

TheJacqueline

@glitterary While I can't speak for nutjobs who believe that health care is a "privilege" I can give you the reason my lawerly, anti-Obamacare father is against it. He is mostly concerned about the mandate part - that is, a precedent has been set for the federal government to force citizens to buy a private product. He is worried that the mandate creates a slippery slope, and that the gov't will use it in the future to mandate other purchases (American cars, etc.) My argument is that healthcare is fundamentally different from anything else the government could mandate you to purchase, because you partake in the system simply by being alive, but I do understand the concern from his end. He would have rather seen reforms to insurance companies, opened up their ability to be sued, etc.

glitterary

@TheJacqueline Hmm, okay. I still find that a really problematic argument against, though, because it means that people without the resources to afford healthcare still have to worry about it. Morally, I just can't compute the idea that your financial situation should determine whether or not anyone looks after you when you're ill. Especially when it comes to families--maybe you can make the argument (though it's full of holes) that an adult should make their own safety net, but what about kids? How can it be okay to deny a child medical attention on basis of their parents' finances?

Your argument makes sense--in the UK, nationalised healthcare doesn't work like a private product. I find it funny to even think of it that way. It's something the government should provide for its citizens, because keeping us healthy ultimately keeps us contributing to the economy and society. Private health insurance is nice to have because it means you don't have to wait as long for non-essential procedures, and it's actually a way of supporting the NHS (because you're taking someone out of the queue for socialised healthcare procedures) so I'm in favour if you can afford it, but it's similar to education: everyone needs it, everyone has a right to it, and if we don't provide it our country is ultimately shooting itself in the foot.

fondue with cheddar

@glitterary Yeah, he he does seem like the only trustworthy, responsible politician on the planet. In fact, I wouldn't even call him a politician, I'd call him a public servant. Because he truly doesn't do what he does for himself, he does it for all of us.

His personality, temperament, and core beliefs are actually a lot like my dad. He majored in political science and wanted to be a foreign ambassador. He's a great negotiator because he's good at understanding other points of view. He actually ended up not going into politics because he felt like he would have to play "the game" and that wasn't something he was willing to do. It didn't occur to me until long after the last election, but I feel like Obama is the politician my dad would have been, and that makes me like him even more.

I find the vehement opposition to Obamacare baffling too, and I'm an American. But I think it basically boils down to OMG SOCIALISM LIKE THE EVIL SOVIETS NOOOO!!!!!11

iceberg

@glitterary a MILLION likes for you, and this comment.

Disco Sheets

I had just about THE BEST voting experience this morning, which I'm taking as a good sign! My voting place was only a block-ish away and the line was 20 minutes and I got my voting sticker!

Also now I am like, drunk on voting. GIVE ME MORE STUFF TO VOTE FOR PLZ.

JessicaLovejoy

@Disco Sheets YES! It's so much fun! Why is it so much fun?

PatatasBravas

@Disco Sheets HIGH ON VOTING, HIGH ON LIFE, CAN YOU TELL????

SarahP

@Disco Sheets I got all excited when there were two unexpected ("nonbinding") questions on my ballot. Two surprise things to "vote" for that I have opinions about! Yes, please!

olivebee

@Disco Sheets Same! I got up early to vote, expecting super long lines, and I was the only person in the room. A few more people trickled in after me, but basically I took my sweet-ass time poring over the whole ballot and referendum and voting for everything about which I had at least some knowledge. Then I got my receipt (no sticker, boo) and hung it up on my wall when I got home.

log lady

@Disco Sheets YES! Samesies. I was in line for all of five minutes, 2 blocks from my house, and I got up two hours early and now I'm relaxing with tea and toast before work instead of scrambling around my house in a stupor. <3 u, AM voting!

OhMarie

@Disco Sheets I got an exit poll for the first time in my life today. It was like voting but faster, more fun, and doesn't matter!

ThatWench

Oh, can I start a thread here for rampant speculation on what to expect, policy-wise, from a second Obama term? (And/or first Mittens term, but I've already bought my champagne-in-a-blue-bottle.) I work on issues around immigration, so the possibility of a real, serious comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) conversation in Congress is also the possibility my job gets three times more interesting than it has been for the past several years. I imagine folks who work on climate change are feeling similarly?

Ophelia

@ThatWench OK, but just DON"T OPEN THE BOTTLE YET. **Furiously knocks wood just in case**

I'm hoping for real, coordinated policy movement on cleaner/sustainable energy solutions and a concerted, adaptive response to climate change.

In Which Ophelia Hopes the House At Least Turns Purple So We Can Get Something Done

miss olsen

@ThatWench I want to join this conversation buuut my brain is full of horse-race-y information and numbers and Nate Silver and anticipatory holograms.

Not holding out hope that the House will suddenly become functional, though I will be curious to see if Rs continue their total obstruction strategy (they will), and if they will finally have to pay a price for it at the polls next time.

Apart from that I look forward to some (something, anything) action on climate change via executive fiat. I also wonder if there's anything they can do with executive power to make healthcare reform more permanent.

ThatWench

@Ophelia Yeah, the likelihood of a stubborn bunch of R's running things in Congress makes speculating about this so hard. As in, they'd refuse to address climate change head-on, but could we make any progress if it's called "energy reform"? Everyone has to agree that foreign oil dependence is a bad thing, so they'd at least have to pretend to come to the table?

It's why I'd be somewhat surprised (albeit not totally) if he trotted out CIR. The current rabidity of the Republican anti-immigrant wing is going to spell downfall for them electorally in the next 20 years or so, and most of the party leadership knows it. So it'd be a way to put the opposition between a rock and a hard place, but I don't know that Prez. O would bring it out just for that reason.

ThatWench

@miss olsen
I'm not too concerned about healthcare reform. I think that when most of it takes effect in 2014, and starts, y'know, really helping people, it'll get very very popular and its place will be as safe as Medicaid/Medicare currently are. I think the Rs also know this, and that's why they're so rabidly trying to kill it now. By 2016, promising to repeal "Obamacare" will be political suicide.

Decca

What about that sozzled Andrew Johnson, eh?

ATF@twitter

I voted! I have the sticker to prove it even! Sticker = best part of voting. Besides, you know, influencing how I'm governed.

I shall wear it smugly alllllllllllllll day.

wharrgarbl

@ATF@twitter No, no! The best part of voting is wearing the sticker around until somebody goes "Wait, there's an election today?", and then you get that unhealthy glow of winning at civics.

omie

Voted in Wisconsin today and I got my shiny sticker. I love the feeling smugness that comes with the sticker. I am very pleased with myself right now.

Now I think I'm going to have to run around helping a couple friends get registered and make them vote today. It'll be worth it but I just wish I weren't the only one in my circle that isn't totally apathetic about politics. And there goes the smugness. :|

dreeski

@omie My mom is one of the little old ladies (her term) working the election in Wisconsin. Maybe she gave you your sticker!

Sunny Schomaker

@omie Sconnie pride! I early voted, so the whole thing feels slightly anti-climatic. I teach a night class tonight, and I suspect I will be teaching ALL the political words.

TheBourneApproximation

7:20 this morning, wheeee! The nice little old ladies at the local convention hall kept that line MOVING. And I still caught the early train! Cast vote for Elizabeth Warren (awww yissssss!) and for Obama (helping ensure that 99.5% confidence level probability of an Obama victory in this state!). Managed to grab a sticker, which got me some "whoo! voting!" shouts in the subway, which was mildly embarrassing!

Yeah President Obama! Yeah Democracy!

Now I am going to spend the entire day worrying, and the evening afterwards comfortably numb on wine and melted cheese.

PatatasBravas

@TheBourneApproximation WARREN WARREN WARREN

laurel

@TheBourneApproximation: Lucky! I wanted to vote for Warren but I don't live in MA. And also for Tammy Baldwin in WI. And also for Clare McCaskill in MO.

Sunny Schomaker

@laurel Don't worry - I voted for Tammy. Consider it done.

laurel

@Sunny Schomaker: Thank you!

Spice&Snails&PuppyDogTails

@TheBourneApproximation That sounds like my exact morning, down to the T celebration!

Now I need to glare out the window of my office and send as many negative vibes as I can to the Scott Brown office across the street.

tessamae

@laurel I VOTED FOR CLAIRE! I actually filled in her little bubble so vigorously that I had to stop myself before I punched through the paper.

It also took such an extreme exertion of self-control not to write "DICKBAG" next to Todd Akin's name that I'm a little tired now.

laurel

@tessamae Yay! And also, hahahahahahaaa. Todd Akin is going down. (And not in a good way.)

Lustful Cockmonster

@Spice&Snails&PuppyDogTails I live around the corner from Rom's national headquarters, and it just makes me sad everytime I walk by. I have been giving it (and all the cars in the parking lot and anyone within 30 feet of the door) dirty looks for months.

iceberg

It took ten minutes, instead of seven million years like last time! I'm HOPING this is a good sign because my area was RIFE with early voting, and I think most of it was for Obama.

ABetterDaughter

Took almost an hour in Brighton, MA, but the feeling of a civic duty well done will last all day!

itiresias

@ABetterDaughter I live there too, and I like your username. :)

laurel

I voted on Halloweeen!

laurel

I went as a liberal feminist environmentalist.

PatatasBravas

@laurel So... no costume at all then? Just everyday attire?

laurel

@PatatasBravas Heee, you should see the social conservatives quail before me as I pass, I frighten them so.

atipofthehat

ARE YOU FIRED UP?
READY TO GO?

PatatasBravas

SO FUCKING FIRED UP

SO READY

laurel

@atipofthehat I am anxious, does that count?!

PatatasBravas

EXCEPT I ALREADY VOTED

NOT SURE WHAT READY FOR

BUT READY!!!!!!

atipofthehat

@atipofthehat

Tomorrow I want to be able to shout along with Jay-Z: "I got 99 problems, but Mitt ain't one."

SarahP

I voted! I love that living in MA means that most of my local officials are uncontested Democrats. No sticker, but the other day I broke out an old coat and found one. Apparently the last time I voted I wore that coat! So I have a sticker after all.

OH and my polling place was an elementary school, and they had to relocate all the fifth graders so we could vote in their wing. Every time someone came in with a child, the clerks would ask the parents "Are you here for voting, or for the fifth grade?" Very cute.

franceschances

@SarahP Ahh you got to vote for Warren! Jealous!

SarahP

@franceschances I'm trying not to get my hopes up because the race is so close, but I am so hoping for a Warren win!

Spice&Snails&PuppyDogTails

@SarahP AMEN.

The Warren bubble was the first bubble I filled in, just in case I died in the middle of filling out my ballot, or something.

laurel

@Spice&Snails&PuppyDogTails: Aakdjfskdflks, I understand that impulse completely.

Seriously, even though I live in NM, I'm as excited about Elizabeth Warren in the Senate as I am about Obama getting another four years. I can't wait to see what committee assignments she gets.

harebell

@SarahP
YES! All same here, except that we voted in the school gym. I love that my district gives you paper and fat black markers to mark your vote.

There was a weird pony-tailed guy talking into his cell phone about a person he thought he saw in voting in a neighboring location who was also in my polling location. "Very distinctive," he kept saying into the phone. I didn't report him to the voting officials because I didn't want to encourage him in anyway or talk to him, but it was whack. Going around recognizing individual voters?? Is this a thing?

redheaded&crazy

I really wish Canadians could vote directly on issues the way Americans do. Although I'm sure if I actually had to I would be all "I don't know what this thing is! Eenie meenie minie mo" style.

Astronaut Mermaid

@redheaded&crazie In places that are not California or a couple other nifty states, it's mostly "hey can we have money to build a new elementary school" and things of that sort. It's neat, though!

redheaded&crazy

@Astronaut Mermaid I would love to vote yes on money to build a new elementary school! But wait, do we NEED a new elementary school or do we just want one?!

Bittersweet

@redheaded&crazie Be careful what you wish for. Often the referenda in various states are so poorly worded/vague/just plain terrible that even if you support the issue, it's tough to vote for it. Isn't that what we pay elected officials to wrangle over?

redheaded&crazy

@Bittersweet Yes some 'pinners were talking about that yesterday! How it's like "this is so great! (except this one tiny very not great thing)"

It is what we pay elected officials to wrangle over true! I don't know. In our system of government, the prime minister basically has unfettered power to do whatever the hell he wants, stopping just short of declaring "I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT!" to the media, so ... I dunno. I get jealous of a system that has actual checks to the government's power. Sometimes.

Cawendaw

@redheaded&crazie Actually, I don't think New York State even has ballot proposals (at least I don't think I've ever seen one). We definitely have checks and balances, though! The governor, assembly, and state senate all hate each other and are set up to block each other even worse than the President and Congress on the national level, so we have year after year of late budgets.

redheaded&crazy

@Cawendaw The joy of adversarial politics. CAN'T THEY ALL JUST GET ALONG?! (at least ... a little?)

ThatWench

@redheaded&crazie Yeah, I grew up in one of the biggest initiative/referndum states, wrote a paper about it in the course of my poli sci undergrad degree, and... came to the conclusion that it does more harm than good.

It's pretty nifty in theory (women got suffrage much earlier than the rest of the country via ballot measure), and there would be some relatively easy-to-implement changes that could make it better. But most of the practical effect is making it impossible for the state legislature to ever raise taxes in any way, since the anti-taxes-4ever!!1! lobby will always force it onto the ballot, and people will never vote to raise their own taxes.

In short, the state legislature has, essentially, one job: balance the budget. And they've had half the toolbox taken away.

polka dots vs stripes

@redheaded&crazie As much as I looooved voting against the death penalty today, the CA proposition system has royally messed up a lot of our ability to collect taxes, our criminal justice system, and our civil rights - I wouldn't be sad to see it go.

schrodingers_cat

@ThatWench Please tell me you're talking about Washington. Because I feel that getting rid of Tim Eyman would solve half the problem.

Linette

@ThatWench Such an excellent point about the "how do we pay for this?" issue. Because everyone wants great things - jobs, parks, schools, yay! - but no one wants to pay for them, and when you let the voters drive issues that thoroughly, it's a huge problem.

I don't know what Colorado does differently than California to make this happen, but we only have a few issues on the ballot in every election, and they're very easy to vote for. They also seem to tie raising taxes to the issue? So the wording goes something like, "Vote to raise taxes by .03 per person to maintain open spaces in Colorado." and I'm like, sure, you can totally have my three cents because I like hiking.

miss olsen

@Linette CO amended their state constitution a while back such that every tax increase has to be approved directly by voters. That's why ballot measures always mention tax hikes.

Linette

@miss olsen I think it's a pretty good system, to directly show where the money is going. Because if you just lump it all together and say "are you cool with raising taxes 2%" I would say no, but if you say I need a quarter here and a dollar there for these very specific measures that you believe in - even though the total is the same, I feel very differently about giving up that money.

miss olsen

@Linette The downside is that historically voters don't say yes to tax increases ever. That includes for things that you might believe in (good schools for your kids, a maintained park for dogs and people to play in, street lights so you can walk home safely) but if a simple majority of your neighbors say no, too bad.

ThatWench

@schrodingers_cat Oregon, actually. But we have the same guy. (Guys, really). The trick is to outlaw paid signature-gatherers. If your idea is good enough to get you a squad of volunteers, that's a good enough idea to get on the ballot.

schrodingers_cat

@ThatWench I really wish that idea could become reality here, but I think we're stuck with not just paid signature-gatherers, but paid initiative-writers.

Miss Maszkerádi

Sort of morbidly curious if there's a single solitary Republican on this website or if we're just a monolithic Obama party?

iceberg

@Countess Maritza Heh, I asked this is a much more inflammatory way downthread.

werewolfbarmitzvah

Lonesome Jill Stein voter over here! And I can't tell very many real-life people about it because then they look at me like I just killed democracy. I don't even live in a swing state!

Miss Maszkerádi

@werewolfbarmitzvah I was toying with the idea of voting a straight Green ticket, actually. But thinking about it, and this may be more valid in a country where the Greens are an actual presence, I suspect that the Green Party exists most effectively as a sort of perpetual opposition, gadflies, able to speak truth to power with impunity. a.k.a. not in power, which corrupts. :(

redheaded&crazy

@Countess Maritza I voted for the green party in the last election, mostly as a protest vote because I was unimpressed with the liberal party. BUT I assumed that the incumbent liberal in my riding would win because he was v. popular. But he lost by 23 votes to the conservative. And then spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money trying to get a judge to rule to have a by-election. And lost. AND IT'S ALL MY FAULTTTTTT

redheaded&crazy

@redheaded&crazie luckily canadian politics don't matter very much.

Miss Maszkerádi

@redheaded&crazie See, all I can get out of that is immense envy that you apparently have direct voting in Canada. And "by-elections," which just make me think of that episode of Blackadder.....

PatatasBravas

@werewolfbarmitzvah STEIN HONKALA!!!!!!!!!!

God I really wish they had enough of our votes to win.

SarahP

@werewolfbarmitzvah No shame here! I voted for Stein/Honkala too! I have always lived in blue states, so I almost always vote green. (The only time I didn't vote green was the last election, because I liked the symbolism of being one of the people who voted for Obama.)

Kristen

@werewolfbarmitzvah I am an old so my first vote ever was for the Green Party....in 2000. I was in NY, not even a swing state, but man, watching the election coverage afterwards did not feel good. Ever since, I take the little "who should you vote for quizzes" online, get my GREEN PARTY FOREVER result, then sigh, squash my idealism, and go vote Democratic.

This year's not bad, bc I <3 Obama and Warren, but man, I wish that some day we'd live in a political culture where those quizzes would be useful to me.

meetapossum

@werewolfbarmitzvah YAAAAAY. Me, too!!

I also got interrogated by my friend about why I wasn't voting for Obama. I told him, and he understood, but I think it was with the disclaimer of "Fine, I guess, but only because this is a blue state."

Blushingflwr

@werewolfbarmitzvah I'm thinking about it. I voted Obama in 2008, and I like him, but my ideals match up with the Greens a bit better. Since I live in MD and I believe that the current two-party system is part of the problem, I'm considering voting Stein (plus, hey, voting for a woman for president!).
When I lived in NY I would always try to vote for people on the third party ticket (often the Dem would also be nominated by the Working Families party, so I'd vote on that line).

districter

@werewolfbarmitzvah I voted for her! I vote in DC so since Obama is a lock, I wanted to put in a vote for a candidate who is actually more in line with my beliefs.

ismymiddlename

@werewolfbarmitzvah I voted Stein/Honkala! I definitely got dirty looks from even some of my more liberal friends when I told them who I was planning on voting for, but the Green Party best represents my views and I think this country needs more third-party involvement in politics (especially liberal third parties).

I live in MA, though - if I lived anywhere that were remotely swing-y I'd have absolutely voted for Obama.

katiemcgillicuddy

@werewolfbarmitzvah I'm voting Stein, I live in MD so I can get away with not voting for him. And I canvassed for him in VA, so it's all gravy.

Reginal T. Squirge

Rocky Anderson, yo. But still, Jill Stein is cool and it's good to see some third-party votes out there.

E
E

@werewolfbarmitzvah No you aren't! I voted for her too! Dems better remember that their base is the middle class, who just wants a functioning economy and good jobs, but the far left is out there and we want to turn every gun into a solar panel.

Anyone who gives you a dirty look better chill out. I'll come slap them. You don't owe the more liberal candidate of the major party your vote, just like you don't have to be a Red Sox Fan just to not be a Yankees fan. Votes are earned by candidates, not OWED by voters.

katiemcgillicuddy

@E But surely we can all agree that we shouldn't be Red Sox fans, right? (KIDDING, BOSTON, please don't hurt me)

fuck fuck fuck

@katiemcgillicuddy OH WHAT HUH

katiemcgillicuddy

@fuck fuck fuck Either you are a Sox fan or you are SCARING ME because you know something about the election that I don't!

ohpioneer

I voted!

I teach 8th, 9th, and 12th grade social studies and we've been talking about the elections for the last week. The 8th grade students responded to this prompt this morning: "I have several friends who have said, 'I'm not going to vote.' A.) Why do you think they don't want to vote? B.) Would you try to change their mind? What would you say to change their minds?"

Their responses were glorious! My favorite: "Are you kidding me!!?? It does too matter. Just go vote."

VDRE

I voted! As it turns out google was wrong about my polling place and the card I got in the mail was right so I'm glad I didn't travel all the way down to 74th street to go to a polling place that wasn't mine.

Smallison

I got to my polling place at 7 this morning (that's as early as it gets in Michigan), figuring there would be a line, but not much of one. An hour later, I got to cast my vote, but it wasn't too bad. Seems to be the norm, based on the reports from my coworkers.

julnyes

I will vote on my way home tonight. My issue is - why do I never get one of these "I voted" stickers people are always talking about?!? Never in all my years of voting!

Gracefully and Grandly

@julnyes This election is the first time I've actually gotten a sticker. My tip? Ask for one! I saw a dude handing them out after I voted. And I don't think I would have gotten one if I didn't stop to ask for it.

julnyes

@Gracefully and Grandly thanks for the tip. Though by the time I get to the polling location it will be too dark for anyone to admire it :(

HeyThatsMyBike

I will vote this afternoon. I hope the lines aren't too long, because it is pouring and my polling place is a small, adorable old firehouse, and only about 6 people at a time can actually wait in line inside.

Kate Kane

I was accidentally awake at 6am today so I showered and headed out to vote. We were in a gym and it was already pretty full at 7am, so they sent us into the bleachers with our forms and pens. The longest wait ended up being the line for getting everything scanned.

Now it's just nail biting until I find out whether my swing state is still blue at the end of the day! (...Man, it better be "day." If this drags out for a week with recounts or whatever else, my head may implode.)

olivebee

Guys, I volunteer tutor inner-city kids in Chicago on Monday nights, and last night the little girl I tutor (who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant) looked at me and goes "PLEEEEASE don't vote for Mitt Romney! He wants to send me and my friends and other kids back to Mexico."

I don't actually know enough about his policy on children of immigrants (he is very vague about it - all I know is that he believes that children of immigrants could be granted citizenship if they join the military UGH), so what she said my not be true, but it sure as hell made my heart hurt.

Disco Sheets

@olivebee OMG that is the saddest cutest thing eeeeeeeeeever. There is no emoticon to express my "awww"/"AWWWW" face.

Is It a Hat?

Dropped off our ballots on Saturday. Two votes for Obama/Biden and to approve same sex marriage in WA state! So nervous and excited for the results!

Is It a Hat?

@Is It a Hat? Also, thank goodness for all you guys on the Hairpin. I have a feeling this thread is going to keep me sane while I am at work surrounded by Republicans. :(

olivebee

@Is It a Hat? Ahh! I really wish I could vote for same-sex marriage rights. I hope the majority of people in WA, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota do the right thing today! I'm guessing that for as long as I live in IL, it won't come on the ballot. Republicans are probably too fearful that it would pass in a landslide because of Chicagoans if it were to be put on a referendum.

ThatWench

@Is It a Hat? Where are you/what do you do to find yourself surrounded by Rs in WA?

Is It a Hat?

@olivebee I am so hopeful that WA will embrace same-sex rights. But it was still jarring to see the opposition's TV ads and signs where I live. Ah, I'm just a nervous wreck today!

Is It a Hat?

@ThatWench I work in a medical clinic that's part of a Catholic organization. My liberal/progressive/atheist self is outnumbered here.

bitchycrosstownexpress

@Is It a Hat? Seriously, I'm hanging out in here all day. This is my internet safe space.

Killerpants

@olivebee Seconded. I'm in Maine and I voted the hell out of marriage equality today. It better take this time. (see 2009 when the governor signed a bill to allow same-sex marriage, only to have a referendum take that away later the same year. @!&$!@&#$@)

garli

I voted when the polls opened but now I need to get through my work day full of old white men who wish Mittens was more conservative. Baaarrrrffff.

Interrobanged

WOOOOOO getting pumped for my riding's byelection for a federal MP in three weeks!

No? Anyone?

iceberg

Any Pinners vote for Romney?

#startingacommentfight

lizard

@iceberg i did!

iceberg

@lizard Why? ETA: I am actually not trying to be an asshole with this question, I just literally do not know what reasons you could have.

lizard

@iceberg because i have confidence in him to run our country. im not going to explain because im sure you know his stance on issues. i agree with a lot ( not all )

Blondsak

@iceberg When people tell me they are voting for Mitt Romney, my reply is always, "Which one? There are so many to choose from."

melis

I'm just going to leave this here (from May 30, 2012):

"@Third Wave Housewife im guessing you dont drink a lot. i am def more horny after a couple drinks. i have a high tolerance but still its just as fun if not more"

melis

ETA I am definitely trying to be an asshole with this question man, I want to get married someday

Jinxie

@melis When people answer the question "Why are you voting for Romney?" with "I just trust him more, and I'm not going to explain why." what they really WANT to say is "Romney's a rich white man and minorities/women scare me."

Jinxie

@Jinxie In other news, I have spent all day trying to be polite and not to take my very vocal/very agressive/very ignorant Republican co-worker's bait and so right now I am plum out of tolerance for Mittbots.

Melusina

I voted 3 weeks ago by absentee ballot, and I keep feeling somehow that I have something left to do, even though I've done it. Come on Pennsylvania, make me proud!

Sunny Schomaker

@Melusina I know - I voted early, and now I feel like I left the stove on.

Porn Peddler

I woke up at 5:50 AM to go vote at 6 AM with my campaign organizer roomie. She went directly to her office from there. GODSPEED ROOMIE!

rimy

I voted! I had to drive two hours out to my tiny super-conservative hometown outside of the city I live in to do it, but I did! Even though my tiny vote will be lost like a drop in a bucket, but whatever, I did my civic duty!

And my work pays for time spent voting! And it's my birthday woo! And I'm planning to spend tonight making a huge pot of soup while watching the election results! Here's hoping...

Blushingflwr

@rimy happy birthday!

infinite stars

@rimy Happy Birthday!
That's how I feel about my vote too, but I keep telling myself that since I'm in a swing state maybe there's a tiny chance it might matter after all.

rimy

@Blushingflwr Thank you!!!
@infinite stars I am decidedly NOT in a swing state, I am in GEORGIA, so it was a pretty useless vote. Oh well.

fondue with cheddar

@rimy I'm not in a swing state (NJ) so my vote seems pretty useless too, but at least it always goes to my chosen candidate. I live right outside PA, and I sort of envy them because their votes really do matter.

But even if you know your state will go to the other guy, ALWAYS VOTE! It still matters, and sometimes surprises happen.

rimy

@fondue with cheddar NJ came in blue!! So you did good! (unless you are republican in which case, nvm)

fondue with cheddar

@rimy Thanks! I've voted Democrat in every election so far, and my state has gone blue in every election since I've been of voting age.

infinite stars

Finally delurking to say I hope I'm not the only one who really wants this damn election to be over but is also really anxious about the results. Nate Silver please don't be wrong!

TheBourneApproximation

@infinite stars

I want Nate Silver to be right for two reasons!

A) I want Obama to win, duh!

B) I want him to show all those douchebag political commenters that rigorous statistical analysis works, damn it!!

Blondsak

@TheBourneApproximation It sure does work! In addition to Nate Silver, the other place to watch the stats is Sam Wang's Princeton blog: http://election.princeton.edu/

Math in Real Life = way more awesome than my stats class

TheBourneApproximation

@Gussie Woohoo, more stats! Thanks for the link!

infinite stars

@TheBourneApproximation Yes! And then maybe Dean Chambers can apologize for being an asshole?

@Gussie Definitely more awesome than stats class! Both of them make it more understandable. For me anyway, I need some help in that area lol.

Blushingflwr

I thought about staying home today to vote. I have an hour-plus commute each way, and I've never been to my local polling place. But I had a meeting scheduled with my boss. Which she rescheduled for tomorrow.
However, I do have a ZipCar reserved for the evening to take me to vote (half-price for reservations today, Zipsters!). I reserved it for 2 hours, but I am worried it won't be long enough.

ghechr

I early voted couple of weeks ago at the County Clerk's office so I could avoid standing in line today. WOOT

blueblazes

You know what else is great about the Northwest? We vote by mail. I voted like a week ago, and the only inconvenient part was trying to find a stamp.

PS: Is this the correct forum to talk about a certain relative of mine who is voting for the other team for the kind of reasons that Jon Stewart often features in his man on the street segments?

warmsungilted

I got up early to go vote and there was only a 5 minute line, I got a sticker and bought some Girl Scout cookies on the way out. So my voting went pretty great!

fondue with cheddar

@warmsungilted That sounds like a perfect day! Well, a perfect morning anyway. It can only be a perfect day if the candidates you voted for all win!

ifwecantaloupe

I got up SUUUUPER early, and treated myself to a coffee and a scone to get pumped to wait in a long line and... there was NOBODY there. I was literally the only person besides the election officials. A few people meandered in as I was leaving, but it was pretty anti-climactic.

frenz.lo

I voted early. I went in at 8:00 last Thursday night, and it took about an hour and 20 minutes. The poll workers said it had been like that all week!

polka dots vs stripes

I voted! Took 40 minutes because the poll worker gave one guy two of the same pages so everything had to come to a screeching halt for a few minutes.

Also last week I made my Girl Scouts (15 years old) research a woman running for federal office, and we had a great conversation about how you research a candidate, how you determine if they're a party ideologue or actually care about their constituency, what kinds of leadership skills they exhibited - I am so excited for them to vote in 2016 and they are so excited about civics, I love them.

superfluous consonants

i voted last week! on creepy texan voting machines that involved WAY too many instructions both from the required voting-booth old ladies and on the screen. it seemed like not a cool situation for people with limited literacy. HOWEVER, for this girl, it took 10 minutes and zero line-time, so i guess now that it's too late i'll take it.

fabel

What are these lines everyone is talking about?? I've never waited to vote! (but I haven't voted yet, so maybe I am jinxing myself)

fondue with cheddar

@fabel I've been voting for 20 years and have never had to wait in line. I had to wait behind one person once or twice, but I wouldn't really call that a line.

werewolfbarmitzvah

@fabel I never used to have to wait in line to vote, but now because of the hurricane, NYC people who can't vote in their usual polling locations are voting alllllll over the place and no one seems to have any idea what their district number is. Today was the first time I had to wait in line, and it was a long one!

frigwiggin

If anybody else is stuck home sick, y'all wanna watch the King of the Hill election episode where Luann becomes a communist with me?

frigwiggin

@frigwiggin Or other election-themed cartoons! "Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos."

laurel

@frigwiggin: My boyf and I have been doing a call-and-response "Abortions for some..." "Small American flags for others!" [Crowd goes wild] for a few days now. Very entertaining/satsifying!

katiemcgillicuddy

The sign I brought to the "Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity" a couple years ago said, "HAIL ANTS". Oh, Kent Brockman.

superfluous consonants

ps: i've spent the last week or so avoiding nate silver and the results obsession hardcore, because i am so very tired, and am past the point of accomplishing any particular change, election-wise. however! this thread has rekindled my election intensity, in a super pumped, horror-free manner. thanks, US hairpinners! i love your civic pride!

Jenn@twitter

...but I voted two weeks ago, by mail...

Yay Oregon! I voted YES to legalize pot, manfriend voted NO, our votes cancel out. HURRAY DEMOCRACY.

rimy

@Jenn@twitter ugh I'm so jealous reading all the things that were on people's ballots! Gay marriage, pot legalization...

The two extra issues on my ballot were "should we allow the creation of more charter schools" and "should the state be allowed to sign multi-year contracts to rent buildings in order to save money".

Lustful Cockmonster

@rimy We had medical mj, assisted suicide and then ballot measures to ask the Senators to vote for things that the democratic party likes? Or something? I have no idea. Good old Massachusetts. Most of my ballot for the local positions was uncontested Democrats, which, generally, I understand is not ideal, but I'm not complaining.

TheBourneApproximation

@Lustful Cockmonster Yeah, my MA ward (all the state?) had a surprise non-binding initiative asking to recommend that "CORPORATIONS DO NOT HAVE CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS." Which, yeah, cool! Much more fun than the budget and public bond questions in my old state...

Lustful Cockmonster

@TheBourneApproximation Ooh, yeah, I forgot about that one. I liked that one.

Elsajeni

@Jenn@twitter PLEASE EVERYONE IN OREGON VOTE TO LEGALIZE POT SO I NEVER HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT AGAIN. I commute on public transit, which is prime signature-gathering territory, and I am so so tired of white guys with dreads putting petitions in my face and mumbling "Legalize industrial hemp?"

Spice&Snails&PuppyDogTails

@TheBourneApproximation I wanted that one, and I thought it was going to be state wide, but it wasn't on my ballot! Why, East Boston, why?

acid burn

@Elsajeni Hahaha but the sad truth is that there will always be something. As long as Hawthorne has streetcorners, there will be aggressive young white people with clipboards. My only strategy is to wear giant headphones and refuse to make eye contact.

Elsajeni

@acid burn Most of them I don't mind, I just really hate being expected to believe that that guy gives a rat's ass about industrial hemp. JUST ADMIT IT'S ABOUT POT. EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS.

tessamae

Confession time:

So I am an informed voter, I get out my big election guide ahead of time from the local paper and study it and whatnot. BUT. I am terrible at remembering to actually fill out my little voting cheat-sheet to bring with me on Election Day and then this happens:

1) Enter booth, ballot in hand
2) Whiz through first side, congratulating myself on how quickly I'm moving and how informed I am about the candidates
3) Flip ballot over
4) See list of 4754565710457 judge re-appointments, promptly blank on every single on of their names and whether I decided to re-up them or not
5) Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck
6) Shame spiral begins do to lack of name recognition and stupidity on forgetting cheat sheet, I get nervous and begin to fill in circles like this was the chemistry section of my SAT
7) Turn in ballot, feeling like a big dumb idiot

UGHUGHUGHUGHUGH. Here. Just take my voting sticker back.

unicornfighter

I voted by absentee ballot a couple weeks ago (registered in FL but living in OH). The most notable issue (after choosing my presidential candidate preference) was probably choosing who to elect for the Soil and Water Conservation Board in my district. One of the candidates was a guy whose position is, "The board shouldn't exist, so if I'm elected I'll work to defund the board, and then abolish it." He's like a real life Ron Swanson.

katiemcgillicuddy

MARYLAND PLEASE DON'T NOT VOTE JUST CAUSE OBAMA WILL KICK ASS HERE NO DOUBT. We have REALLY awesome things on our ballot this year (gay marriage! The Dream Act!) Just a friendly reminder!!!

fondue with cheddar

@katiemcgillicuddy I live in NJ, and I never assume my state will always go blue even though it always does.

katiemcgillicuddy

@fondue with cheddar New Jersey isn't as Blue as Maryland though, we are just lousy with heathen liberals.

Blondsak

@katiemcgillicuddy I voted YES to both of those! And convinced the "my-vote-doesn't-matter" boyfriend to vote by showing him the ballot beforehand and pointing out these very things! YAY equality and equal opportunity!

Blushingflwr

@katiemcgillicuddy I am so impatient for the workday to be over so I can go vote for question 6.

sarah girl

@katiemcgillicuddy YES!! I got a little teary this morning, voting YES on question 6!

katiemcgillicuddy

@Blushingflwr @Gussie YES TO ALL OF THIS.

katiemcgillicuddy

@Sarah H. Seriously, I'm so excited about it! And The Dream Act! I can't wait til tonight when Maryland basically jerks off on conservative America. It's gonna be awesome.

ThatWench

@katiemcgillicuddy Election day is the only day I feel sad to live in DC proper and not the suburbs. How sad am I allowed to feel about my disenfranchisement today? My voter-research basically consisted of, "does anyone with a shot at winning also have a shot at not being indicted for corruption?"

katiemcgillicuddy

@The State of Maryland HEY MARYLAND, YOU BEAUTIFUL SON OF A BITCH, I LOVE YOU SO FREAKING MUCH

fondue with cheddar

@katiemcgillicuddy MORE LIKE MARRYLAND AMIRITE

katiemcgillicuddy

@fondue with cheddar NAILED IT

Hot Doom

SO, I mailed in my ballot a few weeks ago, and my ballot was going to California, therefore I am not too concerned about Obama taking Cali. HOWEVER: the ballot measures! Eeek! There are so many important ones on the ballot this year! Abolishing the death penalty! Cracking down on human trafficking! Labelling food that contains genetically modified ingredients! Auto insurers punishing drivers without driving records in huge fees! Egads! I am equally as anxious about these measures as I am about the presidential election!

rimy

@Hot Doom God! More awesome, compelling issues that were not on my ballot at all. :( :( :'(

frigwiggin

@Hot Doom Right?! It felt, as I was filling in those little circles, like I was the sole decider in these important factors, which is a lot of self-inflicted pressure to bear. Good thing it's not true and I voted anyway!

Ragged But Right

I am a Foreign and cannot vote but my husband is an Amerkin. We just went down to the polling place so he could participate in this election. It's so strange to watch your partner vote when you can't (he feels the same way in my country). Blue skies here today, and a sense of gratitude that people can vote at all. While lurking somewhat shadily around the polling station I was also glad for a) the little old ladies who run polling places, eating ham sandwiches off paper plates and being super thorough and friendly, b) the fact that I am married to a dude to whom womens' rights and LGBT rights are important when he considers his vote and c) that this thing will soon be over. Democracy! Etc.

harebell

@Ragged But Right
Same here, except in reverse! He woke me up in time to go vote before work as his contribution to the elections. And I voted for both of us in spirit! (we agree).

Ragged But Right

@harebell A vote per household!

PatatasBravas

@Ragged But Right Definitely read that as "my husband is a merkin," which created several concerns/questions unrelated to voting.

Ragged But Right

@PatatasBravas That's for a whole different thread, dearie...
But srsly tho, it comes from this UK cartoonist, I think :http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/stevebell

klemay

Am I terrible person for continuing to use my parents' address in another state so I can vote absentee and avoid the lines?

BoatGirl

@klemay Nope, nothing terrible at all, not as long as you actually vote. However, if you want to vote in the state you live in, check into whether you can register as a permanent absentee voter there. that's what I did! I mailed my ballot in last week, avoiding all lines and voting comfortably in the privacy of my own home.

polka dots vs stripes

@klemay You're supposed to be registered at your permanent address - look into vote by mail options in your current state like @BoatGirl suggested. Everyone in my office votes by mail in their local elections to avoid the lines, you just sign up as a permanent absentee/vote by mail voter!

klemay

@BoatGirl Yeah, I thought about that, but in my state, you can only vote by mail if you:

a) cannot get to the polls because of illness or disability
b) will never, ever be in your county on election day and it's "unavoidable"
or
c) in jail (but for a crime other than a felony)

None of those applies to me, so I'm lying whether I vote in my home state or where I'm living now.

Springtime for Voldemort

@klemay You can actually get an absentee ballot no matter what. My polling place is just down the street from me, but I'm still on the permanent mail-in ballot list because I like to take several hours to fill out my ballot and no lines.

Jinxie

@klemay Ugh, really? That's a bummer. I am especially grateful to live in Cali where I get the best of both worlds: I can get a permanent absentee ballot and I'm allowed to drop off my completed ballot at my polling place on election day. With all the ballot measures we tend to have at EVERY election, it is really helpful to be able to vote at home where I can take my time.

Miss Maszkerádi

FUUUUUUUUCK I HAD FIVE PARAGRAPHS OF CATHARTIC CONTROVERSIAL RANT HERE AND THEN I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED IT FUUUUUUUCK

Jinxie

@Countess Maritza Consider that a sign from the Universe that you're better off having let it go?

Inconceivable!

Voted first thing this morning, wearing a very patriotic outfit. I couldn't sleep last night; it was like I was a kid on Christmas Eve. I'm seriously jazzed about voting.

The whole thing took about 45 minutes, which isn't too bad at all. I was pleased to vote for Obama again, but even more happy to vote against the marriage and voter ID amendments here in MN.

fondue with cheddar

I really wish all the 'Pinners could get together and watch the election results tonight. ALL of us. How much fun would that be?

Blondsak

@fondue with cheddar I'll bring the Qream!

iceberg

@fondue with cheddar #slumberparty

fondue with cheddar

@Gussie @iceberg YOU GUYS I want this to be real!

I watched election night 2008 with a room full of mostly strangers, and we all cheered and hugged and cried happy tears when the results were announced. I want to experience that again because it was such a wonderful and memorable moment, but I don't know if I can handle being in a room full of Obama supporters if he loses. #somanyfeelings

Jinxie

@Gussie [Unrelated to elections but related to Qream: I saw BOTH flavors at my local BevMo last week and almost bought one just because it's become the de facto official beverage of the Hairpin. Then I came to my senses and bought scotch instead.]

fondue with cheddar

@EVERYONE WE WERE TOGETHER IN SPIRIT AND IT WAS AWESOME! Thank you for not dipping my hand in a bowl of warm water or putting my bra in the freezer.

lavender gooms

My mother reports that she stood in line for 2 and a half hours. I am in the same polling district. Not looking forward to that when I get home from work at 6:15. But I'll do it anyway!

Our city used to have a lot of little districts but they combined them into larger districts recently. Sounds like it is not going particularly well.

Valley Girl

@SarahP I'm wearing a red shirt today too, to blend in at work. But I will change into my Obama "MR. PRESIDENT YOU PROMISED I VOTED NOW PLEASE DELIVER" shirt and "Bark for Barack" button to watch the results!

Valley Girl

@Valley Girl Oops I was worried this would double post. Here's a picture of my sticker to make up for it:

paper bag princess

Most importantly: What election themed food should I bring to tonight's watch party? I LOVED the Obamaganoush someone suggested upthread, but unfortunately eggplant is the devil and I refuse to make or eat it. Any other ideas?

adorable-eggplant

@lizzle Hail Satan!

redheaded&crazy

I'm starting to get real nervous y'all.

redheaded&crazy

@redheaded&crazie STARTING to?!

frigwiggin

@redheaded&crazie AHHH, me too! I was just hand-washing laundry (getting bored with being sick at home) and thinking that I had come to a serene acceptance of whatever happened, but I just checked poll results and now I feel like running around with my arms flailing helplessly in the air.

Dirty Hands

@redheaded&crazie SO NERVOUSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! I don't even know why. THE IMPENDING DOOM. AAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! California, VOTE ALREADY!

sunflowernut

I waited about 50 minutes in line to vote today. I'm still registered in my hometown (about 20 mins from where I now live) and having to see all my old neighbors/people I went to high school with made me seriously rethink keeping my parent's address as my permanent address.

This was the first election I did some serious research about everyone running for something/ballot initiatives, so I am super proud of myself! I am also particularly excited to hopefully recall our mayor Janice Daniels, that crazy ass bitch. Fingers crossed. Go Obama!

sandwiches

My sister and mother's ballots were finally logged, thank fuck.

And I wore a supremely cute outfit today featuring my LGBT for Obama shirt and my lacy green cardigan and skinnies and my shiny blue flats with a bow. And I took class notes on my laptop featuring my MADE in the USA Obama sticker. And my world religions prof wrote that my exam last week had "wonderful, rich, masterful analysis" and "what a pleasure [it was] to read such strong, critical work" (entirely unrelated to politics but holy shit!!!)! And then I had to sit through two hours on how to make a powerpoint so that people don't want to barf about it.

And then I got out of class and quelle fromage, there's like a shit-ton of voter suppression and other fuckery going on! I am literally sitting in my car on campus swearing aloud looking at this bullshit.

And now I am going to go drink all the sake and all the whisky and rock nervously back and forth in my partner's living room for twelve hours until the results come in.

guys i'm so scared

katiemcgillicuddy

HELLO ELIZABETH WARREN.

redheaded&crazy

if people wanna do some gchatting add me wombat.baby@gmail.com there is a group thang going on.

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