Let the Games Begin – Election Day in Alaska

4 11 2008

The day started early.  I left the house at 6:00am, took the long drive up to Wasilla, just because I had to wave a sign at Sarh Palin as she drove by.  We never caught up with the sign waving crowd, but we did see the Governor’s entourage flanked by Alaska State Trooper cars in front and back, with 12 or 15 SUVs and other vehicles in between.  The sun wasn’t up yet, and it was freezing cold.  I doubt she saw me with my Alaskans for Obama sign on the side of the road, but I can say I was there.   I followed the motorcade on the way back into town, but never caught up.  They were in a hurry.

I debated whether to go to the Sarah Palin event she had planned in Anchorage, because normally I like infiltrating such things (so you don’t have to), but today, after my brief statement roadside in Wasilla, I’ve decided to take my focus off the dark side.

Back in Anchorage, there were lots of people out smiling and waving signs at major intersections – Obama, Begich, and Berkowitz supporters were out en masse.  There were a few Don Young people, even fewer McCain Palin people, and nobody for Ted Stevens on this first pass through town today.

Next stop – voting!  I’ve got my video camera, and I’m ready to video my vote.


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4 11 2008
Redwood Man - Santa Cruz, CA

Go Obama !!!

4 11 2008
ocliberal

Please vote!

4 11 2008
Jan Arnold

Go (AWAY) McCain/Palin, GO GO GO GO GO OBAMA!

4 11 2008
JESinTX aka Grill Igloo Palin

Watching, waiting and listening in Texas. Mom in Rochester, NY is a bit stir crazy!

4 11 2008
mwTHATONE40yrsAnchorage

thanks for making that effort….!!
Go, Obama……go away SP!

4 11 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

Heard on Canadian TV this morning:

When asked who he thought would make the better US President, aged Fidel Castro said ‘Obama’, and gave several intelligent and sensible reasons. Asked why not McCain, his answer was priceless. He responded that McCain is “too war-like, too old, of little intelligence and too unhealthy”.

4 11 2008
JESinTX aka Grill Igloo Palin

Not sure Castro is a welcome endorsement though. Even if he is right!

4 11 2008
Obamama

Where is the neglecting my child box? Definitely have to tick mark that one.

4 11 2008
girldujour

Here is an inspirational song that you can play while you are waiting for the election results. It was recorded several years ago by Chrissy Hynd (of The Pretenders) with Marting Luther King giving his “I Have A Dream” speech. Very moving and very appropriate. Enjoy!

http://girldujour.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/spiritual-high-state-of-independence-let-freedom-reign/

4 11 2008
Oklad

” the Governor’s entourage flanked by Alaska State Trooper cars.”

Let me guess.. Trooper Wooten wasn’t one of them..:)
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4 11 2008
Betsy in the Midwest

fivethirtyeight.com now has McCain/Palin’s chances down to 1%! I am thrilled.

This site is just terrific and I very much appreciate all you have done. Please continue the good work. I want to see Palin impeached, disgraced, and run out of town on a rail.

4 11 2008
SC Strike Chipper Hussein Sista M Pro American Goodwill Clothes Shopper

Top Ten is cool. Hope I can type fast enough to make it.

I was going to “snap” my vote this morning; however, the poll workers asked us to turn off our cell phones, saying that it might interfere with the voting machines. ?????? I doubted that, thought it might be to prevent us from taking pictures –THEY were bustling about with functional cell phones!–but I complied.

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

thanks again AKM… no valium for me (yet) throughout the election season.

4 11 2008
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4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

Some absentee ballots MIA in NM county

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/11/04/some-absentee-ballots-mia-in-nm-county/#comment-2045730

**NEARLY 3900 INDIVIDUALS MAY NOT HAVE RECEIVED THEIR ABSENTEE BALLOTS!

4 11 2008
Trini

No wait in my polling place. It was lively, active and smiles everywhere. Usually when I vote it’s like walking into a morgue and I have to wake people up to get a ballot. People are excited about this one! Or, should I say, “That one”!

4 11 2008
PDX "That One" Hussein MB

I have decided to take the rest of the day off from my S. Illinois Kool-aid drinking cousin. Ommmmm ; )

GObama!

PS We vote by mail here in Oregon, but many people wait until today to take their ballots to drop boxes. After several typically rainy and gray days, the SUN IS SHINING!!!

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

LOL Add to AKM’s List:

eating all meals at the computer
calling in sick to follow coverage
neglecting household chores

Check, check, and CHECK!

4 11 2008
Phil Munger

I watched the VP-parade drive by with AKMuckraker in Wasilla this morning.

I could swear one of the trooper cars guarding the Governor was driven by the estimable Trooper Wooten….

4 11 2008
strangelet Hussein

@Phil Munger (10:00:49) :

I watched the VP-parade drive by with AKMuckraker in Wasilla this morning.

I could swear one of the trooper cars guarding the Governor was driven by the estimable Trooper Wooten….
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Certainly no reason why not — he is stationed in that area, no?

4 11 2008
antiAnti

My poll workers did not care about cell phones or ipods even though there were electronic voting machines. But they were very vigilant about retaining the pens! Also repeatedly telling us that there were 1475 registered voters at this polling place, to which some one asked, “how are we supposed to know if that’s true or not”.

IMO, country-wide consistent electoral process would be a really fine gift to the next generation.

4 11 2008
Sparkleball Lady

It’s RAINING in San Diego! First time in what? 8-9 mo? But what the hell! For the first time since 1978 there are in SD county more registered democrats than republicans!

My husband and I voted in a neighbor’s garage. It didn’t feel historic. But I stared at the ballot a very very long time just to see the black dot next to Obama-Biden.

4 11 2008
RM_TX

I voted today. I thanked all the workers for being there. They appreciate it so if you have not yet voted be sure to thank them.

A couple times in the last week I drove by the early voting location to find
a line of 50 or more people outside the building. I knew there would be
another 50 or so inside so I kept on going.

My first reason was that I expected my polling place to not have lines
today. I was correct. I have seen this previously. A friend was on the
election staff so I chatted with him a moment. When they opened there were
30 people waiting but since then there have been no lines.

My second reason is that it wasn’t a hassle for me to vote on election day.
Why should I delay another person even for the few minutes I would take to
vote early? They may need to pick up kids or go to work. I didn’t.

I am not sure what to think about the short lines. My area is Republican.
Harris County / Houston south of me may go Democratic this year but I doubt
there will be any local change. For one thing, most of the local elections
had only the incumbent Republican running.

Possibly the Republican turnout will be low. The local positions are safe.
Maybe some will decide it is easier not to vote than to vote for McCain –
Palin.

Texas is going to be interesting this year.

4 11 2008
LA

Mudpuppies,
I just voted….say Hello to Voter 201 in my neighborhood. Very easy; we have scanners here in Sacramento. Took me all of about 5 minutes.
Good thing I could walk to my polling place since I cried all the way home.
Wore my blue shirt that I got in Wash DC years ago,,,fitting I thought and had my Obama button inside where no one could see it.

4 11 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

@JESinTX aka Grill Igloo Palin

He didn’t endorse either candidate – he was asked who he ‘thought’ would make a better President. Myself, I have admiration for this man and his staying power under unbelievably harsh circumstances imposed decades ago. His predecessor was a brutal puppet dictator and corrupt as they come – only those few who benefitted financially under Batista (legally or otherwise) were sorry to see him go. The vast majority of Cubans did not do well at all under him. Much as it is with all dictators. Check out Mugabe’s palaces and the money infused into his and his ‘associates’ lifestyles while his people suffer. Shameful. Much like the imposed ‘Shah of Iran’. Brutal, brutal. My parents used to go to Havana regulary on casino trips back in the 1950’s and the stories they told of the excesses of the few versus the stullifying poverty of the majority were staggering.

4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

Polls: Last-minute gains for McCain

“CNN’s latest state polls of polls show Sen. Barack Obama holding the advantage in the final hours of voting — but McCain making small last-minute gains in some key battlegrounds.”

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/11/04/poll-of-polls-obama-ahead-last-minute-gains-for-mccain/

4 11 2008
Jan Arnold

LA – Me, too with the button. I put it on the INSIDE of my jacket so outside the polling place I could “flash” it at likeminded voters – like the guy getting out of the car with a big O sticker!! FUN!!!

4 11 2008
Aoi

Sounds like it’s all going smoothly up there. Like Oregon, we here in WA have clear, cooperative weather, though I vote by mail. So I get to watch and wait, and maybe it’ll all be over early this evening. Very curious to see what happens with Ted Stevens (I have a pool going with friends on the number of felony convictions voters will accept). And curious to hear what happens with Sarah Palin after the election. Keep up the great work!

4 11 2008
Road Runner

I have voted in Cali. Like Oregonians, I voted by paper then deliver to the poling station. No wait, never any wait here. My County is probably the BLUEST of Blues in the State. The Big BO/JB gets my vote for Prez/Veep.
We have a series of Propositions on the ballad(I often wonder why we vote for representatives). thankfully, I always read and make notes of each Prop well before election day. The repugs have put a lot of stuff on the ballot this time trying to confuse the low information masses. I have voted Yes on 1A, 2,3,5 and 12. Everything else gets a BIG FAT “NO”.
GO BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AND JOE (?) BIDEN, the next President of the United States and Vice President of the United States.
Whooppee!!!

4 11 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

My US-born husband is under the impression that his absentee vote won’t be counted unless the races (in his home state) are close. Is this true? Are absentee ballots only counted under these circumstances?

4 11 2008
strangelet Hussein

Vlad — don’t know about other states, but in CA ALL absentee ballots are counted.

4 11 2008
A Fan From Chicago

I have a 4,200 word magazine article due on Friday and I have written the first 11. Could someone please come over here and finish it? I would gladly neglect your children in the process if that would help.

Please. I’ll give you a Martini or wine or cookies. I promise. I could even get a pie.

I’ll even try and write 11 more before you get here.

Maybe 420 of you could just write 100 words. That might work.

4 11 2008
strangelet Hussein

MJC from Georgia (10:07:41) :

Polls: Last-minute gains for McCain
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Yeah, right. Can you say “horse-race”? Love that CNN.

4 11 2008
antiAnti

420 @100 word each = `10 articles

4 11 2008
LA

@Road Runner,
Thank you for voting Yes on 2. So many people here in Sacto are voting No because of the crappy ads on TV.
I have be “annoying” all my neighbors about it for weeks….teehee

4 11 2008
tspey

Palin must be feelin’ good about being ‘vindicated’. Too bad her Alaskan constituents are not at will employees or mindless zombies for that matter. We are ‘fired’ up against all of her vindictiveness. Tim P’s ‘findings’ only add fuel to our fire…

I salute you AKM for driving out to the ‘Valley’ and waving signs. Voter turnout in Anchorage is HUGE! Hope to see you at election central tonight!

4 11 2008
Michelle

I wonder how much it cost for SP to fly up here. Hasn’t she heard of an absentee ballot?

4 11 2008
mvngfwd

I have taken a “mental health” day today! Between surfing news channels and reading Mudflats I might get carpal tunnel by the end of the day. I am so proud of my 17 yo niece who got school permission to be a poll worker today in CA. She did the 2 hour training and was at the poll today by 6:30am. Ahhh, my activist heart swells with pride! I am sitting here in my Mudflats t-shirt and enjoying every moment shared with you all. We are going to make history today…said cautiously of course. My husband is praying for Obama too because he knows I will be a nightmare if…….oh nevermind. Let’s just say it together….”PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA”!!! No more coffee for me today, truly.

4 11 2008
Road Runner

@Vlad the I’m HUSSEIN Palin (10:06:55) :

There are lots of countries that tend toward aristocracy. Take Mexico and Brazil, the rich tends to be the ones in power to the deftriment of the poor. Unfortunately, they don’t have activist to make noises in these countries.

4 11 2008
Amanda

Absentee ballots are counted in some states and not in others. You might have to search online to determine what is the case for your state.

What I mean by not, is that they might only be counted in the case of a tie within a certain percentage.

4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Vlad –

I think they count what they can knowing that they only have to be mailed by a certain date and all may not be in. If the count is too close, they can opt to wait a few days to make sure all the absentee ballots are received and counted.

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

Just found a blue candle… and it is shining brightly here with me!!!

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

Voted in VA in 6 minutes flat.

Guy at the Obama table: Good Morning!!
Me: Good Morning!!!
Guy at McCain table – not a word. Looked like Kerry voter in 04 on 11/05.

Tempted but did not buy champagne, thereby ensuring an Obama win.

Light candle.

Pray.

Remember to breathe.

4 11 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

@ A Fan From Chicago

What’s the subject of your 4200-word article? Maybe we could throw out some ideas, phrases, tidbits of interest, lengthy and wordy paragraphs full of meaningless blather which will pad the article, to help get it done for you?

4 11 2008
rachelbirds

Am reading pundits,
watching prediction numbers,
and smiling all day.

http://www.thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com

4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

Dennis Hopper: I Voted For Obama Because Of Palin (VIDEO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/dennis-hopper-i-voted-for_n_140940.html

**EXCELLENT INTERVIEW

4 11 2008
Rope Hoover Recoil Zoo Palin aka Misfit

You forgot WORKING; which I am trying to do but seem to be having a really hard time staying focused on.

4 11 2008
SMR

@Vlad —

When I spoke with the div of elections here about absentee votes, they said that there is actually a 15-day grace period following Nov 4th, and that the absentee & early votes are counted within that period, with the certified number posted after that.

Keep in mind that I am in AK, there is no process for early voting that allows those votes to be counted with the votes cast on the 4th.

According to the fella I spoke to, all totals, everywhere, given on Nov 4th at the closing of polls are unofficial, in reality, and the only real total is that which is provided after the 15-day grace period.

Does anyone else have an answer that supports or refutes that? Just curious!

Any early votes in AK cast by this past Thursday will be in tonight’s count. Any cast Friday through Monday will not. AKM

4 11 2008
Wired Differently

Fan from Chicago, what’s the article about? I could give you at least a paragraph, since I’m not doing my own work!

4 11 2008
Lil' Geese Whalebone Palin

I voted at 6:05 this morning …. the rest is up to ……. US!!!!!

4 11 2008
NMJ

Well, I’m sick today, but I’m voting even if it’s on my deathbed! It rained last night in L.A. but should be clear today. L.A. County has 4000 precincts and, although the polls are supposed to close at 8:00PM, they will stay open until the last person in line by 8:00PM has voted, no matter how long that takes. Spouse and I should leave for voting within the hour.

4 11 2008
Bev

I was going to vote today but realized I wanted to stay glued to the tv and internet…so my daughter and I voted last week in Ohio…of course we voted for Obama.

So we will be sitting down to chicken wings, cheese platter, cole slaw and garlic bread.

Debating whether to get booze, don’t want to drown my sorrows if he does not get in, but don’t want to get drunk and miss all the excitement if he wins.

I am a little superstitious, that is why I say “IF”

GOOOOOOOOOOO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 11 2008
Vlad the I'm HUSSEIN Palin

@ rachelbirds (10:20:42) :

“Am reading pundits”
_____________

For shame, are you not aware that Miz Failin Palin has “palinzed” that word? Like George Bush, she seems to have trouble with simple words such as Eye-raq and Eye-ran. Pundit comes out of her mouth as “pundint”. Please God, may we naever have to hear her voice again, unless by choice.

4 11 2008
PDX "That One" Hussein MB

@strangelet Hussein:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

4 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a GO BLUE PA

SMR – I have a friend who works the polls in Jnu and that is how she described it – in fact, she works for many days after election day just for counting the absentees, etc.

4 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

@SMR (10:21:38) :

Actually, all the early voting ballots that were done by last Thursday will be counted today with the regular election day ballots. The ones early voted Fri.-Mon. will be counted some time in the next week or so, after they’ve had a change to double check that no one double voted. The Thursday cutoff was so that they had time to mark all the voter rolls that went out to polling places on Monday with stickers showing who had early voted.

4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

GOP Officials Trying To Disqualify Iowa Student Ballots

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/gop-officials-trying-to-d_n_140983.html

**DIRTY TRICKSTERS

4 11 2008
mwlfqotnThat0ne40

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=QGBPuhUWH0U

This youtube says SP comedy, but the lyrics/melody are great, if you don’t look at all the pix of HER.

4 11 2008
Northern Exposure

Feels so good to have finally cast my ballot for Obama/Biden.

Was a bit freaked as my phone service in Cecily went down last night at 5PM. No phone. No internet. No Mudflats. (Already no TV.) Paranoid nightmares of political sabotage.

Connected back this morning at 10AM. Had to get a real life in the meantime and go down to the coffee shop and talk to real people.

I can make some GOTV calls now.

Love and Peace.

4 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

From the last post since I have a knack for posting at the last second of an old post:

I just voted. No line. For the first time in all my years of voting, I was not the only person of color in my voting place. There was a young African American man right before me. In addition as I left, I saw a young white woman with a biracial child registering to vote. I was in tears as I darkened in the oval before Barack Obama/Joe Biden’s names, and I remained in tears as I walked home (half a mile from the voting place). I’m still a bit weepy as I watch election returns.

Yes.We.Can.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY

4 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a GO BLUE PA

MJC

Love the Dennis Hopper vid w/ story!

4 11 2008
Road Runner

LA (10:14:47), as a kid, my family owned the biggest chicken farm(50 years ago in another country). We had ample acreage to accommodate the chikens and turkeys. We also hatched babies chicks to sell to people who wanted to raise their own chickens(laws are differently in other countries).

Michelle (10:15:59) I want to know if she paid her own way for both ways, or used campaign plane.

What I especially liked about my poling station this year, all young people, not the fuddy duddies(I’m one). Great to see young people getting involved.

4 11 2008
Caroline

Oh goodness, the ONLY poll that had “drinking heavily” as an option. I LOVE this site! Me and my North Coast Grand Crud’or salute the electorate! Well, the electorate with sense that is;-)

4 11 2008
suchanut

SMR (10:21:38) :

@Vlad –

CC (Local radio host) said that votes cast prior to close of business Thursday, October 30th would be counted on Election Day. Votes cast after that would be counted with the absentee ballots.

4 11 2008
asianHusseingrrl"that one"MN

strangelet Hussein, happy birthday. Here’s hoping it’s your best birthday thus far.

4 11 2008
Susan in PA

Sparkleball Lady, I did the same thing. I filled out the oval on the paper ballot for Obama/Biden, then stopped to savor my handiwork. Filled out the rest of the ballot, and then went back and filled in the oval a little more just for the wonderful feeling it gave me! Admired my vote a moment longer then turned in my ballot. What a satisfying feeling.

4 11 2008
suchanut

HIya Asiangrrl! – a bunch of us are chatting you know where…

4 11 2008
Sparky

AKM, will we see Brian today/tonight? Sure miss him and I think he would like to be in on the excitement and celebration.🙂

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

Asian – ain’t life grand?

The few people at my polling place looked Subdued. No excitement there at all.

I live in a very fundie town and the word has gone out that Virginia will go Blue.
I say: Praise God!

4 11 2008
strangelet Hussein

@PDX “That One” Hussein MB (10:25:48) : Thak you. I’m waiting for my present in high anticipation.

4 11 2008
Deuce2 AL

Voted here in Bama in 10 minutes. Took 3 others with me.
Do ya think Palin will miss all the SUV’s and Police, after she
and GranPa lose. Looking forward to the results. Have a great
blue day. ALSO!

4 11 2008
Bobg

Can’t wait for Caribou Barbi to get up tonight and make her concession speak and then say that she is going to take over the Republican Party. I think she will find out how much she is loved by the Party.

4 11 2008
Nan

Voted early, so today it’s pretending to work, eating Tums, and lighting candles.

I, too, paused to admire the ballot summary with the big X for Obama before hitting the submit space. Now the only question is whether or not the system got hacked, and the vote actually counted.

4 11 2008
mvngfwd

Okay…I need help. Where on the Forum is the “live” chat? I get lost over there but really want to get onboard. Guidance please…😉

4 11 2008
strangelet Hussein

And bad typing. “Thank” you.

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

Susan PA – I did the same thing – felt a little silly – admiring how I could color in the little oval so beautifully.

4 11 2008
strangelet Hussein

mvngfwd (10:36:11) :
Upper right of screen, small red line of print : Live Chat….

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

Listening ot McLame on MSNBC, he sounds like he might be sick.

4 11 2008
Judy in Chicago

Just voted for my favorite inexperienced, socialist, terrorist.

Fire up

Are ya ready

Fire up!

4 11 2008
mvngfwd

Strangelet- Thank you!

4 11 2008
Susan in PA

Yes, I made sure I did an extra special careful job filling it in!

One lovely sidenote – at my polling place, whenever there was a first time voter, all the poll workers cheered and rang a bell! Made voting that much more festive and special~

4 11 2008
strangelet Hussein

@asian: Thank you. What a great feeling that must have been.

4 11 2008
Lana, KY

Voting went super smooth at my precinct here in Kentucky. No long wait ~ paper ballots ~ sun shining ~ everyone smiling. Dressed in blue ~ even painted my toenails & fingernails blue. . . warm enough for sandals. : )

Only 3 1/2 hours until the polls close here ~
( sad to say this is typically a very red state.)

and it is my Birthday. I’m 62 today. What a day to Celebrate !

4 11 2008
Lara

@ Vlad the I’m HUSSEIN Palin (10:09:34) : My US-born husband is under the impression that his absentee vote won’t be counted unless the races (in his home state) are close. Is this true? Are absentee ballots only counted under these circumstances?

I believe ALL votes are counted. But generally by the time absentee votes are counted the outcome is already known. I believe there was one race where that wasn’t true. But regardless, I believe ALL votes are counted. It’s just like when the election has been clinched by the time the midwest quits voting, the west coast votes are still counted even though they can’t change the outcome. If Virginia and Ohio go for Obama, it may not even require the midwest to vote before we know who won.

One reason to count them, is because you never know what will happen if there are any recounts, successful appeals, etc.

4 11 2008
Judy in Chicago

Just voted for my favorite inexperienced, socialist, terrorist.

Fire up

Are ya ready

Fire up!

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

OMG – McCain at 2:38 EST here tells a story how his mother wanted to rent a car in Paris but they told her she was too old so she bought one!

Too bad she didn’t buy one for Joe the Plumber (or Marcel with the bread under his armpit.).

Isn’t Paris in that socialist country? What’s the president’s name??

Tee Hee

4 11 2008
Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Toon

I have 8 “Alaska for Obama” rally signs (I might be able to get more from the campaign office today or tomorrow if they aren’t all gone).

If any of you ‘honorary Alaskans” would like me to mail you one, I will happily do so. Just email me at mtoonster at hotmail.com with your mailing address.

4 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a GO BLUE PA

Lana, KY

I hope you get a new, wonderful president for your birthday!!

4 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

BTW, took us 13 minutes from leaving our house to walk over and down the hill to our polling place to walking out the door having voted (#s 7 and 8) this morning, after which we had a lovely breakfast at a friend’s restaurant and then headed to work. And we have blue patches in the sky, which I’m taking as a great sign!

4 11 2008
Katie

Living in a little town in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Long, longer lines at the polls. Over 3 hours to get to the door of the senior center where we vote and then another 45 min wait. Only 4 electronic voting machines. Terriffic long, long lines. God Bless Our Beloved United States of America, the next President of the United States Barack Obama and all the wonderful people of this great country who have given so selflessly of themselves to see that we are given the opportunity to see our great country change its course.

4 11 2008
Sparky

strangelet Hussein, happy birthday Scorpio! What a great B-day for you.

I think it’s worth mentioning, that we owe Sarah a bit of thanks. If she were not such a pathetic choice for VP, a lot more voters would be for McCain.

Sarah Palin: the gift that really kept on giving.

4 11 2008
JaneE

I voted early, but went out to see how it was going at the polling places. I didn’t see one line, not on the street anyway. This was around lunch time.

Don’t know what to think of that. Looking on the bright side, it may be that so many have voted early here that it will not be a problem for those who waited.

Anxiously awaiting 5:00 PM here to see what shakes on the eastern seaboard.

4 11 2008
Canadian Neighbour

Happy Election Day U.S. Mudpuppies!!
Great to read everyone voting.

I’ve grabbed an hour away from the hospital to come home and shower, repack some more clothes, get my little radio so I can listen later for the news and had to stop and check to see what was happening.

I just read about Obama’s grandmother. There are no words — just total saddness.

Best wishes for the great result tonight!! I know it won’t be just Chicago that is partying!! I’ll read about it later on the computer.

Happy Day Mudpuppies!!

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

Susan re the bell ringing – Don’t you know “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his/her wings.”

Indeed: It’s a Wonderful Life.

finally . . .

4 11 2008
Sparky

Lana, KY (10:39:52) :

Happy Birthday, Lana! Hope you get what you wish for today, and more!

Obama/Biden 2008/12

4 11 2008
Grammy a/k/a GO BLUE PA

Sparky – sooooooooooooo true – we had to put up w/ a lot from her but she did what we couldn’t have done all alone: turned off voters!

4 11 2008
Lita

Good work AKM, and good on you for less focus on the dark side. I’ve just woken up (in NZ) and had hoped there would be some results through already … the suspense is killing me.

4 11 2008
SMR

@suchanut —

I know that I spoke to the div of elections guy before the 30th. So, not sure who’s correct. If I’d known that the vote would’ve been counted w/the votes on the 4th I’d have got my butt down there sooner! Oh well, I voted for Obama, daughter voted for Obama, hubby voted for Obama. Apart from a nutty aunt in Chugiak, our family is about 20 votes for Obama in this crazy red state!

4 11 2008
Lulu

ARE YOU FIRED UP? ARE YOU READY TO GO????

4 11 2008
From England aka Spoon Archer Hussein Palin

Hi AK, I just can not get into the forum, always redirects me here…..after such informative, warm and fun times with the mudflats community……I don’t think I can bear not sharing the final moments of this with you all (and new begining too!).

Is there anything I’m doing wrong?

Thank you!!

Try this link. If you still have problems, email me at akmuckraker@yahoo.com Good luck! AKM

http://www.themudflats.net/forum/index.php?action=forum

4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

OH MY GOSH! I just noticed that it’s already 2:45 p.m. here in Georgia. Where did the hours go?

4 11 2008
InJuneau aka Wrangler Tractor That One Hussein

Oops, that should be numbers 7 and 8. Funny that an 8 and an ) end up making the sunglasses smiley when you don’t want them to!

4 11 2008
Road Runner

Whew, I have the radio on listening to Thom Hartmann, the TV on to MSNBC, my computer on to blog from time to time, gotvforchange.com to make “get out the vote’ calls. Life is so great!! This is so exciting!!

Voters are calling in to Thom Hartmann to report their experiences, good and bad, and how to resolve the bad. We’re on the march to real democracy.

Remember what they say about getting the people of this great country “bad”? We are raising the sleeping GIANT.

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

Palin gave Obama an incalculable number of votes.

Wait until she tries to run again with the loser label on her, with only Dobson’s money, against Republicans!

Anyone else believe that she thinks the GOP will cancel the primaries and just announce her as The Candidate?

4 11 2008
Road Runner

Dragon Lady, I think there will be a huge division in the repugs. Hurrah!! The evil that “men” do. What goes around, comes around.

4 11 2008
PDX "That One" Hussein MB

@Lana, KY: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

4 11 2008
JESinTX aka Grill Igloo Palin

@Vlad

No, I know he didn’t actually endorse. I was just thinking of it from the perspective of those who either hate Castro or are indignant when anyone outside the US has the audacity to voice an opinion. In any event, I think Castro was correct in his assessment. And I think it is important to know how our leaders and are government impact the rest of the world. Your points are well-taken.

4 11 2008
Bobg

Katie (10:42:59) : My daughter lives in Dalton about 8 miles above Scranton. she said long lines there also.

4 11 2008
TJ

A Fan From Chicago –

I’m up for helping you out. (bored at work) What’s the article on?

4 11 2008
248 Crayons

I knew I was taking off this day because the kids don’t have school. However I have ended up using it for the following:

Cooked egg & cheese sandwiches for the kids;
Dropped them by the sitter;
Went to have BooB-O-Gram, blood work & xray;
Check Mudflats at home;
Wait two hours to have my tires rotated & balanced (21,000 miles in seven months – seriously need a job closer to home!);
Check Mudflats again at home;
Drive across the lake to get my permanent crown;
Come home in time to take daughter to cheer at football game;
Get home in time to watch election results;
Fall asleep in a dreamy blue state:)

4 11 2008
Susie in Jersey

Running with the Obama slogan, “Yes We Can” I think we need a new button, shirt, bumper sticker, whatever that says:

“Yes We Did”

4 11 2008
Deuce2 AL

Turn the volume up on your speakers, grab a drink, think happy
thoughts, sing along, get happy and dance, dance, dance……

Remember what a wonderful, historic, event we are witnessing
today and especially tonight. Click this link and lift yourself up, up,
up…….

4 11 2008
TJ

A Fan From Chicago –

I’m up for helping you out. (bored at work) What’s the article on?

4 11 2008
mvngfwd

On the live chat, if all goes well today, I suggested we should meet at the Lincoln Memorial in DC on Inauguration Day. Any takers?

4 11 2008
strangelet Hussein

@Lana, KY (10:39:52) :

Happy BDay. Me too (you have a year on me). Let’s share our present with the rest of America.😉

4 11 2008
248 Crayons

P.S. – Already early voted a week and a half ago!

4 11 2008
More hopeful than ever

My wife tried to vote in midtown Anchorage this morning around 7:00AM, but decided to come back later because the line was out the door. I voted a little after 9AM with a healthy turnout, but no line. It was a racially diverse crowd of upbeat Alaskans! How refreshing…
After I scanned my ballot, I stepped outside to a beautiful, Obama logo sunrise over the Chugach Range. A terrific omen to this non-superstitious voter. I’ll now try to get some work done, fingers crossed and hopeful.

4 11 2008
Road Runner

Did you hear? Dixville, New Hampshire, where they voted at midnight last night, voted 15 for Obama, 6 for McCain, 0 for the other guy. Dixville is the bellweather for who the next prez will be. This is Republican territory.

4 11 2008
Sparky

I’m desperately trying to finish a magazine for November…of course, here I visit Mudflats. I need this, though.

Oh, good grief…McGrumpy on NPR saying “we’re going to win this”

Back to my publication🙂

4 11 2008
Road Runner

If you have voted, go to http://www.facebook.com to register how you voted. They are keeping a tally.

It seems the early voting has made a difference. People are reporting that the lines are not at long. We can only hope that people are not staying home thinking BO has it in the bag. I hope it will have something to do with work. Call people at work and make sure they voted.

4 11 2008
amy

Just voted! Everyone at the polling place was in great spirits. Hubby and I managed to maintain our dignity until we were outside….grinning like children we gave each other a “terrorist bump”!! I teared up but didn’t cry until we drove by the college. The students are OUT IN FORCE with signs reading VOTE NOW! Bless them, I don’t think they will be a ‘no show’ this time around!
Where’s my kleenex………

4 11 2008
gary aka khaki salmon palin

Virginia mudpuppies and all (VA polls close 7pm)

Here’s the Times-Dispatch (our local daily, Republican) updating story on Virginia voting problems etc. An interesting discussion is developing in the comments section . Suburban voters are having fits about 45 minute waits, while city voters are accepting much longer ones.

http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2008-11-04-0156.html

4 11 2008
crystalwolf1

Hello Muddpuppies! Name change here: was caligrl Huiessen Wolves eat Palin…
was supposed to be crystalwolf aka caligrl, but wordpress has a wierd reg. so I am crystalwolf1!
Just saw mclame on tv. On pins and needles today as everyone 8)

4 11 2008
bws

I have an “other” to pass the day..a 6 hour tape of the DNC at Invesco Field that I never actually watched…a wonderfully inspiring way to pass the time as i do chores

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

BTW – saw her at that rally in blue jeans. She cannot let go of the Wardrobe Malfunction can she.

Today – she voted wearing blue jeans.

Blue jeans. Blue jeans.

I am developing a stutter here.

Diva indeed. Jeans are the image she thinks will make her president of vice.

4 11 2008
Deuce2 AL

Wanna get FIRED UP and READY TO GO? If so click this link,
listen and dance to the music.

4 11 2008
GJ in Idaho

I just got back from the poll. I decided to go at 9:30 PST, hoping to miss the morning workers rush, but I’d forgotten that almost everyone in my neighborhood and precinct is retired. It seemed we all showed up at the same time, along with many more in the over 38 precincts that all vote at the Nez Perce County Fair Building. The main parking lot was full and the over flow lots were beginning to fill up, but I decided to take a chance and see if I could find a space closer to the building as by then it was raining pretty hard.

I held my breath, envisioning the prefect space opening up before, letting out my breath with a grateful sigh as a van pulled out of the end space in the first row of non-handicapped spaces. A quick walk through the gates, along with about 20 others and we were inside out of the rain were helpful young people were assisting elders with rain gear asking them to leave them at tables so as not to carry wet gear into the voting lines. The 38 precincts each with 12 voting booths are set up round the building. Each Precinct is well marked, but those who don’t know their precinct, are directed to the center of the room were a long table with registration and non-partisan voter information and many computers are available. This table is staffed with 10 volunteers almost twice as many as were there during the primary election this spring.

People were all pretty friendly, but very subdued and a bit dog eared from the rain. As I took off my coat and headed to precinct 24, I noticed that most of the other 37 precinct had maybe 3-5 people voting but no long lines. But there in front of precinct 24 stood 25 people in front of me. As I stood there waiting, about 20 minutes another 25 people showed up behind me. The bottle next in our precinct is a sweet 84 yr -young lady that checks your name to be sure you are registered and then has you sign on the doted line. I’ve known this dear lady for years and honor her dedication, but this year she couldn’t see or hear me very well and was certainly having trouble keeping up with the task at hand. I was very proud that not one of those in line complained. We each just waited patiently for our turn, speaking up a bit more loudly and helping her to focus on the line were our name was listed. Even the young 18 yr old grandson of a neighbor caught on from the grandmother he lived with and kindly help the clerk find his name. After I voted, I silently gave thanks for the privileged, went back to retrieve my rain gear, asked if they needed any help and was told that the volunteers only had to work for two hours each, and they had many more than they needed because no one wanted to go home. As I stood there I saw some of the fair board staff pulling out more chairs for elderly to sit in and watch as their younger family members voted.

All in all, I believe everything that can be done is being done as it is needed,
here at our polling place.

Yes history is being made today.
Yes We Can…if not here in Idaho, I
have faith in the rest of the country is
electing Obama/Biden

4 11 2008
Sparky

crystalwolf1 (11:04:40)

Your avatar is cool, crystalwolf. Is there a quick and dirty website or explanation on how to replace our snowflake/quilt with a more personal avatar? (like something for web idiots?)

Thanks

4 11 2008
A Brit Abroad GO BLUE Hussein

oooh… Swedish reporter saying that McCain’s post-election “celebration” plans look very very very odd and small and that the mood in the room is gloomy. Contrast with the Swedish reporter in the Chicago sunshine who is all upbeat and jolly…

4 11 2008
Lana, KY

For all of us with birthdays today ~

What better present could we get than Obama for President ?
Oh,
Please,
Please,
Please.

p.s.Thanks for the nice greetings ! I’ve got to admit this election has made me feel every one of my years also, too. Yup.

4 11 2008
crystalwolf1

Sparky (11:10:35) :
Well, I went to wordpress and reg. then they make you go to grav avatar and that’s how my “handle” got messed up? Its not quick and dirty…? It says I’m (on wordpress) crystalwolf aka caligrl…but I can only log in as gravavatar site name?
Anyone know?
Oh well, at least the pic is cool..8)

4 11 2008
crystalwolf1

does anyone notice smiley’s are turned off?

4 11 2008
Chin Trout Hussein (NJ)

Just got in from voting– no wait- never is- I asked the poll worker how many registered voters use this polling place– he said 1200 and there are 2 machines. Very Republican farming town.

Happened to see a friend there- she was in one booth, me in the other– we agreed that we were canceling each others’ votes out– the poll worker asked us if we wanted him to just unplug each other’s machine!

I tried to talk to her before today– really did– she is the only person I know who still has their McCain sign up and the only redeeming thing in that is that it doesn’t have Palin’s name on it. I’m trying to be positive w/ my thoughts (rather than letting the “how can you be so stupid” thoughts prevail). If Obama can be gracious, so can I. NJ will go Blue anyway.

I’m still feeling so worn out– so very anxious- I need to see the #’s come in for Obama. It did me a bit of good on my drive through Princeton to see more Obama signs than McCain.

Thanks for giving us a place to vent and share, AKM!!!!!

GO Obama/Biden!!!!

4 11 2008
248 Crayons

Oh yes….while at the tire place there was an antsy older lady…she wanted to change the channel and me and the other guy in the room said fine. Then I added as long as she didn’t put it on Fox….which is where it ended up being! I just kept on reading my magazine.

Heavy sighs, snorts and a few eye rolls later she reacts to a comment from someone saying on tv, “It’s not about race.” She said, “Oh yes it is!” Went on to talk about how she worked in the post office in New Orleans and that it’s 97% black people who come in there and they are intimidating. I refused to participate in her conversation until she said, “I was only one of two white people in the room when OJ won.” I paused then said, “There is a difference here…Obama is not on trial for murder.” Funny how she tied to totally different events in history together just because of the color of their skin. She said she fears the blacks will riot either way.

I told her she should relax and that whatever the outcome is, the world would not stop spinning and that chaos will probably not erupt. She thanked me as she left and said, “Have a nice day” on the way out the door. I think she really meant it:)

4 11 2008
Chin Trout Hussein (NJ)

Very Happy Birthday to all those celebrating today! May your wishes come true!!!!

4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

Virginia Tech Students Sent To Vote At Remote Location – and much more problems

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/virginia-tech-students-se_n_141031.html

4 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

Jan Arnold (10:07:46) :

LA – Me, too with the button. I put it on the INSIDE of my jacket so outside the polling place I could “flash” it at likeminded voters – like the guy getting out of the car with a big O sticker!! FUN!!!

I LOVE IT!!!

4 11 2008
Sparky

crystalwolf1 (11:15:23) :

does anyone notice smiley’s are turned off?

I’ll try the grav avatar thingie, thanks! I’m adventurous…ooo mavrericky.

I’ll try a smilie🙂

4 11 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

Road Runner:

Thank you for voting NO on PROP 8 – which is all about HATE!

4 11 2008
Sparky

good grief, mavrericky = mavericky of course…

back to work, Sparky. 8)

4 11 2008
the problem child

Lana, KY : Happy birthday. And to strangelet, also. Anyone else I’m missing? Today, you get your birthday wish granted.

How many years have we all been wishing for something, anything, to make a difference?

For me it’s been since Jimmy Carter was elected and told my daddy it was okay for him to go home and visit. He didn’t need to worry about being arrested anymore for having refusing to serve in Vietnam. (And the FBI stopped harassing my great-grandmother around the same time. Might have been that she was one tough lady, though. She used to answer the door to the FBI with a civil war sword in hand.😉
Things have been going down hill ever since, IMHO. And I was only 5 then.

To paraphrase a very wise lady, for the first time in my life, I am proud to call myself a citizen of the US.

Having voted absentee about month ago, I don’t really have an election day story to tell. Except that I did. And I’m glad.

4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

Tim Robbins’ Polling Place Nightmare: He’s Turned Away!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/tim-robbins-polling-place_n_141029.html

4 11 2008
the problem child

crystalwolf1 (11:04:40) :

Hello Muddpuppies! Name change here: was caligrl Huiessen Wolves eat Palin…
was supposed to be crystalwolf aka caligrl, but wordpress has a wierd reg. so I am crystalwolf1!

You can go back to your old name, or use any name you want. WordPress just connects the avatar through your e-mail address, so when posting, you can just use your old name with the e-mail you used to register for gravitar.

4 11 2008
Lulu

We were supposed to work in O-B campaign in eastern PA today but when we called in at 10 a.m., they said they had so many people already that they didn’t need us!

Last night on Talking Points Memo, I saw that video with David Kurtz and Jon Carson (Obama’s Field Director)–about how they’ve had a zero/negative volunteer flake-rate; in fact, everyone who shows up brings a friend! Hope that’s still holding true!

4 11 2008
coppercatfish

test…

4 11 2008
Linda in Virginia

We voted around 1pm at our precinct in our very red county in Virginia (Greene). No waiting time at all, but the poll worker said turnout was definitely higher than normal. In our county anyone who is a Dem is kind of cautious about mentioning that fact to their neighbors. On our 7 mile stretch of road to town, there’s only been our Obama sign and one other. We have a long driveway so our signs are down at the road, out of sight of the house, and they’ve been stolen repeatedly. The two McCain signs across the street have been unmolested.

Inspired by the Mudpuppies, though, we spent the last 3 days canvassing the area for the Obama campaign and were very heartened by the number of Obama supporters we encountered, including some in the guns-and-hunting-dog crowd. So we are hopeful that our county will contribute a few more votes to the Obama column than it would have in the past.

Thanks so much to AKM and everyone who participates here. You have indeed inspired me (and kept me sane). I hope that however the election goes, this community will continue. If, as we all hope, SP returns to Alaska, I’ll do what I can to help put an end to her political career in Alaska and nationally. Should the worst occur and she becomes VP, we all need to keep the pressure on to expose her lies and unethical actions, so that she quickly meets the fate of Spiro Agnew.

The volunteer effort on this campaign has been outstanding. I’ve already had 3 phone calls today from Obama volunteers reminding me to vote (all from Tennessee!). I hope that if we do win, the Obama administration will continue to call on all of us to take more action to get our country back on the right track!

4 11 2008
Tom from PA

This thread opened briefly with an Obama endorsement from Fidel Castro. I for one have never figured out why we have never come to grips with Cuba. Just sit down and discuss our differences. They need an awful lot of used car parts which this country can supply. We can probably use their sugar cane. Besides I don’t want an enemy only 100 miles from our soil. Put that on the Obama to-do list.

4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

Our Inadequate Patchwork Quilt of Registration Processes

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stuart-comstockgay/a-patchwork-quilt-of-regi_b_140871.html

** MORE AND MORE VOTING PROBLEMS COMING TO LIGHT

4 11 2008
Dianna

MARTHA!

THANK YOU for the signs! Posted that in the other thread but had to make my run to check on the signs so don’t know if you answered.

They were a hit down here since we couldn’t get any.

4 11 2008
nswfm CA

My 72 YO dad is a poll worker today in So Cal. I voted at 9:15 AM–third in line, but this time all the booths except two were occupied. When I voted in the primary, I was the only one. My mom voted at 7:00 AM, and had to wait an hour. When I left the polling place, I saw a woman and a man walking–she pulled up a Yes on 8 sign and put it face down. When I passed in the opposite direction, I gave the couple a thumbs up sign–they probably didn’t know why, but when I went down the street some more, a couple of elderly women picked up the sign and put it back in the ground. One of my Repblican co-workers who has gay and lesbian family members was going to vote Yes on 8, but in the booth, she decided she just couldn’t. Yay!

4 11 2008
Kittitians for Obama

Hello fellow Mudfaltters
Glad to hear the you have all turned out early to vote..I am very excited yet a bit nervous about today. I have been up since 3am..just could not sleep…Have been to the bathroom quite a bit today..i think the nerves are getting the better of me.
My Democrat friend from NC who lives here on the island came to visit me in her Obama shirt. She mailed in her absentee ballot weeks ago..so did a number of my American friends whom I will see later. There are lots of parties planned for tonight. I might stay at home until I am sure Obama is in the clear then I will join them for the rest of the party. Folks here are also planning a victory motorcade. I will be in that one. I have my flag and bumper stickers on my vehicle. So if you don’t hear from me for the rest of the day..Do have a great night..I know we will win…It’s been a long time comin’ and I know change is here….

Love to all of you and thanks for keeping me grounded these past few weeks.

PS. Happy Birthday to Lana in KY. My cousin in England turned 60 today and he is elated that his birthday fell on such a historical day..

4 11 2008
ripley6ct

Ok now how’s this? They wouldn’t let me use a Capitol CT in my name, so this is what I got…. better than the old, stinky catfish name! (actually I thought Copper Catfish was way cool)

4 11 2008
Pacificnwgal

Well, unfortunately I had to complete a provisional ballot even though I have lived at the same address for the past 11 years and had my voter ID card with me. Kind of ridiculous. They gave me a card with a phone number to track my vote. I am surely going to do that. This will probably by important in the governor race. I voted for Gregiore (Dem). Four years ago she only won by 133 votes after the provisional ballots were counted.

4 11 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

OK, testing….avi and smiles 8)

4 11 2008
ripley6ct

ugh,,,, capital.. .not capitOl. sheesh, I maybe need to get away from this thing….

4 11 2008
GJ in Idaho

crystalwolf; If you log off of webpress, you can come back on to Mudflats, from your favorite link, and the name box will be empty, so sign in the way you want, but your pic still comes up…or at least mine did…as I’m known as PeacefulGranny on webpress and not here in Mudflats.

4 11 2008
fullbodytransplant

Back down here in Miami, the party will start when the polls close in 3:33 hours.

And dude I love this site. You have helped us get nearly a thousand hits for Obama’s stand on the Arts!

Click for the cause: http://fullbodytransplant.wordpress.com/2008/11/02/obama-for-the-arts/

We can do this.

Yes we can.

4 11 2008
Road Runner

GUYS AND GALS!!!

Are you fired up?
Are you ready to go?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/the-final-rallies-obama-m_n_140800.html

4 11 2008
ocliberal

To break the tension a little…
I’m not sure if this has been posted yet, but this is pretty funny!

Some very clever Palin editing.

4 11 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

the problem child (11:25:54) :
Thanks!!! I figured it out, finally…I feel as dumb as Barbie, DUH😀
ripley6ct (11:32:05) :
Love your Avi🙂

4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

Florida’s Voting Glitches May Even Affect Paper Ballots

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/floridas-voting-glitches_n_141037.html

4 11 2008
ripley6ct

crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl (11:37:31) HOw did you get your name like that?

4 11 2008
Wisconsin shopgirl

I’m fired up!!!! I’m ready to go!!!!!

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

do I go back to the light blue snowflake if I log out of wordpress? this is a test. (sorry Muppies)

4 11 2008
Pursang

I’ve read about how much money has been spent during this long long Presidential campaign but I had another thought after reading this post.

So Sarah Palin flew back to Alaska and then flanked by SUV’s drove to Wasilla to vote. Then that whole bunch of gas guzzling SUV’s drove back to I assume Anchorage followed by a flight to Arizona to be with Gramps.

During the course of this election how many gallons of gas and jet fuel were expended? It has to be a mindboggling amount and in the end how much could be saved by limiting the campaign period as well as adopting either a National Primary or a series of Regional Primaries.

It’s time to take our election process out of the stone ages. We’re no longer in the Pony Express era and it’s time we accept that with advances in communications we don’t need a years worth of state primaries. A National or Regional Primaries would save time, money, and resources so let’s begin to think of ways to bring our Presidential elections into the 21st Century.

4 11 2008
ocliberal

Hi Ripley: I think your email address is what triggers the avatar.

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

Oh man… .life is good. It’s 3:40 here and they will be starting some of the results soon. AND I get to keep my awesome Avatar!!!

GOBAMA!!!

4 11 2008
grumpy in Illinois

I live in a Chicago suburb.I work at Starbucks , so I get to talk to a lot of people. We had over 500 customers this morning.
I heard tales of a fire station polling place at 6:15 this morning clogged with commuters trying to vote. Everyone parking everywhere. Blocking other cars. Needless to say there was shouting honking and rudeness galore.Other polling places were easy in, easy out. We gave away free coffee to all voters.
Usually at the early hours most people are half asleep or grumpy. I have never met so many people who were so excited and so proud of this American experience, filled with the hope of an Obama victory. From all I asked,not one McCain voter in the crowd or who would admit they voted for him. It was a joyful morning.

4 11 2008
Trini

The voting glitches are rolling in and I am scared. At my polling place, at first they couldn’t find me. But they did. Just took a couple of minutes. The poll workers were great. Usually, the poll workers are the delighful grey-haired ladies who are dedicated to their community in their retirement years. This time, it was different. There were young people and people of color! I’m so glad they found me and were so efficient. I hope there aren’t more glitches. Chewing nails here.

I can’t believe a poll worker tried to disenfranchise Tim Robbins! Guffaw!

4 11 2008
LA voter 201 in CA.

AHHHHH…I just got a Robocall for Yes on Prop 8. I might have to burn the phone.
Just got back from errands…everybody in my neighborhood area is happy, smiling and if you see someone else with Obama/Biden buttoms we all hug and cry.
This is just such a moment in History. Geeze Louise…now I’m crying again….:)

4 11 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

ripley6ct (11:38:25) :

crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl (11:37:31) HOw did you get your name like that?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
log off WordPress. Then come here and whatever email you registered on wordpress (gravavatar) put here and whatever you want you name as.
But you have to LOG out of word press.

OMG! I just got a robo call for prop 4 here!! (not letting teens get abortions) Its the same screeching tone that Bachmann and Barbie have!! And you can’t even talk back!!!
RATS!!!!

4 11 2008
mmboucher (Florida)

I vote in Florida, voted absentee, asked when it would be counted and they said it would be scanned just like any other ballot on election day after the polls closed.

4 11 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

Ripley-

Cool avatar!

Okay, back to work…

4 11 2008
Tired Mom (VA)

Four more Obama votes from my house were just cast!

4 11 2008
Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Toon

@ Dianna (11:30:25)

You are most welcome for the signs! I’m SO glad we were able to get a few down to you – wish it could have been more. I was sad to hear your story of some of the elder Choctaws not being registered, how did that happen? Please tell them that we voted in their honor and that we hope they get registered for the next election. Do they know of your home away home here at Mudflats? Are computers common place on the res or not? Are there public computers available?

4 11 2008
More Light than Heat

Yay! Voting at my precinct was a breeze. About a 20 min wait — which is totally unusual. Good sign! New, younger, much more diverse group of precinct workers. Another good sign! DSS and I went to b-fast after voting, and the place was crowded — on a Tuesday! Lots of “I voted” stickers. Yet another good sign. Most people smiling… No McCain signs or stickers in sight on our travels today. Amazing, particularly in this town. Might we actually make Palmdale BLUE this time? Holding breath. Am having to count of the rest of CA to defeat Prop 8. I’ve done my part there, but there are LOTS of Yes on 8 signs around here… Sorry.

Right now the brownies are in the oven and when done, I’ll be taking them back over to my polling station as a way of saying thank you. The gentleman I spoke with earlier said he didn’t know of any plans to bring them sustinence, so I offered. And it’s one more way of me working off the nervous anticipation.

My “I voted” sticker is firmly attached to my Obama 08 sticker, on my blue shirt.

4 11 2008
More Light than Heat

Oh, and DSS getting phone calls, emails and txt mssgs from friends — VOTE! So, the interest among the youth seems to be translating into votes. Hooray!!!

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

It’s nice to see that the weather is cooperating… 70 degrees in Chicago!

4 11 2008
MJC from Georgia

Oh Boy! CNN is reporting that they have received 60,000 calls about voting issues from Virginia and Ohio. Many have had their Voter Registrations removed of the rolls even though they’ve been voting for years!

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

To pass the time go to CNN and see McCain’s speech at Prescott last night. Pathetic.

SP in Reno last night; looked exhausted. Imagine her campaigning 18 months.

Both she and McCain looked like they’d slept in the trunk of a car. (Separately, of course.)

4 11 2008
More Light than Heat

Have gotten several No on 8 robocalls — no yes ones! Amazing up here. One with Bill Clinton, 2 with Barack.

One guy who’s trying to unseat a long-time member of a local water board has done multiple robocalls to our house — and we’re in a different water district! Love it when they don’t even know which voters to call!

Let’s hope (and work) for a better voting process with a President Obama. That may be the most important thing we can do for the country going forward.

4 11 2008
Seam Marauder Palin

I was in line when the polls opened. Probably a dozen young people (<30 yrs old) ahead of me. Poll worker reasonably asked one voter to not use cell phone; I’m not sure why. Line growing fast with younger and middle-aged types as I left. Everything seems smooth here in Fresno. A lot of interest in this election, from both sides of political spectrum. I couldn’t sleep last night. Nerve-wracking. Hoping for a new day in America, and the world. Thank you Mudflats for all you’ve done.

4 11 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

About the robo calls…if you call the # back, I got the “yes on 4” campaign and to be removed leave your number”….hehe and a little message… I VOTED NO!

4 11 2008
More Light than Heat

And happy b-day to strangelet and Lana, KY.

It feels like a true birth day for us all.

4 11 2008
Laurie

I just have to tell you…that I have spent the better part of the day being teary eyed and choked up! My co workers are laughing at me…but truthfully, I think I sparked an interest in this election in them these last couple of months.

I love being Canadian…but what I wouldnt give to be able to vote in this election. I am so proud of my American pals…so proud of Mudflats and AKM.

Tonight…Obama will be declared the winner. Caribou Barbie will go home, as will McCain…and the world can start to look to the future. Obama isnt just wonderful for the States…he is what we all need. Canadians have always looked up to you…the last 8 years have been different I know. It will only get better from here.

As an aside…I cannot wait to see McCain and Palin give their concession speeches tonight. Very fitting.

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

17 of 17 times for the Redskins Rule! If they lose the game before the election, the incumbent loses!! Being a Redskins fan, it’s bittersweet for me🙂 but I’ll gladly cheer a loss if it comes out to be 18 out of 18 times!!!

4 11 2008
Erin

On my way to drop my daughter off this morning, I passed by about 8 Ted Stevens sign-wavers at the intersection of the New Seward and Northern Lights, but on the way back, I spotted about 30 Mark Begich sign-wavers with much bigger and brighter signs on the corner of the highway and Benson. I flashed my lights at them and waved and they waved back enthusiastically. I had a smile on my face as I passed back through the sad looking Stevens fans.

4 11 2008
Trini

Here’s a little election tool to watch returns. I hope it works.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/democratic-senate-victori_n_140959.html

4 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Chicago weather is spectacular today! Wherever Shikago is down there near Grant Park – i’m sure he is already having a great time.

4 11 2008
More Light than Heat

@ Dragon Lady,
I wore blue jeans to vote — because they are BLUE! I had to giggle at the idea of SP voting in blue as well. 🙂

4 11 2008
Dianne

I felt sorry for the police officers that were up in the middle of the night with Palin’s security detail making sure the place was safe for the Princess, and the city clerk, who had to come in at 6am, and won’t get to leave until after 8pm when the polls close, as well as those who would have liked to have gotten in and out quicker to get to work in Anchorage. What was she thinking flying in late last night just to fly out again today? Has she never heard of voting absentee?

4 11 2008
Marie in NH

Woke up at 4:30am to find out that Obama won Dixville Notch 15-6. Traditionally, they vote Republican, but they have picked several presidents lately. Hope that’s a good sign. I voted at 7:00 am and it was a breeze. Waved to the voter fraud watchers and had a nice talk with them about being there. Can’t bear to watch the news. Here in NH it will be 11:00pm when CA polls close. I don’t know if I can stay up to watch until the end but I also don’t know if I dare go to sleep. I don’t want to wake up to another 2000 nightmare.

4 11 2008
Augie

Okay, I’ve got a story for ya’ll.
Went to run some errands after voting. While standing in the check-out line at the store, the guy behind the register asks if everyone has voted yet. We all nodded and started to exchange stories about our experiences. Guy behind the register asks if we think it will be a landslide. I say that’s what I’m hoping. The guy in front of me was kind of quiet as he paid out. Then he muttered that he was hoping for “a surprise”. As he walked away I leaned over to the cashier and said, “I don’t think he and I voted for the same guy”. Got a good laugh.

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

http://scoreboard.dailykos.com/map/

Daily Kos has a map with a timer, counting down till they can start calling states!!! 1 hour and 41 minutes!!! and counting

4 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Hi Mudpuppies-

I’m doing the mudpuppy dance (not the happy dance, yet)- I just got home from helping the local Obama office: canvassed two neighborhoods (with my new best friend), manned the phone bank, and drove the dog-mobile (newly vacuumed) to take very appreciative voters to the polls. Few lines this morning; I think a large number of Arapahoe County voters did mail-in or voted early.

I may go back to the phones- except I missed two threads! Hmmm….
Now I’ll go back and see what the rest of you are doing. Blue candle is lit, blue hawaiian shirt on, pink and teal wristbands on- and I got a YELLOW “vote 2008” button from the campaign office:) Not yellow boots, but close:)

Keep the faith, mudflatters…oh, one more thing: our newspaper can in a plastic sheath that advertised our Repug Senatorial candidate, sponsored by the NRA- so I took it on my dog walk and put it to appropriate use. Bwa ha ha!

4 11 2008
CO Almost Native

oops- not can but came.

4 11 2008
Dianna

Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Toon (11:48:19) :
@ Dianna (11:30:25)

You are most welcome for the signs! I’m SO glad we were able to get a few down to you – wish it could have been more. I was sad to hear your story of some of the elder Choctaws not being registered, how did that happen? Please tell them that we voted in their honor and that we hope they get registered for the next election. Do they know of your home away home here at Mudflats? Are computers common place on the res or not? Are there public computers available?

The Choctaws are very organized in my area, but some must have been overlooked. There is transportation provided to get everyone to the polling booth.
Computers are not common here.
One interesting tidbit. If someone does or says something, it gets around quicker than a phone chain. lol

I will pass the word to the elders. Thank you.

4 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

SP at last nights speech….did look worn out and almost in tears most of time……..but she seemed to have pulled it together my this morning…….she was loving the interview

4 11 2008
Scotsgirl

I can’t vote (from UK and not citizen yet) but I did go to a local BO office and spent 2 hrs calling Virginia to remind registered voters to vote, left a lot of messages but I’d say 2/3 who answered had already voted – OBAMA!
Now I am glued to tv and Mudflats with occasional forays to other sites!
Happy Birthday to our Birthday Peeps! What a momentous day for you both!
Anyone know if there are t shirts out with ‘Yes we did’ on them yet?
Go Obama/Biden!

4 11 2008
ocliberal

Has anyone checked out palinaspresident.com lately?

Here is a hint – turn off the light…

4 11 2008
sparkleball

I woke up to two emails from friends in London– English friends I’ve worked with– wishing the U.S. luck. How, how, how can Obama not win with this kind of global karma?

I was going to make a blue sparkleball today, but instead I’m making a purple one for unity. (and because I already had purple lights!)

I would be alone tonight, with my husband chef at work. Of course, I have friends and family via phone, but I”m grateful to the mudsters BEING here.

4 11 2008
troubled

I posted this quite a few threads ago so I thought I’d put it out there again because I love it. I hope the Michelle and Barack have seen it because this song and montage seem to capture their relationship perfectly. Enjoy!

4 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

@ Marie in
__________________
i know how you feel ….I will never forget the 2000 and 2004 election

4 11 2008
suchanut

Turn off the light and then click on the red phone!

4 11 2008
sparkleball

Palin interviewed in Wasilla this morning on her political future (from Politico)

“You know, if there is a role in national politics, it won’t be so much partisan,” she said. “My efforts have always been here in the state of Alaska to get everybody to unite and work together and progress this state.”

“It would certainly be a uniter type of role,” she added.

Asked if she had any regrets about the campaign, Palin bemoaned “the state of journalism today.”

“The blogosphere, the two-, three-hour news cycles, where just too much is reported based on gossip and innuendo and things taken out of context,” she explained, adding that she’d like to help improve the profession because she has “great respect for the world of journalism.”

4 11 2008
LA voter 201 in CA.

Sparkleball,
We would all be just around the bend without AKM, Mudflats and the Mudpuppies.
As a single person that lives alone, many times I have come to Mudflats for info, help and just HUGS when it gets too stressful.
Talk about being Global….we are the best example.
Thank you AKM.

4 11 2008
CO Almost Native

@Pursang-

I’m with you: regional primaries would be a big improvement.

4 11 2008
El from Saskatchewan

I can’t believe that I first came to this site when Sarah was chosen as Mc Insane’s running mate. I have not posted very often but followed all along the way. At first, I was only interested in the president nominees as I have always followed along in years before BUT I cannot believe that I am now going to be looking for more results for senators, governors, and right down to the state elections. I have learned so much from acronyms to a lot more about the US and I have all of you to thank for it. I am so excited for my neighbours to the south and the north. The whole world is waiting with baited breath.
You have helped me through a tough time in my life and given me hope.
Riley in CT posted this on the last thread and if you haven’t watched it yet
take a look. Barack saved the best story for his last rally. I watched it last night live on Barack’s website and couldn’t sleep after that –I was fired up and ready to go

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vlM3x-GoCA

Have fun tonight and then we’re on to lots of work in the next 4 years.
GO OBAMA

4 11 2008
upnorth MN aka hose Hussein hotrod

asianhusseingrrl—
i couldn’t help but think of you. if you haven’t seen the Obama pie yet, go to Andrew Sullivan’s daily dish site and scroll down to the post timed 3:08 p.m.
I downloaded the pic for my Obama file. Just awesome!
hHh

4 11 2008
Susan in PA

Ripley in CT, I’m with you – I hate to have to sacrifice my Redskins to the cause, but having Obama as president has a little more importance than the standings in the NFC East!

I’ve lost track of the number of phone calls I’ve gotten for various members of the family to make sure we’ve voted, but I’ve had some lovely conversations with some wonderful Obama supporters.

When I was speaking my son who is an officer in the Army, he told me that most of the military folks he knows are voting for Obama! They all thought McCain wouldn’t make it through four years in office, and none of them could bear the thought of Sarah being their Commander in Chief!

4 11 2008
mijk

DUtch televison went to AMerica to record it all for me. Don’t think I will make it through the night (10.40 pm here) but just saw some alsaskans telling they didn;t vote for Palin because they know here! YOu are not voting for Sarah Palin.? OH hell no we are alaskans we know her.. Dutch journalists can;t hide their preference..

4 11 2008
ED

I hope someone in Wasilla told Sarah that she and John would be so busy when they won that it would save time and another trip if she would just hand in her resignation as governor of Alaska today.

4 11 2008
j faith l

VLAD…. absentee ballots are counted. Provisional ballots are left for last. Those I think are handled differently in various places.

4 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

I really do feel mudflats and AKM has done alot to get stuff out to MSM…….

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

More Light – I wore blue jeans also and a blue sweatshirt that says Cheerleader on the front. (No campaign gear in VA). That was as close a Statement I could make. Don’t you just think she could own a pair of slacks and jacket like an adult? Apparently she doesn’t watch What Not to Wear!

Mhrt – I saw that too – she seemed either nearly in tears or in disbelief that she misread God’s will. The dew was definitely off the rose in Reno last night. Almost a teary feeling that this could not be happening to her.

I have no doubt whatsoever that she will convince herself that God wants her to be President in 2012 instead. That this run was merely a test of faith. Spooky isn’t it?

4 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

I’ve been away for a day, had to attend a funeral out of town…I missed you guys!

Another subject: I guess I could expect all the sh%t that is being reported, but it just amazes me of how low the rethugs have gotten! I mean, trying to steal another election!

The people who are behind this should all be put in front of a firing squad!!! Just how I feel! A bunch of cheating, no good for nothing, rotten, pieces of shit!!!

4 11 2008
Dragon Lady

Ignore all previous posts about SP wearing blue jeans as she votes to become Vice President of the United States.

How could I keep forgetting? She isn’t an adult.

(I can’t wait until she is 56 acting like she is 16. Grown men will cringe.)

4 11 2008
Freakout in Kansas

From Huffpost blogger Shannyn Moore:

Palin called in to a local morning talk show. They asked her who she voted for and she said “myself.” I thought it was funny she didn’t say John McCain. Oh, this is a long day in Alaska!

4 11 2008
Sarah from CA

Thank you again for this site, AKM! I would have been lost the last two months without you!

Thanks to unemployment, I was able to wait a few hours to vote (about 11am), so I didn’t even have to wait in line. I then headed back to Obama HQ for a bit, but honestly, most of the people I was calling in Ohio just hung up on me, so after a while, I just decided to head home and take a nap (that has yet to happen)!

Now it’s time to watch the news and mute the Prop/Campaign ads and hold my breath!

4 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

On a more positive note from my previous post, I got my Obama/Biden T-Shirt in the mail, and I immediately put it on!!!!!

4 11 2008
Marnie

To
A Fan From Chicago

Don’t worry once “That One” Obama wins you will be so stoked on endorphins you’ll be able to whip out 4000 words and start a new article with the left overs.

4 11 2008
Susan in PA

Forgot to mention that I got an Election Day present today – my Mudflats t-shirt arrived – hooray!!

4 11 2008
Trini

@El from Saskatchewan (12:41:28)

That was excellent! You bet: fired up and ready to go! El, you brought me out of my fretting and pacing blues. Thank you!

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

Let’sGetReal for “That One” (12:46:09) : tell us how you REALLY feel! LOL

Welcome “home” and pull up a beanbag chair. Relax, you’re among friends here.

4 11 2008
CO Almost Native

@lana and strangelet-

Happy, happy birthday to both of you!

BTW: voting problems in PA and OH…check out CNN.

4 11 2008
Dianna

Someone pulled up the Obama sign but it is right back in place that we put it near the polling booth. They threw it off to the side and it is a little crumpled, but it has the right message that is still readable.

Went up to the polling booth a few minutes ago and it is busy.

To all Native Americans here, the Choctaws are holding up their end!
Love it.

4 11 2008
More Light than Heat

@ Dragon Lady,
She wouldn’t say who she voted for. Do you suppose……….? 😉

4 11 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

I’m fired up, I’m ready to go!
I voted 2 weeks ago, but I’m fired up, I’m ready to go!
Wish I could vote again.

Change is on the way!!

4 11 2008
NMJ

Spouse and I just got back from voting – 2 more for Obama. We went prepared for a wait; water, food, coats, books (Sudoku for me) and didn’t need any of it. Our polling location was beautifully organized and manned (personned?) with 3 precincts in one big room, and 27 machines (optical scanners). We got into the building right away. Our precinct was the busiest, but our line was only about 10-15 minutes long.

I wanted to know where our precinct posted the tabulations at the end of the day and no one knew what I was talking about. As we each checked in at our color-coded(!) table, the poll worker drew a red line through our name on big, bound, computer printouts. As each printout was finished, it was hung at the front door. However, you wouldn’t know how many people actually cast votes unless you went thru them and counted the red lines on every page in every printout.

The election officials couldn’t tell me if the optical scanners printed out tapes at the end of the day. Anybody know about this?

4 11 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein

This longest day at work is over and I am home… ready to watch the returns come in… I printed out my tally sheets, have some dinner plans that do not include miniature almond joys, and off we go… hopefully this will be over at a reasonable time, Uncle Ted and Sarah go bye bye in landslides… What a long strange trip it’s been🙂

4 11 2008
Road Runner

crystalwolf1, please post the number so we can all call it.

ripley, how did you get that awesomne avatar?

4 11 2008
Road Runner

Nebraska Native, I plan to have Baked Alaska to honor Palin oh-12.

4 11 2008
suchanut

Welcome home from work Nebraska!

4 11 2008
Dianna

Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein (12:58:55) :
This longest day at work is over and I am home… ready to watch the returns come in… I printed out my tally sheets, have some dinner plans that do not include miniature almond joys, and off we go… hopefully this will be over at a reasonable time, Uncle Ted and Sarah go bye bye in landslides… What a long strange trip it’s been

I wanted to tease you about you avatar. I saw your post telling where that is from another place from another time. Weird. don’t understand how that works.

4 11 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein

Road Runner (13:00:26) : What a great idea!!!! Send some to us through the internet tubes!

suchanut (13:02:04) Thanks!!! My peeps are here🙂

4 11 2008
Road Runner

While I was at the Berkeley campaign headquarters yesterday, we took pictures with the Obama human-size cutout. It was terrific!!

4 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

Ripley in CT (12:57:31) :

Let’sGetReal for “That One” (12:46:09) : tell us how you REALLY feel! LOL

Welcome “home” and pull up a beanbag chair. Relax, you’re among friends here.
—————————
I know I have to relax….but for the love our Country, this disinfranchising voters, is ridiculous and should not be tolerated! Those behind these tactics should be brought up on criminal charges. I know it has got to be some sort of civil violation!

4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Hi everybody – I am back and here for the night!

hiya Sparky! Welcome back. Hi Brit! Is Tired Mom here too?

4 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

Dragon Lady
oh ya yu betcha she will be back……..see seemed back to normal this morning…..noo ya no it

4 11 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

I’m hanging onto the Molten Contra Palin name until the vote count is finally in. As I said when I got the the name it really expressed the intensity of my contra Palin feelings. After this election I hope I never have to encounter the name Palin again or the words “values voter” and of course PUMA.

4 11 2008
antiAnti

palinaspresident site – joe the curtain, joe six-pack, joe the chair, joe the little man on the horse, joe the light bulb, joe the mauve sofa. Did I miss any?

4 11 2008
sparkleball

I’d never heard Obama’s FIRE IT UP story til today– if you haven’t, you’ve got to. He told it last night in his Manassas VA rally. If this man can’t rock this country, nobody can. . .

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/242707.php

4 11 2008
westvirginiademocrat

Just testing new avatar.

4 11 2008
Dr. Patois

I am so frustrated. I have been making calls for Obama from home this morning and now I cannot get back on his website to make more calls. It says something like the server dropped the connection and it might be because the site is busy. Is anyone else having problems? I hope it is because there are so many people making calls for him and not some sort of devious blocking.

4 11 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein

Dianna (13:03:06) :I had a wordpress blog a few years ago, and apparently you can run but you can’t hide… I have absolutely no idea what my log in name or password was/were. Thought I would try to figure it out after the election, I have a very long list of things to do after the election🙂

4 11 2008
Dianna

Highest voter turnout in MS.
I know this state isn’t of top concern but I am curious about how we’ll do.

4 11 2008
westvirginiademocrat

Didn’t work.😦

4 11 2008
amy

Just got bk a little while ago from driving a couple of seniors to poll! They were sooooo cute! They said it was “about time those college kids got involved with something other than each other”, lol
Started to tear up again a few mins ago and my 5 yr old grandkid (babysitting while parents vote) patted me on the bk and told me not to be sad….Barack is going to win! It only made it worse. Now she thinks I’m a goofball. lol

4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Wow! CNN International is showing the mind-boggling line of people waiting to vote at UCF! My husband peaked in just now and said “They’re saying up to 80% voting in some states!”

4 11 2008
Lacy Lady

Just got home from City Hall where I cast my vote for Obama. I also worked a few hours as a poll watcher in my precinct. As I crossed the names off my list I felt like I was voting again, and again and again. I never enjoyed an afternoon soooooooo much!!! I have been invited to an election party at the Democratic Hdgs. tonight. I have a good feeling that we will be rockin and rollin. WHEEEE!

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

🙂 I got it off an Obama site of logos…. I’ll try to find the site for you. Thanks!

4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

@amy
🙂

4 11 2008
Road Runner

GUYS AND GALS!!!

Here’s that article about Dixville Knotch, NH.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/obama-wins-dixville-notch_n_140790.html

4 11 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein

eajphd Molten Contra Palin (13:05:56) : WOW!!!! What a great idea! Palin loses and we lose our Plain baby names. How wicked righteous this that!!!!!!!

4 11 2008
Dianna

Lol. I keep the dishes done and the dogs fed. Happy that I am accomplishing that these days.

4 11 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein

this that=is that. *sigh* going to be a long night… as soon as they announce it’s over, “Froth Hussein Moonshine Palin” is GONE!

4 11 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein

Ripley! Don’t your polls close early?

4 11 2008
WCBG

Sparkleball Lady,

Another San Diegan here. The rain was a surprise, but no deterrent. A poll worker told me over 100 people had voted in the first hour at my polling place in East County. Don’t you just love this blog? We need one in SD to uncover the corruption and nonsense that goes on with our own politicians.

4 11 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein

OK… gotta clean out the litter box, see if there are any clean dishes, do a load of laundry, put ice cream in the freezer… I have been home for 30+ minutes and just remembered I bought ice cream. I’ll be baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. I AM SO EXCITED!

4 11 2008
sparkleball

http://www.palinaspresident.com — turn out the light and then click on red phone. . .

4 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

@amy (13:07:57) :

Just got bk a little while
———————
ohhh…..i have a 5 year old g-daughter…….and she really loves her goof ball grandma…….i am the only one that encourages her to jump in rain puddles….and as you can see i live in oregon…..we have lots of puddles

4 11 2008
CO Almost Native

@Dr. Patois-

I don’t know about the web site, but my local Obama office did two surges of phone calls, one at 9AM MST and the second at 1 PM…the final calls at 4 PM will be reminders only, and only confirmed numbers, so maybe the web site is not longer routing calls?

4 11 2008
Road Runner

GUYS AND GALS!!

Now we know where McLame gets his nasty temperament from.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/mccains-mother-really-doe_n_141062.html

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

Road Runner (12:58:55) : go here and have a look at the creative alterations.

http://www.barackobama.com/people/

4 11 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

I’ve really been trying to avoid this place and the news today. Just opened my first beer, read through the posts and I am ‘FIRED UP’ and ‘READY TO GO’. I am so excited. I hope Obama takes every single state. Take that, McCain/Palin. I’m amazed at the number of people voting. The turnout is unreal.

4 11 2008
dove in canada

Shove Maggot “That One” Hussein aka the problem child (04:46:32)

from this morning’s question (can’t blog at work)………..Moncton

but I did wear BLUE, put out my USA and Canadian flags and posted an OBAMA/BIDEN sign in my cubicle………the sign was “expropriated” by a co-worker on a cross-border shopping trip to Bangor……….

we are having our traditional new years eve celebration tonight in anticipation of joyous new beginnings

4 11 2008
sharon in canada

Can’t vote, but if I could it would be for O. I love that man and admire everything he stands for. He inspires all of us with his loving heart and manner.He is truly a gentleman and a scholar..a trait so lacking in “the other”.It will be a sentimental evening for sure. I can feel the tears forming as I write this and will be here with you tonight …waiting to hear these words……..President Barack Obama

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

Nebraska Native AKA Sista Froth Hussein (13:13:51) : Nope 8 pm. But there are other states that close by 6…. I think Indiana is one of them… how cool is it that we’re talking about poll closing times!! WE are all now officially scholarly!

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

Crust Scramble – SouthGA (13:19:42) : *clink* Just now opening my first Honey Brown!!

4 11 2008
Ennealogic

I am so proud. My son (who still lives at home) just went out to shop for things to eat as we watch the election returns roll in. He pasted his I VOTED sticker on his shirt with a smile, and I gave him my “I Voted for That One” button which he also affixed to his shirt.

My daughter and her husband voted early in Texas for O. My other son and his wife also voted early for O. My housemate and I both went early on Oct 21 to the courthouse here to vote for O.

I fully expect that the popular vote for the junior senator from Illinois will be overwhelming.

Thank you AKM, and all who comment and lurk here. This is indeed an amazing time, and hopefully the end of a long embarrassing dark time for our country.

4 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

Dianna (13:11:00) :

Lol. I keep the dishes done and the dogs fed. Happy that I am accomplishing that these days
—————————–
hy husband is doing the dishes…….I still feed the dog……she is almost 17 Y/O 4.4 pounds and needs a little TLC

4 11 2008
lock pepper in honolulu

Why is CNN showing that nasty Jeremiah Wright advertisement
today? That’s just ridiculous–I thought McCain didn’t want to go down that road.

4 11 2008
Road Runner

ripley, thanks, this is terrific.

4 11 2008
AKMOM

i voted! And here is a picture of my ballot! http://i35.tinypic.com/21lqrnt.jpg

4 11 2008
MomsHugs (aka Eve)

Prediction Politics:

The Iowa Electronic Markets, predicts Obama 91.5% likely to get in and McCain 8.6%. The IEM, run by the University of Iowa as a research project, found in a study that it had beaten the polls 74% of the time over 20 years.

Bookies say their predictions, based on cold money instead of heated politics,
are often more accurate. Intrade.com, one of the world’s biggest prediction
markets, quotes Obama at 91.2% likely to win and McCain at 9.4%
percent, with the spread widening by the hour.

First Voters: NH — 16:5 for Obama

4 11 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

Ripley in CT (13:21:53) :

Crust Scramble – SouthGA (13:19:42) : *clink* Just now opening my first Honey Brown!!
————
Yeah, it was hard to wait this long, but I didn’t want to get ‘cratered’ before the results started coming in. That’s the best thing McCain’s done during this campaign – I’ve loved finding creative ways to use that word.

4 11 2008
CO Almost Native

@sparkleball-

Thanks LOL! I wonder if there will be one final update on palinaspresident?

Off to drive one load of goodies from my Obama office to one in Aurora; I need a break from the icky Repug ads on CNN. Are there any Colorado mudflatters online? (Of course, I ask as I leave, but I’ll be back soon)

I do not get the posts about changing the quilt/snowflakes- maybe after today, someone who is tight with computers can explain it to me very, very slowly…

4 11 2008
Ripley in CT

*sigh* I am so excited. They are talking about how the high turnout of voters is best for Obama. What an amazing time we are living in.

4 11 2008
suchanut

Ripley, you have inspired me to chane my avatar…..BRB

4 11 2008
Dianna

JOE THE NON-PLUMBER gets testy:

Why are you vetting me out and you haven’t done this for Obama? You are asking me all these insane questions I asked a question of an elected public official and you are going to ask me these questions? That’s kind of ridiculous man.

from Huffington Post

4 11 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

I can’t wait to hear Sarah’s soundbite after she and the John lose in the biggest landslide of American history.

Thomas Jefferson would be proud.

4 11 2008
sparkleball

CO Almost Native (13:26:25) :

I’ll be glad to walk you through the avatar change. lemme know when you’re ready. . .

4 11 2008
CO Almost Native

@sharon in canada-
The love and positive vibes you are sending south is great:) Every little bit helps-

@Crust Scamble-
I finally got the Honey Brown; I’m picking up a six-pack of Fat Tire on my way back home- got to sip on the regional brew, but I will symbolically clink with all my mudflat friends.

4 11 2008
JT

Well…one way to endure today is to bet on McCain winning. That way if the unspeakable happens…..at least we could be comforted by winning a lot of money with the bookie.

That’s my twisted logic for today!

Go OBAMA!!!!

4 11 2008
suchanut

Well I think I did it correctly – it said it could take some time to show up….:)

4 11 2008
bPoint

The FDNY is putting air-mattresses around the perimeter of Fox studios. People on the street are demanding they be removed. “Let ’em jump” is the rally cry from the street. I hope Hannity goes first.

4 11 2008
Dianna

JOE THE NON-PLUMBER

Rick Sanchez responds:

You have gone on the air and endorsed John McCain, you are no longer just joe private person, you have thrust yourself into this campaign by holding news conferences talking to reporters and endorsing a candidate. You have to be asked the tough questions my friend. That’s the way it works in this country.

4 11 2008
More Light than Heat

Brownies are delivered — still a bit too warm to cut, but I didn’t want to miss any of the returns. Got a big hug from the poll worker (he was preparing provisionals — and there’d obviously been quite a number needed already). 2:00 p.m. and all the booths were busy with a short line. When I’ve voted mid-day before, the place was deserted.

And my O sticker was clearly poking out from under my jacket.😉

4 11 2008
blutxan

Went to vote, there was no line and only 3 other people there voting. In fact there were more poll workers than there were voters. I asked had it been a busy day for them and they said it had really been slow, only 206 voters for the first half of the day. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that the Republicans are just staying home this round. I live in the very red state of Texas.

4 11 2008
sosad go blue AZ

I was just doing my thumbs up/down poll on the giant sand pile next to my house (facing poll) this morning it was about 3to1 in the last hour I counted 20
out of 20 thumbs up for Obama ..
Right here in north phoenix …
wish I could post a picture ..

4 11 2008
suchanut

New Thread Alert!

4 11 2008
westvirginiademocrat

Oh, I guess it did work. Just took several minutes.

4 11 2008
CaliKid

*sigh*

Still at work…. really cant focus on working

4 11 2008
sosad go blue AZ

bPoint (13:32:25) :

The FDNY is putting air-mattresses around the perimeter of Fox studios. People on the street are demanding they be removed. “Let ‘em jump” is the rally cry from the street. I hope Hannity goes first.

hhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa hha hhhhhhhoo woowo that fat manatee Hannity will go right through … Hope they get that on camera🙂

4 11 2008
Road Runner
4 11 2008
Kwach

Here in our little town of 5,000 in rural Southern Illinois (the red blot at the bottom of this blue state that’s so close to Kentucky it’s almost in it) we had no lines at the poll. Good old-fashioned paper ballots and pens that worked, no need to show ID … in and out without a fuss. I voted “Oh, hell no!” on the initiative to allow carrying concealed weapons and I volunteered to Video the Vote, but haven’t been called (which they say means no nearby problems at the polls).

If I had the money I’d have gone to help out in Missouri, or made the six hour trek to Chicago for the big party, but honestly … I’m too broke to put gas in the car so I’m just here … waiting and hoping.

4 11 2008
Sarah "honey bucket" Hussein

My husband, who I dropped off after lunch, will be home from work in half an hour–3:00. We’ll immediately head for our polling place, as we both work to early in the mornings to vote then.
Now, I’ll tell you one really great reason I’m looking forward to putting my mark for Obama (there are many) A few years ago, our daughter was working in South Korea. She met many ex pats from various English speaking countries working there as teachers. All the countries were well thought of–except guess who. Fortunately, our daughter is a really good ambassador of good will. We went went to visit, and then toured the country before heading off to Japan for a couple of days. Everywhere we went in SK, the people were so friendly and helpful. But so many would say to us, with real hope registering in eyes and voice, “Canadian?” When we said no, they were noticeably disappointed, but kind nevertheless. A couple well versed in English asked us what we thought of W. Frankly, it just got plain embarrassing traveling in a country that treated us ever so kindly while being so disappointed in our govt.
I will hold my head high when I vote for Obama, and I look forward to more foreign travel when I can say I’m from the US and have everyone else think that’s great, too. I don’t want to apologize for my country any more.
To facilitate that, please keep Palin Palinizing in Alaska. Oh, and don’t give her another passport. It’s better for foreign relations if she doesn’t travel.
Thank you

4 11 2008
bPoint

Tally up!

4 11 2008
judi hussein that one Obama

Wore my deep blue shirt today—I’m fired up, I’m ready to go!

4 11 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

An interesting point to note February 12, 2009 will be the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s

4 11 2008
Sarah "honey bucket" Hussein

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/04/joe-the-plumber-vs-cnns-r_n_141091.html

Did Joe the Plumber graduate from some high school???????????????
If so, that high school should have its accreditation revoked! They should be embarrassed he ever wore a mortar board at their institution.

BTW, that goes for Wasilla’s high school, too. Though, perhaps they’ve improved since Sarah graduated. After all, the requirements look like they were too much for Bristol and Levi.

4 11 2008
Hick Town in W PA

I canvassed this morning and early afternoon. I had mostly trailer courts which is good in terms of flat ground and close addresses. Things were moving along until I realized that one of them was the scene of a major porno/drug bust. It was the huge dogs that nudged my memory.

The voting precinct I worked in was crowded all morning. Apparently they are expecting large turn out here. When I voted at my little place (the VFD hall) I was number 44 at 3:30. Last election I was 19 at the same time. Since there was only one machine, I had to wait for 2 ahead of me. I think they moved the other machine to one of the other areas like Slippery Rock with the students.

When I finished working I stopped for lunch. I overheard a heated argument between a daughter and her parents. They were trying to force her to vote for McCain and she told them it was none of their business who she voted for. If she was old enough to vote, she would make her own decision and her decision was to vote for Obama. I gave her a little thumbs up.

4 11 2008
Sparky

Jamie, Floridian in France (13:05:13)

Yo, Jamie, peeking my head in every once in a while…”waves” 🙂

at work, but geewillikers, it’s tough.

4 11 2008
Sparky

Sarah “honey bucket” Hussein (13:47:36)

I know “pseudo” Sarkozey asked Palin if Joe the Plumber was her husband, but maybe Joe the Butt is really Sarah’s long lost twin bro?

Word salad and sheer stupidity. Two boat anchors for McCain I think. Good for us!

4 11 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

should be Abraham Lincoln’s birth

4 11 2008
Marnie

Awh rats. Gotta go to work and I’m only half way down the scroll.

Dance and drink for me Mudflaters.

4 11 2008
MomsHugs (aka Eve)

Athens, GA: Voted at 2:15 – no lines thanks to early voting! I’m heading out for early mini-celebration, but still holding our collective breath. Count will begin online at 7 pm. Will shoot you results later. Almost “Time for a Group Hug!!!

FYI: GA had around 300,000 new registrations (!,!) – forced early voting this year. Don’t have machines to handle extra load. First week – machines were set up at the County Election Ofc to catch gliches. Last week ALL machines were at the Classic Center M-F from 8 to 5. GA’s average 50% voted early (~2 million) with ~3.2 million expected today. Expect GA surprise!!

4 11 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Hi Sparky (14:01:55) :
“peeking my head in every once in a while”

Wait until Sarah hears you peeking your head into Alaskan Cyberspace. She’ll throw a conniption fit and call her friend Nichoals to get out her hunting helicopter to chase you out.

4 11 2008
PDX "That One" Hussein MB

@Kwach: You must be near my repug cousin, who thinks the world’s going to come to an end w/an Obama victory. She lives in O’Fallon… Can’t believe we’re from the same gene pool ; )

4 11 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

just in case

new post

4 11 2008
westvirginiademocrat

@ PDX “That One” Hussein MB (14:32:00) :

@Kwach: You must be near my repug cousin, who thinks the world’s going to come to an end w/an Obama victory. She lives in O’Fallon… Can’t believe we’re from the same gene pool ; )
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My father in law said that already. Thank God we’re not related by blood although I worry about my kids cause they are! Unfortunately I had a fight with my daughter over her choice to support McCain/Palin. This is an educated (Master in Business and Accounting) young woman with an extremely wealthy Rethug Boss. She claims she is voting Rethug because of the abortion issue. I told her she was doing her two daughters a disservice as they will not have a choice in giving birth to a rapist’s child if God forbid they should have to make that choice in the future if fundie judges are appointed to the Supreme Court. I have sent her dozens of links to Palin stories but she says she is still voting McCain. Two years ago she and her hubby (a postal employee) built a home before selling their old townhouse. I told them it was foolish to build without selling the old one first. Needless to say the two mortgages are now killing them and they are having financial problems. God forbids she should trade in the Mercedes for less expensive vehicle or not go out to dinner, or cancel cable, or cancel Blackberry, etc. She called me yesterday and wanted me to babysit one of my two granddaughters so as to save them money SINCE I WASN’T DOING ANYTHING and I told her no. I told her I was doing something and had done something. I had not bought two homes at one time and tied up my disposable income when she was little so as to be able to pay a sitter. And I had voted for Barack Obama. And then I hung up. I’m tired of Republican whiners even when they are my own daughter. And yes, she’s still a few dollars under the $250k so would benefit by the Obama tax plan. Can you tell I’m a little fired up?

4 11 2008
nocalgal

538 final prediction:

“Today’s Polls and Final Election Projection: Obama 349, McCain 189 ”

if true- can you say MANDATE?

4 11 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

Shout out to you Sparky. I’m snuggled up on the couch and get up once in a while to check in! Waiting for the first numbers.

4 11 2008
Blue Idaho

New thread guys.

12 11 2008
Bovver

Hosting a party
woooo-hoooo




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