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Welcome to Election Day

  • Nov. 4th, 2008 at 10:05 AM
And so, here we are. It's about 5am on the east coast, which means that the first polls not in Dixville Notch, NH open in just under one hour. It's been a long road, but by this time tomorrow, we should know who will be the next President of the United States - Senator John McCain of Arizona or Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

Here in the US Election 2008 community, we've recruited LJ members from coast to coast to report back to us about their election experience and what's happening on the ground near them. We hope that will paint an interesting and exciting picture of the lay of the land for this historic election.

I'll be posting over the course of the day too, chiming in with insights and/or opinions.

Join us here until the last state is called and we have our President-Elect.


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kevynjacobs wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
Here on the Left Coast, in Washington State, most everyone in these parts has already voted weeks ago, thanks to Washington's optional mail-in ballots. There are still holdouts who insist on going to polling places on election day, but for me and most people I know, it was with a sense of relief that our ballots were mailed back in October.

Of course, Washington, like the whole Pacific Coast, is solidly Blue State territory, so there's no drama here -- everyone knows our electoral college votes will go to Obama.

For us, it's time to just sit back and enjoy the show, and watch the rest of the United States try to figure out what direction it wants to go next.
orwhoeveriam wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)
Most of the state only has mail-in ballots. Only Pierce and King counties have polling places. I'm waiting to vote in person. It's my first election, so I want, like, the full experience.
skygawker wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
Hey everyone! I'm an American living in Japan this year, and wore my Japanese "I ♥ Obama" T-shirt and three American political buttons to the school at which I teach today, and even the normally apathetic kids were excited and getting into it.

I'm looking forward to sharing the excitement with you guys!

Edit: pesky typo...!

Edited at 2008-11-04 11:00 am (UTC)
fester_jonjon wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
If I may offer a word of advice:
Please be informed of what is going on in your local political scene as well., IMO, the local political scene is much more important than the national one because that will have a direct impact/effect on you.
brennakimi wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: If I may offer a word of advice:
fer serious.
spookylolly wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how well I'll sleep tonight knowing that you guys are finally getting to the last push of votes. I really am hoping for an Obama win, because if nothing else, he is an inspiring leader and I believe the world needs that right now.
bleekerstreet wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Undecided? Videos to help your decision.
Two videos that I made about McCain and Palin that might help your decision on the election.

McCain, Palin, and the religious right

The Animated Life of John McCain
dedqgirl wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Undecided? Videos to help your decision.
I'm pretty sure undecided voters have already been bombarded with propaganda from both sides.
dedqgirl wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
is there anyone posting from PA? I live in PA and it's been absolutely nuts here! I'm psyched to vote this afternoon on my lunch break. I feel so honored and excited and nervous and everything about this election! This is history in the making!

If it's not too late, I'd be glad to make a post this afternoon for PA if no one else has volunteered to do so.
pariskan wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
All politics aside, I want to express my sincere condolences to Mr. Obama on the loss of his grandmother. She was, as he has said, the cornerstone of his family, and I am certain that he is now struggling to work through intense grief.

Whether he wins or loses, he can take comfort that she, who encouraged him, shaped him, bugged him to clean his room and sacrificed, as all parents and grandparents do for their children; she knew that her grandson, against all precedent in history, was leading in the race for the President of the United States.

Rest in peace, Grandma Obama. You accomplished great things.
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