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I'm back home from work now, with the TV on for the evening. It's been a long wait, but I guess we'll know which direction this country is going as the electoral dominoes start to fall in the next couple of hours.

Voting here in Tallahassee appears to have run smoothly all day. One polling place did open late, when poll workers were unable to awaken the pastor of a Korean Baptist church. It took a sheriff's deputy turning on his siren to get the pastor out of bed. (See the update at 8:32 AM here.) I don't think that qualifies as a dramatic breach of democracy, but I'm still going to use the story to develop a screenplay for HBO films. Or not.

There were the requisite number of partisans on street corners waving signs for a bevy of candidates on the way home. It was especially nice to see one of the candidates for a county judge seat out on the corner waving a sign for himself. I somehow doubt Obama or McCain are risking their lives to wave placards at passing traffic today. I suppose that's the wonder of local elections.

Speaking of those sign-waving street-corner campaign volunteers, I wonder if any of them ever get hit by cars. It seems like an invitation for something to go wrong, with a dozen partisans posted at every intersection. In addition to the potential for verbal abuse and unfriendly gestures, they also have to be ready to dodge traffic at a moment's notice. They are brave people.

If you "run across" (ha ha) a story about any vehicle vs. campaign volunteer incidents, please let me know.



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doctor_shipman wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Coverage
OK, so it's 23:45 GMT here, and they've just started broadcasting through the night (which will lead into breakfast news) election results and analysis on the BBC.

Am I going to be sat here a long time do you reckon, or will it all unfold pretty quickly and the results become obvious shortly..?
jaboobyville wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: Coverage
I think if they call Pennsylvania, Virginia, and either Florida, Ohio or North Carolina for Obama, you can go to bed. Those are the swing states in the Eastern time zone that McCain needs to have a realistic shot at 270 electoral votes. Without at least three of those five, his goose is cooked.

Florida and Virginia close at 7:00 PM, Ohio closes at 7:30 PM and North Carolina and Pennsylvania close at 8:00 PM. Here's a handy map: http://www.swingstateproject.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=3641
doctor_shipman wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Re: Coverage
I may be too afraid to go to bed! I mean, what mischief will dubya get up to in the meanwhile..?
bastblack wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Awww man lots of problems in Florida beginning to pop up:

5 hour lines at UCF
Text Messages at UF telling students they can vote tomorrow

In Tampa, people are getting a incomplete ballots, and some reports of purged voters:

More details here:
http://media.myfoxtampabay.com/youdecide/nov08/problem.html
doctor_shipman wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Florida?

Surely not...
brennakimi wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
haha! you're a horrible person.
doctor_shipman wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
lol
Why, what did I do?
brennakimi wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: lol
"run across"

oy.

:p
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