As I write this, Bush is up over Kerry either 197–188 (CNN) or 207–199 (MSNBC). But that hasn’t budged in hours. Plus, of course, the news that Florida won’t have its vast oceans of absentee ballots counted until Thursday.
Oy. Anyone else watching this want to compare notes?
And what the hell did happen to the youth vote?
Lisa and I voted at about 4:30 pm. There was no line at our polling place, but the Scantron indicated that I was ballot # 1067 for the day. Now we’re sitting (after cooking dinner: chicken filets sautéed in lemon, butter and parsley (a la Siena) and risotto with prosciutto and peas, with a French Chardonnay—sue me) watching the election returns and waiting for the miracle.
(Incidentally, that would be my addition to the election mix tapes that are floating around.)
Shout out to Fury for putting Fury’s money and time where Fury’s mouth is (ah, the challenges of pronouns for an anonymous blog!).
Note: even voters in blue states have trouble voting. See George’s abbreviated story.
First, if you haven’t voted yet, go do it. Lisa and I are headed out later this afternoon once she finishes her conference calls.
Second, if you have trouble voting: Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-MYVOTE1 to report problems, 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) for immediate legal assistance.
Third, quick compilation from around the Internet of useful links:
- CNN Electoral Map
- The ever-invaluable Electoral Vote Predictor (currently with yesterday’s polls) and its mirrors: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Interpreting the above data: Mystery Pollster
- Ohio fraud watch blogs: Village Voice, Ohio Voter Suppression News
- Commentary: Josh Marshall, Oliver Willis
- More commentary: NewDonkey.com
- And, if you are local to Boston, here’s information about the party in Copley Square for Kerry’s speech tonight; he’s expected to take the stage about 11:30, after headlining performances from Jon Bon Jovi, Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Carole King, and maybe even Don Henley (do not, however, discourage you from trying to crash the party. Remember, Clinton/Gore used that damned Fleetwood Mac song, and I hear their Election Night bashes were still lots of fun). The preparations for this speech, incidentally, are what I photographed last Thursday with George, not preparations for the Red Sox parade; I’ll update the photo captions shortly.
I haven’t gone to our polling place yet—Lisa and I are going to do that at lunchtime—but I’m going to do some voting right now using Vote Links: I’m voting today for John Kerry and against George W. Bush. View source to see how this works, then check out the tracking page at Technorati to see how it’s going.
By the way, this is the initiative that Dave Sifry talked about on my blog over a year ago; the spec is jointly written by Kevin Marks and Tantek Çelik. I wanted to see something like this implemented several years ago—but alas, I can’t find the reference (so much for my backup brain).