Your civic duty


You know what to do. Get out there and vote.

I’m going to be squeezing in a long day working as an election judge at my local polling place (and I’m hoping that I will be very, very busy with a large turnout), in addition to taking care of teaching. If it’s a little quiet around here, don’t worry — it’s just that today is the culmination of a lot of anxious agonizing.

At the very least, I’ll be back online after the polls close. Until then, tell us about your voting experiences — may they all be routine and boring.


  1. says

    (Excuse me if any subsequent comments are typo-rich – I’m now nicely lubricated with fermented grape-juice, lovingly prepared by a team of chyees-eating surrender-monkeys.)

    Right there with you, but it’s cheese eating left coast monkeys…

  2. Stephen Wells says

    USA “centre-right” is roughly “screaming near-fascist” in European terms; USA “centre-left” might approximate to “centre-right social-democratic” for us.

  3. clinteas says

    Rev,you were right…

    VA 50:49 now,with only 20000 or so votes apart…

    Its going to be a f__ing landslide.
    Its what we call a spring cleaning over here,you guys are well and truly cleaning up the house and taking out the garbage tonite !!

  4. negentropyeater says

    The first two non Kerry states have just been called for Obama, New Mexico and O H I O !.

    So, we’re already at 277 !


  5. negentropyeater says

    FOX NEWS !

    no kidding

    AND THEY almost CALLED OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT from the tip of the lips….

  6. negentropyeater says

    The best place to follow the election is by far, you get all the results from all the networks live and updated

  7. Nick Gotts says

    Ah, BBC now projects Ohio for Obama! Still only on 195, but that’s it. Congratulations!!!!

  8. Desert Son says

    CNN showing West Virginia in for McCain, and MSNBC projecting New Mexico for Obama.

    No kings,


  9. Rick says

    I made a comment a few weeks ago and had my ass handed back to me by truth and a few others.
    Thanks for the slap in the face.
    I mailed my vote in last week and I voted Obama.
    First time I voted Democrat. Sarah Palin was the last straw among many short comings.

    Obama just won Ohio.

  10. negentropyeater says

    Come on, it’s over now, Obama is already with 277 electoral votes, what are you waiting for ?

    Vive le président des Etats Unis d’Amérique Barack Obama !

    Come on you guys what are you waiting for to celebrate, there’s no reason anymore to be fearful for anything.

    It’s done !

    Congratulations to all Americans
    youpiiiii !

    ***sound of Cork from champagne bottle***

  11. clinteas says

    Well on the way to 350 electoral votes.

    Funny how the networks dont call it yet to keep their viewers interested,when its all over.Campbell Brown is tempted to call it tho,you can tell LOL

    Florida,Virginia and even potentially Indiana,which we dont need anymore anyway,are also looking very good.

  12. Sven DiMIlo says

    Rick, hang around. The Machine is harsh but generally accurate; I’d even say “fair.” Maybe learn something? Why not?
    And there are some pretty funny people here, too.

  13. maureen says


    My champagne bottle in Hebden Bridge says hello to yours!

    BBC is reporting from all over the place that Rethug “celebration” parties are very, very sad places to be.

  14. negentropyeater says

    Michigan looks damn close at the moment.

    Sorry to disapoint, but all the networks have called Michigan for Obama already.

    Funny how the networks dont call it yet to keep their viewers interested,when its all over.

    How are they going to sell their ad blocks if they call it already now so early ?

    I mean he’s guaranteed won already :

    Kerry states = 252 (the only two that were in play were Penn and NH and they have already been called for Obama)
    + NM + OH = 277


    The rest, Indana, Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Missouri etc… are just gravy.
    The thicker the better, but it won’t change the name of the president.

  15. says

    Yes it is all but over, but I don’t like jumping the gun.

    However i am staying up to see just how large a margin it is.

    lets hope the popular vote isn’t close. We can be pretty sure the Electoral vote won’t be.

  16. Desert Son says

    Reporting from Austin:

    MSNBC is calling Texas for McCain, which is not a surprise.

    Still, the national picture is looking like a beautiful thing.

    No kings,


  17. says

    Nah texas is for sure Repub.

    but really, he only has to carry Cali (check) and washington or cali, OR and one other.

    He’s in there. Now we really want him to carry traditionally, at least recently, republican NC and VA.

  18. Nick Gotts says

    What is perhaps ominous is the regional divide: the old slave states, the Confederacy, look like staying Rethuglican. Comments?

  19. clinteas says

    Yeah,Texas is gone,but who cares anymore….

    538 has Obama at 353 electoral votes,and they have been scarily accurate all night.
    Hell,even Al Franken is ahead…

    2pm and Im drunk,what am I going to do the rest of the day?

  20. NickGotts says

    The Machine is harsh but generally accurate; I’d even say “fair.” – Sven DiMilo

    “Vicious but fair”, like Dinsdale Piranha?

    Hmm, on second thoughts, maybe more like his brother Doug:
    “Everyone was terrified of Doug. I’ve seen grown men
    pull their own heads off rather than see Doug. Even Dinsdale was frightened of Doug. He used… sarcasm. He knew all the tricks, dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and… satire.”

  21. Nick Gotts says

    Just heard Erica Jong talking to one of our best-known anchors on the radio, saying, much to his obvious embarrassment, that Bush had been POTUS only through fixed elections. Actually she mentioned three fixed elections. 2000 and 2004, but what was the third?

  22. negentropyeater says

    Fox News just called Virginia for Obama

    And Florida should be comming any moment soon…

  23. Cheezits says

    I got in a little after 10 AM and there was NO line at all. Asked the guy if it was the right place. :-D My housemate got there early and had to wait an hour. Said he got a round of applause when they announced he was a first-time voter. He hasn’t voted in almost 30 years!

    Finally, it looks like America got it right.

  24. blueelm says


    I was amazed. It was much closer in Texas than I thought it would be!

    Haha… maybe my vote did matter…

  25. tsg says

    As soon as the polls close on the west coast, they’ll call California, Oregon and Washington and it will be all over but the shouting.

  26. Tsu Dho Nimh says

    You will like this … AZ polls open at 6AM. I arrived about 5:45, there were about 50 people in line (not unusual for that precinct) and asked the guy at the front of the line when he had arrived.

    He was there at 5AM, to make sure he was first in line. The young man (black, southern accent) was eligible to vote for the first time in a presidential election and wanted to make sure that the first vote in the precinct went to Obama.

  27. negentropyeater says

    That’s it, Fox News has called Obama the winner

    of the 2008 presidential election,

  28. Nick Gotts says

    BBC now has Obama on 297 – including Virginia. Phew! Best night (politically speaking) I can remember. Real hope for the world. Well done guys, well done! Now (at 04.05 here), I must go to bed!

  29. Nick Gotts says

    Actually – I must stay up until I’ve heard Obama’s victory speech! Probably no more here though.

  30. Eric Atkinson says

    Well crap. Congratulations to the Democrat Party and our new President elect Obama.

    I hope I was wrong about Obama.

    We’ll see.

  31. says

    Lurkbot, looking good at the moment, even without us…

    United States Representative Congressional District No. 8

    Dave Reichert, 43.15%

    Darcy Burner, 56.83%

  32. Lurkbot says

    It does look good–couldn’t be happier! Watching Obama’s speech: why does it strike me as so unusual that Obama and Biden actually seem to like each other? Weird?

  33. Katkinkate says

    Well done America! You’ve made the right choice, now let’s hope he can actually do the job. Of course I’m sure he’ll do a better job than the other guys, but he’s got a lot of challenges on his plate. I hope he spends his time before the handover doing a lot of research so he can make the right decisions.