Just a quick update…
I got up early and got to the polls about 7am today. For the first time in my adult life, there was a line – it took me about half an hour to get in and out. Everyone working was very friendly, and the people waiting weren't the least bit upset about the delay. There were people from both sides outside the polling place, but no logos to be found inside. It was, I think, a good sign of democracy in action, with everyone behaving appropriately. Hopefully your experience is similar. Feel free to drop me a comment if you feel like sharing.
As you can see, I've posted two polls this morning – who do you think will win, and who do you want to win. I'm just curious to see what you all think.
Finally, for anyone who believes they are experiencing voter…irregularities…of any kind, this is for you:
The McCain-Palin campaign launched the Honest and Open Election hotline to help citizens learn the location of their polling place, as well as report any instances of irregularities at the polls, including voter fraud, intimidation, violence and electioneering. The hotline can be accessed via phone at: 866-976-VOTE.
“With the tomorrow's election, our Honest and Open Election hotline will serve as an informative guide for all Americans participating in the electoral process,” said McCain-Palin National Political Director Mike DuHaime. “The hotline will allow us to learn about and take steps toward remedying any voter irregularities at polling places across the country. While we are hopeful that Election Day will be free of any wrongdoing, allies of the Democrat Party, such as ACORN, have shown a willingness to commit fraud in both this election cycle and in 2004. Given the tightness of the polls, all examples of fraud must be addressed to preserve the integrity of the election.”
In 2004, multiple forms of voter fraud occurred, including voter intimidation, fraudulent registrations, multiple ballots cast and votes bought for money. Already during the 2008 election cycle, a dead woman in Missouri cast an absentee ballot, individuals were arrested for voting twice in Florida and people in Ohio registered and voted on the same day.
Get out there and do your duty! Don't wait until the last minute, either, since the lines are likely to be long. It appears that we may see some historic turnout for this historic election.
I'll start posting some results at some point tonight. I'm not going to pay any attention to exit polls (and neither should you), though – I'm holding out for real votes counted, so it may be a bit late before it starts coming.
There's my two cents.