Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Are you sick of the election?

Yeah, me too, and I'm not even in a swing state, so my TV isn't spewing campaign commercials throughout every single break (though I am happy to report that I have seen a few!). I'm looking forward to having a more well-rounded life in November -- watching something besides the news, having the news be about something besides presidential politics (remember when they used to obsess over the weather, cute animals and missing white women?), and so on.

It is almost over, though. Election Day is three weeks from today and here in Tennessee, at least, early voting starts tomorrow. The kids will be camping out over at the election commission tonight. Why? Because this is big. Really big. So big that camping is required -- big concert? big video game release? big movie premiere? Campout, campout, campout! It's not a big event if you don't have to camp out, and this one? Well, it's huge. Electing Barack Obama is going to be historic in so many ways, especially if the young people turn out in the numbers they've been promising us all year.

There will also be an early voting rally in the morning -- even those who didn't camp out will be gathering at 7:30, to go en masse, into the election commission to cast those first ballots for Obama when voting starts at 8am. I hope to see you there!

9 comments:

tut-tut said...

It's discouraging to live in a red state, I've found. At least the county is usually blue . . . There is something worrisome about voting early. Will my vote "disappear" somehow, I find myself wondering. What do you think?

Keera said...

My ballot is in the mail, and I'm counting on it getting to the registrar's office in time. Having already voted, I'm no longer interested in the campaign. The only thing that matters is election day itself and whether or not enough of the rest of the country agreed with me. :-)

alice said...

I'm torn about early voting. In the primaries, I never vote early because things can change dramatically at the last minute. A friend of mine voted early for John Edwards just days before he dropped out of the race -- but since he was locked in, he couldn't switch to any of the remaining candidates. However, in this election, I can't really imagine anything happening that will change my mind about the top of the ticket -- and not even in the down-ballot races either. So, I probably will vote early. That will leave me free to work the polls on election day, either as a poll watcher, sign holder, driver or utility player.



The big advantage of voting early is the same as the big disadvantage: you're locked in. In the 2004 election, a friend of mine voted early for Kerry. Then just a few days before Election Day, she had a terrible motorcycle crash that crumpled up both her ankles. On the Tuesday when most of us were voting, she was hooked to a morphine pump, awaiting surgery -- and if she hadn't voted early, she would have lost her vote. I suppose voting early might even be a way for a few unlucky souls to vote from the grave, if you think about it...



Anyway, while I'm not always in favor of voting early, I think this year is a good time for it. The turnout is expected to be so high that there will be long lines at a lot of precincts on Election Day. The best way to avoid the lines -- and any shenanigans pulled by the mischief-makers on that day -- will be to take advantage of the opportunity to vote early.

Marv Fleetwood said...

At least we know the thugs that will be getting in trouble tonight. Ever heard of Acorn?

alice said...

Yes, I've heard of ACORN. I've even listened to one of their speakers.

davidm. said...

LOL.

A Free Man said...

My absentee ballot is already chugging/steaming/soaring it's way to Florida. Not that they'll count it or anything. So, I feel I can check out now.



ACORN, Christ how desperate are these yahoos? Well deflected.

fletch said...

I'm ready for Election night. Don't think I will have a normal November tho. I'll be celebrating all month if the results match the current polling. I might even dance, and trust me, that is something you don't want to see.

alice said...

I'd not only want to see it, but I'd also want a video of the event! I'll probably be laughing/crying/dancing all month if we actually win (knock, knock, knock on wood! oh, I don't want to count any of those chickens until they really start pecking through the shell!)... but if you're in Chattanooga for any part of your celebration, let me know!