Live Blogging Election Day


by Monotreme

We will be live-blogging election day. DC, Mr. U, Michael Weiss and Monotreme will be doing play-by-play and FIlistro is adding color commentary.

The fun starts at 2 pm PDT, 3 pm MDT, 4 pm CDT, and 5 pm EDT. (And 6 pm if we have any readers in the Canadian Maritimes.) The first polls close at 6 pm EDT (Indiana, Kentucky) so that gives us an hour for the “pre-game show”.

We will continue live-blogging until all of the above individuals pass out.


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83 Responses to Live Blogging Election Day

  1. shiloh says:

    Gotta robocall from Madeleine Albright on Sat. During 2008 got (2) calls re: the election. 2010 many calls, which of course signifies nothing.Once you give $$$ to a campaign, Obama being my first ever donation to a political candidate, you are on their frickin’ computer list forever, eh.But robocalls are soooo damn annoying lol why do they bother ~ ok, name recognition or something …

  2. robert verdi says:

    Today’s the day, off to vote I go. If there is any one Repub I would like to win today it has to be Fiorina out in Cali, Good luck to her.

  3. shrinkers says:

    Record turnout expected in Massachusetts, Florida,, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin. We’ll find out tonight what that means.Vote.

  4. Michael Ismoe says:

    I just got back from the polls. They have been open for two hours and I was number 13 (out of 851 registered in my precinct). For the first time in my life I voted a straight Republican ticket. I voted for Obama in 2008 but that will never, ever happen again.

  5. filistro says:

    @Treme: (And 6 pm if we have any readers in the Canadian Maritimes.)Actually Newfoundland (for reasons I have never been able to fully grasp) gets HALF a time zone all to itself. So you get used to announcements that say “4 Central, 5 Eastern, 5:30 in Newfoundland.”

  6. Realist says:

    Those wacky Canadians. 🙂

  7. mclever says:

    I must say that the Republican robocalls have been relentless this cycle. Does Marianette Miller-Meeks really think that the registered Democrat in this household would vote for her? If not, then why is she spending so much money to call Democratic households? I’ve gotten at least 3 calls from her campaign in the past weeks, plus robocalls from two other Republican campaigns. I’ve also gotten calls from the DCCC, the Culver campaign, and an actual live person from our local Democratic party with the polling location and times. I didn’t get this many calls in 2008! If the pressure to vote is any indication, I’m expecting high turnout around here. No one can claim they didn’t know it was election day!

  8. shortchain says:

    Poll report: the polling place was pretty crowded. We’re a strong DFL district (thanks to gerrymandering, natch) which means, according to Gallup, that turnout ought to be down.It’s not. Turnout looks to be heavy, according to this datapoint. Much heavier than the last mid-term in 2006, which was the heaviest to date in my memory.But the tea leaves are still steeping — we’ll see what happens after 2000 hours tonight. It may not be until 2001 before the AP calls the election.

  9. Mainer says:

    There appears to be very high turnout in Maine as well. We tend to vote in pretty high numbers as it is and based on early and absentee voting it is beleived that our numbers/% will be above what they were for 2006. Not sure we can hit our 2008 numbers but still no ack of enthusiasm that I can see on any side so if every one is enthused and we each get one vote and there are more Dems than Reps here the Tidal wave may not get to the top of all the hills and rills in Maine.And while late polls would seem to say that our next gov will be Republican I wouldn’t bet my lunch money on it. Right now it looks like a pig pile with the Rep, the Dem and the Indy all in it to the end. Now this is were we elected two Indy Govs already in my voting life. If the Indy is close and gaining the last week we have put them in twice. Only the over the top partisans are taking any high fives this day on the gov vote…..the voters have not yet spoken.Oh and the big wave is apparently missing our two Dem reps to the House as well. Pingree and Michaud look to be doing well and could even cruise to the finish. One never knows of course until the votes are counted but that is how it looks at this point in the day. I know none of you give two hoots in hell about Maine but I care so you are going to have to put up with it. Just treat my posts like Barts.

  10. shortchain says:

    Mainer,I give several hoots about how Maine goes. Us borderline states should share some care.Oh, and I would just like to add that, at the polling place, the mood was serious, quiet, and dutiful. Very unlike 2008, when there was an excitement you could feel. By contrast, this one was somber.

  11. Scott says:

    On Election Day 2008, I was filled with such wild anticipation. I KNEW going in that it was going to be big night. I was out all morning/afternoon hanging up door hangers and knocking on doors, then did a last-second phone call push before heading home to enjoy a party sub with my then 5-month-old daughter, my wife, and some good friends.2 years later, I have the complete opposite feeling. I’m sick to my stomach, and I’m almost resigned to the narrative being true (or, maybe more specifically, to the narrative BECOMING true after hearing it so much). There will be no party tonight. At least I’ve got some beer to get me through.

  12. Alki says:

    Well overnite, it turns out more people changed their minds while sleeping and now the Dems will lose another 15 seats in the House for a grand total of 1003 seats lost and the Senate will lose another 2 for a grand total loss of 183 seats. Who knew sleeping could impact one’s voting predilections so dramatically.

  13. Alki says:

    @ Mainer…..dude, these days, Dems care about every state and the way its going. Maine is not exception.

  14. Scott says:

    Well overnite, it turns out more people changed their minds while sleeping and now the Dems will lose another 15 seats in the House for a grand total of 1003 seats lost and the Senate will lose another 2 for a grand total loss of 183 seats. Who knew sleeping could impact one’s voting predilections so dramatically.You forgot to mention that they decided at the last moment to hold Presidential election, and we are going to lose the White House to Sarah Palin.

  15. Gainsbourg says:

    I’m actually upbeat about this election. I feel as if the huge turn out for the dems in 2008 kept a lot of people who were otherwise apathetic in previous elections more engaged this time around. Obviously there are a lot of people sitting this election out but that’s true for both sides. I don’t know why but I don’t feel as if the dems are going to do as badly as the narrative suggests.

  16. swampmongrel says:

    I feel as if the huge turn out for the dems in 2008 kept a lot of people who were otherwise apathetic in previous elections more engaged this time around.I suspect this is pretty much the crux of all uncertainty. Noboddy knows if the ‘likely-voter’ models are correct. Even Silver is hedging his bets.

  17. Alki says:

    @ Scott……I think you misunderstood what happened. Obama decided that Palin would be a more worthy president and so GAVE her the presidency. Its what good presidents do when their party goes down to defeat in wave elections.**************************************@ Gainsbourg………turnout in WA state is expected to be 2 pts higher than in 2006. I think the problem isn’t so much that more Rs are turning out while Dems stay home but that independents are voting in big numbers and making this election more decisive in a particular direction. In fact, most Dems I know are pretty enthused. The indies are the swing voters and it looks like they are swinging hard to the right.

  18. Alki says:

    Some voter turnout reports:11:26 AM ET What’s Happening At Your Polling Place?On-the-ground Election Day accounts — send us yours. Jenna writes, “At 7:15 am, there was no parking left in my polling location near Sarasota, FL. The voter turnout is very high.”Barbara F. writes, “Here in Marblehead, MA, we arrived, as usual, at 7 am, and customarily open the joint, as poll folks tell us. Today the place was packed, jammed. Never saw that in 20 years of voting. Keep hope alive!”Patty K. writes, “There has been a steady, but not overwhelming stream of voters in Old Town, ME. The governor’s race is contentious, as the Independent and Democratic candidates are splitting the liberal and moderate votes, and Paul LePage, a darling of the state Tea Party, is leading. He’s become nationally known for saying that when he’s governor, “you’ll read on the front page of the Bangor Daily News everyday, ‘LePage tells Obama to go to hell!’” Should be an interesting four years if he wins!”Charles M. in Pennsylvania writes, “I am a Democratic Committeeperson in the south part of Center City which is a mix of blue collar, white collar, white, black, and Asian voters. Thus far, voter turnout surprisingly high.”Tom C. writes, “To supplement comment about turnout in PA, voted early in District 3 (northwest PA) … poll worker commented on turnout already being ahead of normal. City of Erie is normally a Democrat location (both Kerry and Obama carried the city) while the surrounding county is heavily Republican. High turnout in the city is normally a good sign for Dems.”in a particular direction. In fact, most Dems I know are pretty enthused. The indies are the swing voters and it looks like they are swinging hard to the right.

  19. Mainer says:

    Most likely some of the predictions are spot on. You have to figure that there are some pretty sharp folks that have been crunching numbers nonstop for some time now. B U T I also think there are going to be some results that leave folks seriously scratching their heads as to how they could have been that far off the mark. I don’t even think one side has a lock on the surprises. All I can see is a pundocracy that is so desperate for a story that they are making obvious outcomes sound like nail biters. Sad when the reporting class starts listening to its own hype as I do not think it serves the system very well. All we know is that there are going to be grumbles from all over because candidate x or y or z didn’t walk away with some thing or didn’t lose in a landslide when there was never any doubt to start with. Just what we need people thinking there were other causes to a defeat or a win when the only fault is at the feet of reporters being too lazy to actually do their jobs.

  20. shiloh says:

    Michael Ismoe wrote:For the first time in my life I voted a straight Republican ticket. I voted for Obama in 2008 but that will never, ever happen again.~~~~~Indeed, as you obviously want to go back to those Morning in America! days of cheney/bush from 2001/2009, eh.9/11bogus/misbegotten Iraq WarKatrinaEconomic collapsecorruption/incompetencyyada, yada, yada as the list is endless loltake care

  21. Michael Ismoe says:

    Indeed, as you obviously want to go back to those Morning in America! days of cheney/bush from 2001/2009, eh.9/11bogus/misbegotten Iraq WarKatrinaEconomic collapsecorruption/incompetencyyada, yada, yada as the list is endless lolI believe that “Morning in America” was Reagan – coincidentlly it was the last time I voted GOP (in 1980 not 1984). And that was because of the incompetent in the White House (sound familiar?)If you think that the last two years have been free of political corruption you haven’t been paying attention. Wall Street owns our Congress. Electing new whores at least slows them down until they find new bagmen.BTW _ Let me know when Eric Holder indicts the first Wall Street bad guy. I won’t be hold(er)ing my breath.

  22. shiloh says:

    @Michael IsmoeI believe that “Morning in America” was Reagan~~~~~Yes, as I was (((obviously))) being sarcastic …You don’t like Obama and the Dems, I get that, no need for further ranting.But do as you must as 538 is somewhat of a free speech blog.take care, blessings

  23. filistro says:

    I’m back online and have my very first bit of color commentary…Harry Reid’s election-nite party is at the Aria, on the Strip (part of a huge mall-hotel complex that Harry’s intervention saved from bankruptcy last year.) Even though Sharron Angle is from Reno, she has booked HER “Victory Party” at the very same hotel, and plans to park the Tea Party Express bus out in front.Friend in Nevada think it’s a deliberate in-your-face move… and a sure sign of how she intends to conduct herself as politician going forward.These people are just TACKY.

  24. Monotreme says:

    Welcome back, fili. I was worried that you wouldn’t be able to join us tonight.

  25. Alki says:

    Angle has been screaming voter fraud for days now. She didn’t become the most hated person in the NV legislature by being quiet. My only hope is that she won’t change if she ends up winning.

  26. Mainer says:

    Hmmmmm maybe it is actually to be used as her get away vehicle if the pundits are wrong. God knows she has tried to duck the press in trying to win so who expects her to talk to the actual public if she wins or doesn’t win?

  27. filistro says:

    I was worried that you wouldn’t be able to join us tonight.Treme… trust me, I would have found a way… :-)BTW Have we ever tested this server? Can it handle a huge volume of hits?

  28. Alki says:

    Coming from a state with mail in voting, I can’t make any of these great anecdotal exchanges about how I saw massive lines coming out the door of my polling place and heading around the block. ;-)BTW can someone tell me why the security code numbers fade in and out? Just curious as to the reason.

  29. Mainer says:

    Alki the numbers are a test for a new DUI exam program. Right now I think I am heading for a major bender based on the numbers I am looking at. I find that I often have to submit my first try based on what I think the numbers are and then when it comes back up again they are nice and clear and I am good to go……or like I said they are trying to make sure we are not too drunk to post.

  30. Mainer says:

    Ooops make that BUI.I think it a good sign that there does not appear to be much news noise on voter intimidation to this point.I also find it ironic that we have over 400 DOJ folks out in the field making sure things run above the board. Some one is concerned about some thing.

  31. shrinkers says:

    Voter turnout seems generally heavy across the nation. http://news.google.com/news/search?aq=f&pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=voter+turnout

  32. mclever says:

    I’m seeing plenty of evidence of heavy turnout everywhere. Liberal, moderate, and conservative. Urban, suburban, and rural.Surprising for a midterm!*** Apologies if this ends up being a double-post.

  33. DC Petterson says:

    It’s difficult to say what the heavy turnout will mean. Obviously, it depends on who is turning out. But the projections generally (Bart posted one the other day) seem to indicated that lower turnout would favor Republicans (which is not all that unusual).Whether the extra voters today are minorities and youths who normally would not have voted (and who tend to favor Democrats), or “enthused” conservatives who would have stayed home remains to be seen. It isn’t at all clear yet how deep the conservative non-voting bench is.

  34. mclever says:

    Fascinating to watch the Election Day Counter on Facebook… 4.4 million and climbing every minute. In the last minute alone, over 18,000 more people on Facebook clicked to say they’d voted, too.

  35. Mainer says:

    Interesting in Maine the Sec State is predicting 50 to 55% turn out. That generally does not bode well for the Republicans as their base tends to have been more finite and heavy turnout indicating the more heavily populated areas (such as they are)are voting and that is where the Democratic base is. Going to be interesting. One estimate thinks that we could top 55% but I think that might be a reach even in an election as hot as this one. There has been some effort to portray the Congressional races as being close but most folks are not buying it and those 2 Dems should be going back to DC,so not sure what that means.

  36. filistro says:

    I know every election feels like one’s first, in a way… but really, have any of you ever seen one like this?I’m thinking specifically about the polling. In all the tight races, if a poll shows somebody up by 5, you just have to wait an hour or so and a new poll will show the opponent up by 5.Is that normal at this stage? Haven’t they usually (right or wrong) settled into a fairly fixed narrative by now?This seems CRAZY.

  37. Bart DePalma says:

    In a noon email alert to supporters, Coons campaign manager Christy Gleason said close monitoring of voter turnout in the state’s 41 representative districts showed “lower turnout in New Castle and Kent counties than we’re comfortable with.”http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/11/02/coons-camp-expresses-turnout-worries/It would be sort of cool to have a witch in the Senate.

  38. Bart DePalma says:

    I don’t think Huff Post had this prediction in mind when they hired Pollster.com to be their in house prognosticator.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-lombardo/the-gop-will-win-the-hous_b_777628.html

  39. Mainer says:

    I came to the old 538 to gain an understanding of the numbers and have watched as seemingly the numbers have become so much mush. I have said repeatedly that I found it ironic that Nate should hit the big time based on his abilities at crunching data just about when the data may have stopped meaning any thing.After this is over expect much review of why the system went hay wire. Doesn’t mean there will not be some accurate results because of course there will be but to have seen as much volatility as we have says either the electorate hasn’t got a clue what to do or the input is junk…..or may be both.I actually expect some polling places to after the next Nate review and ranking to just disapear.The really odd thing is I don’t have a clue which ones that will be.

  40. Bart DePalma says:

    Pardon me for reposting this, but I had not realized the conversation had moved up here…We could very well set a new midterm turnout record today. The polling over the past month has self identified Tea Party supporters at about a third of the voters and between 85 and 90% are telling the pollsters they are certain to vote, a far higher percentage than every other group including the GOP in general. This is higher than the usual Presidential election turnout.The Tea Party third are concentrated in the suburban and rural districts where the 100 or so swing districts are located. Thus, we are talking about closer half the voters were the votes count.It would not surprise me at all if we break 41% national turnout this year unless the Dems set records for low turnout.

  41. Alki says:

    Angle has been complaining about voter fraud this past week. Now NRO is joining in the chorus. Sounds like the Rs are worried.Harrah’s Bosses Put Squeeze on Employees to Vote in Pro-Reid Efforthttp://www.nationalreview.com/battle10/251906/harrahs-bosses-put-squeeze-employees-vote-pro-reid-effort-elizabeth-crum

  42. Alki says:

    King County is the most populous county in WA state. Its as blue as the lilacs in Spring; as blue as the blue on a new Mercedes; as blue as the Pacific; as blue as…..well you get the picture. 😉 New mail ballot record expected for King Co.http://blog.538refugees.com/2010/11/01/live-blogging-election-day.aspx#AddComment

  43. WA7th says:

    Indies are supposed to be the group in the middle between the left and right, but this election seems to be an anomaly in that regard. I’ve been getting the impression that the indies this cycle are those voters who think the Republicans aren’t conservative enough, and there are relatively far fewer moderates this cycle identifying themselves as independents.

  44. Bart DePalma says:

    TPM may have the coolest combination of election map and individual race tracker on the net.http://election2010.talkingpointsmemo.com/all?ref=fpa

  45. shiloh says:

    @BartlesI don’t think Huff Post~~~~~Bartles, Huffington Compost has been harder on Obama than just about any other liberal political publication since he was elected as one must remember, HP broke the story re: Obama’s bitter gate quote.Indeed, can one ever imagine fixednoise sayin’ anything bad about a Rep lol.ok, fixed is not a news organization, my bad ;)take care Bart, and remember at the end of the day America will still have a Muslim born in Kenya as president! 🙂btw, “You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama said. “And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” as Obama got caught 😉 speaking the truth lol.carry on

  46. Bart DePalma says:

    Alki:I would be amazed if we held an election and there were not multiple stories of attempted Dem voter fraud. Dem party machine, union and ACORB fraud is as old as the hills.The only stories which concern me are the absentee ballot fraud. Registration fraud is meaningless without a follow on vote. The only way you can effectively follow up registration fraud is with an absentee ballot so the fictitious/dead voter does not need to show up in person and in many states show ID.Of course, then there is the official voter disenfranchisement efforts like the blue states declining to timely mail tens of thousands of absentee ballots to our troops overseas in violation of federal law and then the Obama Justice Department refusing to enforce the law.Hopefully, this fraud does not sway any elections like the IL Senate race.

  47. shiloh says:

    @BartlesPardon me for reposting this~~~~~Bartles, a day w/out you spamming is like a day w/out sunshine! :)solo estoy diciendo

  48. shiloh says:

    @BartlesI would be amazed if we held an election and there were not multiple stories of attempted Dem voter fraud.~~~~~Bartles, isn’t kinda early in the day for you to start whining …solo estoy diciendo

  49. Bart DePalma says:

    Interesting, if legitimate..”“I’m a Republican pollwatcher in Reno. I’m at a heavily Dem polling place in downtown. Turnout is very heavy–lines are ~25 deep. Voter report at 10:00 said 58 Rs 48 Ds 18 non-’partisan 5 IA. I’ve walked these precincts before and they are blue blue blue.””http://hotair.com/archives/2010/11/02/open-thread-the-turnout/

  50. DC Petterson says:

    @BartI would be amazed if we held an election and there were not multiple stories of attempted Dem voter fraud. I would be amazed too. It’s sort of a tradition for Republicans to make this crap up. There has never been any evidence whatever for widespread voter fraud. Maybe a handful of isolated cases. that’s about it. But every year, the R’s trot out the same old scare stories.I expect this year, in any district where the Teapers don’t do as well as their wet-dream fantasies predict, they’ll be howling about “voter fraud” — with, of course, the usual zero evidence.

  51. shiloh says:

    Bartles, pace yourself …

  52. dr_funguy says:

    Stories without evidence are just… stories.More ad hominem from BDP, what a surprise!

  53. Bart DePalma says:

    Folks,If you are interested in the actual facts, go google “voter fraud 2010” and you will get half a million hits and dozens of news stories, nearly every single one reporting on a Dem perp or perps.I do not particularly care since it too will be swept away by the voter tsunami.

  54. Bart DePalma says:

    shiloh wrote: “Bartles, pace yourself …”Sorry, no can do.This will be the third major wave election during my lifetime, with 80 and 94 being the previous two. If the polls are remotely accurate, 2010 is a once in a century tsunami bigger than 80 and 94 combined.I am going to enjoy myself thoroughly. All I can promise is that I will keep it clean and try to be gracious because I realize what a complete kick in the gut this must be to you progressive Dems. I am especially worried about Fili, given her several month long cruise down the River Denial.

  55. shiloh says:

    @BartlesI do not particularly care~~~~~Then why did you mention it lol as your whole frickin’ life is 24/7 winger politics!Bart, you don’t have to go out of your way to try to fool any of us, as gain, you’re a quick study, usually a couple hours for those of us 😉 foolish enough to pay any attention to you.Did I mention liberals have empathy! 🙂

  56. shiloh says:

    Barted Sorry, no can do. I was being rhetorical. btw, you never did answer my question: Did your mom get you that G.I. Joe for Christmas.take care

  57. Bart DePalma says:

    Another Dem campaign sends out and SOS…”Up in Wisconsin, Steve Kagen’s campaign is sending out an SOS:Dear XXXX,We have just been going over the morning voting numbers — and turnout isn’t where we need it to be in our strong areas.This race is going to be a squeaker — and every vote will count.Please call your friends, family and neighbors and make sure they vote. If you can get five of your friends to vote, we will win.You can register to vote at your polling place. Find your polling location by clicking here. Please forward this email to your friends in the district.Sincerely,Julie Heun, Campaign ManagerKagen4Congress”http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/251971/kagen-wisconsin-democrat-turnout-isnt-where-we-need-it-be-our-strong-areas

  58. shiloh says:

    @Bartlescomplete kick in the gut this must be to you progressive Dems.~~~~~Again Bart, being a liberal independent who voted for McGovern in ’72, got used to political disappointment at an early age. Life goes on … er for most of us. ;)Bottom line: Reps taking control of the House helps Obama’s re-election chances in 2012.It’s all good!The yin and yang of teabaggers, eh.

  59. Bart DePalma says:

    First leaked exit polling of the day…”Turnout: 47 percent Republican, 47 percent Democrat, 6 percent independent.Senate: Pat Toomey (R) 51 percent, Joe Sestak (D) 47 percentGovernor: Tom Corbett (R) 55 percent, Dan Onorato (D) 43 percent15th congressional fistrict: Charlie Dent (R) 53 percent, John Callahan (D) 42 percent”http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/251977/our-first-glimpse-morning-vote-pennsylvaniaPresident John F. Kerry will remind you how exit polling generally gives conservatives the miss, so adjust the numbers accordingly.

  60. Alki says:

    ““I’m a Republican pollwatcher in Reno. I’m at a heavily Dem polling place in downtown. Turnout is very heavy–lines are ~25 deep. Voter report at 10:00 said 58 Rs 48 Ds 18 non-’partisan 5 IA. I’ve walked these precincts before and they are blue blue blue.””*************************************IMO very weird. Lines are 25 deep and only 125 people have voted in 3 hours….a majority of whom were Rs in a very blue district in Reno which happens to be Angle territory. Sounds like a lot of Hot Air to me. Oh wait……..And Bart, I would gloat to no end if I were you for two reasons. First, because I would do the same. And secondly, because you won’t have the chance to do it again in 2012. 😉

  61. shiloh says:

    ok, finally figured it out … PK is no longer w/us lol so hyperventilating Bartles is picking up the winger troll slack! ;)god love him …

  62. Alki says:

    More R complaints……….N.C. GOP chair: Touchscreen voting machines have programming flawRead more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/28/1896477/nc-gop-chair-touchscreen-voting.html#ixzz149pulXEx

  63. Alki says:

    15th congressional fistrict: Charlie Dent (R) 53 percent, John Callahan (D) 42 percent”Hmmmmmmmmm……Nate had the 15th @ 55/42. Bart, you need to tell your guy to pick up the pace. Just sayin’.

  64. dr_funguy says:

    DudeI just googled Elvis is alive and got 499,000 hits. Some evidence.p.s. the first story when I google vote fraud is hardly focused on Dems and includes the following:This year, numerous allegations have already emerged. In South Carolina, the state Democratic Party claims that Tea Party activists have been intimidating student voters from a historically black college. Allegations that Tea Partiers have been harassing black voters have also been made in Sumter, South Carolina. These incidents are currently being investigated. They follow claims from last week that white Republican activists in Texas visited the homes of elderly African American voters to harass them about their mail-in ballots.On the other side, Republican activists are launching offensives targeting voter fraud. A conservative group in Minnesota is deploying thousands of volunteer poll-watchers and encouraging them to wear stickers that read, “Please ID Me.” A judge ruled earlier this week that the activists could not wear these stickers to the polls because they suggested that voters need ID to cast their ballots (they don’t, at least not in Minnesota). The conservative group, apparently, is encouraging its members to wear the stickers anyway. It is also offering a $500 reward for tips that lead to convictions of voter fraud.

  65. Bart DePalma says:

    Alki wrote: “And Bart, I would gloat to no end if I were you for two reasons. First, because I would do the same. And secondly, because you won’t have the chance to do it again in 2012.”I would not do that to friends. I remember the sick feeling I had on election night 2008.

  66. mclever says:

    dr_funguy,So, what’s the over/under on how much they’ll pay out for tips? Given the requirement that the tips lead to convictions of voter fraud, I’m guessing… $0?

  67. Bart DePalma says:

    From the Rocky Mountain Free Zone…”As of noon in Colorado, nearly 74,000 more Republicans have voted than Democrats:DEM–419444REP–493399UAF–291152TOTAL–1211297″http://www.nationalreview.com/battle10/251990/co-midday-election-results-michael-sandovalOh, hell yeah! If the Indis break 3:2 as they are polled to do, three Dem house seats will fall, Buck will walk into the Senate and Tancredo could beat Hick despite Maes siphoning off votes.

  68. Jean says:

    Bart,The first person actually convicted in MN for voter fraud (a convicted felon voting) had voted for Norm Coleman.

  69. Jean says:

    Just to lighten the mood:John Boehner has been drawing on nostalgia for the Republican glory days of the 1980s, by telling the same joke. “Remember when Ronald Reagan was president,” he said. “We had Bob Hope. We had Johnny Cash. Think about where we are today. We have got President Obama. But we have no hope and we have no cash.” It draws hoots of laughter and applause every time. Rosanna Cash tweeted: John Boehner: Stop using my dad’s name as a punchline, you asshat.

  70. Just Sayin' says:

    Here in Virginia at my mostly conservative precinct, over 25% of registered voters had voted by noon time. Definitely will be over the 37% of registered voters voting this time around. We live in interesting times!

  71. Bart DePalma says:

    Just Sayin’ wrote: “Here in Virginia at my mostly conservative precinct, over 25% of registered voters had voted by noon time. Definitely will be over the 37% of registered voters voting this time around. We live in interesting times!”I doubt that covers the early voting. You are probably well above 50% now.

  72. mclever says:

    Just for laughs…Unfortunate politician’s namesCan you think of any obvious ones they missed?I remember a Richard Astle running for DA in Wisconsin…

  73. Bart DePalma says:

    I am pretty sure that Johnny Cash was a yellow dog Dem. Cash told a story where he was celebrating Christmas with Billy Graham in Jamaica after the Nixon resignation listening to reggae in the distance.Graham suggested that they call Nixon and wish him a Merry Christmas. Cash growled back, why would they want to talk to that crook. Graham explained that Nixon was probably the loneliest man in America then and could use some Christian forgiveness. So, a shamed Cash called up Nixon on Christmas from Jamaica.Interesting story.

  74. shiloh says:

    Bartles, Johnny Cash had empathy like most liberal Dems. :)solo estoy diciendoPresidential power:JFK, when he was feeling down and gloomy would call Judy Garland and she would sing to him over the phone.and then there was Marilyn Monroe! ;)It’s good to be king, eh.

  75. Alki says:

    “As of noon in Colorado, nearly 74,000 more Republicans have voted than Democrats:****************************Hmmmm…….I thought you weren’t going to gloat.

  76. shiloh says:

    Hmmmm…….I thought you weren’t going to gloat.Bartles (((Surf’s Up!))) DePalma gloating ?!? perish the thought lol

  77. Alki says:

    High turnout in Polk and Johnson In the Democratic stronghold of Johnson County, blogger John Deeth says there will almost certainly be record turnout.The old mark is 44,292 from four years ago. There’s already 24,778 absentees returned (with more to come), 10,000 more than in 2006. We saw just over 28,000 at the polls in 2006; the early voting surge may eat into that a bit, especially since Republicans actually played the early voting game this cycle. But election day turnout can drop by 8,000 yet still beat the overall turnout record.Factoid: Going into Election Day, county registration is higher (92,610) than it was going into the presidential (92,222). Plus we have something we didn’t have in 2006: election day registration.http://iowaindependent.com/46787/high-turnout-in-polk-and-johnson-malfunctioning-voting-machines-in-linn

  78. mclever says:

    Hey, Alki!We here in Johnson County are proud of our GOTV efforts. 🙂

  79. dr_funguy says:

    Heres a link for returns for Indiana, nothing yet.http://www.in.gov/apps/sos/election/general/general2010

  80. filistro says:

    Can’t post on the other thread..BART… re: your whining over Grayson saying mean things about teh poor little R’s..Where was your manly outrage when Teaper leaders calld the POTUS a socialist, a foreign national, a Nazi, a terrorist sympathizer, ans talked endlessly about “Obama’s death panels?”The hypocrisy just slays me.

  81. Alki says:

    Kudos mcclever. I am jazzed….not looking as bad as I thought it would be. We lost the House but that was expected.

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