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Vote for Us

...which is a button I have, and I probably should've worn it to the polls today.

I voted this morning before work. By coincidence, I was almost right behind my neighbors; we could have car-pooled. It was the longest voting line I've seen since I voted in the 1980 election at the armory in Marquette, not far from the residence halls. But it wasn't terrible, as it only took about 50 minutes from arrival to departure. At one point I mentioned to my neighbors that it was the longest line since 1980, and the guy in front of them looked back and said "Children!" He must've voted for LBJ in 1964, I'm sure.

The weather was absolutely perfect: sunny and upper 50s in the morning, with a high of 70 this afternoon. There was a brief cloudy spell just after noon, but the clouds dissipated. It could be like this every single day and make a lot of people happy.

I'm pretty anxious, though, worried that the results won't work out the way I and a lot of other people want. I have a lot of mental energy invested in this election, and a victory for McCain would seem very crushing, frankly. I know the opinion polls point toward an Obama victory, but it's still close. I'm tempted to go home, go to bed without turning the TV on, and buy a newspaper tomorrow to find out who won. But I probably will watch the returns on TV, if only because Dave will call at some point from in front of his TV set.

Reading all the reports of the world's opinion on our election has been interesting. I don't recall quite this much coverage of that in past years. Maybe it's because the damage we can do has never been more apparent than in the last few years. Well, world, those of us who share some of the pain have done what we could today. Here's hoping it turns out the best for all of us.



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Nov. 4th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
It took me about the same amount of time. They had 12 voting stations, which surprised me and they gave Lily an "I voted Sticker" so she thinks she's pretty awesome about now. I too am thinking of waiting to peek at the results until tomorrow but who knows.
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I didn't get a sticker. *pouts*

I started watching returns. But that's pretty pointless before 9 p.m. -- they're all just guessing, still.

Edited at 2008-11-05 02:01 am (UTC)
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
I listened to a piece on the radio today about the town in Kenya where Obama's father is from. People there are convinced that an Obama victory will mean the world to them.

If he does win, he's going to have a lot of expectations to live up to.
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
That's very true. I don't know if anyone could live up to the spoken and unspoken expectations — or live down to them, if one considers the expectations of his opponents.

But his victory speech (there must be a better term for it), like some of his other big speeches before, emphasized how we all have to work at this. "Yes, we can" was a refrain, and it seems that all three words were important. Maybe he's going to community-organize the country. :) But that would be good.
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