Holy Cow! What an amazing day today. On Election Day I normally volunteer at the polls. What I saw this morning was unbelievable! My polling place is normally a 3-minute ordeal. You walk in, have your name verified and go immediately to a machine to vote. It takes more time finding parking at this little school then it does voting. This morning the line is out the door, down the stairs, and out on the sidewalk. It is amazing. I have never seen this!
I am so excited about this record turnout. (Yes this is where I geek out.) I recognize that the increased voter turnout in my neighborhood doesn’t bode well for my candidate. But I am more excited about the idea of all these new people becoming engaged in their government. That’s the only way this system works…government for the people and by the people. I can’t wait to see the voter turnout level.
I am very glad today is Election Day. I am ready to no longer see campaign commercials. I will spend this evening going to various election events and will end up at the RNC (Republican National Committee) Victory party. Some of my colleagues think it will be all over by 8:30 p.m. tonight. I am hoping for a little bit more of a fight…lets at least wait until 11 p.m. when the west coast polls close! The first town to vote in New Hampshire went to Obama (15 Obama, 6 McCain). That is the first time this little town has gone Democrat in over 60 years! I hope that is not indicative of the day. But I can’t help but believe that the increased voter turnout will make it a close race. I am excited to see what tonight brings us. Could McCain win the electoral vote and Obama the popular vote? Does Obama get a Reagan electoral sweep to win? What kind of legal challenges will come out of the states today? Who knows? I just hope you vote.