Polling, by William Hogarth Via Cat at Brits at their Best who writes:
Polling (1754) by William Hogarth. Long lines then, too, even though not all men and no women could vote. Voting is the only reliable poll – unless voters have been pressured or votes have been stolen.
In 1872, PM William Gladstone introduced the secret ballot. Previously men had to mount a platform in full view of their neighbours and announce their choice of candidate to the officer who recorded it in the poll book. Some men were told how to vote. Others were punished when they did not support their employer’s candidate.
You know why the secret ballot is important – you want to cast your ballot without intimidation. It’s no one’s business but your own how you vote.
In the 1840s the Chartists launched their million-man movement for voting rights, including a secret ballot for every voter.
The first secret ballots were introduced in Australia in 1856. In the United States the secret ballot became known as the Australian ballot.
Read more on the importance of secret ballots (which Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Read and Mr. Obama would abolish for the unions, should they win the WH and the Congress) here.
The New Republic: why the exit polls must be ignored
UPDATE: I’ve been updating anecdotes and stories throughout the post, so read down!
Obama thanks the “gracious” press for covering him more protectively and positively than any presidential candidate has ever been covered in history. He managed not to flip them off as he did it.
Yes, I said my prayers this morning, and yes they were for the best outcome for the nation, and the will of God to prevail – but really my prayer was, “let our nation manage a peaceful transition of power no matter what the outcome, and let attempts at deceit come to naught, within our polling places and our media. How sad a prayer was that?
“We will be at the polls in the cities and counties in many states to ensure that the enemy does not sabotage the black vote, which was won through the blood of the martyrs of our people,” he said.
Oh, brother. Roll your eyes at that and go vote. Don’t let anyone intimidate you with rhetoric. And don’t fall for illusions.
Hmmmm…okay, I can see where some might think that intimidating. That’s a National Black Panther Party patch that fellow with the stick is wearing. It’s meant to be intimidating. But go vote. Stand up for your right to vote. Ace says CNN is not reporting on this. Are you surprised? I’m not.
Instapundit reminds everyone to pay no attention to the talking heads and the exit polls which were wrong in 2004, in any case.
I can’t believe I ever voted for this putz: I voted several times for Chuck Schumer. Shame on me. If you like alternative media, if you’re a fan, better get your fill while you can, because this smarm-meister (listen to his tones) is promising their demise if Obama gets in. So much for free speech.
Meanwhile: riot gear in Ohio. Sheesh.
Deacon Greg, who until recently worked in the CBS Newsroom remembers how it used to be on election nights. He seems quite glad to be saying goodbye to all that. He’s now working for the Diocese of Brooklyn.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania: In a long post best read with a cup of coffee in hand, Sean Malstrom, about whom I know nothing, writes:
“…the storm will revolve around Pennsylvania.”
Looks like it: In PA GOP board of elections people are being tossed out of polling places…apparently because they’re GOP.
To paraphrase Roy Schieder in Jaws: “We’re gonna need bigger prayers!”
Remember this about Pennsylvania:
Some thoughts from Siggy:
The Leftists today would have you reject everything that preceded their ascendancy. They want the trophy wife and care little for those whose ideas facilitated their rise. They openly admit their revulsion for those who blazed the trail and who now are in the way of their exercising their lustful desires for power and self gratification. For them, it is not enough that Hillary Clinton be rejected. She must be vilified and painted ugly as well.
I’ve got the radio on and Limbaugh is suggesting that the press will pull a “Panhandle” on Pennsylvania tonight and call it too early for Obama. Hmmm…I’d wait to say that.
A few anecdotes: my polling place was packed. I always vote around 10 AM, and usually I walk in and walk right out with no waiting. This morning there was waiting at ever poll and table – I’ve never seen such a turnout in 16 years. How was it by you?
From me email: “My co-worker, who is African American, says the polls at his neighborhood were packed, and everyone was singing hymns and spirituals.”
That’s actually sort of neat…I like the idea of people singing hymns and spirituals as they’re waiting to vote. Except you know…where’s that separation of church and state thing?
Gayle had an encounter with a “pissant lawyer”
On the radio I heard Curtis Sliwa talking to a caller from somewhere above Manhattan – near Yonkers, I think – and apparently there was a power outage last night and people began asserting that the outage was a conspiracy to prevent people from voting for Obama. So…seems like there is a little pilot light of suspicion and doubt already flickering and ready to meet a gas leak. Great. Just great.
Kathryn Jean Lopez has an anecdote about phone callers
James Pethokoukis writes: a McCain source who is not generally an optimist says things are breaking hard for McCain in the battleground states.
As I get more anecdotes, I’ll share them. I’m going to go have a look around the net and see what I can bring back. If you’re looking for a good round – up, Pajamas Media has a great – constantly updated – one. Check back later!
More Anecdotes: 19 registered voters, 21 votes; thanks, ACORN!
Instapundit has some email excerpts from voters
Email from a student:
“I didn’t vote for Obama, but I don’t feel safe whether he wins or loses. If he loses, the city is going to erupt. If he wins, I think it will anyway. We have to pray for McCain and Obama, that they’re safe, and that whoever wins leads with wisdom and does not get killed by the weird outside influence I feel like is hanging over this whole election. I don’t think either of these men are bad men, but I think there is a third hand in this, influencing things.”
Hmmmm…I think I’ll try to write a post for calmness.
Pursuing Holiness witnessed voters bellyaching about being disenfranchised while standing at the wrong polling place.
God bless Hillary: the rules still don’t apply to her as she politics right by a polling booth. You gotta love the old girl.
Jon Podhoretz says 2008 may be a replay of 2000, because it was so much fun the first time.
Two videos I mean to embed yesterday and forgot.
This one because it makes me uncomfortable:
And this one because I admit I have a little crush on him…