Election Day Open Thread


I think today should be a national holiday. Let’s ditch Columbus Day and make today a day without work, a day to celebrate our freedom to vote.

In that spirit, I want to make a space here for the 35,000 of you who read this blog every month to post thoughts, links, questions, or simply to state, “I voted.”

So, tell us, what did you experience as you voted?

Did you change your mind about anything at the last minute?

What are your hopes and fears about this election?

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  • Alan K

    Voted, trusting that the offering of citizenship is taken up in the one offering of Jesus Christ, wondering how God works through fallen political reality.

  • Mercy

    I voted.

    One of my concerns is people who appear completely un-self-aware in that they use vitriolic, abusive language about the other side all the while claiming that that is what the OTHER party is doing. I’ve seen some extremely inflammatory claims about “evil” Republicans or “idiotic” Democrats, and I’m so tired of people depicting their opponents as drooling, poisonous monsters.

    A friend on facebook wrote, “Romney is an idiot. I can’t wait to never see him or his stupid wife again.” Then she posted, “Why aren’t people willing to TALK about politics with each other? We could learn something.” I wanted to write, “Because you just closed down the conversation by name-calling!”

  • Will vote. I fear not much will change. The will of the people will not be heard, only the analysis of how demographic blocks react to targeted messages.

  • I voted. I am afraid that people are so caught up in one particular party or candidate that they have created an inability to see that none of them are perfect and have all the answers (and even if they *did*, they have to work with other people who disagree). I

  • Jeff

    I voted. The polling officials seemed confused to the process here in Omaha. I had to do most of the work for them to re-register since I moved.

  • Kenton

    Voted on Sunday the 28th at 5:30. Best kept secret is to vote on the Sunday of early voting here in Texas between 5 & 6. In and out in about 5 minutes. No last minute changes, but I didn’t realize until a day before that there were 3 city bond propositions on the ballot, but I had a clear idea on those.

    The results from Dixville Notch, NH have been tabulated: 5 for Romney and 5 for Obama. There has never been a tie in Dixville Notch. (an omen?) FWIW, last time around it was 15-6 Obama.

  • Gregory

    I voted by mail over a week ago. I wanted to cast my vote for Jill Stein but at the last minute I voted for Obama. I hope that the GOP loses a few seats in the senate and house. I fear Cthulhu.

  • Jennifer

    I voted. I’m thankful for the freedom to do so.

  • I voted third party. My conscience, at least, is clear. Also, I’m hoping that, regardless of who “wins,” the American people can quickly get past whatever disappointment they might feel and live out their values for the next 1,460 days until the next election cycle. The vote is the first step, not the final one.

  • Evelyn

    “We have only the name of masters, and rather than give up this, which would completely subject us to the despotism of the petticoat, I hope General Washington and all our brave heroes would fight.” -From a letter to Abigail Adams by John Adams, 1776.

  • Buck Eschaton

    I’m voting Jill Stein, I know she has no hope of winning but that’s not the point. I have no hope for the 2 corporate candidates elevated by the two wings of the corporate party.

  • Sven

    I voted this morning. It was an hour-long wait, and I arrived 15 minutes after the polls opened. The line doubled in size by the time I voted and left.

    I voted for a mix of Democrats and Libertarians.

  • Kristi Byrd

    I voted for Gary Johnson and I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that he doesn’t win (tomorrow please marvel at my prophetic powers). Regardless of the winner, he will still be MY president and I will respect him as such. I won’t always agree with him but I will pray for him.

  • “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” -Emma Goldman

    I’ll probably vote today though.

  • T. Webb

    I may vote, may not. I’m in a red state, so my vote doesn’t matter.

  • I intentionally waited until today to vote, because I love the process of walking into my neighborhood precinct and greeting my neighbors, and the volunteers, and casting my vote. (And of course, the sticker). My polling place is on the route of my morning walk with my dog, Buster Brown, so i took him with me and he seemed very excited about the whole thing. 🙂 We both bounded into the polling place, and one of the volunteers looked at Buster and said – Are you a registered voter? It was great. I’m not sure who Buster would have voted for, but I think I have an idea. One more dog for Obama.

  • mike h

    I voted. 20 mins. before the polls opened I was 10th in line. At opening, there were over 100. I’m bummed, tho. No stickers.

  • Craig

    Such civility! I saw Frank in line and so I spilled my latte on his tri-cornered hat. (Yes, he’s quite short.)

  • Each election my friend Ted and I walk to our polling place on Main Street from work, and in the last few elections our friend from Kenya has walked along for good conversation and companionship. Today for the first time I was prohibited from photographing my ballot!

    Ridiculously goofy documentation here:

    • Craig

      Apparently the photo prohibition is meant to preclude the possibility of selling one’s vote (using the photo as proof to the vote buyer). That’s a shame because it also obstructs an idea I have for bipartisan campaign disarmament.

      (Here’s the idea, I’d be interested to know what others think about it: let voters from opposite parties pair off and mutually commit to voting, not for their own preferred candidates, but rather for the candidate who runs, e.g., the most honest campaign as assessed by a neutral, or agreed upon, fact-checking agency. With enough voters so paired off, they could easily comprise an important swing constituency. Imagine if campaigns were fighting to win that constituency.)

      • Curtis

        I’ve heard of these kind of “voting pacts” proposed before, usually as a way to bolster 3rd parties. I’m not sure how to express it, but while these kind of pacts sound appealing, the idea of entering into a pact with someone to vote a particular way seems to somehow conflict with the ideal of “one person, one vote”, and the idea of and independent, private ballot.

        Voting pacts introduce “quid pro quo” into the voting process. While the idea of agreeing to exchange your independent vote for a mutually-agreed upon “pact vote” may seem innocent on the surface, I think it opens the door to the concept of votes being exchanged for something of mutually-agreed upon value. In other words, I’m not sure where the bright, clear line is between voting pacts and plain-old vote selling.

        • Craig

          Thanks for the thoughtful feedback Curtis. I suppose I view the value of ballot privacy as merely instrumental (valuable as a means to avoiding certain ills, or to achieving other goods), not as end. As for vote selling, I think that this is only bad because of the predictable kinds of corruption and inequalities to which it would threaten to lead. And I am not convinced of the sanctity of the “one person, one vote” ideal. I think the fundamental value at stake is fair equality of political representation. Achieving such fair equality, along with other important values (such as intergenerational justice), isn’t necessarily furthered by sanctifying the one-person-one-vote ideal. It might, for example, be an improvement to give more than one vote to the mother’s of young children (or to the primary care givers).

  • Scot Miller

    There were a surprising number of unopposed candidates on my ballot — mostly Republican judges. For the first time I decided not to vote for anybody who was unopposed.

  • Lori Wilson

    I sent in my absentee ballot last week. While I’m no huge fan of the US political system, I grew up in Argentina under the rule of a military dictatorship. I vote, gratefully, virtually every time I’m given the opportunity.

  • I voted early, and I voted for Obama – again.

    Tonight I’ll be co-hosting, along with my friend Mark Sandlin from The Christian Left, an Election Night Livestream Event on YouTube featuring live special guest interviews with Frank Schaeffer, Diana Butler Bass, Rev. Anne Howard from The Beatitudes Society, Ben Irwin from Election Day Communion, Zach Lind from Jimmy Eat World, and Doug Pagitt! It all starts at 8pm ET on the Sogo TV YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/SogoMediaTV <– subscribe on YouTube and join us online tonight!

  • Carla

    I voted alongside my neighbors and it made me a little teary. My great-grandmothers couldn’t vote and I can. They were considered second-class citizens and, because of their sacrifices and hard work in the name of justice and equality, I’m not. So I was proud to do my part to make sure no one else is treated like a second-class citizen either.

  • I voted today. Here are my suggestions to make it a more enjoyable process in 2016.;)

  • Ric Shewell

    I work in a church across the street from my house, and it’s my polling place. But as I was preparing for our Election Day Communion, I felt less and less passionate about my candidate or any other candidate. I actually didn’t decide until I got in the booth that I would leave my ballot mostly blank. I only voted down some ridiculous education reform props for my good friends and teachers. I know, I know, leaving a ballot blank, “how radical, Ric!” It’s how I roll.

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