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Here we go…

Phew! They had me worried! I mailed my vote in ages ago and it didn’t turn up, didn’t turn up. Finally, there it is, registered yesterday. I suspect Tennessee doesn’t count them as soon as they come in.

So that’s me. Tennessee is a pretty solidly red state but, hey, for decades I turned up to vote in the bluest of the blue states, election after election, and didn’t consider my effort wasted.

I suspect it’ll be tomorrow morning my time, at the earliest, before we know anything. But that won’t stop me hanging out on Twitter making myself crazy into the wee hours. Feel free to hang out with me: @sweasel.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 3, 2020, 8:28 pm

Here in Florida, the election workers do a pretty good job with the exception of South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach counties). I would have been a poll worker today as I was for the primary in October, but TPTB became adamant about masks being mandatory this time. There’s NO $#@^#ING WAY I’ll wear a mask for the 14-hour duties of an election deputy! But I had already received my absentee ballot as required for poll workers not assigned duties at their own precinct voting locations.

Nevertheless, just to be as sure as possible my vote for the incumbent President would be properly tallied, I took my absentee ballot with me ten days ago when I went down to the courthouse to vote early. The registrar took my absentee ballot and ripped it up as I watched and then handed me the in-person ballot which I filled out and scanned into the system.

If my vote gets mucked with now, it’d have to be an inside job (heaven forbid!).

Comment from Armybrat
Time: November 3, 2020, 8:32 pm

Husband and I voted in sunny FL today. After years of voting red in a deep blue state, I feel like today is the second time in my life my vote matters. The first time was in MA when Scott Brown was elected to stop Obamacare.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 3, 2020, 10:21 pm

Somewhere in Tennessee, Kanye’s heart skips a beat as he clocks up his single vote…

Comment from Mitch
Time: November 3, 2020, 11:06 pm

I’m in Nevada so, BATTLEGROUND. Dad did the absentee and I went to the early polling place in person. I have high hopes for NV this time around – lots of Trump stickers on cars and trucks with flags. I don’t see any Biden stuff anywhere. Not even the Bernie Bro up the street. Just last week our Hispanic house cleaner said she was going Trump – “That other guy, he’s not so good! He can’t run this country!” Other friends who generally don’t pay attention to politics but otherwise tend to vote dem are terrified by the democrats this year. But as they say, “anecdotes aren’t evidence” so we’ll see.

I ditched Twitter a few years ago and I’m a happier person for it.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 4, 2020, 2:19 am

I dislike early voting, but we did it the other day.

Nevertheless, I think it should be done away with unless you’re ‘out of the state’ or ‘out of the country’.

All this early voting shit did was allow them to claim one person or the other had the thing sewed up based on a statistical analysis of the early vote as a number without knowing (heh, sure they don’t) who was actually voted for.

Comment from dissent
Time: November 4, 2020, 4:04 am

I live in cobalt blue Illinois, but I wore my lucky red socks today. Will see what it looks like in the morning.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 4, 2020, 5:41 am

@Mitch — Here it is well past midnight (Eastern) and Nevada is looking very, very interesting. Unusual things happening in Clark county / Las Vegas.

Comment from weasel again
Time: November 4, 2020, 12:06 pm

This sucks 🙁

Comment from technochitlin
Time: November 4, 2020, 12:22 pm

We’re likely to get the government we voted for- good and hard. I never thought I’d see the Anglosphere go down so hard, and so swiftly.

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: November 4, 2020, 12:59 pm

The rules around absentee/mail-in ballots vary. Some states won’t even let the registrar open the return envelope until election day, some (like mine) allow them to “process” it (open up and set sealed ballot envelope aside for counting on election day) as soon as it’s received. That’s why some states can get the absentee numbers out fairly quickly and others take forever.

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