• Lisa

    Another random thought because I am grading papers and would rather be reading Dooce and thinking up ways to get more people to the polls. There should be petting zoos near the polls, a donkey and an elephant, both available for rides (if one doesn’t believe that’s abusive). I bet more folks would come out if that were the case. Not that Dooce readers need the incentive, thank goodness.

  • http://bleeblahblog.blogspot.com Shmee

    Not that I want to influence anyone or anything, but for global vote’s virtual election (www.globalvote2004.org), more than 100,000 non-Americans voted 77% in favour of Kerry. Interesting huh? Doesn’t look like the media picked this up though.

    Many of us here in Canada will be glued to the television tonight (actually, tonight I’m doing a seminar at the local college on ethics…kind of ironic).

  • justduckie

    Glad you voted, Utah needs all the help it can get!

    I work at an engineering firm, and while reseraching state departments of transportation… I found this on the Utah site:

    “Procurement Contracts

    From here you will find all purchasing contracts for UDOT. Bla bla bla. Ipsum dipsum elo bralo. Ipsum dipsum elo bralo ipsum dipsum elo bralo. Ipsum dipsum elo bralo ipsum dipsum elo bralo. Ipsum dipsum elo bralo ipsum dipsum elo bralo.”

    That’s not even a language, is it?

  • Ada

    I’ll be voting for the first time in a few hours… it pays to turn 18 a month before election day… viva bush!

  • Susie

    Why, thank you, Christine! How kind of you. I have never had the national anthem played in my honor before. I’m likin’ it!! Feel like an Olympic gold medalist, just for voting!!

    See, voting is good. Go vote, everyone!

  • Danika

    *crossing fingers and toes and legs and arms and.. * you get the point. PLEASE let the era of Bush be ended!!!!

    I WISH I could vote in your election! (I did vote on that link someone posted not long ago for non-americans to vote online)

  • Lori

    I’ve been singing patriotic songs in my head and I got a little misty eyed at the line by the election booths this morning.

    Blue in a blue state, phew.

  • http://bleeblahblog.blogspot.com Shmee

    Re: Liisa (#112). Ditto, ditto, ditto. I was wondering the same thing myself (I mean the part about dooce cross-legged on the floor). Harrumph indeed.

  • Jodi

    I voted Kerry in the small unknown state of South Dakota.

    I doubt either candidate cares how we vote but SOMEDAY we will be important! SOMEDAY! ;)

  • Marie

    i grew up in dallas but now live in the ‘burbs of houston (*sigh*)…seems to be a LOT of bush support down here, of course….i remember reading somewhere last week that the dallas morning news endorsed bush….is that true? wtf?

  • krissy pants

    Go Jodi! Your vote counts…from a former South Dakotan.

  • Elizabeth

    My dog and I voted this morning and then I went to the dentist. Luckily, we live in the dark ages out here in Massachusetts, so our ballots involve taking a PENCIL and writing an “X” next to the person you want to vote for. Kinda hard to mess that up. ;-) Still, I was SO focused on who I was voting for, that I messed up and had to get a new ballot! Which, since it’s just a pencil and an “X”, was not a big deal.

  • http://chookooloonks.typepad.com Karen

    I voted back on October 20th — reason? I bought Fahrenheit 911 the night before, and decided that I couldn’t wait until November 2nd to cast my vote — even though here in Texas (as so many before me have said), my vote doesn’t count!

    Incidentally, the candidates don’t seem to think that Kerry votes in Texas count either — I haven’t seen one Presidential ad on local television here in Houston. I would laugh my ass off if Kerry takes this state. I seriously would. I’d be assless. And trust me, I have a helluva lot of ass to laugh off.

  • http://symbioticfishes.blogspot.com Fish

    As a citizen of a state that’s neither red nor blue, but more importantly as a citizen of the United States, I’m proud to say that I Voted.

  • Laura

    This is my first election (I’m freshly 19), I voted and I couldn’t be more excited. And scared. haha. Love the site, love Leta, love Chuck, love the whole kit-and-pooping-caboodle.

  • http://kevin.inuration.com Kevin

    Red vote in a red state 20 minutes after the polls open(8:00) gets me a sticker.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/makingmywayhome Kristina

    I’m leaving to vote in 10 minutes. Voting blue in a blue state (Illinois–that’s not as fun as voting blue in a red state). I’m terrified, but GO KERRY!

  • http://www.pattisunshine.blogspot.com patti

    The place where I voted didn’t have the punch-card style ballots, it has arrows, and you had to draw a line with a marker to connect the arrow near the choice you wanted. I had never seen this before, so I asked for help from one of the ol’ ladies, and she told me THREE TIMES to draw a line “here” if I want to vote straight party ( she pointed at the REPUBLICAN choice THREE TIMES)I should have told her I was going straight Libertarian, but my son was with me and I did not want to cause a scene, plus I voted for Kerry, and I didn’t want to lie in a church!

  • blue voter

    the other day through work I spoke with a red voter in a red state (GA) who said and I quote, “…President Bush has done a good job in difficult times…” to which I WANTED to SCREAM, “President Bush has done a good job at CREATING difficult times!” But, since it was a work call and I work for the Federal Govt., I could not. But, I can vote Blue, and I did.


  • Louise

    Kim-I voted in Texas (Tarrant Co.)but never said it was a democratic vote. Either way I will support the whiner-err winner, whatever the outcome.
    And I did not get a sticker.:(
    Dooce For President 2008. Let’s start campaigning now!

  • Becky

    I just cast a vote for the two Johns, here on the beautiful UC Santa Cruz campus in non-swinging, but very happening California. I saw lots of students up early and voting, which is a good sign. Or maybe they hadn’t been to bed.

  • http://www.pumpkinjuice.com Jenny Mahler

    I, too, just voted. I, too, woke up electrified! I had all these weird voting nightmares last night – all involving people trying to make it hard for me to get to the voting booths, and vote for John Kerry. But luckily, I was able to do just that. :)

  • http://www.partofthatworld.com Becca

    If someone doesn’t go vote today, they shouldn’t be a citizen.

  • http://www.StupidityKills.co.uk Han

    Britain is crossing its fingers for you! (well I am anyway) My friends and I are staying up, getting really drunk and waiting for the ‘result’ all night.
    I know you’d be proud ;)

  • gji7

    I voted and got my sticker! Then I happily turned my sticker over to the best bagel company in town to get my free “I voted” bagel.

    What a great morning!

  • Kellie

    I voted at 7:10 this morning, and I am proudly wearing my “I Voted” sticker, right above my “W For President” sticker. Like Brian said, I will support whoever wins. But I am hoping for a Bush/Cheney victory.

    I just hope all of this is over TONIGHT!!

  • http://lasadh.blogspot.com Sherri

    I voted! However, I’m convinced there was some illegal voting going on at my location (mainly because their system of signing people in was crummy). I’ve tried calling the Board of Eelctions and the NBC hotline, but haven’t been able to get though all day.

    So if Brooklyn becomes this year’s Florida, dont’ say I didn’t warn you here first.

  • http://chloeishere.diaryland.com/ Chloe

    I was also oddly excited all day today to go and vote. I totally feel ripped off, though. I want a sticker! My brother got a sticker. Where’s my sticker?! I was sort of surprised how anticlimatic it was though. There was no line at all. I had this huge book, and there was no one there… maybe you have to wait in line for sticker?
    Also, George: cool car. And what instincts– the internet needed a picture of Chuck’s butt. Then again, maybe not.

  • Elise

    I just noticed with a chuckle that Google is running an ad for the Mormon church on this site.

  • http://amairead.blogspot.com manda

    I voted.
    I’m not so much into politics, but since I live in Florida and we’re a swing state, we’ve been bombarded by gazillions of campaign ads. Do another re-count. Take all the time you need. Just, PLEASE NO MORE CAMPAIGN ADS!!!!

  • http://lasadh.blogspot.com Sherri

    *cry* I didn’t get an “I Voted” sticker.

    How much of a nerd am I that I saved my “I Voted” sticker from the very first time I ever voted?

  • Sari

    Your photo proves it! Voting turns you into a super-sized hero!

    Only two hours (plus waiting-in-line time) until I get my coveted sticker!

  • mrs. george #2

    I voted in Texas, got my sticker, and dammit it COUNTS. Just look at all the folks on here alone who said their Texas vote “doesn’t count”. I’ll bet if all the Texans who stayed home today because they thought they’re vote didn’t matter had gotten off their lazy asses and to the polls, Bush would have been out of office by noon.

    Vote! Or else you’re a baby-murdering pagan.

  • http://nevr-perfect.diaryland.com Fujiko

    I voted blue in a red state on Friday, and I didn’t get a sticker, either. But it was my first vote ever. I was born a month too late to vote last time.

    For all of the Canadians and other foreigners: The outcome of the election isn’t decided by the popular vote, it’s decided by the electoral college. The electoral college is made up of all 100 senators and all 400-some representatives in congress. Whichever candidate a state votes for the most (i.e., in North Dakota, Bush will probably have the most votes), that state’s Senators and Congresspeople will vote for that candidate. That is why there are “swing states”; most states usually have one party outnumbering another, and it is highly unlikely that the party’s candidate will lose. Like, my state is full of old hicks, so they will all vote for Bush, and so North Dakota’s three electoral college votes will go to Bush. But in those swing states, the popular vote could go either way, so the candidates campaign there more so that they might get more electoral college votes. Whoever gets 270 (or is it 271? the majority, anyway) electoral college votes wins.

    I have no idea why the system is set up like this. It really makes no sense to me. Why can’t we just decide from the popular vote? Then I would really feel like my vote counts!

  • Jodie

    I am extremely blue in an extremely red Western Oklahoma. I work for an oilfield company that competes against Halliburton for business, and it’s the middle of hunting season. Talk about a scary place!

    If Dr. Seuss was alive, I’m sure he’d be drawing some of the best Democratic cartoons we’ve ever seen. Shortly before his death in 1991, he answered a question from his future biographers—whether he still had any message for his readers–in writing:
    “The best slogan I can think of to leave with the U. S. A. would be: “We can…and we’ve got to…do better than this.”‘

    Go Kerry! We can do better than this!

  • Olivia

    It’s so great to see kids in the voting booths with their parents- it’s a good thing to teach them about it.

    I saw the best thing this morning when I voted (woohoo!)- this woman, wearing her pajamas, had her 4 children and dog with her. She brought them all in the booth with her- including the dog. I wanted to run up and hug her, because obviously nothing was going to stand in her way when it came to voting. Way to go pajama voting lady- when I do my retarded chicken dance, I will think of you.

  • nick

    Clayton Jr High? I voted there too. Small world.

  • el

    Two votes for Kerry in this house.
    Sorry Kano….we just cancelled you out.

  • Sarah

    about your post- this morning i woke my boyfriend up at 5am bc it was voting day. also, i danced around too. and made “john kerry cookies”. the bf is embarrased of me also.

  • Kate

    Voted first thing this morning
    Houston, Texas
    Got a sticker
    Had no problems
    Saw some friends there even!

    I’m not entirely sure if it counts or what, but it’s MY vote and I’m TAKING it.
    It shouldn’t be a game of strategy, but an exclamation of interest and support in this country of ours. There is strength in numbers, and I’m glad to see there are so many this year, no matter which way they go.

  • http://traciesmusings.blogspot.com Tracie

    Kim, I’m right outside of Waco….and I’m one of those Texans that DON’T think my vote isn’t counting for anything- because it does…and will. I’m saying that if Kerry pulls off Texas, I’m also going to laugh my ass off……..

  • http://www.kristyk.org kristal

    I voted this morning and was the only person there. Thank goodness, as I had to take the kids with me. The four older ones helped me last time and the baby is too young to remember, so I took Butterfly and Jonathan in with me. They were amazed at the little buttons and the sound it made when we voted. When we left, they decided that you should be able to vote over and over, as many times as you want to. LOL… The four year old walked out chanting ‘Go, Kerry! Go, Kerry!’ A poll worker asked her why she liked Kerry so much and she said ‘because he is a girl. Bush is a boy so I think he does drugs.’

  • http://patrick-nelson.com Kahli

    I voted at 7:00 am and I almost threw up, I was so excited! My husband said “I don’t give a fuck if we live in Utah. Iwant the popular vote to be seen and I want that fucker to know he is not liked or welcome!” True that mi amor!! Yikes.

    Yesterday, there were “No on 3″ “Honk No” people everywhere and I honked and grinned and almost started crying and then I almost hit someone. Twice. Two different intersections.

    I have all my “I voted” stickers! I think they are wonderful, I can also see what sweater I wore that morning so many years ago… heh heh.

    I hurried home to see if you had a cool polling place photo Dooce, but I was 10 minutes ahead of you and this is my first time back on. Thanks! Love it…

    I am all chills covered and excited and I want to grab all your wrists spontaneously (or not since I am writing it down) and jump up and down and squeal and cry and skip class tonight so I can watch the history roll across my carpet….

    Here’s to all of you, this is one of those times I feel part of something big. Thanks for being part of it with me *sniff*
    Go Kerry! I am counting on our loves in NH, MI and WI…

  • D

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Kristal that is seriously the funniest damn thing I have ever heard, and well worth reading through all of these comments to get to. Your 4 year old ROCKS!

  • MrsDoF

    Yes, I voted after waiting 40 minutes in line. And I got a sticker.
    When I got home, in my mailbox was, of all things, a toy catalog with a big red logo and FP (am I allowed to say a company name?). This is a strange thing, our youngest son is in college. But anyway, the little plastic people pictures inside, some have red/white/blue clothes with a patriotic theme. Like some of you folks, start the youngsters out properly. And I totally want the Noah’s Ark and all the animals!

  • lily

    Fujiko i know what u mean, i was 17 for the last election. it was not a nice feeling to be unable to vote against Bush back in 2000.

  • tracy

    Fujiko, you’re almost right. The electoral college is not made up of senators and congresspeople, but each state has a number of electors equal to its number of senators and congresspeople. These electors are the ones who actually “elect” the president. When we mark our presidential ballots, technically we are voting for the electors. It’s screwed up, and it’s a relic from when the U.S. was considered a loose confederation of sovereign states. It’s time to get rid of the ridiculous process and go by the popular vote.

  • http://www.lambic.co.uk/jenblog Jennifer

    Another Canadian for Kerry here, so, how many times did Leta vote?

  • http://anna.typepad.com A N N A

    fujiko, b/c then the candidates would only campaign in CA, TX, FL, NY…etc. there’s this inherent attempt at balance in our system…whether you’re looking at the executive, judicial and legislative branches OR the set up of our bicameral congress; if we didn’t have the senate, which guarantees two voices for EVERY state, the house would be dominated by my home state, California, for example. b/c we have more representatives in the house, due to our population. having the senate and the house protects and equalizes; it’s how delaware isn’t steamrolled by california. :) the electoral college kind of works the same way.

    that and earlier leaders thought that the trashy unwashed masses were too retarded to know how to vote properly, so heaven forbid you allow popular vote to determine anything. ;)

  • http://anna.typepad.com A N N A

    i just realised that my answer isn’t so clear; what i mean to say is that if the election were only determined by the popular vote, then candidates would ignore most states and just campaign/pander to the big ones. b/c that’s where the most votes are. and that could lead to a bunch of problems that aren’t so desirable…

    anyway, i love the story of leta groaning (i would have preferred squawking!) b/c she was almost horizontal! sooo cute. what we all want to know is, was she wearing SOCKS? :)