• http://occupant.org/anna anna

    Thanks for your response, Quick-Electoral-College-Note. I think you’ve won me over. The electoral college usually reflects the will of the people. In a really close election, the electoral college is messed up. But as a permanent policy, the popular vote is messed up too.

    Here’s my proposal:
    Wouldn’t it be great if we used the electoral college as a general rule, but that if the popular vote contradicted the electoral college, the popular vote would be the official result. Wouldn’t that be great? Then candidates wouldn’t campaign only in swing states or only in big states, and we wouldn’t end up with a president that didn’t win the popular vote.

  • http://www.chubbypixel.com/mando/index.php Seattle girl

    I’m thankful that all of this propaganda will be over soon and we can vote on more exciting things. Like my hair and if I should grow it out or keep it short.

  • red

    Here we go! Wheeeeeeee…….

  • jules

    i voted.. and for john kerry… as my 6 year old nephew told me…. he should get a turn

  • http://www.lizincorporated.com Liz

    I voted for early voting last Saturday (10/30), and I was so encouraged to see that many people, especially young people, out there voting with us. Good job to everyone who went and voted!!! And good luck to Kerry!!!! :)

  • jessielee

    another utah vote for kerry
    and a big ‘hell no’ on amendment 3.

    love the scarf, allison is my knitting inspiration.

  • Holly

    I love absentee ballots! Even if it does mean I didn’t get a sticker, I got to vote… two weeks ago.
    Young voters go out and vote, because we can change the election!

  • anna

    i voted for kerry in california! in los angeles in fact. i dodn’t have to wait at all. it was very exciting though!

  • dänika

    I voted. For Kerry, whom I never thought I’d vote for. It was like an out-of-body experience.

  • http://www.homepage.mac.com/ajmarq Pooze

    …first the Sox winnings (YEAAAA SOX!!) now this? I’m glued to BBC online… currently, exit polls claim Bush is in the lead… it’s like being at Wonderland racetrack, the tension just might kill me! Ugh!

  • nick

    not sure if everyone else can see what i’m seeing….i’m on the east coast. right now, bush is in the lead: 39 – 3.

  • popsicle

    i am having a popular vote right now on whether to have one scoop of coolwhip or two in my irish coffee. this decision shouldn’t be that difficult, but it’s as hard as a priest in playground. ok ok OK! give me two, and oh, a little more whiskey while you’re at it.

  • kim

    We are watching. It is too early to tell. Need more data.

    LOL!!

    I’m gonna turn over to BBC and see what they have to say….

  • http://www.oipom.com Meggan

    I love pictures like that… the “THIS IS WHAT I JUST DID” sort of pictures. I voted for the first time (first time I’ve been old enough to!) in Oregon for KERRY! and what’s more, I voted “NO” on measure 36, which is the banning gay marriage measure. And in Oregon, you can vote by mail, so I didn’t get a sticker, sadly. Voting is awesome anyway.

  • http://www.homepage.mac.com/ajmarq Pooze

    So… now Kerry has 78 EV & Bush only 66? But polled voters have 56% for Bush & 43% for Kerry? I’m so confused. It’s 2am- I’m sure the tension will be just as high in a few hours if I sleep a while?! My eyes are burning from staring [without blinking] at the interactive flashing exit poll results on BBC… oh wait!! Wait! Now it’s BUSH 81, KERRY 77… did someone change their mind?

  • Holly

    I voted, for Kerry. My dad told me, his 35 year old daughter, that he would be “bitter” if Kerry won. Puhlease, which is what I said. He’s missed having a reason to bitch, moan & blame all of his problems on since the Republicans screwed the country out of a decent president 4 years ago. Cheaters suck.

  • Carla Beth

    Hey, that’s what I was going to say! I’m in Oregon too and WHERE’S MY STICKER, DANGIT! Well, we can blame my sister for Texas going to Bush. She voted for the first time. Oprah said to vote and so she voted. Me: Kerry and NO on 36.

  • nick

    Pooze-
    now it is….102 -77 Bush. but we really won’t know until the VERY end – until all the states have been tallied. so, i’d say go to bed – at least for a few hours. we may not know until tomorrow. or the next month (hope not). this is what makes is exciting! but it’s also very late for you.

  • http://aboutalice.diaryland.com Alice

    A triumvirate of voting power!

  • http://www.homepage.mac.com/ajmarq Pooze

    Nick 102?! BBC doesn’t have that number yet. .. oh wait- there it is. Okay- my husband is in Moscow this week or he’d have surely turned off the computer to contain my anxiety… (he wishes he could vote in the US too!) so thanks for being my voice of reason! Off to bed then… *snnnnoooorrrrrreeee* Thanks to Dooce for giving us all a friendly outlet for BOTH parties! We’ll ALL be on the same side of the fence very soon! ;)

  • Carla Beth

    P.S. In Oregon votes (all by mail or dropping them off at ballot boxes) are due by 8 pm. It’s 5:45 pm right now. The tricky thing is that the envelope the inner envelope goes in must be signed. And all votes must be made with a pencil. Who has a pencil these days? So volunteers have to CHECK each and every ballot, marking over inked votes with a pencil and trying to contact people who didn’t sign their ballots. With pressure to announce Oregon’s vote ASAP, they won’t be doing this for ballots turned in close to the deadline. Too many steps for error. Too many missed votes because of how FREAKIN FLAWED this voting system is.

    I’ve been saying for months now that Bush is going to get his FOUR MORE YEARS. Let’s hope not.

    You’ve got to wonder … if money can be counterfeited, can’t ballots as well?

    Hmm.

  • http://www.brochspot.com Broch

    I voted for Badnarik!!!!!!!!!

  • http://chookooloonks.typepad.com/chookooloonks Karen

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    They just projected Bush for Utah! Dooce! DJBlurb!! YOU DIDN’T VOTE OFTEN ENOUGH!

  • danielle

    Since everyone is being so (surprisingly, to me) open about their voting, here is something I’ve been wondering: Have any of you actually been polled before? Exit polls? or Polls the months before the election? Where _are_ these people who get polled? I don’t know of anyone who has ever been polled…. anyone? anyone?

  • http://www.nykola.com/home.html Ambra

    Hey Heather, despite your feeling that Utah is completely lacking culture and diversity, for Leta’s own sake, you can at least tell her that there’s a black chick in Washington state who reads and loves your site.

    But unfortunately, she’s also a black chick that voted for Bush.

    (((((Bush in the House!)))))

    Go Dubya!

  • Michelle in San Diego

    Well–
    I’m sorry to surprise you like this dooce, but they just called Utah for Bush on PBS.

    Who knew?

  • kim

    I haven’t been polled in at least 4 years for a national election. For local elections last year it was hot and heavy but they weren’t really “polls” as much as “would you vote for xx if you knew he was for stem cell research utilizing aborted fetuses?” or some leading question like that.

  • lily

    BOOOOOO! 193-112 to Bush

    but what can u expect from the guy with those kind of connections?

  • sam

    Sigh…it looks bad. I’m trying to be hopeful, but it just looks bad. :(

  • D

    You mormons suck! You didn’t vote enough. I think the Avon World Sales Leader holds too much clout. The Electoral College of Utah had to bow to her partisan preference. Boo, hiss.

  • amy

    Fujiko (comment above) As a Canadian I only learnt that tonight… Here in Canada our votes are taken on a scrap of paper with a pencil. The most votes wins.

    Never have I been so into an election, Canadian or otherwise. Just seems so important for ALL to get BUSH OUTTA there.. NOW!!!

  • -kayde.

    wisconsin, is of course, a swinger. cause we’re just that cool here. but of course i voted blue.

    if bush does happen to get another 4 years, myself and my sister (angie @ blueshoediaries) will be available for contact somewhere in europe.

  • Sheryl

    One thing about the Electoral College that I think hasn’t been mentioned here is that individuals in the states with lower populations have more voting power. In some states it takes 9 votes to win one electoral college vote, in others it takes 900,000 votes to equal one electoral college vote.

    The system tries to make sure representation is not skewed in favor of what the city populations want, but ends up skewing toward what the rural populations want.

  • http://newage.htmlplanet.com Aimee

    I couldn’t (in good conciousness) vote for either of ‘em. So i voted for the propostions and whatnot. I figure if Bush stays in another 4 years and screws us over any more – everyone will be SOOOO ready for Hilary in 2008. :) Wheeeeee!!

  • Laurie

    I have been sitting watching results come in with a bipartisan group of about 150 congressional aides and clerks from the supreme court, and I can’t take anymore. After 3 bowl of ice cream, 2 bags of doritos, a bag of cheetos, 4 pieces of cake, not to mention a half a pack of cigs, I am heading to bed. Someone wake me up with better news in the morning? :)

  • http://jbru.livejournal.com Peter Hentges

    Just one more place I’ll make a note of this article:
    http://www.discover.com/web-exclusives/math-against-tyranny/

    If you think the electoral college is messed up, spend some time thinking about politics in a nation where the popular vote was between two candidates. Do you think you’d see Bush and Kerry courting the Hispanic vote? The black vote? The gay vote? Nope. You’d see the candidates courting the white, male vote because that’s where the majority lies. Don’t get me wrong … I don’t think the electoral college is completely fair and balanced, but it’s better than a straight popular vote (which Bush was winning, last I looked).

    My recommendation? Retool House of Representatives so that the number of voters represented by each member is more even. The unbalanced nature of the electoral college stems from this discrepency.

  • kp

    i am in ohio. it’s 3 am almost and they are still fighting for us…man, i’d feel sooooo guilty if i hadn’t voted. i am getting really sick of all the republicans saying kerry is delusional for thinking he can still win. *sigh*

  • http://kimba-bremen.com kim

    *absolutely*, amy! i’m still soooo nervous. i just got to work but i don’t think i can concentrate. i can’t believe there’s actually a chance kerry might not win..

  • Lori

    I voted this morning for Kerry, but I’m blue in a blue state… So fuck me. Feeling kind of blue about now, maybe. Also, I received no sticker.

  • http://www.homepage.mac.com/ajmarq Pooze

    Kerry-ites… there’s still a chance. It’s so very close now 254 to 252! Bush shouldn’t get too full of himself just yet.

  • http://www.lemonlight.org Angie M

    The glimmer of hope is all but extinguished.

    Ohio, Ohio, Ohio… Oh-why(oh)?

    Looks like Leta’s going to get a lot more wear out of her “Mommy wants a new president” t-shirt.

    God bless America!

  • Kano

    Angie,

    You said it…..God did bless America.

  • me

    way to go

  • Kano

    Here is the difference between most people and liberal fanatics. Had Kerry won I would have said I wish him luck and I hope that he does a good job for the country.
    You people on the other hand can’t even lose gracefully…..Instead it will be whining bitching and moaning from now on.

    I am sure that you would have been lousy at winning too. I’d bet everything you would have taunted and rubbed anything you could have in the face of anyone that opposed your choice of whom you thought should be President.

    So now the country will be filled with 48 percent of people bitching and moaning instead of pitching in and trying to make the country better.

    I just hope that in the next 4 years things become better and better……no matter who is in the Whitehouse.

    As for all the opinionated non USA President bashers……You do not have the right to vote here…..so close your cake holes!

  • Karen Rani

    I’m not an American, but I am a strong supporter of voting – especially WOMEN voters….it’s so important to ourselves, our children and our future! Great picture!

  • RosebudPeas

    Yeah, well, at least I know that White House is two words.

  • sab

    If I was American I would vote to. For Kerry.

  • Joan

    I voted. For Kerry. So did everybody I know. Then, how come it looks as if Bush won?

  • http://shenuts.com sarcastic journalist

    You do, in fact, have very nice long legs. I’d vote, but well, I live in Texas and according to the People That Be, we don’t matter.

    Pooey on them. Either way, I’ll support who wins.

  • http://www.lemonlight.org Angie M

    Kano, speaking as a liberal fanatic myself, I feel humbled by your grace and good will. Thank you also for pointing out that free-speech does not apply to us non-americans, I didn’t realise.

    By the way… I did actually mean that ‘God Bless America’ in my last comment, whoever is in charge!