Archive - Nov 4, 2008

Election Night Updates

It is 8:44 and I’m down in Washington, waiting to hear some news from Connecticut. Several friends promised to Tweet me when there were election results, but I haven’t received any tweets. The Secretary of State’s Site doesn’t have any information yet. News 12 has some good information that Kim called me with and The Hartford Courant has some good initial results. They’ve called the 1st CD for Larson and the 3rd CD for DeLauro.

The 2nd CD is showing incumbent Joe Courtney leading Sean Sullivan at 64 to 32 with only 8% in. The fifth CD is showing Chris Murphy leading David Cappiello 52 to 46 with only 5% in. The most interesting race is the 4th CD, where with 16% in, challenger Jim Himes is upsetting Congressman Chris Shays 63 -36. However, that is only with the large cities reporting.

In the State Senate races, there aren’t a lot of results yet, but a couple interesting developments. The 22nd State Senate Race with 19% in has Anthony Musto taking back Bill Finch’s old seat from Robert Russo 66-34. Even more striking is with 17% of the votes counted, Democrat Mark Diamond is leading Republican Scott Franz in the 36th State Senate District. This is a district that had been held by Republican State Senator Bill Nickerson for ages. There had been some in fighting between Stamford and Greenwich Democrats about who should be the candidate and Mark Diamond did not qualify for public funding. It is worth noting, however, that the only districts reporting are from Stamford where Mr. Diamond lives, and none of the Greenwich Districts where Mr. Franz and Mr. Nickerson live have reported.

Update: News 12 is reporting "Voters at Reed Elementary School in Bridgeport were told by a poll worker that they could not vote unless they had ID".

Republican Registrar of Voters, who filed a complaint against ACORN "says he will try to get to the bottom of why some voters were misinformed."

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Long Lines of Voters

Long Lines of Voters, originally uploaded by Aldon.

At Union Station in Washington DC, voters wait in long lines for free ice cream and coffee.

Voting in Woodbridge, CT

I took a brief video of my experience voting in Woodbridge, CT this morning. Apparently, there was a long line when the polls open, but soon the lines died down. Afterwards, there was a steady stream of voters.

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Election Day - Prologue

It all boils down to this. Over the next eighteen hours, or so, voters will stream to the polls across our country to select our forty-fourth president. All ready millions of votes have been cast in early voting. Nearly two million people have voted already in Georgia, a state where 3.3 million voters in total voted in 2004. The early voting lines in Florida where so long that the Governor ordered the polls be open an extra four hours each day. In all thirty-one states currently have early voting and many are reporting record turnout and long lines for the early voting.

Shortly, the polls will open in Connecticut, a state that does not currently have early voting. As soon as I finish this blog post, I will go and vote. I plan on Videoing my vote, and Twittering my vote to Vote Report. I will then stand at the polls to talk with incoming voters about the state legislative candidates as well as the ballot questions in Connecticut.

A lot of attention has been placed on the Presidential election, yet there are also congressional elections, and state legislative elections. Here in Connecticut, the state legislative races should be especially interesting to watch. Last year, our state legislature passed a bill enabling public funding of state elections. You can get details about the program at the State Election Enforcement Commission’s Citizen Election Program website. It has certainly livened up the races here in Connecticut.

My wife is working for Common Cause, which is partner in the 866-our-vote voter protection project. She will be tracking and dealing with voter suppression issues in this election.

When I finish my poll standing, I will hop on a train to Washington DC, where I will be joining a group of nprbloggers to report on election returns. While I expect to write a little on the nuts and bolts of the Connecticut results as well as any issues with voter suppression, I intend to write a bit about the larger issues, the issues of narrative and if and how this is changing our country.

Stay tuned. Leave me any thoughts you have. No matter what happens, it will be an historic day.