November 7, 2006

Election Day Open Thread

What was your experience at the polls? How's the GOTV effort going? Any candidate sightings?

Here's an open thread for any election day comments you may have.


At 11/07/2006 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Senator Mike Jacobs at the polling place today. He had the news following him. He looked so professional in a very nice suit. He is a very handsome man.

At 11/07/2006 2:25 PM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

I voted around 7:10 AM, at 1st Christian Church in Moline. This is a part of Moline with more Democrats than Republicans. Since I always vote on my way to work this is the same time I voted in 2000 and 2004. It was much more crowded than I have ever seen. I think people are riled up about this election in a way that I have never seen before. There were (3) poll watchers crossing names off of registration lists. (Always before it has just been 2.) I don't know if the third one was from the Green Party or if the Democrats have so many volunteers for GOTV that they can have 2 people at each polling places.

At 11/07/2006 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 14:06
Jaoobs is obviously going going for the gay vote.

At 11/07/2006 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because someone wears a suit doesn't make him gay. I am a woman and Jacobs did look nice.

At 11/07/2006 3:11 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Heard reports of touch screen voting going awry at the MLKing Center with voters leaving the site before voting. Attorneys have been dispatched.

At the national level, the last-minute GOP surge may show up. But the Dems will hold onto winning the House by a few extra seats.
Then the challenge will be accommodating all the new conservative Democrats in the House caucus. Rahm Emanuel recruited conservative Democrats in all the targeted seats. To make sure they get re-elected in two years, he'll want to let them have a major voice in the caucus.
These new members are not liberals and will run head-on into the liberal base of the House caucus.
Stay tuned.

At 11/07/2006 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that's how you pick your representitives..... ok then.

Seems rather..... shallow?

At 11/07/2006 3:53 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Wearing a suit certainly doesn't make anyone gay. But I think people aren't necessarily impressed with how slickly dressed their representitives are. I think that's where the term "empty suit" stems from.

They're looking for something a little more than expensive suits and Italian loafers. Leave that to the lobbyists.

At 11/07/2006 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that there are more election judges at polling places? I thought one of the reasons that some polling places were closed was because it was so hard to get election judges. Now they have 4 or 5 at the desk and 2 standing up - one who does nothing but retrieve the felt pens and another who does nothing but hand out the "I Voted" stickers!

At 11/07/2006 5:17 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Good observation... I think there were about 10 or 11 people working the precinct I visited, seemed like a lot more than usual.

Also, in the primary it seemed like there were all touch-screen machines, but this time there are optical scanner systems where you have to mark the ballot with a marker and feed it into a machine. I heard that there weren't enough touch-screen machines to go around so they sort of parcelled them out as best they could.

At 11/07/2006 5:19 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Just the usual 2 or 3 people working at my downtown Davenport precinct's voting place.

At 11/07/2006 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps because they merged all the precincts. Duhhhhhh!

At 11/07/2006 6:35 PM, Anonymous pink said...

Anon above... Who are you responding to? What are you trying to say? Your comment isn't too helpful.

At 11/07/2006 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pick my representative by how many bills they pass. 15 in twelve years? It is soap tasting time.

At 11/07/2006 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK slow for you. Less polling places. More poll watchers. More customers at each polling place. What part of this don't you understand. Your comment wasn't helpfull at all Pink. In fact it was sort of juvinile. My comment was very helpful for the slow of learning.

At 11/07/2006 6:41 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Another stupid judge of a representitives effectiveness. A scorecard based on how many bills they pass? That's kind of a weird yardstick, isn't it?

I'd rather have someone who didn't pass any bills than someone who passed a stack of bills on behalf of corporate lobbyists, etc.

And I have NO idea what the hell "soap tasting time" is about unless it's some personal thing between you and Boland.

At 11/07/2006 6:47 PM, Anonymous pink said...

Anon 18:40

You're a sour ass though. It sounds like you're a Republican in a pissy mood because your party is getting the equivelent of a massive kick in the nuts today.

At 11/07/2006 6:51 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

To the "soaptaster" ... your comments have been routinely the most idiotic, juvenile, stupid and irresponsible and you've been leaving them by the ton for the past week or so.

Just quit. I'm not going to publish them. Amazingly, you're so sick that you're STILL slinging mud 15 minutes before the polls close.

Give it up and go away. Or grow up... if you can.

At 11/07/2006 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you going to all of the victory party's tonight. I hope to see you there. They have your favorite thing at these parties.
Free BEER!!!

Hope to see you.

At 11/07/2006 6:55 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And you .. hate free beer? Is that it? Considering that local political events are often not much more than drunken affairs where more is spent on booze than anything else.. it's amazing you'd even try knocking free beer.

I'm sure you'll see me there. Have fun guessing who I am.

At 11/07/2006 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We hope to see you at the East Moline Legion. If not perhaps at the Sheraton, or at Mike Boland's house. Hope to see you at the event and look forward to saying, "Hello old friend!"

At 11/07/2006 7:00 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Just say that to everyone, since you wouldn't know me if I kicked you in the shin. That way it will make for a friendlier atmosphere.

Enjoy the hard fought (cough) victory.

At 11/07/2006 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TID, getting some gutter comments, eh?

Trying to keep up with things via a dial-up conx and a low-batt cell phone. Don't know results, I just feel a great relief to see voters have a voice. That's the win! Enjoy the free beer.

At 11/07/2006 7:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tight race in VA Senate. Swapped leads twice. Good website with latest:

I suspect Allen may hold, since western counties still not in. but still very tight

At 11/07/2006 8:10 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Huck, sadly, yes.

I've got an incredibly dedicated freak who apparently spends more time writing in very strange and misguided attacks than I do putting up the blog.

I'd think they'd have better things to do, but apparently not. And if people could see what they write (all of which by the way, still are saved even when I don't publish them) their jaws would drop, especially when they put two and two together and figured out who is writing them.

It's pretty sick, not to mention a bit disgusting and dissapointing that we have such clowns around here, but .... there you go.

And you're right. Democracy in action is a truly beautiful thing.

I caught video earlier today of people waiting outdoors in incredibly long lines just to exercise their sacred right to vote. There should never be such long lines of course, but the fact that people were still determined enough to stand patiently for a very long time to make their voices heard was.

It's a sign of real hope that the people, a little late, can finally see past all the crap and refuse to continue to be used, abused, and screwed by this bunch of radicals who weaseled their way into power.

The people CAN fix their country when it's driven off the rails, and that's truly a great thing.

At 11/07/2006 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like whoever comes out on top in VA Senate race, we'll have a recount. We're looking at less than .5% (8500 votes) between them. Some urban districts yet to report, including some in Norfolk City and Fairfax County. Amazingly close with 1.9 mil counted.

At 11/07/2006 9:47 PM, Blogger tiz said...

I went to vote today and learned I was purged. For whatever reason the post office decided I lived at an address I had 2+ years ago. Nevermind I'd registered at my new place twice (once when I moved here and once at the DMV) and I was on the rolls when I voted in the primary in the Spring. And the voter registration card and driver's license didn't matter either.

After fighting and calling the damn auditor I got a provisional ballot that probably won't get counted. I'm curious why someone at the post office decided I moved back to my old address from 2 years ago all of a sudden.

So yeah, that was my fun voting experience today. I'm going back to voting absentee weeks before the election. Hopefully my help won't be needed.

At 11/07/2006 10:11 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

That sucks Tiz!

If I recall, you're in Iowa, correct? Whereabouts?

I don't know I'd be as suspicious about your provisional ballot though...I really think they take them seriously and if all is straightened out, it will be counted.

At least in Illinois, you have to work fast though, as you only have about 7 days to provide the documents etc. to validate your vote.

Sorry to hear about that truly weird and inexplicable snafu. Very strange indeed.

At 11/07/2006 11:15 PM, Blogger tiz said...

I'm in rural Scott County.. I read something (on *Governor-elect* Culver's sos site) today that said around 50% of the provisional ballots are tossed.

I'll call the auditor and get to the bottom of it once I come off of this high.. Fortunately my votes were not needed.. Everyone except probably my write-in of Phil Yerington for County Attorney (I don't like Bill Davis) has won.


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