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The Countess and I sallied forth from our keep in Cape Ann at 10:00am in 64 degree weather and walked for 20 minutes to our polling station on Main Street. Our town has about 7,800 residents, so there was no line/no wait. We use paper ballots, and mark a big X in the box next to whom we wish to vote for.

Besides the folks running for various offices we had three propositions. Number 1, abolishing the state income tax, number 2, decriminalizing one ounce or less of pot and number 3 banning dog racing.

Dave Haaz-Baroque

I've already had one friend here in San Francisco say that she's received texts this morning saying that 'because of the overwhelming voter turnout, Democrats are being asked to vote on Wednesday.' Ugh...

I like to believe the best for people, even people on the other side, but the amount of shenanigans the Republicans have been up to this election is unbelievable (and not good shenanigans, like a monkey on a tricycle - bad shenanigans, like a monkey with a knife). I mean, if they won this election, could they possibly feel good knowing that they did so through trickery and undermining the voting process? Doesn't integrity matter to them at all?

cognitive dissident

I voted first thing this morning, and only wish that I lived in CA--so I could have voted against Prop 8!

Please, please, PLEASE let's seize this chance to make a statement about where we stand, and about what's important to us.

Don't let it slip away!

John D.O.W.

I voted a couple of weeks ago in my state's early election cycle, so I get to sit back today and (hopefully) enjoy the blue swell washing out the rethuglican garbage in the White House and congress...

Kit Whitfield

Good luck, America!

And thank you, Greta, for all your outstanding posts in the run-up.

Elaine

Voting was smooth in the People's Republic. Lots of people had voted early and were also dropping off pre-filled-out ballots. There were extra staffers to help the elderly guys who usually man the voting area (They must be in their late 90s). The lines were really short. The weather was great. We've been using paper ballots for a while.

Cath the Canberra Cook

Prop 8 looking bad.

But OBAMA WINS!!!!!!! YES!

Eshu

This morning I have a new respect for the USA. Well done.

Susan B.

Hey, longtime reader, rare commenter here. Greta, at this time with nearly all the votes in it looks like California has failed to provide the equal rights that its citizens are owed. I want to express my sympathy to you in particular, as well as my anger that California--California!--has now set such a precedent. This is going to affect all of us, in all states, and that approx. 50% of the population of CA should be ashamed of themselves.

Steph

Prop 8 was a nasty fly in what was otherwise a pretty ointmenty night. I'm saving my No On 8 sign so that in a few decades I can prove I was on the right side at least.
I've heard that the already existing marriages will remain legal, is there any word on this yet?
It's sickening that there are still so many bigots and still so many who just didn't care enough. But they only barely won, and they had to lie their heads off just to get that. The minute hand on the civil rights clock was set back today, but the hour hand of generational shift grinds on. That girl from the Yes On 8 scare ad? By the time she's grown up, she WILL be able to marry a princess.
It's cold comfort for those of us who've seen a right disappear for at least the near future, though. The repeal will come - let's try to make it sooner rather than later.

Ezekiah David

CNN had a way to track (certain) ballot initiatives. My happiness about Obama is almost overwhelmed with my grief about:
Arkansas banning adoption by "unmarried couples",
Arizona banning gay marriage,
California seeming to go to the bigots,
Florida's gay marriage ban, and
Nebraska ending affirmative action.

Yes some of those were never going to go any other way, but nevertheless it is a rather large "fly in the ointment".
On the plus side:
Massachusetts has decided to make possession of small amounts of pot a civil (rather than criminal) offense,
California did not (seem, since the site refuses to call it) to vote for abortion limitations,
Colorado also hasn't designated human life as starting at conception, nor has it destroyed affirmative action,
South Dakota refusing abortion limits, and lastly
Washington has approved something that CNN says is thus: This measure would allow terminally ill, competent, adult residents of the state to request and self-administer lethal medication prescribed by a physician. The person requesting to end his or her life must be medically predicted to have six months or less to live...

So on the whole, sort of a wash for individual rights.

John B Hodges

Perhaps I do not properly appreciate the overall result of the election, certainly we must all give thanks for the Obama win and the general Democratic gains. But I find myself brooding and angry about the Prop 8 passage. I doubt my vitriolic daydreams would have a constructive effect in real life. The various religions that joined forces for the Yes on 8 campaign are nothing but organized swindles, including one of the oldest organized swindles in the western world. But I doubt it would help matters to rant this fact on the street corners.

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