Election Day Open Thread

It's election day. Get out and vote people!

Report back here and let us know how the day went if you worked a poll. Look for an election returns live-blog tonight. I'm sure one of us will have one up and running.

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OK....I don't even know where to go and vote.

I need to get busy and find that information. At least I registered, right? I have my handy dandy Union County voter guide from the CharO, so I will be somewhat informed. :)

Union is voting on district representation for the county commission. It would be a way to get at least one Democrat on the board. Doubt that one will pass.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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today's key calls--remind our friends to vote

Please help spread the word to friends in the right locations that there are several key calls in local elections around our state taking place today. We need to remind our friends and families in those spots to get out to vote and take their neighbors.

Among the contests I'm watching:

Mecklenburg: Voters will decide whether to repeal the special half-cent sales tax that supports transit, including both bus and light rail, in our state's largest city. Retaining this financing is crucial for the future of public transit in Charlotte, and to the prospects for creating passenger rail systems elsewhere in our state. The right-wingers know that, and it's why they're going all-out to repeal the transit tax and keep us all dependent on more highways as our only transportation option. (There's also the challenge by Democratic Representative Beverly Earle to incumbent Republican Mayor Pat McCrory.)

Boone: In a town council runoff, there's a matchup between pro-environment challenger Liz Aycock and the only incumbent town council member who voted against new steep-slope development regulations. This race will affect the balance on the town council in a mountain town which could be key to moving forward with good environmental standards in our mountain region. If Aycock wins, then pro-environmental protection policies will have convincingly withstood an attack from big-money development interests, which poured cash into this small town election this year, trying to overturn a progressive town council majority and oust a good mayor.

Durham: Incumbent Mayor Bill Bell is being challenged for re-election by a former employee of one of the "market fundamentalist" (love that phrase) organizations associated with the John Locke Foundation / Art Pope family network. A Lockie as mayor of one of North Carolina's more progressive cities? I shudder to think of it--re-elect Bell!

Asheville: Our central mountain city has become a leader in pro-environmental and other progressive policy-making over the past couple of election cycles. If environmental advocate incumbents Brownie Newman and Bryan Freeborn are re-elected today, we're sure to see that trend continue. There's also another "green" candidate on the ballot for the third seat up for a vote, newcomer Elaine Lite.

Carrboro: Contests in Chapel Hill and Carrboro have seemed pretty calm this year, but I have to put in a quick word in favor of re-electing Carrboro's outstanding mayor, Mark Chilton. (There are plenty of other good folks on these municipalities' ballots today, too.)

Dan Besse
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor

Dan Besse

Hey Betsy, I called yesterday to find my polling place

and they say I'm not registered. i said I registered when I got my DL and they didn't seem to care that it didn't "take." When they found out where I lived, they pointed out that there were no elections this time in my town (which is what I'd thought until I'd heard on the radio that the Dems were trying to win more Gen Ass seats this year).

Since when doesn't it matter that you are told you've registered but you're not?

In NC I had a similar experience in 05. I went to change my addy with the DL, was told they would handle my voter registration change and then I got a notice from Burke Co. BOE saying "We can tell that you tried to register to vote when you got your DL in Avery County but we didn't get the info we need. Here's an application form."

So all this motor voter stuff seems bogus to me. How many people think they're registered when they're not and find out too late to change anything?

Mr. DQ (who will not be referred to as Drama King) said in our district it really doesn't matter if we miss an election. Something like 80% Dem . . . which is a strange change after 17 years in WNC!
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

I registered at the library and received my card in the mail.

I hope I'm on the list when I show up.

Not going to make it in to Charlotte to work for Mom. Just haven't quite gotten to the point I feel I can drive for over an hour. Head's hurting...still coughing. I'm sad.

You and I both made a switch. I went from Mel Watt to Sue Myrick. I went from a relatively progressive city to Union County....all Republican...alla time.



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lobby Schumer and Feinstein

I am a yellow dog Dem.

Later today , after I vote, I want to post Schumer and Feinstein phonenumbers and ask everyone to call their offices telling them they are going to kill our enthusiasm for the Dem Party. I know that when I try to get people to help get out the vote in 2008, my friends and neighbors are going to recall their vote for Mukaskey and it is going to sap my enthusiasm for getting out the vote.

This may be as impt at voting this morning. Cant we try to influence their votes?

TurnNCBlue

Betsy...I read your stuff...

Your activism is in the spirit of the 1960s...

I was a kid then, but I remember many things.

I have fashioned my own life, to some degree, through reminding myself how those citizens, now in thier 60s, brought a war to an end.

I admire your spirit Betsy. ....It is the spirit from which our Democracy was born.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Early report

Betsy - Worked Hawthorne Rec Center for your Mom this morning. Slam dunk. We have a pool going on how bad she is going to spank Tark, I have 68% - 32%.

Got some great news about the transit tax repeal. One of the reporters for the CharO who has been covering the effort said that it is going to fail. This guy has been covering it from day one and knows his stuff

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Woo Hoo! Thanks for the early report!

I'm trying to decide if I feel well enough to drive in. I was thinking of working Myers Park or Eastover at lunch. Those are heavy voting precincts.

Great news all around!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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last Saturday

We went into Tark's neighborhood this past Saturday for a lit drop. Get Pam to tell you the reaction we got from Tark's wife, it was quite humorous. I am working the poll next door to his this evening, ought to be lots of fun, hehe.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Pam told me the story yesterday

and I laughed so hard I lost part of a lung. Between that and the story where he tried to get his wife elected as Pres of their neighborhood association and didn't know she could vote for herself...well...we were laughing so hard we were crying.

Oh...and it's Tariq. He'd like to change it, but legally it's still Tariq. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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MPP

Myers Park Pat refers to him as "Tark" so I figure if the head of his ticket won't even pronounce his name right far be it for me to dispute our mighty mayor. ;-)

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Keep us posted, Gordon

It's hard to stay on top of all the weirdness out there . . . hope you'll give us the bottom line once it's clear.

Yay, Gordon

Thanks for the links. I know you've been busy with the grassroots stuff. Weren't you volunteering for Elaine? I hope she wins!

I would have voted for partisan elections. They are anyway...might as well bring them out of the closet...so to speak. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Did a bit

I've done some volunteering, yes. But the most exciting invlovement was having my post about the real estate special interests' candidates fundraising efforts distributed to thousands of voters. Local groups like PARC and Asheville Democracy For America spread the message far and wide and helped to set the narrative for the race.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Where are you?

It's absolutely gorgeous here in Union County.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Voted with kids in tow this morning before school.

They are proudly sporting their "I Voted" stickers.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Gorgeous, here, too.

I'm waiting until after school's out to vote - so that I can go with my son to vote for the very first time. :-D


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Now that is an occasion.

My oldest (24 now) was SO excited the first time he got to go vote. It was a proud moment to see him pouring over his sample ballot while standing in line. He was very serious!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

First voted at 17

I am one of the few that were able to vote at 17 here in NC and I have not missed a single election since (43 now).

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Oooo....This is so exciting!

A new voter! Cool.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Heading out to vote

and to get something stronger for my cough. Will be back in a bit. Can I get anybody anything while I'm out? :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Bad move on part of the state board of elections

You can't access the site to find your voter registration information. Greeeat.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Durham blogosphere in action

Kevin's keeping score, while Barry's got a running thread about voting day experiences around the city. I've just been bloviating as usual on the election.

We're planning to find some place to huddle tonight and blather about it on our blogs.

Stith is going down -- Durham cannot be bought.

Great to know!

Thanks for the links.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I need some voting advice for Mississippi

I'm going to start my own blog post about it so not to muck this one up, but I need some thoughts.

thanks!

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

OK....I was voter number 107

but I don't even know how big my precinct is. I had two votes to cast. Vote number one went FOR district representation on the county commission and vote number two was a vote FOR the transfer tax. I didn't have any people to vote for because out here in Redneckville we are governed by Mssrs. Smith and Wesson. I think we're insured by them too. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Hey - we've got the same folks over here!

Odd how that works, isn't it?

It's weird living "in the county", and not having anyone person to vote for this time. I think the transfer tax and the school bond issue is going to drive turnout today. And it's a beautiful, if chilly day. I swung by a few precincts in the last few hours, and it seemed slow but steady.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Higher than normal turnout expected in Mecklenburg

BOE reporting that they expect 28% which is higher than the normal 20 - 23% they get in a municipal election.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.