We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We should probably feel lucky if we know the outcome by this time tomorrow.
Legions of lawyers are ready to enter the fray in case Election Day turns on a legal challenge. One nightmare scenario would be for the results in a battleground state like Florida or Ohio to be too close to call, with thousands of absentee or provisional ballots yet to be counted.
One possibility is that an automatic recount will be triggered, says Husted. Ohio law requires a recount if the vote margin between the candidates is a quarter of a percent or less of the total vote — or about a 150,000-vote difference.
But a recount is just one of several things that could delay the final count.
In Ohio, about 200,000 voters are expected to cast provisional ballots because they don't have identification, because they requested an absentee ballot but showed up at the polls instead, or for other reasons.
But those ballots can't even be counted until 10 days after Election Day according to Ohio law.
That's probably what reminded me of the Tea Party. Then last night I realized that Tea Partiers, like Dems for Romney in deep blue areas, have a good reason not to respond to polls. They'd just get accused of racism, the Dems risking the loss of their job, friends and family, for holding the wrong opinions.
So while much has been written about the polls, I still can't help but feel, there is an un-surveyed mass out their ready to participate in today's poll.
Then we're certainly in agreement. If you'll notice, I constantly use the term Tea Party spirit, referring to all of those people out there who believe what the Tea Party stands for, even if they don't know it. Even though they don't like voting for a dog-killing, cancer-distributing menace like Romney, I believe they'll still pick him over Obama.