Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Open Thread - What are you doing Election Night?


Whew! We're here. We made it. Tonight, come what may, we'll know who the Electoral College the money machines the American People elected for President in 2012. So how to get through this long, long night?

Apparently Jay and Joy have invited themselves to my house to watch election results this evening. I found this out when Annette sent word that she and John are coming too. And David says if they get to come over.... See how this goes? Casa de Michele might be bolted shut and locked down.

My plan was start in with Bloody Marys around 4:00pm (officially cocktail hour doncha know) and switch to varietal wines right about the time I know whether to dance for joy or hide under the bed weeping. I had planned to do all of this wearing baggy sweats and a raggedy ponytail. 

But over to you - what are you doing this evening? Watching the results? on what channel? Going ot a watch party? What will you do if your candidate doesn't win? How many beds should I reserve at the Casa de Bouge alongside the rainforest of Georgetown, Guyana? #NoJimJones

And certainly not least - who voted? How long did it take? Any drama? Do share...

29 comments:

SpkTruth2Pwr said...

I voted early so luckily I am missing the long lines here I am hearing about.  I am hosting a watch party later today -  I imagine IF my candidate doesn't win, I will go through the 7 stages of grief, but stay stuck in denial for a long long time.

MsJamie14 said...

I waited til election day this year. I was in and out in 5 minutes. I did early voting in 2008 and waited for 2 hours. Never again. Besides, I like voting with my neigbhors at my trusted precinct. One of my Sorors said the poll worker put her early vote in a tupperware container. No lie. :-/

As for tonight, some of the urban young professionals groups are hosting a huge election night party here in Atlanta. CNN will be covering it, I'm told. I've got my "Georgians for Obama" shirt and "I voted" sticker all ready!

rozb said...

I have class tonight from 6-10pm, but with internet access I am sure by 8pm I will be getting tweets, texts, and emails with results. Then I am going home and either way I will be drinking tequila. I tell you what though, if there are shenanigans going on with the results, folks won't give up like Gore in '00.

Leon X said...

I'll be having an Election Night shindig that would make you proud.

Earthangel172 said...

I'm in Houston, TX and I voted today. I've never voted early.

It was conveniently held at my apt. complex in the front office. I was in and out within 30 minutes. The only shenanigans I have to report is the white chick who tried to cut the fool with the election officials re: her address change. Ma'am check your info before you come in here trying to clown. Needless to say she didn't get to vote today. I'll be at home watching the results. No wine or tequila will be involved. LOL

EvolvingElle said...

I'm in our nation's capital and stood in line a total of 90 minutes (60 in the cold) to cast my vote.  I am not complaining; just showing that if our ancestors can endure dogs, hoses, and death to let their voices be heard, I can stand in the cold for a little while.  And no drama, if you don't count the woman in front of me who saw someone she knew and proceeded to tell the person in line with her (and anybody within a 3 foot radius), "That ni**a used to be scrawny, now he got a big ol' butt!" -_-

I RSVP'd for a watch party at the Washington Post.  And to ensure that I go instead of curling up on my coach, my neighbor is going with me and my linesister is meeting me there.

Oh, and if the results are boo-boo, go on and save me a bed in G-town.  Please and thanks.

CaliGirlED said...

I early voted for the first time ever. Something was nudging to. *shrugs*

I have 2 commitments at my church this evening and neither one of them will be made lest I know there will be some way for me to peek in on the tallying. I will be in a fetal position if President Barack Obama is not re-elected!

thinklikeRiley said...

First, I love how everyone on Twitter and FB has made voting a competitive sport.
"I voted"
 "I voted first"
"I voted federal sate and local"
 "I voted and took 30 people with me"
Ha! Just get yo vote on and hope we don't have to Underground Railroad up out this piece come January.
And yeah - I'll be drinking... heavily.

And shout out to the folks talmbout leaving the country and ain't got nan passport.
Chele, lemme get that scenic view room from the compound. First rum punch on me.

Earthangel172 said...

 "And shout out to the folks talmbout leaving the country and ain't got nan passport."

LMAO!

Just_A_Thought1218 said...

I am watching at my house, by my lonesome, while I play music and clean.  And cook for the week. And generally do a bunch of stuff to make my week easier.

I voted this morning.  No lines at my polling place.

Londa said...

I voted today. I was in line for less than 25 minutes. It was inside a high school, so I was nice and warm and sheltered from the rain. Easy-peezy, in and out, no shenanigans. Oh...I'm in Alpharetta, GA.

chriscogmta said...

I didn't early vote this year and I am nowhere near my polling location. SO, I will be in line with the rest of the procrastinators this year.  

chriscogmta said...

ain't got a passport, and can't leave the state cause they on papers!!! geesh folks, GET IT TOGETHER!

Tarsha! said...

Waiting on Mittens to concede...

OwenCinDallas said...

Jayme and I voted early and we were in charge fo the Get Out The Vote effort at the church so we've been running folks for days. Didn't have too much drama, the longest line was about an hour and a half wait. Jayme is at a "conference" (yep, I put it in quotes) in Bali so I'll be at home with the kids praying mightily.

TNDRHRT said...

DC resident here.  Voted last Wednesday.  In and out in about 10 minutes.  Polls were open for early voting til 9pm.  Was there around 8.  Team Obama!  Going to a watch party by the Washington Post this evening with a whole bunch of other folks. I will be devastated if Obama doesn't win.  Tears will fall either way.  This race should not be close, but I know it will.  I'm already pissed off at a friend who didn't request an absentee ballot from her former state.  AND has not registered to vote in her new state and she's been living there for almost 2 years.  Says she doesn't want the IRS to hunt her down.  O_O???

DCbywayofCali said...

Voted early because work is crazy and I know won't get outta here in time. It's DC so I'll be with the rest of the folks at a bar watching election night coverage like it's a 1995  Knicks v. Pacers game 7.

Jubi The Great said...

I'm working a little late tonight because I got in late after voting this morning. I'll be making a stop at the liquor store for some wine & maybe some more Jameson. I'll be watching returns, probably on MSNBC since CNN has become so unreliable, from the comfort of my couch. And also tweeting - view my (sometimes) ratchet & random tweets at @JubiTheGreat

ETA: I had an interesting voting experience this morning. My polling place changed due to redistricting, so I went to my normal polling place & found out I had to go to a different location. Then I got there & they didn't have my name on the rolls. But that's ok - Minnesota has Election Day registration so I was able to re-register & cast my ballot. Took abt an hour start to finish.

HoneyBrown1976 said...

I voted during my prep period (I teach). It took about five minutes at the church near my house. My neighbor and a former student are poll workers. No issues here in Southern California.

Alonda Lord said...

I live in Maryland and voted early but I did wait one 1/2 hours. I will be watching from the comfort of my bed.

blackprofessor said...

I voted early - two weeks ago! I will be watching the results from home while grading papers.  

SassyJJ said...

I'm not watching anything after 7pm, no fb or twitter, and will probably sleep restlessly until it's time to get up.  I'm a little nervous for the news in the morning.

Penny said...

I am in a swing state and I voted two weeks ago.  It took about an hour.  One question, what was up with all the elderly folks at early voting?  It's not like they have jobs to go to on Election Day-IJS.

Marioned said...

DC suburb.  Voted early took all of 20 minutes.  I may swing by a bar early on but I suspect this will be an all night event so eventually home with a hot toddy!

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

I'm a Yardie, so I'm sitting on my rock in the sea doing commissions and watching my on-line friends either mobilize people to vote, or spread the word when some hinky shenanigans is afoot (yea, also watching some NCIS/Criminal Minds) during breaks. Not even my election, and I'm anxious.

mojitochica said...

I did my part for the state of Ohio this morning and was in and out in 15 minutes.  No shenanigans at my polling location.  Of course my neighborhood isn't majority minority or elderly.  I will be ignoring all results until I wake up tomorrow morning if I can help it.  I will strongly consider leaving the country if Obama isn't reelected, and my passport is good until 2017 thank you very much.  Though leaving the country might be tough sell for the Mr. and MIL.

Jasmin said...

I voted at the courthouse on Saturday. It's just about 8pm here in California, and I'm so nervous!

Four years ago was the first presidential election I was able to participate in, and this year is the first time all 6 of my sisters and I were able to participate (one 21-year-old and a set of recently-turned-18 triplets). I'm going to stay up and watch, maybe bust out the vodka in an hour or so...

MsJamie14 said...

Hey, Father time is not always on their side. Kudos for them getting it in, just in case. LOL

CorettaJG said...

I had an amazing election day in DC shuttling people to the polls (read all about it www.corettaselegantevents.blogspot.com) and then celebrating at midnight in front of the White House with a thousand other revelers! AMAZING night!

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