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Election Day! Live Blog from the courthouse!

Posted Tuesday, November 4, 2008, at 11:03 AM

Well, guys and gals, today's the day. Chances are most of you who care enough to read this have already cast your vote and can't wait to get off work and camp out in front of the television for the night.

I'll be camped out at the courthouse in Bloomfield for the evening doing live election updates as fast as returns are brought to my makeshift desk. I'll also be sending out final results via Textcaster so if you haven't signed up make sure you get registered today so you will be one of the first to know!

I will also, time permitting, be blogging live from my seat in the County Commission room throughout the evening. Basically, that will just consist of updates on how things are going, the mood, how packed the courthouse is and whatever the buzz happens to be.

If any of you readers happen to be in the courthouse tonight, drop by and say hi. I'm looking forward to an interesting time!

Keep checking in today and tonight. I will try to post some small updates throughout the day today. Election results will begin coming in shortly after 7 p.m. when the polls first close. Absentee ballots will likely be first and that is expected to be a record number.


5:45 p.m.-Still waiting for them to count absentees right now. Due to the large number of absentees and the fact that they are all in individual envelopes it takes a long time just to open them and prepare them to be counted. Mainly just election workers here at the moment but within the next hour that will all change.

The workers have told me to expect a late night and hope that everything goes smoothly. Any machine problems or a large number of write-ins, as is possible in the Public Administrator's race, could slow things down dramatically.


5:08 p.m.- I'm at the courthouse getting all of my techno goodies set up and a few people have begun to trickle in. The 'count watchers' for both the Democrat and Republican parties have already arrived to begin supervising the absentee count which can legally take place before the polls close at 7 p.m..

On a side note, we just got the first word on exit polls out of Pennsylvania and they are showing Obama up by about 15%. Take that for what it's worth though because exit polls are tricky. However, Pennsylvania is one of several must wins for McCain tonight.

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You do the things you want to in the second term and maybe a few things in your first two years. The first term is guided towards re-election. That campaign had to start last night.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:42 AM

I.B., that's a cynical thought; but I noticed the new leader said in his victory speech he might not be able to get everything done the first year, or in the first term.

-- Posted by gardengirl on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 9:36 AM

Number one thing to work on. Getting re-lected.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 8:32 AM

Now that the election is over, Obama has promised to govern for all of us. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few Republicans in his cabinet. What about Chuck Hagel for defense or Homeland Security with Powell for the other? It would definitely be a sign of unity that we have not had in quite some time. There are so many things to work on; getting out of Iraq, tracking down Bin Laden, the economy is in shambles. He is going to need all the help he can get.

-- Posted by Wildcat67 on Wed, Nov 5, 2008, at 7:59 AM

I hope we can say that after four years Truth. I guess we will wait and see.

-- Posted by BonScott on Tue, Nov 4, 2008, at 10:41 PM

This is what we do, the greatest country in the world. Tomorrow morning we will still have a Constitution and a country in which the people elect their leadership. This is why everyone wants to migrate here. No matter what anyone says during the election process it is at even its worst moments far better than all the rest.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Tue, Nov 4, 2008, at 9:07 PM

And Amen! That thought is all that's getting me through this tonight.

I don't recall an election where I've been so involved....and I didn't start out that way at all.

I feel that these blogs, despite their heated nature (maybe because of it!) have helped crystalize the moment and make it all REAL to us.

I so appreciate all the input that everyone has given. Even if I didn't agree, it made me THINK!

Now, it's in His hands...

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Nov 4, 2008, at 4:27 PM

Man, I have to take all those signs off my lawn and the big Gregory Thompson sign off my garage! I might as well do it tonight. Tomorrow, regardless who wins, will still be a good day because God is still in control!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Nov 4, 2008, at 3:50 PM

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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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