UPDATE: THE OHIO BALLOT "NIGHTMARE". For those of you playing our pick the winner and time game, this one fact may also move you to pick the day a winner is declared.
We all know the conventional wisdom is that Ohio will provide the winning margin for either candidate, as it did in 2004 when the late Tim Russet famously announced in the early morning hours after election day "As Ohio goes, so goes the nation."
For the first time ever, every voter in Ohio was mailed an absentee ballot application. Any voter who filled out and returned the application must vote by absentee ballot. If the voter changed their mind and attempts to vote on election day, their ballot will be accepted as a provisional ballot, which under Ohio law cannot be counted until ten days after the election.
Which means in a very close election, Ohio may not decide the contest until November 16, 2012. And that's what you call an election nightmare. Sleep well tonight blog denizens.
UPDATE: CONTEST TOMORROW: Send us your pick of the winner and the time he is declared the winner. Person closest gets a special blog prize. For example: "Mitt Romney at 11:21 pm." Don't post your picks in the comments section until tomorrow's special election day post.
Tomorrow we elect a president.
Tomorrow we elect 435 members of Congress and (approximately) thirty three members of the Senate.
Nobody in China can write what we just wrote and have it be true. Or North Korea, or Cuba or even Russia. Tomorrow we elect school board members, and city councils and mayors and state legislatures.
Tomorrow is democracy in action. Democracy fought for at Lexington and Concorde, and preserved in places like Chateau-Thiery in June 1918, Guadalcanal in 1942, the Kasserine Pass in 1943, Normandy in 1944, and Bastogne in a hellish winter in December 1944 and the Chosin Reservoir six years later in weather that was just as bad. A justice building legend- Sy Gaer, (Tuesday is his birthday) fought in Korea at the Chosin Reservoir during 17 freezing days in November and December 1950, and he rarely if ever talked about it. Fighting for democracy is just something Americans have done, and will continue to do.
If you haven't voted yet, you should. You owe it to those who fought for your right to vote. It may take many hours on Tuesday. But that shouldn't matter. What are hours compared to a life sacrificed for your right to vote? That is why you should stand in line Tuesday. Stand there happily. Stand in line proud and with reverence for what was sacrificed for that line you are standing in.
This is why you should vote, and if you don't, then shame on you: