Tuesday, February 05, 2008

SHARE YOUR VOTING STORY....Thank You for Voting


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"WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR" Hopi Prayer spoken by Maria Shriver at the Obama Rally in LA on Sunday

Have You Voted Yet today ? Share your Story ( you don't have to us WHO you voted for...) Here at Watergate Summer we just want to know HOW did it go....were there Long Lines ? Lots of Youth Voters? Did you have Machines? Paper or Electronic ? Thank You for Voting...

Did you have a Problem ? Were You A Independent and were not allowed to Vote ? Were You Given a Provisional Ballot for any reason ? If you had Problems Please do go to Barack Obama's Site and see the badge: NATIONAL VOTER CENTER FOR PROBLEMS
and report your Problem.

***{I am helping track data tonight for a Black Box Voting Group- so my assigned State is California- so if you are from California Please do share- especially problems or Odd Events}***

68 comments:

enigma4ever said...

IF you don't want to put in the Comments you are welcome to email me at enigma4ever@earthlink.net, and 6-6 and I compiling the Stories....and tracking them on a Map....thanks...

( poor 6-6 is too young to Vote- he thinks that teenagers should have the Right...sigh....He is 6-6- Who am I to argue with him...)

betmo said...

i love voting here in my small community. i go to vote- and did today- and it is inevitably staffed with 5 or 6 senior citizens. they take forever to look up your name and they ask you to repeat yourself at least 2 or3 times. you have to make sure you slow yourself down- which is a good thing- because you want to vote correctly. we still have the levers here in new york- but still no telling if your machine worked properly. you press the levers and hope for the best. today's crop was 4 or so older ladies and one older gentleman. his first crush was doris day. they then had a conversation about my name- and how the actress who played glenda the good witch shared my first name. initially, the one lady thought cinderella but was quickly corrected by the older gentleman. i cast my vote (for obama) to the wind- and hoped for the best. this is hillary's 'home' state- but we'll see. :) i then thanked them all and we wished each other a good day. no lines. me and two other folks in there. lady before me was a dem- so that's at least two of us :)

Josie said...

Enigma, good luck. The whole world is watching and keeping our fingers crossed. :-)

somenotesonliving said...

ust voted , people were smiling in my little village, literally grinning with happiness to vote. The poll watchers were lovely. We had a paper ballot and a metal box (its a village in the middle of nowhere) The polls right here, didn’t even open till noon..the land of manana is in no hurry ..lol but thats another story..It felt great to vote. On my ballot , the ballots OBAMA was the TOP NAME..haven’t felt this involved and excited about an election since 2000 ! And i notice the MSM is finally slowing itself down ie talking about delegates, super delegates, and the fact that counting process will take TIME and that in california E voting machines….HAVE been replaced with PAPER - YAY one poll watcher when i said ahh the end of our national nightmere..said Amen...i had to laugh..

enigma4ever said...

Betmo:
Thanks for sharing..loved hearing about your poll event...thank you for voting DEM....( always good ;-)

( Loved hearing about Poll Workers- aren't they amazing....)

Josie: thanks our Canuck friend...read the post below- I definently know the world is watching and holding their breath just like us....namaste..

enigma4ever said...

Some Notes ( PP ?)
thank you so much for sharing- lovely that you felt PART of the Process- THAT is what it is all about...and that yes, there were Paper Ballots....Good for you that you voted and I am happy you are feeling involved- we all deserve that after 7 years of hell....Namaste.

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NEWS ALERT:

Mike Huckabee has won West Virginia, Romney has not conceded...McCain is disputing this Vote and how he was not listed first, sounding Desperate ? So odd McCain only got 1%....Romney is leading California ? over McCain at 3:30pm...

TomCat said...

Sadly. My story is that I do not get to vote until 5/20. Only Montana and South Dakota have Democratic primaries after that. :-(

Anon-Paranoid said...

Hi my sweet enigma...

I had my Primary last week and as usual the line was short. I could not vote in the Democrat Primary since I'm a registered Independent.

I refused to change my affiliation so I could vote for the Democratic Candidate. Since the Democratic Party hasn't done anything to earn it.

So I took my one item ballot and cast my vote on the property tax amendment.

Come November {if we have elections} I will vote for whomever the candidate is. If its Hillary than like I've said I will hold my nose and bite my tongue when I cast that vote.

I posted on my support of Barack Obama and like you it seems that I might have lost some readers since I've only had a couple comments and most of those who have stopped by just don't stay and read the posts.

I can not believe the amount of negative comments I've seen some places about Obama and this bothers me.

It looks like the Democratic Party is becoming split over whom one supports and this don't bode well for the general election in November. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think all those new young voters will vote for Hillary and may just sit out if she becomes the nominee.

Anyway I hope your readers come to their senses and don't hold your support of Obama against you.

Take care and ...

God Bless.

Christopher said...

All along Elmwood Blvd., the main west/east street running from Highway 490 to the University of Rochester, the front yards were dotted with Obama 2008 signs and this is New York state!

Nary a Borg Queen sign to be seen.

enigma4ever said...

Christopher:
Oh wonderful .....
I read papers in your area - and Buffalo and the Ithica and Hudson Valley, Albany, and Plattsburgh- I was amazed last weekend the Number of Small Working Class Papers that support Obama....also her NY campaign person was on MSNBC this afternoon- he said they were perdicting a 50/50 split for NEW YORK....

( also I made calls to NJ and Conn today...and wow....Obama support was big...I only reached 2 Clinton Supporters...)

enigma4ever said...

AnonP: thanks for sharing..Even as a independent you should still be able to Vote for a Dem ( please email me about this enigma4ever@earthlink.net) I need to learn more about this....

Tomcat: please know that it all matters...YOU matter..and all of your blogging matters..

Everybody please keep it up and have hope..
also do email me - if you want to share a location problem but don't want your info posted for privacy reasons....enigma4ever@earthlink.net

D.K. Raed said...

OK, you know I timed it here in UT. 10-minutes to drive to the poll. 5-minutes to walk in & find out it is the wrong poll. They were very polite, my neighborhood poll had moved to the NEXT bldg over. There was one woman ahead of me in line. She is registered as "unaffiliated" (just like me, but she obviously had not read the rules). When they told her she had to declare a party affiliation to receive the proper ballot, she almost flipped. What is the purpose of being unaffiliated, she asked? The very sweet older pollworker explained how a primary goes. The woman, in a very mean voice, then declared herself "republican". HAH! I knew what would happen next. I almost flinched when they told her she would have to register as a republican (on the spot) to get the repub ballot. The woman grabbed the registration form & yelled "This is B.S." & stormed off. I pointed out to her she could vote democrat right then without having to register. I did not let her withering look melt the big smile on my face.

OK, my turn next! I give them my name, they look it up & see I'm unaffiliated & ask me to affiliate with dem or repub. I say dem. They are shocked! They were right in the midst of pulling out the repub registration form when their ears do a double take. A Dem? Oh, well, here's your Dem KeyCard. They lead me to a machine (I forgot to notice the mfr). I insert the keycard, vote Obama, press "print ballot" & watch it print out. Then I press "cast vote" & that's that. All done, remove card, hand it back to pollworker. Less than 10-minutes since I walked in the correct poll place, I am out of there!

The only concerning thought I had afterwards was how many people did NOT watch the printed ballot (it moves pretty fast on a roll alongside the machine), OR how many people did not actually press "cast ballot", thinking they were done after they first touched a candidate's name. In fact, this was exactly what husband (on machine in front of mine) tried to do, until I told him, as I quickly passed by, to be sure to press "cast ballot" at the end.

As we leave, I note there are now 3 people line to vote & each one is having to confront the party affiliation issue. Too bad, so sad, repubs make you register on the spot, while dems just let you vote.

If I had gone straight home afterwards, the total time elapsed would've been 35-minutes! There is definitely an advantage to small town voting.

enigma4ever said...

7:30PM NEWS:
Obama declared winner of Georgia. ( did very well, mixed numbers- NOT just the Black vote like Hill said).

8PM: Obama declared winner of Illinois.
Oklahoma declared Hill ( need to see more of these results)

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Other things to watch....watch Huck's numbers throughout South, and also watch the McCain Numbers ( to see if he has the VET numbers and the Indi numbers....this may be very important for Obama)

enigma4ever said...

NEWS: do keep an eye on Huck number, and on how many states get Hucked.....5 sates , not even counting West Va....
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thanks for the great update DK....wow.

enigma4ever said...

9PM News:
Delaware for Obama projected news....

Mass: MSNBC says that Hill has won- I need to see the Number ? and the polls just closed at 8pm? what is going on....
( MSNBC is saying that , but they have showed Numbers... CNN is saying it as well, but I have yet to see the ACTUAL numbers, they are also saying this for NY)

enigma4ever said...

MSNBC is calling MASS, NY and now NJ for Hill, but I don't quite understand this.....the polls have been only closed an hour....or so...
I am not sure about any of this I want to SEE REAL Numbers NOT "projections" based on 20%.

( I am not convinced they could have counted Signifigant numbers..)

Alabama Projections in And 25% votes counted- and Obama projected winner- BY GOOD margin.

enigma4ever said...

9:33Pm
Obama wins Alabama with 64%
Delaware
Kansas 69%
Minnesota 65%
Illinois 67%
Conn ( still too close to call with 50%)
NY Clinton 64%, Obama 33% ( I thought it would be MUCH closer)
MASS ( same thing Clinton 59%,38% Obama)

enigma4ever said...

**** Forgot Georgia...Don't have numbers****

Tennessee is another one that the numbers need to relooked at.

enigma4ever said...

9:49 PM
Severe Storms in Tennesee and Kentucky- and Polls had to close in four Counties due to the Storms and damage.....Death and damage and 30 student stuck in a collapsed dorms...( we will have to find out later WHICH counties)

enigma4ever said...

10:PM to 10:30Pm results:

Kansas HUGE margin for Obama. 69%

Now on the MSNBC screen it said 39% for Edwards., and then )% for Obama, the 1 % for Clinton, but then 10 minutes later the screen blank.


Conn Called for Obama 50% to her 47?
Minnesota 65% for O, 33% for Hill
Clorado 62% , Hill 37%
Idaho 75% for Obama,24% for Hill
( NJ they said it was Hill 57 ? and Obama 47 )
Illinois 67% for O, and
NY Obama has been picking up votes Hill 62%, Obama 39%
North Dakota 61% for Obama, 37% for Hill

Fran said...

Connecticut & Utah declared for Obama!

Delegate votes:
450- Clinton
397-Obama

Fran said...

Ewww Hill is wearing some pukey colored blazer, saying she will deliver my dreams.
Sure...........

Huckabee is on the other channel.
Making biblical references. said "it's the mother tongue".

Ugh!

enigma4ever said...

Hey Fran....WHY does she wear that 1970's Colonel Mustard color all the time??? geez....I am so sick of pantsuits...oye....
( this night is not over- and Obama has done pretty well and it is SOooo interesting that the states he WON- he won resounding..

( Speaking of Putrid moments- did you see Rove had his first sweaty pasty debut over on FOX- I hope their numbers plummet)

(California just closed.....and Alaska not Closed yet yet...)

enigma4ever said...

4 Counties in Tennesee could not finish the elections- due to storms- Big counties- had to close polls- Memphis and Nashville...
( I don't know what happens but there are colleges there etc.)

enigma4ever said...

11:30 PM Chuck Todd gave an update about estimated Delegates, and Obama has 594 right now, and 496 .....
( I hope I got that right now )

enigma4ever said...

OBAMA SPEAKING RIGHT NOW...
CSPAN NOW...
11:43 PM....HE AND MICHELLE LOOKS GREAT...
AND THEY USED BONO BEAUTIFUL DAY AS THEIR THEME SONG...( NOW I MENTION THIS BECAUSE THAT IS THE EDWARDS SONG TOO)......

BLESS HIM AND ALL THAT VOTED- THANK YOU...

enigma4ever said...

SHIT ON RYE...11;49Pm
we got thunder and lightening...I am trying to monitor Cali results...and track...sorry...I hope I don't lose power again..( that would be the 3rd time this month)

If I lost Power- can I ask that You all Monitor the Cali Results on MSNBC DASHBOARD...

enigma4ever said...

MN, and MSNBC are counting it projected at 13% California....BUT NOT ENOUGH has been counted.....

( they are idiots...)

Hill 55%, Obama 35%

Fran said...

AP called Calif a Hill wil & McCain win-- but California voted on paper & only 15% have been counted???

I would think you would have to have more than 50% to "call" a race.

???????????????

Fran said...

PBS is saying Missouri is flipping- they called it for hillary, but now saying maybe not... still too close.

Fran said...

98% votes counted in Missouri- Obama 1% ahead of hillary

D.K. Raed said...

Fran, it depends on the counties reporting in CA. If it's 15% spread out evenly over the whole state (unlikely), then her lead will hold. Same as Oregon, coastal CA would be more likely to go Obama, inland more likely Hill.

Have you noticed all night, that CNN has been calling states for Hill even when there is a very low % of votes counted & the spread is not all that great? But in states where Obama lead, they waited until 50-70% reported before finally (begrudgingly) called the state for Obama?

Mauigirl said...

Lots of wins for Obama - and surprising ones, to me. Connecticut, for instance. Good news!

Voting was quiet where we were but we voted at an odd hour in the middle of the day. I'm sure it was busier after work.

D.K. Raed said...

I'm still wondering about California. Look at CNN online:

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/state/#CA

(refresh) ... they are using EXIT POLLS to call the race, not actual counts! The actual count may take awhile due to more paper ballots this time. AND, don't forget, CA had a lot of early voters/mail voters/absentee voters (hence 10% of CA votes counted so far are for Edwards). They submitted their votes BEFORE any late surge for Obama. These are the votes that get counted & reported first. So the actual votes cast today may not be the same %'s.

Just sayin' ...

Gryphen said...

I will post here first before I post on my own blog, just because you asked so nicely.

I left with what I thought was plenty of time, a half hour to get to a place that usually takes me fifteen minutes, but ran into a huge traffic jam.( I live in freaking Anchorage, Alaska, we don't have traffic jams!)

I sat in the line of traffic for almost half of an hour before I decided to just drive around and park in a nearby Fred Meyers parking lot.

I had my two boys with me and we walked across the street to the Middle School where we were supposed to caucus. (The temp was -8 degrees)

We were all just standing around in the auditorium where they told us to gather, but as it got closer to the 6:00 deadline, they announced that the time would be changed to 6:30 due to the unprecedented number of participants.(Apparently we broke some state record)

My kids were very cranky and did not like the standing around (I was getting a little cranky as well).

Finally they ushered my district into a classroom to be counted. They just kept jamming people into this room until we were almost wearing each others clothes.

After about fifteen minutes they asked all of the Obama people to come out of the room into the hallway. I would say that the Obama group made up 3/4 of the occupants of that room. Then they asked us to go into the room next door.

We all filed in until THAT room was overfilled. There we stood for another fifteen minutes until they finally asked us to walk out in single file and hand them the little blue cards that we had been given after simply writing "Obama" on the bottom of it first. (Kind of low tech, but effective.)

Then we were essentially done. We could have stayed to elect the delegate but I was dealing with a mini mutiny and decided that the boys and I had participated in enough "democracy" of one night.

All in all it was chaotic, and confusing, and poorly organized. I am not sure HOW we ever manage to get anybody elected.

But the good news is that I just heard that Alaska has chosen Obama as their choice for the Democratic nomination! So I guess it was worth it.

D.K. Raed said...

Yeaaay, Gryphen, Alaska rules!!! I did not realize you had to caucus (with mini-mutineers no less). Still, Alaska was decisive, unlike Missouri (show me).

Gryphen said...

Thanks d.k.,
did you see the margin of victory?

Obama blew her ass away!

enigma4ever said...

Hey All:

"WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR"
2am::::

Gman: thanks for the Great update and for Voting?caucusing in Alaska- Wonderful- and Obama one there by 74%- HOLY COW...WOW...We love Alaskans !!!!!

Okay First things First Cali is still in play....only 13% had already had been counted when they decided to Call it and Perdict it...So let's see what the night brings...

New Mexico: 48% to 48% Still too close to call....
( hmmm, where's Hill's Latino vote ?????)

Missouri- Which they perdicted at 13% of votes counted- they had to issue a Correction : and Obama WON BY 8000 Votes,.

Tennesee: THEY Called it...BUT there are some problems FOUR Counties- BIG ones had to Stop their Counts because of the Huge Storms- these were the Cities and the Colleges- NASHVILLE AND MEMPHIS....

SO HERE IS THE LIST OF WHICH STATES OBAMA WON: ALABAMA, ALASKA,COLORADO,CONNECTICUT,DELAWARE,GEORGIA,IDAHO,ILLINOIS,KANSAS,MISSOURI,UTAH,NORTH DAKOTA,UTAH....

Numbers:
California as of 1:45am
870,000 Hill
602,147 Obama
there are still millions to be counted..

D.K. Raed said...

Gryph, I sure did! 74% Obama was a blow-out, for sure. Idaho ended up 80% Obama, can you believe it?

Enigma, you notice in CA, as the actual count dribbles in, that Edwards % is decreasing? That has to mean the first votes counted were early & absentee votes cast before he suspended. But Hill is maintaining her lead there. That's just the way it is.

Another interesting state is NM. Currently tied 48 to 48. It's interesting because of the Richardson factor. I keep hearing how Hillary has the hispanic vote & how Richardson is considered a top contender for VP to help in that regard. Yet his own state is a tie. So I don't think she can take them for granted.

BTW, are you sure you translated your label correctly? I would've said, Si Se Puede (with an accent over the i in Si that my computer won't do, because without the accent it means "if" not "yes" ... but anyway, I don't think you meant pueble).

D.K. Raed said...

E, we crossed (and had the same thoughts about NM)! And yes, there are still over 3 MILLION votes to count in CA.

enigma4ever said...

eeeeekkkkkks...so sorry Debi- I must correct that...I think I goofed...( I was a dyslexic latin person- not Spanish....so sorry)

New Mexico....is still too close to call 48% to 48%..( I also heard that Richardson did not campaign with Bill there - that is interesting.. or really for Hill....odd)

48% to 48% - in New Mexico...interesting..very ...

The Numbers I posted above are from 145am, and they only had 31% counted...I did get emails and updates- that LA had troubles and also San Jose-
I will get email updates in am...

enigma4ever said...

I don't know HOW many Votes there are to count- on Sunday- it was perdicted that there are a Total perdicted of NINE million Dems to the Polls....

Fran said...

I am not liking the calling of an election so early- last time I checked 30% of teh CA vote was counted-- others they waited for 65% or greater to be counted before calling an election--I don;t like this stuff- being so skiddish of news media calling an election then having to change it later-- if you don;t have enough counted, then don;t call it. CNN took back their calling it for Hillary... and now have it posted as calling it *too close to call*.
Jeez. Take your time & get it right.
Fast-n-wrong counts suck! And I DON"T want to go there again.

enigma4ever said...

Fran I hear you.....I hear you....


they should not be ever ever calling it 90 minutes after the polls closed....
Didn't 2000 or 2004 teach them ANYTHING????

enigma4ever said...

I just realized that we don't have hawaii results ?

D.K. Raed said...

Did Hawaii vote today? I thought it was American Samoa?

enigma4ever said...

No I think Hawaii was also suposed to vote- because I remember seeing a map with both of them....Alaska and hawaii- But now I will check on America Somoa too..ALSO there are foriegners that voted AND the Soldiers over in Iraq- I have NO idea how to get THOSE numbers


Latest Update:
California
49% Counted
41% Obama ( has has gained 8% in the past 69 Minutes)
53% Hill
4% Edwards

Also the Storms in the South we so signifigant- Huge- 23 dead, and 4 states involved....all after 5pm...I hope and pray that people voted during the day- and were not driving after work to vote, but Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky and I think Mississippi...

I will keep checking

enigma4ever said...

3:30am Numbers California: ( 49% counted)

1,355,540 Hill 53%
1,101,558 Obama 41% ( he has risen from 33 % at 1am..I think)

New Mexico still too closed to call..CNN says only 30% counted.

enigma4ever said...

4am
Cali counts
Hill 1,441,905/ 53%
Obama 1,083,023 40%

( that is still less than 3 Mill vote at 2,520,000 votes I had heard and read that 2 Mill Hill Voters voted ahead of time....so I still don't get that these numbers are definitive)

enigma4ever said...

4:30am
No difference- the numbers exactly the same on the site...49% of Votes counted they say.

enigma4ever said...

Okay- thanks to DK for figuring out that the island map they showed was actually Samoa...

They caucused :
Obama 121-1 delegate
Hillary:163-1 delegate
Gravel: one vote, no delegates.

enigma4ever said...

Chuck Todd's 4am Estimates for Delegates:

582 Hill
485 Obama

these are the best estimates- and he did include the Super Delegates that have been verified.

enigma4ever said...

5am
California Numbers have not change at all.
in almost 2.5 hours- and MSNBC has not given any NEW actual Count Numbers....since a little after 3am...I don't know what to make of that.

New Mexico:
60,850 Obama
59,971 Hil
MSNBC is perdicting New Mexico ( but it is less than 100 Votes seperating them)

enigma4ever said...

1:5 Voters in California is registered as Independent- yet susposedly in a Huff Post article there is a post that says there were problems for these voters at the Poll.

enigma4ever said...

Okay...
5:22AM Update MSNBC has not updated THEIR site in over 2 hours.

BUT Crooks and Liars has a state by state update with actual counts.....

5am totals 80% Counted, 3,284,004 Votes for DEMS
O: 41% ....1,379,615
H: 53% ..... 1,745,410

enigma4ever said...

( I forgot to say Repugs got 1,916,398 in Cal....so that
is only about 1 Million seperate the two- That sounds less than I expected)

enigma4ever said...

5:30am Cali Results:
82% Counted
52 % Hill 1,791,955
41% Obama 1,420,822
5% Edwards 159,700

total 3,372,477

enigma4ever said...

6am Numbers
84% counted
Hill 52%...... 1,833,680
Obama 42 %.....1,461,814
Edwards 5%.......160,793

total: 3,456,287

( repugs have counted 84 and only up 398 votes)

enigma4ever said...

If there were any problems Voting please go to Barack Obama's Website and there is a National Voter Center badge on there- it is to report ANY and ALL voting problems...

6:30am 87% Counted
Hill 52% ....1,888,183
Obama 42%......1,512,657
Edwards 5%......162,957
total.... 3,562,897

Larry said...

Had so mmany not already voted in California weeks ago, I think Obama would have won that state as he came on strong after many ballots had been cast absentee.

enigma4ever said...

Larry, I also heard there were Independent Problems? 1:5 in Cali are Independent-
I also had heard that there are 9 Million reg Dems- if that is true- than they still have more numbers to count....

Larry said...

California is controlled by a Repug governor and the Clinton machine has much power there.

Is it far fetched to wonder if fudging was done favoring Hillary like was done in New Hampshire.

enigma4ever said...

7am
88% Counted
Hill 52% ...1,933,439
Obama 42%......1,553,499
Edwards4%.......162,975

Total......3,649,913

enigma4ever said...

I am listening to the Morning Call In on cspan- people are calling in Obama is still well supported- and people are pissed that the Numbers were Called early..and not covering the Candidates Properly- people are pissed that Obama was not covered Properly ....

I goofed- 13 States for Obama- and that does not include New Mexico ( which he is leading as of this am...by about 900...so it looks like he split the Latino and Hispanic Vote)
and it is 8 for Hill..sorry I need to fix that...

enigma4ever said...

7am
CNN has DIFFERENT DELEGATE NUMBERS:
Obama 562
Clinton 582

enigma4ever said...

7:30am
90% Counted
Obama 42%..... 1,579,298
Hill 52%......1,953,674

total: 3,696,528

enigma4ever said...

8am
90% counted
Hillary...52%........ 1,954,258
Obama.....42%......1,579,631
Edwards....163,578
Total: 3,697,467


12Noon:
95% Counted as of 10EST
Hillary......52%.......2,055,340
Obama....42%........1,680,331
Edwards...166,872
Total: 3,902,467

(repugs 2,176,872)

enigma4ever said...

12:41 pm Update:

New Mexico 98% Counted
65,036 Obama
64,965 Hillary
2,002 Edwards
Uncomitted 398
total: 133,565