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  1. 12 Elle in MI
    November 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Hello TOD!

  2. November 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    • 14 dotster3
      November 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      I would respond—“Thank you for confirming my intelligence.”

      • 15 yardarm756
        November 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        Zingo! I love that dotster. How’s Tammy doin’?

        • 16 dotster3
          November 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

          Last poll I saw she was up 10. She should win. Some billionaire had a bunch of extra millions he didn’t need and dumped a boatload of cash on Crazy Joe so have been inundated with his ads to the very end, even today. This should be the last of him, hopefully, forever and ever, amen.

          • 17 57andfemale
            November 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

            It happened late, though (although they were uber-disgusting).

            I thought Tammy’s ads were more effective than the other Dem’s in NE Illinois. I think Dem’s blew it up here where I work in fighting Dold & Biggert. Seriously — no one cares if someone voted a raise for themselves — that’s so 1996. But I’m really confident that Tammy will win and win big.

          • 18 yardarm756
            November 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

            Sounds good. Joe is a real creep!

          • 19 TrumpDog
            November 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

            This should be the last of him, hopefully, forever and ever, amen.


    • November 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      November 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Congratulations, LL! Wonderful day!

    • 22 Cman
      November 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      I would have blushed and said “oh why thank you, you shouldn’t have”.

      • November 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        Well, he’s a former patron whom we’ve stopped helping. We call him “Eckhart Tolle Guy”. He’s elderly, very loud, and wants us to find him Tolle videos on Youtube since he knows nothing of computers. We finally told him no, as someone would have to hover over him for an hour, so now he’s pissed off.

  3. 24 Obama Grandmama
    November 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Got my Inaugural special sweatshirt on from 2008 and my flag earrings! I voted!

  4. 26 Asher in Boston
    November 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Hello TODers, Just finished voting for PBO and VPBiden. It felt soo good. I also couldnt contain myself as I voted for Elizabeth Warren. It only took ten minutes the lines were minimal.

  5. November 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

  6. 38 Claire
    November 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I’m too slow. Keep posting then there’s a new thread! You are working hard today Chips! One more time.

    Took off work last week and yesterday to work for OFA in VA. I live in MD. I am physically exhausted. Volunteered to work until noon today. I drove elderly folks to the polls this morning. I sure hope we win VA. I have worked my hump off and donated over 10K to this campaign. We will win!!

    • 39 lovingandlaughing
      November 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Wow, claire 10K….amazing! That makes my about $250 not look like so much! I am really proud that I kept up donating every month. My husband and I have never given that much money to any political candidate before! I also donated monthly to elizabeth warren. iIsure hope she wins too!

      • 40 Claire
        November 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        The amount doesn’t matter, it’s the heart and dedication you put into supporting the Pres. Obama. It’s because of him that I had such a good year and could donate. I donated to Warren too. Love her!

        • 41 Left-Indie
          November 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

          Claire you’re a hero. Voted Prez, then Dem all the way down to dog catcher. Drove folks to polls since am, now gonna go handout Dem sample ballots at voting precinct until 6pm. We gotta leave everything on the road.

  7. November 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    My vote is all in and done!

  8. November 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    For anyone in King County, Washington

    Was helping a person who had not received their ballot (all voting in King County is by mail) and this is the information any registered voter in King County needs to know if faced with that situation..

    Go to:


    Then select:

    Voter in the United States (if the person is outside the US, they have an option to cover that, as well).

    Then enter:

    Date of Birth and name

    And, the various options will appear. Ballots must be postmarked today (extra postage required because of the weight of the printout ballot, btw) or numerous drop boxes exist throughout the County and ballots just need to be in the dropbox before 8p PST.


  9. 45 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  10. 46 Kreen
    November 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Good job guys! All this info you are sharing and all the work! Very pleased to be a part of this community!

  11. 47 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Pres. Obama got home to Chicago at about 1AM EST and he’s up this morning looking fresh as a daisy. Where does his get this energizer bunny energy?

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      November 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      I think he sleeps super well and gets his proper rest, because he has a clear conscience! That’s an old line my grandmother used to say, but he reminds me of it.

  12. 49 Ahero62
    November 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m so happy my company is giving everyone 2 hours off paid to go and vote. I’m excited because it’s going to be my very first vote as an American and the fact that it’s going to be for PBO will make it all the more memorable in the years to come!

  13. November 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  14. 57 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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  16. November 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

  17. 68 vitaminlover
    November 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I voted, Hubby voted,youngest daughter voted, mother voted and oldest daughter is voting after work. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!

  18. 70 Ladyhawke
    November 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm



    1) Guide to Voter Suppression and Poll Problems

    There are lots of shenanigans going on in many states to suppress the vote. I don”t expect to see it here in the North East but just in case it’s good to be aware of what is going on in your area. This site will be tracking voter suppression issues throughout the country. Right now, there are serious voter suppression issues in Florida and Ohio.


    2) Election Protection – You have a right to VOTE. Report any voter intimidation.


  19. November 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Biden to Cleveland Ohio, unannounced stop.

  20. 72 Claire
    November 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Chips, before day goes on I just to thank you for maintaining this site. It’s been a safe escape many times throughout these 4 years. I am looking forward to the next 4 and wish you the best.

    • 73 jacquelineoboomer
      November 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Claire, May I join you in thanking Chips. Because we can’t thank her enough, for some of the things she’s brought to our lives that we would have missed.

    • 74 pkayden
      November 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Ditto. I love the fact that there are no Obama haters here. LOL.

      It’s nice to have a positive website which uplifts our Commander in Chief.

  21. November 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Guys, how is everybody doing?

  22. 86 Bill R.
    November 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    • 87 4morefor44
      November 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      do not trust anything that guy says. ever.

    • 92 TrumpDog
      November 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Oh and Bill, I hope my response did not come off as dismissive of your post.
      I just can’t stand Rendell – gah, the guy is just too negative and concern trolly for me.
      Thanks for sharing what he said, I just don’t trust him at all.

    • 93 EDP4BHO
      November 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      It’s true. I live just outside, may as well be in Philly, but turnout is comparable to 2008 according to radio reports.

  23. 94 xtine
    November 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm


    “… True the Vote was blocked today from operating in Ohio’s second largest county, after the outfit was found by election officials “to have submitted irregular signatures in a bid to gain access to the polls.”


    What’s more, True the Vote is accused of falsifying forms requesting observer status in some precincts, and the county elections director said the group may face a felony investigation after today’s election.”


    • November 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Be ever vigilant folks – verify everything is as you want it before pressing enter when using electronic voting machines.

    • 98 Joy
      November 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      What is wrong with these people. They are such criminals! Just when you think you’ve seen it all! These rethugs never cease to amaze me on how corrupt they really are.

      I’m happy this voter took his video and gave an explanation as too what happened.

  24. 99 4morefor44
    November 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    just voted. one more in the obama column! kind of bittersweet with this being my last vote for him, but excited about moving america, and the world for that matter, FORWARD!!

    • 100 japa21
      November 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Personally, I will consider my votes in 2014 for Dem candidates to be a vote for him as well, to help him get his policies through. And in fact, every election I will feel as if my vote is at least partially for him, to keep us moving in the direction he has started us.

      • 101 Kadijo
        November 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        Hello all, I am with you on that.

      • 102 4morefor44
        November 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        great point. i still think we have a chance to get the house today, since i think so much of the polling is corrupted, but even if not, i’ve been thinking about what plan president obama has to deal with a republican-house for the next two years (again, if!), and what he’s going to do to make sure we don’t have a repeat of 2010 midterms. you know he’s a got plan that will surprise the opponents. forward forever!!

      • 103 susanne
        November 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        very well put. thanks for keeping that point front and center.

  25. 104 criquet
    November 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Report any irregularities pronto:

  26. November 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

  27. November 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    “Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner told reporters this morning of a woman in Escambia County, Florida who would be denied her opportunity to vote. Evidently, she broke her leg in the parking lot outside her polling precinct, but was carried into the polls by her husband to vote — before going to the hospital for treatment. “We’re grateful for her interest and passion to vote,” said Detzner.

    Please keep this woman in mind before you complain about having waiting in line to vote today.”

  28. November 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  29. November 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    In case anyone had even a slight doubt ….


    “Mitt even votes like an asshole.
    November 6th, 2012 • Related • Filed Under
    By Delaware Dem

    NPR is reporting that voters in Belmont, Massachusetts were asked to leave the voting line so Mittens can vote without rubbing elbows with the riffraff. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden stood in line with regular folks to cast his ballot at his polling place.”

  30. 119 Bill R.
    November 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    • 120 lisalovesobama
      November 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      sometimes i regret the existence of twitter and Nate Silver and all these prediction machines. I feel that it can breed complacency because people are just so hyped on these predictions so it’s almost like they forget that the caveat for these predictions is the expectation that people actually GOTV!!!!! SMH

  31. November 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  32. 124 FoxfireTX
    November 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Still calling FL. Lower than usual response rate, lots of messages left. Majority I wpoke with had early voted for PBO, some had already been out this morning to vote and some planning for this afternoon. Forward!

    • 125 lisalovesobama
      November 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      same here.

      • 126 lisalovesobama
        November 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        I think it’s bc it’s the middle of the day and hopefully people are out voting or working then going to vote.

    • 127 Esmerelda
      November 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Hopefully that means the people not answering are at the polls.

    • 128 Mae who love our CIC
      November 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Just want to say for what it’s worth. During morning worship, my Pastor asked all congregants to stand who had already voted. 90% of us stood. I voted absentee earlier last month but I received a call today as well. Message was left because I dont answer unrecognized numbers nor do I answer my door for unexpected visitors. When you have had a deceased parent scammed, you become not so trusting. So OFA voter info might not have been updated or they might not have the current info if an absentee ballot had been cast or not.

  33. 129 yardarm756
    November 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    • 130 Ladyhawke
      November 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm



      Update 6, 9:17 a.m. PST, November 6: Polling troubles emerge in key states; watchdogs report “thousands” of calls

      The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights says it fielded thousands of calls Tuesday morning from voters around the country, including in Pennsylvania and Ohio: voters turned away from the polls because they lacked photo ID, voters facing polling places with inadequate staff and equipment, and voters whose polling stations opened late. Adam Serwer has more details here.

      Update 5, 8:36 a.m. PST, November 6: Conservative group’s poll-watching operations—focused on black neighborhoods—blocked in Ohio

      True the Vote, a conservative group that sees itself as fighting voter fraud but that voting rights groups see as engaging in voter suppression, has been denied its application to place observers at polling places in Franklin County, Ohio, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The Franklin County Board of Elections said that the requests were not properly filed. Not only that, but the Dispatch reports that county officials said that some of the names on True the Votes applications may have been falsified, and that the group could be investigated after the election.

      A crucial detail about True the Vote’s intentions: Many of the requests, according to the Dispatch, were to observe polling stations in predominantly black neighborhoods. True the Vote emerged in the aftermath of the 2008 election, when many conservatives had been convinced that the now-defunct community organizing group ACORN had illegally influenced the outcome. They set a goal of fielding thousands of poll watchers in 35 states on Election Day.



  34. 131 prettyfoot58
    November 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Some trouble here at the polls…in Germantown area of Philadelphia….some voters have been turned away at the polls for lack of ID….will keep you posted on the outcome….

  35. 140 Ladyhawke
    November 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    MoJo’s Brief Guide to Voter Suppression Tactics


    Here’s more of our recent coverage to get you up to speed on voter suppression tactics that may affect Election 2012:

    A look at 10 of the top dirty tricks used to swing elections, including deceitful robocalls and flyers, making voter registration more difficult, purging voter rolls, and deploying poll “watchers” with ulterior motives.

    In the crucial battleground state of Ohio, intimidating billboards placed in minority communities have warned that voter fraud is a felony.

    A federal judge partially overturned Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, but that hasn’t stopped state officials from running misleading ads suggesting otherwise.

    Felon disenfranchisement laws across most of the country have made significant populations ineligible to vote on Tuesday. The most stringent such laws are in Kentucky, and in the swing states of Florida, Virginia, and Iowa.

    GOP officials in Texas and Iowa have threatened to arrest international election observers who have been coming to the United States without incident since 2002.

    Despite that very little voter fraud exists, paranoia about it is a bipartisan phenomenon.

    Kevin Drum considers how a national ID could end the voter fraud wars.



    • 141 prettyfoot58
      November 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Kevin Drum considers how a national ID could end the voter fraud wars.


      but this is not about Voter Fraud …this is about voter suppression….limiting early voting is not about voter fraud…it is about Voter Suppression….IT IS ABOUT SILENCING THE VOICE OF CERTAIN AMERICANS….

  36. November 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    MSNBC reporting that Florida is on pace for record turnout. 9 million-plus expected.

  37. 145 Ladyhawke
    November 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    A VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA FLIPS TO A VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY (Never the other way around, interesting……)

    Life Imitates Art – Voting Machine Edition

    By Steve Benen


    NBC News has confirmed that a Pennsylvania voter recorded this video today, using a voting machine’s touch screen to vote for Obama/Biden, though the machine automatically interprets this as a vote for Romney/Ryan. Just like Homer Simpson, this Pennsylvania voter keeps saying he wants to support Obama, and the machine keeps saying otherwise.

    The machine in question was reportedly taken out of service once the voter brought it to the attention of elections officials.



  38. November 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm


  39. November 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Handy link for poll watching: http://www.statelocalgov.net/50states-secretary-state.cfm The best information on elections comes straight from the source: the Secretary of State of each state. Before depending on the media to tell what is what…go to the same place they go to get info.

  40. 151 jacquelineoboomer
    November 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    My sister (white, 60-ish) stood outside of her polling place for a couple of hours today (city outside of Charlotte, NC) to hand out info cards from the DNC. Before she got there, she said a very, very petite 30-ish AA woman had been handing out the cards, the only one there early a.m. who was representing the Democratic party headquarters. Before my sister got there, the woman was being harassed by three “big, burly Republicans” who were saying awful things in her direction, so the other woman called the Dem Hqs and they sent a gentleman staffer to stand with her, and the bullying stopped. I was afraid for my sister before she signed up for a shift, because she does not suffer fools gladly! Good for these two women to stand their ground in front of the “gun toting, Bible clutching” idiots who think like Romney and the others in the name of “Freedom.”

    I had emailed the FBI phone number to my sister, which she showed to the two others in case needed, but – luckily – the problem dissolved, at least when they were there. This kind of crap is gonna happen in pockets all over the country, all day.

  41. 153 tamia
    November 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I’m currently making calls to Florida, PA and NC. Mixing it up and moving from one list to the other. I’ve canvassed this election season in Philadelphia and in Charlotte, NC and both times I met people that were really fired up and ready to vote for the president. And then I met people that are “sporadic” voters in the extreme. They wanted to vote for the president but one of them didn’t know what day was the last day to vote aka election day! No jokes. Another voter didn’t realize she actually had to vote – she thought filling out her voter registration was all she needed to do to show her preference for the president. Today, I was going to do election protection in Philly but my mum just got discharged from the hospital today. She voted absentee and is resting well. I don’t want to leave her alone so I’m working the phones today from home. Spoke to one voter in PA this morning who confirmed she voted at 7am. We talked and she decided she couldn’t just seat at home and be nervous. So she’s headed out to the local OFA office and is now canvassing her neighborhood. She has me fired up and ready to make some more calls! It’s really simple and most people are really nice so jump in and see how it goes http://my.barackobama.com/Election-Day-Calls

  42. November 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I am sitting here on this beautiful day all hydrocodoned up and kicking myself for not being able to phonebank as I had previously signed up to do. Why? I cracked my tooth all the way to the root last night, inadvertently biting hard on a stone in my rice dish, and therefore had to go straight to the dentist after voting this morning. My face feels like an embalmed corpse.

    Just praying the anesthesia wears off and the pain subsides before the election results start coming in this evening. It took several shots to completely numb me, so it’s gonna take a while to wear off. Ugghh

    Meanwhile it’s my son’s 25th birthday today and we had all planned to feast at home while watching election results. But the dentists says I should only drink liquids today. Is he kidding?

    Ok I feel a little better venting to you guys about my partially horrible day. Only Pres Obama’s electric victory smile will wash it all away. But I have to wait 8.5. more hours from now to see him. But it’s well worth the wait and the pain. I’ll never forget this day.

  43. November 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    DO IT!!!!!

  44. 165 57andfemale
    November 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    This is the info I was looking for! FL could be the surprise tonight:

  45. November 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    MSNBC saying very high turnout in West Cincinnati.

  46. November 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I have been swamped with work today which is a good thing because it keeps my mind off the election. Can someone give me an update on turnout, etc.?

  47. November 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Hey family…Just off the phone with my daughter who is in college in California (we’re in Michigan). LOTS ‘O tears. Her first time voting. She had to fill out a provisional ballot because her name wasn’t on the list. This is after months of checking and double checking with the LA registration office. Of course I assured her that she’s fine and there was probably a glitch in the system because all of the back and forth happened within the last 3 months versus 6 months or a year ago. Any other words of comfort i can pass on to baby girl?

  48. November 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  49. 173 xtine
    November 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    An Allegheny County judge issued an order to halt electioneering outside a polling location in Homestead.

    County officials received a complaint shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday that Republicans outside a polling location on Maple Street in Homestead were stopping people outside the polls and asking for identification.

    More shenanigans here: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/2904078-74/outside-county-identification-judge-polls-order-asking-homestead-voters-allegheny#axzz2BSai8do7

  50. 174 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  51. November 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

  52. 176 carolyn
    November 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Just returned from voting for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic ticket in my very red precinct. It felt SO good!!! My husband and I stood in line about an hour, a small amount of time compared to many other places. Saw one other certain Obama vote in the line. Imagine there were more than our three, I hope so at least.
    Every time I vote I think about my grandmothers who couldn’t vote until 1920. In 1914 my one grandmother put up a sign for Woodrow Wilson in her window, doing her bit because she couldn’t vote. My other grandmother, the Vermont one, was a suffragette. I would never betray those women by not voting!

    • 177 HZ
      November 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Good Afternoon TOD family. Voted this morning. Justing getting home from doctor appt., and some errands for special foods. Great beautiful day out here on westcoast. I will tell you a little story on the next thread.HZ

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