Have you checked out those circuitous lines among the 30 or so states offering early voting? Folks waiting hours to vote, reading newspapers, shouldering portable phones, punching Blackberries. Has me wondering about what the lines would be like Election Day had those states not permitted advanced ballots.
Also has me wondering what the lines will be like at the close of polling at 8 p.m. in the state’s largest city. If you’re in line at 8 they cannot tell you to come back another day. Thousands of voters will be filling in ovals on paper ballots for the first time. Hey, will they have enough ballots to go around for the 40,000-plus city voters expected to cast a ballot?
I’m selfish. I want polls to close right at 8 with no issues, numbers coming in quickly so I can bring you results for Shays-Himes and Russo-Musto. And then my option is to find a victory party. I’d rather hang out with the winners. Of course that may not happen because I’m not leaving my desk until we have a pretty good idea.
So, listen up OIB correspondents. If you’re covering a voting precinct for results give me a call, 203-938-2229, or post the numbers for your old pal.
If you missed the weekend commentary, we’re having a little contest here. The poster that comes closest to the percentage total for Barack-McCain in Bridgeport and Shays-Himes and Russo-Musto overall gets dinner with Mo and me. I’ll also throw in a copy of my new book, due out later this month, Bow Tie Banker, a biography of David Carson, retired chief executive of People’s Bank that chronicles how Carson saved the state’s largest bank from closing during the economic tsunami that hit New England in 1991. (How’s that for a shameless self-promotion of my book?) Contest is open right up to the polls close Tuesday night. And if you want to amend your number because you’re aware of some last-minute shenanigans, impropriety or new polling data, go right ahead. At OIB we keep our contests loosey-goosey.
I called the Liberty Rock the other day and was advised no rooms were left Election Day because Yahooy and Anna had reserved all of them. They’re apparently having their own victory party when returns come in. Hide the whisky bottles.
The OIB sucker-shot rule is now in gear, which is why you’ll not read some of the ridiculous press releases I’ve received the last few days. But that should not prevent you from posting off-the-wall stuff for, or against, candidates.
For last-minute polling updates nationally and in battleground states check out www.rasmussenreports.com.
One day left until November Neurosis. Bring it on, baby!