Nathan Bransford, Author


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote!!

Why are you reading this? You should be voting!






76 comments:

Crimogenic said...

I will be voting in a few hours! You can count on that. But the lines do scare me a bit. :)

Why are you writing on your blog, you should be voting too!

Nathan Bransford said...

Already voted!

Anonymous said...

Already voted, too. I won't say for who as not to be political ;)

This election is very exciting, though But man, I'm so glad it'll be over today.

Crimogenic said...

I rest my case.

Maris Bosquet said...

I did!!

The one time I didn't vote was when I was living in NYC.

Er, make that the one time I ALMOST didn't vote. My neighbor, a grad student from Malaysia who worked for the Malaysian mission to the UN, actually took me by the arm, pulled me to the polling station at Baruch College and STAYED WITH ME ON LINE UNTIL I ENTERED THE BOOTH.

She was aghast that anybody living in a democracy would reject the right to vote, something they don't have in her country.

Lesson learned and never forgotten.

spinregina said...

I wish I could vote in your election. Anyone's vote up for sale?

Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

we already did this morning

Karen K. Kennedy said...

I already voted, so now I'm free to read.

And don't let the lines scare you too much. At least at my polling place, in Georgia, I only had to wait about 30 minutes. Feels great!

Sempiternal said...

Already did. Absentee ballot!!!

Adaora A. said...

Love this comment Nathan.

I already balloted absentee. Ha! All the way from Toronto, Canada for the good state of Connecticut. OBAMA-BIDEN 08.

Gottawrite Girl said...

I did! I did! In Bethesda, MD, at 6:20am, with coffee and trashy mags... AND good weather! Sweet!

Yat-Yee said...

1, Already voted.
2, Maris: I grew up in Malaysia too I'm glad to hear someone from my birth country got you to vote that time you almost didn't. I'm not sure why she didn't think citizens could vote in Malaysia, because it is a democracy, a parlimentarian democracy, I think it's officially known. I hope she voted in the last Malaysian election in March. Lots of controversies.

R. Daley said...

I'm in Ohio, I voted several hours ago. Thanks, Eastern Standard Time, for the early wake up call!

I will be very glad when this election is over and my phone lines are no longer inundated with robo-calls and my mailbox shrinks back to standard size from a welcome void of political junk mail.

Swing state citizenship has its disadvantages, but at least the election will be decided based on the vote I cast this morning. Assuming it was counted.

Professor Tarr said...

I was the tenth voter in my precinct and when I left the polling place, there was a line stretched down the block around the corner and halfway to school. I have definite opinions and beliefs politically, but regardless of who folks were for, it truly heartened me to see so many people actively engaged in the process.

gabor said...

Why am I reading this post of yours? Because I'm a native of Hungary, and as such, live far, far away from the US. :) (If I were a resident of the US, however, I'd be off to vote, naturally.)

angeleque said...

Just got back from voting

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

I'm Canadian, but many of us are just as excited about this election as you are.

Sandra said...

I voted!

Precie said...

Don't yell at me, man. I voted hours ago! :)

bryan russell said...

Nathan,

Odd question here: I was just wondering if the publishing world in general expected any particular fallout one way or another depending on how voting goes today? Any particular publishing ramifications?

Nathan Bransford said...

bryan-

Not that I can think of. All of the publishing decisions between now and Fall '09 have pretty much already been made, so we don't really make decisions with short term events in mind.

Erik said...

The only reason I haven't voted yet is that we have KidsVote, where my kids get to cast their ballots and they are counted up to show what the next generation of Saint Paulites is thinking.

I have to wait for them to get out of school, as per our tradition. But my partner is off voting and doing GOTV doorknocking (which I'll be at shortly!)

Fly the flag and vote!
http://erikhare.wordpress.com/2008/10/31/patriot/

Thanks.

Sara J. Henry said...

Early voting - it's the best!
http://sarainvermont.blogspot.com/2008/11/voting-small-vermont-town-style.html

Stacey said...

I am going in a couple of hours with my hubby on his lunch break so we can alternate taking care of the kid! This is going to be an incredible year! I am anxious to see what happens!

Ryan Field said...

Did it two weeks ago...mail-in ballot.

Good to hear that you voted. There are a lot of us here in the east watching CA very closely today.

Maris Bosquet said...

Yat-Yee, thank you!

I sometimes think my friend REEEEAAAAAALLLLY wanted me to feel REEEAAAALLLLLY guilty about being too tired to vote that evening. No doubt about it: she succeeded!

I may not remember every election I've voted in since then, but I NEVER forget the day Normadiah dragged me to the polls. Maybe I'll turn it into a kid's story about the importance of voting--with the correct information, of course! :P

Nathan Bransford said...

Ryan-

Definitely. It could be a late night here in CA no matter what happens with the presidential race.

Scott said...

Voted two weeks ago during first week of early voting. ; )

Jeanie W said...

I voted this morning at about 10:30. No lines at all - probably because the morning rush had ended. I live in DC where it's certain who'll win our 3 electoral votes, but it's good to be able boost the overall popular vote.

Stacey said...

I grew up in Ca, and will always be a Californian at heart. I wish I was still a student and could keep my CA residency so I could vote there! I am most interested in the presidency, and then CA, rather than anything going on in my state. A proposal for a 50 cent a month tax raise to refurbish our county zoo just isnt quite as exciting!

Gwen said...

I'm a Canadian! My election was in October! ;)

I am nervous about this American election, though. Sometimes someone throws a curveball...

Vancouver Dame said...

I hope your election comes out better than ours in Canada (we voted last month). We ended up with the same old same old. Voting is definitely a privilege that we don't want to lose. If you don't vote, you shouldn't complain about who's running the country.

The query letters and your comments yesterday were very helpful, Nathan. Much appreciated. Thanks also to those who submitted their letters for critique.

Furious D said...

I'm Canadian, we already had our election.

And our campaign only lasted 6 weeks. We laugh at you silly Americans with your 3 year long presidential campaigns! Laugh I say!

Bwah-hah-hah-hah!

I have to get back to work.

Jeanne said...

Just got home from the Polls!

Linnea said...

I don't have to vote. I live in Canada. We just had our federal elections. Pretty ho-hum and not nearly as fun as your elections. I think the entire continent knows who will win but I'll keep quiet and watch.

Travis Erwin said...

Done did.

Marilyn Peake said...

Voted this morning, almost no line at all, but had an amazing experience last night for which I stood in a much longer line. I'm not going to name the candidate, so that the discussion doesn't turn political...but I attended a rally with over 80,000 people. We were right up front, got to shake hands and take photographs, and meet people from all over, even an intern from Canada who's studying U.S. politics. An amazing, amazing experience!

Loren Eaton said...

Done -- after two-and-a-half hours of standing in line in south Florida.

Miss Viola Bookworm said...

I was there at 6:00 AM this morning, and even though I stood in line for an hour and a half, it was still thrilling. I was so excited to see the turnout.

The play-by-play analysis on television tonight should be interesting, but I won't be watching! I'm going to meet John and Hank Green at a Nerdfighter event! Wahoo! Sorry, I know this has nothing to do with the election, but I had to throw that out there. I'm so excited. John Green is an amazing writer. Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the turn out is going to be.

Canada's lackluster federal election last month only had about a 50% turnout. Not much different than most U.S. elections (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html). I wonder if it'll break 65% and set a modern day record.

Dave

Lina said...

I'm not American that't why!

Kim Stagliano said...

I voted!

Kitty Bucholtz said...

I'm happy to say there was a long line for voting in Santa Monica, CA, and a line of cars waiting to park to vote. YEA Santa Monica! :)

Other Lisa said...

I will, I will! Thought I'd wait for the lines to go down...and I had to research the judges. Damn judges. I get in the booth, and I'm ambushed every time!

Lots of important stuff on the California ballot, Presidential race aside (we Californians only exist as cash cows for the Presidential candidates).

Ulysses said...

Remember the words of the great businessman and diplomat Alphonse Capone, who said, "Vote early and vote often."

He also said, "I don't even know what street Canada's on," which I personally find a little insulting, considering all we did for him during Prohibition.

Deborah K. White said...

I did.

Amanda said...

Voted this morning, and despite warnings of long lines (after early voting in Georgia had lines in places of 3 to 5 hours) I walked right in and was done in ten minutes. Sigh of relief and fingers crossed. Hot dogs tonight (can you get any more American than that?) so we can crowd around the TV as a family and watch the returns come in.

150 said...

Can't vote on the Internet, dude.

Juliette Dominguez said...

I voted -- and there was no line! My polling booth was in SoHo, NYC it was a breeze. Ten minutes tops. And it was staffed by the most efficient and lovely senior citizens, too.

Scott said...

Voted early this morning!

Quick question: are you allowed to work at voting location if you're under the age of 108?

Sheila said...

Now, Scott, be nice. Kudos to anyone willing to work at a polling place. And extra kudos if they are polite and friendly.

Scott said...

Sorry, sheila. I don't mean to be mean, as they say. But one woman forgot to have someone sign both places, and I really thought another man was asleep.

abc said...

Voted. Watching the news and pacing. Thinking I need to start drinking.

Anonymous said...

other_lisa, I'm with you, re:

"...and I had to research the judges. Damn judges. I get in the booth, and I'm ambushed every time!"

Anything that's "nonpartisan" on the ballot (I almost wrote ballet) - to update the PUMA acronym - NPMA! I went and looked at some biographical info online, and you can tell from what organizations they belong to where they fall on the political spectrum.

Wanda B. - I'm all mixed up with my google blogger identity at the moment!

Anonymous said...

Note to SF residents: the "I Voted" sticker will *not* protect you for Prop-related maulings at the Farmer's Market today.

Bill Womack said...

I've never been happier to be an Oregonian! I voted by mail almost two weeks ago, and have been smugly watching the results ever since.

martha said...

Been there - done that; postal from Estonia

Elyssa Papa said...

Voted this afternoon and am going to be glued to the TV tonight for election coverage. This has been one of the most exciting elections to date!

liquidambar said...

Already voted. Could not be stopped!

I found the absolutely perfect time to vote: 3 PM. I waltzed in there and had to wait all of a minute and a half for the one person in front of me to finish. But they'd had record turnout in the morning and expect it again this evening.

--from the Swing State of Penna.

ABB said...

Indeed we would if we could. We outsiders watch in expectation. I'm following here in Germany via the BBC - other good live source suggestions?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/us_elections_2008/7705795.stm

Jeanne said...

Scott- mean but too true! Since I'm a housewife I do a lot of volunteering and did quite a bit for a Political Parties Tulsa Headquarters in 2004. Won't say which cause I don't want to be blasted for my politics. Anyway, I was 36 years old and felt like an infant among all the other volunteers. I think there aren't enough unemployed people under the age of 70 to volunteer.

I finally quit volunteering because it was too awkward to be 40 years younger than everyone else.

Jeanne said...

abc- having a glass of wine right now. It is 5:00 somewhere. 4:41 in Tulsa.

I'm SO excited!

Lizz Huerta said...

I voted and took tomorrow off so that I can drink as much as I want watching the return. I hope to be dancing in the streets tonight. Journaling like a madwoman too so that I can look back on how nervous/anxious/excited I am.

Anonymous said...

Voted last week, but I'm so excited to see so many people come out to vote!

While I don't live in California, I'm anxious to see what happens there...hopefully people's rights are NOT taken away. There's been too much forward progress to step backward so far /fingers crossed

Have a great evening everyone!

Chatty Kelly said...

Already voted too.

Madison said...

I voted ealier this week via absentee. This was my first election and I wasn't going to miss it! I hope whoever wins does the best job he can.

Scott said...

"I finally quit volunteering because it was too awkward to be 40 years younger than everyone else."

Heh, oh dear. It should be a hot button issue in the next election. :^P

Jessica Burkhart said...

Yay voting! :)

A Paperback Writer said...

I voted last Thursday!
Good thing, too, because the lines were short then and really long today in my area.

lotusloq said...

I already voted too! I'm glad the muddy political ads will be gone!

J.P. Kurzitza said...

But... I live in Canada.

Thanks so much for the free query critiques, Nathan. Very helpful!

Suzan Harden said...
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Suzan Harden said...

Been there, voted that - first thing this morning.

Glad to see everyone taking an interest in the process!

And posting while drinking strawberry margaritas and watching the results should probably be outlawed...

James Klousia said...

The beauty of living in Tasmania is that voting took me the whole of two minutes. And I didn't have to get out of my pajamas. :)

Lady Glamis said...

I voted. Yay!

Grymalkyn said...

Not my election, however you seem to have done something very important this time around. Shall be watching with lots of interest and hope from this side of the Pond :-). BTW, hope you went out and voted too ...

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