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November 04, 2008 04:08 PM UTC

Election Day Open Thread #1

  • by: Colorado Pols

We’ll probably need a couple of these today.


76 thoughts on “Election Day Open Thread #1

  1. I’m spending the day helping Amendment 58 as the Obama GOTV effort up here already has an amazing number of people. Here’s a picture of later today when there will be 20 Obama GOTV people for each remaining person who has not voted.

  2. I finally caught one of those robot calls from Beauprez and some nazi sounding man who said he was a bishop.  No wonder the calls  are so damm upsetting.

    The script went something like this: catholics have to vote with a clear conscience. catholics cannot vote for anyone who supports abortion rights. Barak Huessin Obama supports aborton rights…then the voice over from Beauprez… all went real fast….but that nazi accented voice was chilling… much so that I hung on because I thought it was some kind of parody of the robot catholic calls…but it sure sounded like Beauprez voice at the end….I did not get any was too fast for me…

    I don’t know if the republican party is targeting catholic voters and attempting to influence their votes by citing so-called catholic doctrine.  If this is the case, it is a clear case of the “government”..interfering in the free exercise of religion…political parties do take on quasi-goverment status during elections and this was certainly an attempt to dictate to catholics how they must vote, based on the republican party’s interpretation of that religion.

    If on the other hand, the catholic church is using the republican party and its officials to interfere  in the election process, that is a clear violation of the separation of church and state….IMHO

    I believe this is vile.  I believe that this effort, ie calls and their funders, represents a clear and present danger to the Constitution of the United States.

    You know, I love election day.  It is our real birthday party…and everyone is invited.  But this call has left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

  3. Fifty eight years old. The driver was, well, driving and all of a sudden a thud and the woman going over the car.

    Sounds like her enthusiasm canceled her “look both ways” training.

    Sad, of course.

    1. starting at 7PM.

      Repubs Denver Marriott South, 10345 Park Meadows Dr. in Littleton, off I-25 and the Lincoln, beginning at 8:00pm on Election Night.

      Either way the votes goes, both parties will be doing some serious drinking tonight… to celebrate, one to forget…

      1. The Stampede: Havana and Parker $5 cover.   If you live in Littleton proper and want to finish your evening close to home, Joe Rice and Linda Newell are hosting a Littleton party at the Mill Steak House on Rapp St in old Littleton.

    2. Join the Larimer County Democratic Party at the Fort Collins Marriott to watch election returns! Big-screen TVs, Cash Bar.

      Date & Time: Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 pm – ??

      Location: Fort Collins Marriott, 350 E Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins

      Suggested Donation: $20

      For more information, contact Party Headquarters: or 970-689-6391

    3. DEMS: At the Mesa Theater on Main St, from 5pm to midnight. Potluck, cash bar.

      REPs:  I don’t know where they will be celebrating Steve King’s amazing comeback to win HD54 – an uncontested race!

    1. What freedom!

      Too bad the unholy alliance of corrupt influencers (Denver Chamber, Union Bosses, Corporate Bosses and Political Bosses) want to silence you.

      Joe Blake, DMCC

      Tom Clark, Metro Denver EDC

      Michael Horstmann, Agency of Credit Control, Inc.

      William Ross, Alpine Plumbing and Heating

      Bob Ferm, American Insurance Association

      Wendy Mitchell, Aurora Economic Development Council

      Doug Ferraro, Bellco Credit Union

      Alan Benjamin, Benjamin West

      Berenbaum Weinshienk & Eason

      Jeff Willis Berkley Homes

      Stephen Roark, Black Hawk Gaming & Dev. Co.

      Dennis Naylor, BMC West

      Blair Richardson, Bow River Capital

      Steve Farber, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

      Stephen Parker, Business Advisor

      Bill Rothacker, Cadence Capital Investments

      Steven Halstedt, Centennial Ventures

      Pam Nicholson, Centura Health

      Marty Schmitz, Citywide Banks

      Luis A. Colon, Colon-Collawn Construction

      Don Childears, Colorado Bankers Association

      Colorado Businesses for Sensible Solutions

      Walter Isenberg, Colorado Concern

      Gail Klapper, Colorado Forum

      Stephen Roark, Colorado Gaming Association

      Steven Summer, Colorado Hospital Association

      Tom Downey, Colorado Nonprofit Association

      John Sadwith Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

      Walt Imhoff, Community Leader

      Dan Ritchie, Community Leader

      Al Yates, Community Leader

      Frank Gandora, Creative Hardscape

      Kate Paul, Delta Dental

      Joe Ellis, Denver Broncos

      Bill Mitchell, Denver Convention & Visitors Bureau

      Greg Stevinson, Denver West Realty

      Charlie Ergen, Dish Network

      Rick Sapkin, Edgemark

      Jeff Selberg, Exempla Health Care

      Charlie Foster, Foster Consulting

      David Foster, Foster Graham Stubbs

      Don Kortz, Fuller Real Estate

      John Baron, GBSM, Inc.

      Jim Johnson, GE Johnson

      Albert Gonzales, Gonzales Consulting Services

      Jeff Dorsey, Health One

      Cole Finnegan, Hogan & Hartson

      Ted Trimpa, Hogan & Hartson

      Roger Hutson, HRM Resources

      Buck Hutchison, Hutchison Inc.

      John Imbergamo, The Imbergamo Group

      George Beardsley, Inverness Properties, LLC

      Stephen Roark, Jacobs Entertainment

      Donna Lynne, Kaiser Permanente

      Scott Smith, La Plata Investments

      Phil Hicks, Lampert Brokerage

      John Freyer, Land Title Guarantee Co.

      Lee Alpert, Lee Alpert & Company Real Estate

      Harry Lewis, Jr., Lewis Investments

      Rocky Scott McWhinney

      Larry Mizel, MDC Holdings

      Bryon White, Milender White Construction

      Trygve Myhren, Myhren Media, Inc.

      Pat Hamill, Oakwood Homes

      Jim Perry, Office Scapes

      John Shaw, Opus Northwest

      Peter Beaupre, PCL Construction

      Jay Perlmutter, Perlmutter and Company

      Ray Pittman, Pittman Development

      Jeff Schwartz, ProLogis

      Chuck Ward, Qwest

      Jeffrey Ross, Ross Aviation

      Walter Isenberg, Sage Hospitality

      Evan Makovsky, Shames-Makovsky Realty Company

      Chetter Latcham, Shea Homes

      Mark Smith, Southwestern Investment Group

      Noel Cunningham, Strings Restaurant

      Ken Tuchman, TeleTech

      Geoff Bailey, The Bailey Co.

      Jim Shmerling, The Children’s Hospital

      David Kenney, The Kenney Group

      John Brackney, The South Metro Chamber of Commerce

      Howard Gelt, State of Colorado Economic Dev Commission

      Tim Kilcoyne, Town and Country Title Services

      Heidi Wagner, Tri State

      Dick Hartman, Union Pacific

      Robert Coombe, University of Denver

      Beth McGann, Vail Resorts

      Bruce Alexander, Vectra Bank

      Gary Meggison, Weitz

      C. Alan Peppers, Westerra Credit Union

      Dick Kelly, Xcel Energy  

  4. When the doors opened at 7am there were people waiting, but everyone has been quickly processed so far. I’m not over there but I got reports when I called to check with my friends who had not voted yet. They both had great first voting experiences. The lines were about 10 minutes.

    1. No lines to speak of still. The poll workers said they had heard from other locations that so far there are hardly any lines anywhere and many people are just stopping in to drop off mail in ballots.

  5. This gets talked about every four years (it feels like it anyway) but I think there’s a real solution to the always pesky problem of people having to vote on a work day.

    I propose that Veterans Day, which is coming up on the 8th, should be a national holiday. Next, we should move Veterans Day to the first Tuesday in November, and keep that day Election Day.

    The fact that we are even doing this today is thanks to the brave men and women who serve our country proudly in the military. Without their brave sacrifice we most likely would have lost this important right decades ago.

    So if you’re a veteran, thank you. Even though when I usually thank a vet for their service I am told “It is/was my pleasure to serve” or something equally modest, we all know the truth. We all know that without them we wouldn’t get to have historic days like this one.

    I just don’t see why we should wait until Veterans Day to honor our vets when the fruit of their labors is just a few days earlier.

    1. I think moving Veterans Day is the best choice, but I would be happy with taking out some other Federal holiday as well.

      Axing Columbus Day as a official Federal Holiday would be my second choice.

    2. With people deciding to take Monday off and turn it into a four day weekend, choosing vacation over voting.

      That is, in years when they can afford to go on vacation.

            1. I like the idea of making election day a national holiday, and closer to the weekend is a great idea for businesses too. I also like early voting, voting buy mail, etc. The accessible the better, regardless of what the Gazette says, Voting is every Americans Right.

              1. we should highlight the fact that we get to vote thanks to the people who fought (and those who died) to protect our freedoms.

                This is the most important freedom we have. It is the basis of our Democracy and it is the basic right of every American.

                1. ….I normally do an “aw shucks” moment whenever someone thanks me for my time, esp when I wear my dorky DAV hat at some function. When I was 19 and aimless, I decided that serving my country was the best thing I could do – I never thought about the sacrifices or the victories that were going to follow.

                  But this election day, you can thank those serving now:


        1. but the need may evaporate before anyone gets around to doing anything about it.  As technology becomes more reliable and the younger generation gets used to early/mail-in voting as the status quo, I think traditional polling-place issues will fall away.  Election officials, candidates and increasing numbers of voters prefer early voting to election-day voting, and so it seems like the month-long voting window may become the new election day.

          1. If we can close almost everything for a religious holiday, Christmas, we can certainly do the same to celebrate and exercise our sacred right to vote. School kids could be encouraged to participate in various ways so that by the time they’re old enough Election Day is already special to them and they take it for granted that they will be voting. There could be special ceremonies for all those voting in their first election. It would become something every American kid expects to do.  

            Even with a move toward mail and early voting and technological voting advances it would provide a communal experience. It could evolve into a celebration of the conclusion of the voting season as its practical value becomes less important. It could make us a place where we can count on the overwhelming majority to vote which is what the USA should be but, sadly, isn’t.

      1. We have not tried having election day as a holiday in America. It may not be a panacea, but I think it should be tried for 10 years or so to see if it improves things.

        I think very few people will take a 4 day weekend or even try to do that. A combination of social pressure and the fact that most people are pretty honest. I think even those of us who vote early would want to take part in the Veterans Day/Election Day events. I think it would be a celebration of democracy that people would be embarrassed to go on vacation during.

    3. The last few elections that I was in CO I voted by mail. All of Oregon does.

      After some discomfort voting in the primary with my father’s Alzheimer’s, we went to mail this time. In FL when you ask for a mail ballot you have a choice of General, Primary and Special Elections, or All.  Weird.  That’s redundant, everything in FL is weird.

    4. There is a reason Veteran’s Day, or Armistice Day, is on November 11. I don’t want to see it moved. It is the only holiday that we have not tried to make into a 3 day weekend. November 11 is the day the armistice was signed ending what, until then, was the bloodiest war in world history, WWI.

      I am very in favor of making Election Day a holiday. Many really can not afford to take a day off from work to vote. I vote early (wish I could vote often). But, we know that many want to vote on Election Day and we know many put things off. I wouldn’t even mind if we named the holiday Last Chance Holiday.

        1. with giving up Columbus Day. Especially since we have learned so much more about Columbus since that holiday was instituted. I know that many Italians would be greatly offended. The right would probably argue to lift MLK Day.

          I think the argument for Election Day Holiday stands on its own. Folks can’t afford to take a day off of work. Voting is important. Etc. So, lets do Election Day and leave Columbus Day for a later time.

  6. Election ads are not allowed after 7 a.m. on Election Day – how does that rule apply (or not) to this and similar websites? I notice this one is still running several political ads.

        1. in which you take a drink every time you come across the word “union.”  Special bonus goes to anyone who lasts long enough to make it to the mention in the Amendment 48 summary.

  7. The Washington Redskins

    If pigskin-election tradition holds true, Denver voter Lance Wiedenhoeft said Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s fate was decided when the Washington Redskins lost last night.

    “If you’re superstitious, no one needs to vote today for the presidency, because the Redskins lost on ‘Monday Night Football’,” he said with a sly grin. “So, that means the incumbent (Republican) party is going to lose office.”

    No word on whether the National Football League will be investigating.

    Who knew this election would come down to Monday Night Football.

    1. The record is 17-1. When the Redskins win the Sunday (or Monday) before election day, the incumbents win; when they lose, the incumbents lose.  However, the one blemish was four years ago, when the Redskins lost but GWB won.

      So, let’s hope for 18-1 after tonight!

  8. Guam is half counted, and the current totals are as follows:

    Barack Obama: 10,893

    John McCain: 6,574

    Bob Barr is reportedly pulling 0.7% of the vote as well.

    Guam’s vote doesn’t count toward the Electoral College; this is essentially a popularity poll.  Bush beat Kerry in Guam by a 2-1 margin in 2004.

    1. Barack Obama: 20,120

      John McCain: 11,940

      I have no idea what the status of the counting is – the KUAM election site doesn’t appear to have a precincts counted / precincts total number, and the Guam Election Board site seems to be down.  However, if the first results were 50%, this looks like just about everyone.

  9. Ok, got up at 6:15 to go sign-wave with the A-58 group at 7:00. They never showed. So then went to the Obama So. Boulder office – they’re over-staffed. So then got some A-58 flyers and went to Mesa Elementary which has one of the largest lists of still haven’t voted – 35 voters in the first 2 hours.

    Hopefully it will pick up around lunchtime. But so far it looks like Boulder has more people doing GOTV than voting. And the polling places have more workers than voters.

  10. Voted in Boulder this morning and there was basically no wait.  Turns out I cancelled my recitation for nothing…oops!

    However, we did have a bit of a “I shit you not” moment.

    Walking back across the hill, my girlfriend turns to me and says, “was I supposed to vote for that Mark Udall guy?”

    Turns out that in all the time we spent going through the ballot last night, I never mentioned anything about the Senate race.  Shame on me…  🙂

  11. Voting was steady this morning up in Gilpin at one of the three voting centers.  The county apparently staffed up significantly – my wife reported 10 election judges at the polling place.

    No major problems to report, so I apparently don’t need to panic…

      1. Oh – you mean edible mushrooms?  🙂

        We only have 3 vote centers, and according to the rolls, 3681 active voters (2050 of whom have already voted…).  We used to have 4 election judges for each of 6 precincts, so it’s not that much of a “surge” of judges.

  12. I just came from 59 hq at 1080 Cherokee. Romanoff and team still working the phones, doing everything right. Please, Good, 59 passes by, I predict, 8 pct. But I’ll settle for one vote when the certification is done.

  13. Polls in Eastern Indiana and Eastern Kentucky have just closed.  Both states straddle the Time Zone line, so we won’t see results until after 5pm Mountain time when the rest of the state is done voting.

    Some election resources if you are watching tonight on the Intertubes.  Note, these have a liberal sponsor, but the information should be good regardless…

    Swing State Project has a list of poll closing times, final poll margins, House and Senate race projections, and some good statistics posts about the various races this year.

    Daily Kos’s Election Scoreboard is a comment-free, Flash-based interactive map toy.  Good for lefties and righties.

    1. The DailyKos map is great.  The CBC had a similar map for the election last month and I was (nerdily) hoping someone would copy it.

      Thanks for posting the link.

  14. Colorado is at the top of the pile in early votes vs. 2004 total votes!  With 79.3% of the 2004 vote already banked in early voting, most of our voting lines were reasonable or even slow today.

    A chart from 538:

    CO: 1,704,280; 79.3% of 2004
    FL: 4,377,774; 57.3% of 2004
    GA: 2,020,829; 60.9% of 2004
    IA: 481,179; 31.6% of 2004
    IN: 668,868; 26.6% of 2004
    MT: 184,632; 40.5% of 2004
    NM: 192,229; 73.2% of 2004
    NC: 2,623,838; 73.9% of 2004
    NV: 561,776; 67.6% of 2004
    ND: 76,496; 24.2% of 2004
    OH: 1,456,364; 25.2% of 2004
    VA: 465,962; 14.5% of 2004
    WV: 166,353; 21.6% of 2004

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