Up early, still not quite used to Standard Time. I checked my facebook page and made a few comments. Then I read comments here and made a comment to Northland10 about hymn tunes.
Blogged. Bye bye, Real Clear Politics widget. The only poll that really matters is now going on across the country. Voting started about 30 minutes ago here in South Carolina. I’ll get some breakfast and walk down to see what’s happening at the polling place, and return with a report later.
The Beast Watch mysteriously skipped the 6th altogether and is now permanently stuck on the 7th. I wonder what it knows that I don’t know.
My friend Ed went out and bought a gun, saying: “Suspecting that the country as we now know it would cease to exist after Election Day, I went to Sports Academy and purchased a Ruger .380 lightweight pistol.” Now you have to understand, Ed is not a right-winger and I don’t really know how he thinks the election will go.
So everybody go vote and may the best man win.
I hiked down to the voting place about half a mile away. Ms. Conspiracy is going to wait until 10:00 when she thinks the lines will be shorter (more on that later). Today is chilly, in the 40’s so far with a forecast of rain 50%. It was just grey and damp on my walk down to the school where I vote.
Clearly this is not a battleground state. This is a comprehensive sampling of the political signs in the area:
I have not seen a Romney or an Obama sign anywhere in the upstate of South Carolina, although there are a few bumper stickers.
There was a rowdy group of young thugs outside the school to intimidate voters.
Fighting my way through the partisan crowd, I got in line for my marathon voting experience. I could just see the line spilling out the door and around the school building
There were clear signs of attempts to keep the minority vote down with threats of having to show ID, even though this is not required:
The massive line was actually inside snaking around the cavernous school cafeteria.
All in all, from the time I arrived until the time I walked out the door having voted, it took 8
hours minutes, including a stop to call Ms. Conspiracy to warn her about the line.
I voted a straight Democratic ticket, meaning I voted for Barack Obama and Deb Morrow for US House. I think pretty much every other office in the state was without a Democratic candidate. So I ended up voting for more Republicans than Democrats, for lack of choice.
And then there was the exit poll. Remember the partisan thugs? As I left one said, “Did you vote.” I said yes. “Rita?” I said, “of course.”
I tried to get on the SC Elections Commission web site to check something. Guess what? A database error. That site is configured in an insecure manner and the error message actually displayed the database server name and the administrator user name. No wonder SC gets hacked! The Balletopedia web site is down too.
I’ve been working on the blog infrastructure and updated the Theme. You might notice a formatting change in the menus up top, and a new glyph next to the tags at the end of the articles. I also did some things to improve search engine optimization and provided XML sitemap capability again. More tweaking to come.
The polls closed in South Carolina 17 minutes ago. Obama took an early lead, leading Romney 86% to 13% with 1% of the vote tallied.
Watching results trickle in. Hanging out on RC radio.
Reality Check Radio calls victory for Obama.