The People Speak…..

William Wright and India Johnson wait in line to vote at Larchmont Elementary School in Norfolk, Va. on Tuesday. Wright and Johnson, both from Richmond, were excited to cast their first votes in the Presidential election.

162 Responses to “The People Speak…..”

  1. 1 Suzette
    November 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Vote, Vote, Vote.

  2. 8 jeff
    November 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    watching Monk while sitting back really anxious and hoping everything turns out good tonight.

  3. 10 Melanie
    November 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Greetings from Queens, NY where power is slooooowly coming back and where people are voting!! Polling place was twice as crowded today as it was four years ago!!

  4. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    November 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Seeing these young faces standing in line to cast their first votes warms my heart. I have been at a conference all morning and am just tuning in but Rev. Al’s radio show is saying that it looks like record turnout by minorities all over the country. I am so proud!!!!!

    • 18 ouapiti
      November 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Such excellent news! Romney et al need to learn that you cannot offend and ignore huge portions of our country and not pay the price!

    • 19 jacquelineoboomer
      November 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      We are all proud, Baby O’Donna!

    • 20 pkayden
      November 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      So all that voter suppression nonsense appears to have backfired big time. Good to know.

      • 21 criquet
        November 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        No, some of it is working. Whether it will be enough we will see.

  5. 22 Esmerelda
    November 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Just logged into Twitter- it’s on fire, 15-20 new Tweets appearing in my timeline every couple of seconds.

    • November 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Yep, same here. Of course, we prolly follow many of the same peeps. Did you read the one about the guy who had a heart attack at his polling place, got CPR and his first words were “Did I vote?” They say the story’s true. I am a wreck! We HAVE to win – hope Nate the Geek is right! I may need CPR before this is over!

  6. November 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Encourage folk, all over our great America, to turnout and remove the radical right from Congress ….


  7. 31 Suzette
    November 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Just saw on the news someone using the electronic machine selected President Obama’s name to vote and Willard’s name got highlighted. How many of these votes have been cast for the wrong person?

  8. 32 donna dem 4 obama
    November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Just in case anyone wants to join me in a moment of prayer, reflection or mediation on the outcome of this election:


  9. November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Just because this is freaking awesome when it happens:

  10. 37 prettyfoot58
    November 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm


    Mural of President Obama beside Philly voting booths covered up on judge’s order. Agree with the decision??

  11. 42 Bill R.
    November 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  12. 46 donna dem 4 obama
    November 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    It’s a thing of beauty. Vote America Vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 47 jeff
    November 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    read that True The Vote wont be allowed to do their voter suppression tactics in Ohio. Pennsylvania is having some issues though.

    • 48 57andfemale
      November 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      One county — Franklin County, I believe. But they got busted – big time. Forging signatures of candidates who had withdrawn their permission to poll watch.

      Tell me again about voter fraud?

  14. 49 mtmarilyn
    November 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Well I am off to be a poll judge, to do my civic duty! It is so inspiring to see all these people voting. This is what a democracy looks like! Forward!!!! See you all tonigh when we will be celebrating.

  15. 50 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

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  17. 52 prettyfoot58
    November 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    • 53 utaustinliberal
      November 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Great. I’m glad they are on the case. The news coming from PA is disturbing.

      • 54 prettyfoot58
        November 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm


        We will have to turn out in Record Numbers to beat this voter suppression…… and WE WILLLLLLL…..The Struggle Continues…WE are fighting for our LIFE!

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  19. 56 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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  21. 58 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    • November 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      PBO better not catch an elbow and get a shiner, fat lip or a gash!!!! He has a victory speech to deliver to 10s of millions tonight!!

      • 60 Esmerelda
        November 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        Don’t worry, they’ll all be careful.

      • 61 debz
        November 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

        Since b-ball is POTUS’ election day tradition for luck, I don’t think he would mind a fat lip. Per the Vanity Fair article, he has been wearing a mouth guard until after the election.

  22. 68 xtine
    November 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    [Posted w/out comment]:

    “If you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, and were watching TV last night, you may have seen a local news team presenting some peculiar analysis of the presidential race.


    TPM has learned that WSYX and at least one other station operated by the Sinclair Broadcast Group in the crucial swing state last night aired election specials, which included content prepared by their corporate parent company. Some TPM readers may recall Sinclair has a history with this kind of thing. In the run up to the 2004 election, controversy erupted over the company’s plan to air a movie attacking then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry’s Vietnam record. Sinclair “owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 74 television stations in 45 markets,” according to the company’s website.”


  23. 69 desertflower
    November 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Just checking in:) At OFA office and LOTS of us are here making calls! Talking to some really nice people in OH today…they tell me the weather is glorious and they have voted for PBO or ARE voting for PBO when they go to the polls today! Only had one hang up…she was hard of hearing and must have thought she heard the wrong thing from me…she said, “I’m a Democrat!” and hung up the phone:) Sweet thing…me, too!!

    Will check in later…let’s do this!! OHIO IS FIRED UP!!!

    • November 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm


      “she was hard of hearing and must have thought she heard the wrong thing from me…she said, “I’m a Democrat!” and hung up the phone”

      Well, she hung up for a good cause!

      • 71 desertflower
        November 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        Yes she did:) It was funny!

        • 72 dotster3
          November 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

          I think a lot of people, even our friendlies, are pretty much saturated with politics, especially these people in swing states—-they’ve been bombarded with multiple ads at every station break for months and swarms of political news daily. I think that’s why that cute vid of little Abby who was crying because she was tired of Bronco Bomma and Mitt Rominee went so viral. People could relate.

    • 73 necie4010
      November 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Hello Desertflower, I am also in Ohio!!!! Yes we are fired up and ready to vote for our great President. Mittens & Co. want people to really think we here in the Buckeye state are too dumb to see and know a fraud when we see one, but guess what WE AREN’T DUMB and our state will bring it home, our 18 electoral votes, for our President’s re-election!!!! We are the heart of it all, and we will be the heart of the President’s re-election! Be blessed sister Ohioian!!!! GOTV OHIO!!!!

  24. November 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    FYI: Having lunch when you can hardly breath – Not a good idea. 🙂

  25. November 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  26. 79 Cheryllou
    November 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I need TOD help asap. Just filled out my ballot and there are at least 100 people here and all the machines break down. Is there a number to call to get help. Please!

  27. 85 carolyn
    November 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Re-entering the post I made at the bottom of the previous post…..always late to the party. Just returned from voting for President Barack Obama and the Democratic ticket in my red precinct. Felt so good!!!
    Every time I vote, I also do it to honor my two grandmothers who could not vote until 1920. One grandmother put a Woodrow Wilson card in her window in 1914, doing her bit because she couldn’t vote. My Vermont grandmother was a suffragette. I am so thankful for those women and would never dishonor them by not voting.
    I have discussed the importance of voting in my English classes this fall, pointing out to the girls and minority students how people struggled and died for their right to vote. I hope I made a positive impression with them. Our hope is this upcoming generation, as pictured in the beginning to this post.

    • 86 theo67
      November 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      This is great – thanks for the reminder. May people tend to forget the struggles that went before them that afforded them freedoms which they now take for granted.

    • 87 pkayden
      November 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Yes, it does feel good to have voted for President Obama!

    • 88 carolyn
      November 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Need to make a correction on that election date….it was 1916, not 1914. Woodrow’s slogan was “He kept us out of war.” My mother was born in 1914, which is why that date was on my mind.

  28. 89 xtine
    November 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Go Liz! 🙂

    “Here’s a reminder of just how tough it’ll be for Scott Brown to win tonight in Massachusetts. In the January 2010 special election that catapulted him to the Senate, a total of 164,312 ballots were cast in Boston. By noon today, according to the Boston Phoenix’s David Bernstein, 103,369 people had already voted in Beantown. In a high-turnout presidential election year, Democrats’ 3:1 advantage in voter registration (Roughly 1.5 million to 500k) is only going to be more pronounced.”


  29. November 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I can’t wait for the results! I will be up all night watching, waiting and praying that our wonderful President Barack Obama will win a second term. Last night’s speech was just awesome.

    • 91 Esmerelda
      November 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      3.5 hours till the first polls close. I’m in the UK too and I suspect my housemates will bail on me around 1-2am. I’m all prepared with midnight snacks and coffee though.

      • November 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        I’ve got friends staying who are Obama Supporters and my 12 year old son wants to stay up too and when he sets his mind to something he does it!! He is a BIG Obama supporter.

        As you are in the UK are you anywhere near London? If so did you get to see PBO’s state visit last year? We got lucky and saw him close up, it was awesome! It’s good to see another PBO supporter here from the UK.

        • 93 Esmerelda
          November 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

          It’s great you’re letting your son stay up. My parents didn’t let me last time and I was 17! I’m about an hour away from London but unfortunately I was in the middle of uni exams last year but I did catch up on the state visit and all the videos for days afterwards.

          • 94 Esmerelda
            November 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

            Although I did ‘sneakily’ have my phone on under the covers.

          • November 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

            Thats great that you were able to catch up on the state visit videos. My son got a day’s leave of absence to go see the state visit, I don’t think it is something he will forget in a hurry. I know he will be exhausted tomorrow but if he wants to see the greatest president be re elected there is no way I would stop him. I guess he will just have a real early night tomorrow.

  30. November 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm


    bbl …

  31. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    November 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Cuyahoga County is Obama Country!!!!!!!!!

  32. 101 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Holland Taylor aka Charlie Sheen’s mom on Two and a Half Men.

  33. 107 auni
    November 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I haven’t been a strong voice here, but I want to thank Chips and the regulars for being a voice that kept on talking through the crazyness of this campaign. You lifted my spirits and made me realize how many wonderful people like you are out there. Being surrounded by the “dark side” drug me down once in awhile–but there you were–we know what’s right for the country–and what’s right is President Obama. Thank you again and did you see him slap the side of the podium THREE times after ehe end of his speech last night. I love that man!!!!

    • 108 Beverly
      November 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Auni…right?!!! Everything you just said. I used to get all my info from HuffPost and I was confused because I thought they were a Pro-Obama place. Ironically I discovered TOD in the comments on one of their posts and I never looked back. The ‘dark side’ indeed!

  34. 109 sonjiaduncan
    November 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I voted with my daughter. I feel so positive. Baltimore is so blue. I voted straight Dem.

  35. 111 tamia
    November 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Bringing this over from the bottom of the previous thread – lets all do all we can to GOTV before the polls close tonight!

    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

  36. 112 necie4010
    November 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Hello TOD family! Happy Re-Election Day!!! I just got back from voting at my precinct here in Ohio…it was not crowed at all, I walked right in and casted my vote for my wonderful,decent and worthy of a second term, President Barack Obama. I live in a Democrat strong hold here in my state, approximately 25 minutes from Lordstown, Ohio, and the greatest auto factory in America, and we will prove tonight that Ohio is the heart of President Obama re-election!!!! May God bless and keep all of my friends here on TOD! We will all rejoice tonight because all of us the United States over has helped to re-elect the most decent, honest, compassionate, and honorable man for 4 more years of service to this great Nation! love and hugs to everyone here! be blessed!

  37. 115 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

  38. 116 donna dem 4 obama
    November 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Let’s Finish What We Started….

  39. 118 susanne
    November 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    just voted for my president!!! wooohoooooo!!!!! felt so good! took about 20 minutes, start to finish here in blue hawaii. lots of aloha and ohana at the polling place. the worker did ask me to remove my obama-biden button when she handed me my ballot–but she did it sort of whispering toward my ear, like she didn’t want to embarrass me.

  40. 119 donna dem 4 obama
    November 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm


  41. 121 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    This is freaking whaaaaaat? 😀 That’s determination right there.

    Southfield Township — Sometimes dead men really do get to vote.

    Ty Houston, 48, a home care registered nurse, was toiling on his absentee ballot Monday afternoon when things got strange at township offices on 13 Mile.

    “I was filling out the form as were an elderly couple sitting at a nearby table,” said Houston on Tuesday. “His wife, who was helping him fill out the ballot, asked him a couple of questions but he didn’t respond. She screamed for help and I went over to see what I could do.”

    Houston laid the victim on the floor and went to work.

    “He was dead,” Houston said. “He had no heartbeat and he wasn’t breathing. I started CPR, and after a few minutes, he revived and started breathing again. He knew his name and his wife’s name.”

    What happened next astounded Houston and the victim’s wife.

    “The first question he asked was ‘Did I vote?'”

    Dumbfounded, the man’s wife told him that whether he voted was the least of their concerns.

    “She told him ‘Your life is my concern,'” Houston said.

    According to Houston, the man — who had a tracheotomy in his throat — gulped down a few more breaths and then told her there are only two things that are important to me: “That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote.”

    EMS personnel took the pair to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, but only after the couple wrapped Houston in thanks and hugs.

    “It was God’s divine word that I be there. Originally, I was just going skip the ballot and just go to lunch that day,” Houston said.

    Clerk Sharon Tischler confirmed the story Tuesday but said she didn’t know the names of the couple. Houston also wasn’t able to recall their names.

    “It was definitely a 911 scenario,” Tischler said. “It was great there was someone around to render aid.”

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121106/METRO02/211060410#ixzz2BTf4t0JW

  42. 124 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Yep…they don’t like Romney.

  43. 125 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  44. 126 Bill R.
    November 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Hearing lots of reports of high Dem. turnout. All five VA universities have massive Dem. turnout thanks to on the ground organization.

  45. November 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I hear Omaha is going Obama and that’ll give them their lone electoral vote?!?

    • 128 thoughtful3
      November 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Wow! I live in Omaha! I sure hope so! Did in 2008! Although, I was living in Illinois in 2008, flipping Indiana from red to blue! 🙂

    • 129 utaustinliberal
      November 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Either Omaha or Lincoln and that will give Pres. Obama one electoral vote because Nebraska and Maine split their electoral votes. The rest of the Nebraska electoral college votes will go to Romney.

  46. 130 prettyfoot58
    November 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  47. 131 forus50
    November 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  48. 132 prettyfoot58
    November 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm
  49. November 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Hello TODers, so happy to be able to drop in quickly to say FIRED UP! I made over 200 calls today to IA and OH. We are going to win both states, I am certain based on the conversations that I had with supporters on the phone. I have also decided to scrape myself off the couch in spite of still feeling sick and go to the McCormick Place victory party. It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity as I have been repeatedly reminded by friends and family. So I am off this site until tomorrow when I will report on the festivities from tonight’s celebration. Peace to all of you and thanks for all you do. WE WILL WIN!

    • 134 theo67
      November 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Can’t wait to hear your celebration report tomorrow. Thanks for all you’ve done in this campaign, and for often being a calm voice of reason.

  50. November 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    What up TOD. Been up since 8am, did some twittering, but then I went to the movies and lunch with my friend to celebrate my birthday. I got out the house and had a little break from politics. well now I’m back and I’m FIRED UP…READY TO GO!

    Anything I missed? Don’t feel like checking back at past threads right now.

    So catch me up!

  51. 143 prettyfoot58
    November 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  52. November 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Our county’s auditor reported they will be releasing results twice tonight because so many ballots have been turned in, they can’t get them done fast enough! Never happened before.

  53. November 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  54. November 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Anyone else wonder if Willard has bought into his own hype so thoroughly that he has no idea he has to prepare a concession speech?

    • 147 theo67
      November 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      I doubt he’ll come out to concede. And if he does, Ann will probably refuse to come out. They’ll let Ryan give the concession speech…

  55. 148 vitaminlover
    November 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Say, fellow TOD’ers, do you think in some of these southern states that there are more voters voting for our Beloved President than we know?

    • 149 EWOK2
      November 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      My spouse and myself voted for our President. I had a “I voted ” sticker on and was in a restaurant when an older lady saw it and smiled gleafully at me. I said to her that I voted for Obama, she then clapped her hands and said quietly that she voted for Obama also. She said that Romney does not understand ordinary people and what we go through. She said that if God forbid something were to happen to her husband who was sitting next to her, she will leave the state. This is South Carolina. Also there are only a sprinkling to non existance any Romney/Ryan signs, bilboards, yard signs or bumper sticker displayed in my area, I live in rural/suburb town. There are only state and local rep signes all over. The people here are not proud to say they are voting for Romney, and does not want anyone to know who they are voting for president. Republicans are saying that both candidates are bad, they are the same, this means that they cannot defend Romney’ character.

    • 150 nospin
      November 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      wouldn’t that be a righteous kick in the ass. that would be great if it happened vitaminlover. I would not be surprised if it did.

  56. 151 theo67
    November 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Can President Obama’s re-election be called well before the Ohio and Florida decisions? Those places are so contention and rife with issues from the GOP shenanigans, it would be nice to get to 270 without them, and then let those electoral votes just be gravy, after the fact. No offense to the Ohio or Florida voters, of course. I just want definitive results tonight!

    • 152 kinona
      November 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Yes, If Virginia is called for Obama. LIGHTS OUT for Romney. He can’t win without Virginia. He would have to run the tables and win almost all the leftover swing states (Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, Ohio, FL) which he is currently behind in 4 of the 5 I just listed

      • 153 theo67
        November 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        Thank you – I want this election over tonight, and not needing Ohio or Florida would be the ultimate rebuke to the GOP shenanigans.

  57. 154 dotster3
    November 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Just heard from my sister in Ft. Myers, Fl.—–said voting is a mess there—–huge long line, one scanner in their precinct, line barely moving—–she has already voted, but my bro in law has been waiting hours already—-thoroughly disgusted. I think they have this huge 12 pg. ballot with multiple referendums, taking everyone forever. My sister said her dental hygienist at an appt. today, said she got to the poll at 6:50 this a.m. to be there when it opened, but she never got into vote before she had to leave for work. Said same was true with many others who had to leave for work. This is so maddening and so wrong. All these Repub run states making it really tough, if not impossible in some circumstances, to vote.

  58. 157 Smoothscotch
    November 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Wooooottttttt, the WHOLE WONDERFULL FAMILY OF MINE VOTED IN NEW JERSEY THERE ARE ABOUT 20 of them, and that’s just the NJ bunch. Just checked.

    Doing the happy dance here.

  59. 160 xtine
    November 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    [2nd to last paragraph made me smile!]:

    Yes, those hard-hitting questions keep coming for the candidates, even on Election Day: President Barack Obama was asked by one interviewer Tuesday about the “Gangnam Style” dance craze.

    During a radio spot with WZID-FM in New Hampshire, the commander in chief was pressed on whether he and first lady Michelle would do a rendition of the South Korean rapper PSY’s hit, which has hundreds of millions of views on YouTube.

    “I just saw that video for the first time,” Obama replied. “I think I can do that move. But I’m not sure that the inauguration ball is the appropriate time to break that out.”

    “Maybe,” he concluded, “do it privately for Michelle.”


  60. 162 vcprezofan2
    November 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Ohio judge rejects the Green party lawsuit against the voting machines



    According to SFGate.com, Judge Gregory Frost ruled that election activist and Green Party Congressional candidate Bob Fitrakis provided “zero” evidence for his claims, offering instead only conjecture as to how and why the machines could fail.
    Raw Story (http://s.tt/1sjWA)


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