I voted this morning at about 8:49 at the First Covenant Church on J Street in Eureka.  Turnout was about what it always is – maybe three or four other voters in there at the same time.  The others were older, though a couple of young people were manning the table at the entrance.

Even in the Presidential election in 2012 I didn’t see more than seven or eight people.  It’s a quite precinct I think, so it’s hard to gauge.  But it does concern me that I was the youngest person in the hall actually voting.

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More news as it develops throughout the day, although I will be offline to cover the election on KMUD tonight.  The coverage will be simulcast on the access television station.

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Youth for Kim.

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What Obama is up against today – Louisiana GOP voters “aren’t sure” if Obama was to blame for the Katrina response, and others are certain he was more to blame than then-President George W. Bush.

I think at last prediction Nate Silver gave the GOP something like a 70 percent chance of taking the Senate.

Up until now the Senate has overwhelmingly broken all records for filibusters.  Get ready for a new record on vetoes, including probably another 200 bills to abolish the ACA on top of the 50 or so which have already gone to defeat.

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But it’s conceivable they’ll need a new Senate leader.

McConnell photobomb.

McConnel Photobomb

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Great shot from DKOS.

Elyse Holmes, 2, peaks out as her mother Helen Holmes votes at Madbury Town Hall in Madbury

Taken in New Hampshire somewhere.

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In Texas the Voter ID law has been upheld for the time being, which is intended to reduce minority and poor turnout as they are disproportionately affected.  This means that previously registered voters are being turned away today, an estimated 600,000 being disenfranchised.  Since the law passed 16 months ago, the state has issued 279 new IDs.

The article contains this anecdote:

Of course, the Texans who are typically affected are minorities. Catherine Overton, who is 70 and black, moved to Dallas from Las Vegas earlier this year. In a phone interview, she said she wasn’t told about the ID law when she registered to vote. When she went to the polls last week, Overton said she was turned away by a poll worker who told her, “If you’ve been here long enough to get a voter registration card, you’ve been here long enough to get ID.” She said she hoped to go with her sister Monday or Tuesday to get a state ID, then take it to the polls. But because they both have doctors’ appointments, it may not work out.

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For election day – Something from Walt Whitman – democracy is better than those boring old natural wonders!  But maybe – is it really better than the Grand Canyon or the Rockies?  He didn’t name them.
If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest
scene and show,
’Twould not be you, Niagara—nor you, ye limitless prairies—nor
your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado,
Nor you, Yosemite—nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyser-
loops ascending to the skies, appearing and disappearing,
Nor Oregon’s white cones—nor Huron’s belt of mighty lakes—
nor Mississippi’s stream:
—This seething hemisphere’s humanity, as now, I’d name— the 
still small voice vibrating—America’s choosing day,
(The heart of it not in the chosen—the act itself the main, the
quadriennial choosing,)
The stretch of North and South arous’d—sea-board and inland
—Texas to Maine—the Prairie States—Vermont, Virginia,
California,
The final ballot-shower from East to West—the paradox and con-
flict,
The countless snow-flakes falling—(a swordless conflict,
Yet more than all Rome’s wars of old, or modern Napoleon’s:)
the peaceful choice of all,
Or good or ill humanity—welcoming the darker odds, the dross:
—Foams and ferments the wine? it serves to purify—while the
heart pants, life glows:
These stormy gusts and winds waft precious ships,
Swell’d Washington’s, Jefferson’s, Lincoln’s sails.

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The first reports of machine malfunction, in North Carolina voters report the machines switching their votes to the Republican candidate. Has there ever been a report of machines switching in the other direction?

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The Senate races to watch.  Basically, TPM is giving NH and NC to the Dems, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Colorado to the Republicans, and coin toss in Alaska, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Georgia.  That’s a lot of coin tosses.  Oh, and they aren’t committed to the five above either.

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No miracles in Kentucky.

Once asked why the Grimes campaign didn’t run on Kentucky Kynect, given all the people that were being helped by it (over 400,000). A vote for McConnell was a vote for taking away their shiny new health insurance, after all. The response? The campaign didn’t want to get caught up in “Washington arguments”. How’d that work out for them?

Or refusing to answer whether she had voted for Obama.

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Want good news? We need good news. Here’s good news.

PASCO: @CharlieCrist beating Rick Scott in Pasco County: 47.39 to 45.52. @fasanomike
@KevinCate

Crist needed to LOSE it by less than six points to be on track to win the state. He’s winning it.

Charlie Crist is outperforming Obama for now. By 6% in Pinellas County AND Pasco County. Scott won Pasco County 52-43 in 2010, currently losing it 47-46.

Also in Florida.

Early vote coming in from #FL02, and Gwen Graham crushing it. She’s up over Southerland 63%-37%
@CahnEmily

Would be a Dem pickup.

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Networks are calling Pennsylvania’s governor race for the Democrats.  Big win.  Not a huge surprise.

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