Tuesday, November 02, 2004

SPECIAL US ELECTION COVERAGE TODAY

CAMPAIGNS WAITING FOR RESULTS OF FIRST WAVE OF EXIT POLLS

Now that's it's election day in the United States, here is the link to the MOST IMPORTANT WEBSITE OF ELECTION DAY NEWS TODAY:

THE DRUDGE REPORT

Drudge will publish all the exit poll news between now and the first poll closings and we should have a good idea whether it'll be over early ( like those Reagan elections ) or whether we'll be up all night and have to make plans to go to the Supreme Court. As soon as WE know we will give you the latest. Be sure to also click on our list of political blogs on the right hand side of the screen, and don't worry if you can't log onto Drudge; you'll be able to find out about the exit polls soon enough.

First polls begin to close at 6:30 PM EST with Indiana and Kentucky (two traditional Red States) expected to be the first to report in.

For the record, in 1960, 1968, 1976 and 2000, people were up until past 2 o'clock in the morning before we knew the full measure of what was going down, so expect to stay up late if it's as close as they say it is. But then they said 1980 was going to be close, and it turned out to be a blowout.

IMUS VOTED

Tuned into the Imus show this morning and Imus voted in his polling location in New York City. He said the lines were the longest he had ever seen at that polling place.

OHIO A BIG BATTLEGROUND

There's been a big controversy as to whether representatives of the campaigns would be allowed to go into polling places to challenge any potential voters. Anyway, a lower court had ruled that these people wouldn't be allowed in, and that drew charges that Ohio would be a place of mass voting fraud etc.

Now a US federal court has overturned the lower court and is now allowing representatives of the campaigns to go in to challenge voters who are coming in to vote.

I'm actually surprised the lower court threw out these campaign scrutineer type people- the practise is commonplace in Canadian elections. You'd think with the notorious history of machine politics/dead people voting/hanging chads in the US, that you'd have to worry about all kinds of hijinx and allow some scrutineers in, to make sure the election isn't being stolen. These judges! See, that's why this election had better not end up in court again.

A good reason why this election had better not end up in court: Chief Justice Rehnquist has THYROID CANCER and is in CHEMO right now. Can you imagine if he had to be hauled out of bed to rule on yet another court case involving a recount mess?

LAST MINUTE CAMPAIGNING

For more last-minute election day events and streaming video log on to C-SPAN. When there's news, I'll let you know.

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