As we stagger from our homes, apartments, or doorways where we slumped late last night, after too much alcohol and way too much TV - it's worth noting that across England today, they will be shooting off fireworks, lighting bonfires, and generally partying into the night - no matter what the outcome of the US election.
They'll be commemmorating another way to try to change government - namely, the Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot, a 1605 attempt to kill most of the English government by blowing up barrels of gunpowder in the basement under Parliament.
While we're slightly troubled by the idea that someone would be gullible enough to fall for a trick this transparent, we feel obligated to pass along the alert, sent to us by Katie Diamond of the League of Young Voters:
"For those who don't know, there are text messages and facebook messages and
status updates telling people that 'due to heavy turnout, Obama voters (or in
some texts/updates, Democrats and Independents) should vote on Wednesday.
Special taps at Gritty's right now:
Just voted at the Merrill Auditorium, with barely any wait. So exciting!!
Interesting scene there, as it's the polling place for many homeless voters. Contrary to what some might think, and despite their lack of an address, homeless citizens can vote -- they can list a shelter or even a park bench as their "official residence."
Good morning! As voting gets going around the state, here are some early updates from Portland and South Portland.
But first, here's how to be prepared in case you run into any problems voting.
South Portland - the Community Center parking lot was completely jammed at 8 am, with traffic just starting to back up in the streets nearby.
There are two things to do to minimize the likelihood of having problems voting:
Rule 1) Bring a cell phone to the polls, and make sure it's fully charged. That way, you can call any of the voter-support hotlines right away if need be. Don't rely on a friend or a pay phone, because of Rule 2:
Rule 2) Don't leave the polling place until you are certain your ballot has been cast properly, and that it's for the people you intended to vote for.
Here's what the Obama campaign staff are really up to today, courtesy of UltimateImprov.com: