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Old 11-01-2012, 05:48 PM   #21
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Yes, I will stay late if I can. The stakes of this election are very high this time around.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:56 PM   #22
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Yeah, I will be watching. In 2000 I didn't go to sleep until the Supreme Court ruled.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:11 PM   #23
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Having already voted, I just want it all to be over. The hype/frenzy has been unbelievable and tiring, way more and far longer than the biggest sporting events. It was much more fun watching the World Series.

I won't make an effort to stay up if it drags on all night, but I will watch for a while during non-zombie hours. So I voted "other".
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Yeah, I will be watching. In 2000 I didn't go to sleep until the Supreme Court ruled.
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Part of the fun of watching until the wee hours is seeing the new anchors looking all tired and needing some shut eyes of their own.
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DH and I will stay up late and watch the results. Our feline companions couldn't care less and will go to sleep early as always. Hmmm...perhaps they're smarter than we give them credit for :-)
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:52 PM   #27
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No, Tuesday night is Big Bang Theory rerun night on TBS, I'll be watching that.
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I'm a bit of a political junkie - I'll probably stay up as long as I can keep my eyes open.
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One of the reasons that many Hawaii residents claim that they don't vote is because the media's election exit pollsters call the contest before the polls are even close to closing here.
You just need to go vote BEFORE you go surfing to get it to count before they call the election!
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DW and I are going out to dinner with my brother and his wife. When we get back we'll check the news and hit the sack, regardless.
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Surely you jest.

Other than voting, I will not spend one second of my life on the blathering of overpaid pundits guessing.

When the counts are done, I am sure someone will tell me the outcome.
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I'll be staying up and watching. This election is very important to me this year as my health insurance situation is changing so drastically. I'm in Ohio where so much attention is being focused on the outcome for president. Eight pieces of election junk mail today on top 4-6 every day this week. State wise, we also have some big races and locally a few critical tax levy issues. People keep coming to the door to remind us to vote!

I enjoy all the high tech graphics and live TV glitches that the networks come up with.

I'm not a drinker at all but I'm planning on having some alcohol around just to ease the tension and/or celebrate an outcome or two.

I have not voted yet. Both parties are encouraging us to vote early but the one time I did it a few years ago I waited about 2.5 hours and it was very poorly organized. My local voting place is within walking distance and I've never waited more than 10 minutes.

I'm looking forward to it all being over.
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Looks like I'm in the minority of 'undecided'. Depends on mood, other things, but I probably will get sucked into watching. Like others have said, not really any point to it. Sometimes I'm fascinated (or disgusted) by the inside baseball.

I recall one of the first elections I watched closely, the 1983 Chicago mayoral race. It was the first time in a long time that a Republican had a chance, or there was an actual race at all (beyond the Democratic primary). Either way, it would have been an historical mark for Chicago, either the first Black mayor or the first Jewish mayor.

I recall that in early poll results, Epton was leading by some huge % (83% or something), and they were talking about Epton conceding soon. I couldn't figure out how they could talk about conceding with such a huge lead. But that lead was in precincts where they expected a 90% plus for Epton, so they 'knew' he couldn't surpass 50% overall, and they were right.

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Four years after the mayoral election, and less than three weeks after Mayor Washington died suddenly of a heart attack, Epton himself suffered a coronary and died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aged 66.
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I am stuck attending a planning board meeting 8 pm Eastern so will be late getting any info. Historically I have watched till they (usually) call the winner. Looks like w*rk is going to cramp my style "just one more time" again. It will be the last time.

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As always, I will be up till late watching TV and also online websites, twitter, etc. Maybe even go to an election party.Health Insurance for ER is just too important to me this time around.


In 2008 we were living in the Chicago area but got lazy and missed going to the Grant Park rally and I still regret it.
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Only until about 11:30 pm (or fall asleep while trying to watch the TV in bed). As a local voting machine operator, I've got to zero run the machines at 6:30 am, help whoever needs help until 8pm, run the result tapes and finally get off my feet at 8:30 pm or so. Too tired to stay up late!
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I'll be in the Czech Republic so If I tune in the news early Wednesday morning the winner should be declared about that time.
I'll be in Ireland with the same thinking.
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Yes, I will stay late if I can. The stakes of this election are very high this time around.
.... but, you said you didn't intend to vote, even though you think this election is really important. I don't understand why you don't stand up and be counted regardless of how one-sided you think the vote will be in your State.

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I am not going to vote because I live in a state which result is known already, since it is heavily tilted towards one presidential candidate - and it happens to be the candidate I would vote for. No regrets.
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.... but, you said you didn't intend to vote, even though you think this election is really important. I don't understand why you don't stand up and be counted regardless of how one-sided you think the vote will be in your State.
I understand it. All of the Illinois electoral votes will go one way, that is as certain as anything that I can imagine, yes, even the sun rising in the East. If I were so inclined, and was able to persuade half a million voters to vote the other way in my state, it would not effect the outcome.

As I said earlier, I am considering that conserving a little gasoline is probably a better civic action than voting in this state (I don;t feel that way if there are close local elections, or referendums).

But none of that affects the importance (or lack of) that one might assign the election overall.

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I'll have four years to ponder the results, regardless of who/which party "wins".

No need for me to stay up ...
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