2012 Election Eve
At this point I am cautiously optimistic that Obama will win re-election tomorrow. Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight gives Obama an 86.3% chance of winning [update — it’s now 92.2%], tantamount to an NFL team leading by a field goal with a minute or so left in the fourth quarter. Romney could still pull off a win, but he kinda ran out of time to take the lead in several swing states he needs to clench 271 electoral votes. The momentum seems to be with Obama at this point, perhaps due in part to a particular “October surprise” of a meteorological nature.
I hate standing in line on Election Day. I hate listening to people pontificate on why their candidate is so good and (more often) why the opponent is [insert vulgarities]. I hate holding in my vitriol for these pompous blowhards, even if they happen to be voting for the same person I am.
So two weeks ago I went to the courthouse and voted early. Five minutes to park my car, walk in, head towards the counter of the elections office, ask for a ballot, fill out a form, take my ballot to the little table with the security screen, fill in some ovals, put the ballot in the security envelope, hand it back to the clerk and leave. Why don’t more people vote early?