Okay, no it’s not. But last night sure felt like Christmas Eve did when I was 6, except with more booze. Sadly, I can’t just go jump on every American still in bed and go, “IT’S VOTING DAY! GET UP!” so it’ll still be a while before we get to open presents.
Open election thread in the meantime. Try to keep it polite. I may or may not keep updating this post when A) there’s news and B) I’m near a computer. I will most likely be updating Twitter a lot from late afternoon on.
Oh, and one more reminder: Call 866-OUR-VOTE or 888-VE-Y-VOTA if you see anything strange going down at your polling station.
Update: Just thought of something, while reading yesterday’s Question of the Day thread at Shakesville. This year was the first time I’ve ever gone into a booth and voted for President. In ’92, I was two months shy of my 18th birthday. In ’96, I lived in Canada and voted absentee for Clinton, because I didn’t want to miss the chance to cast my first vote. Then in 2000 and 2004, I still lived in Canada and didn’t vote (though I told some people I voted absentee to get them off my back — sorry about the lie, folks), ’cause A) I was registered in a safe blue state, and B) I’d started voting in Canadian elections by that point, and it felt weird (if not illegal) to vote in 2 countries. (I’m a dual citizen.)
So the 2006 mid-term was the first time I went to a polling place in the U.S. and voted for anything. My first-ever primary vote was for Hillary Clinton, and my first-ever vote for president cast on U.S. soil was for Obama 2 weeks ago. (Not to rub it in for those voting today, but can I just say I am so fucking glad I not only voted early, but really early? The whole process took about 20 minutes.)
And to answer the Shakesville QOTD, no, I don’t regret any votes, even those not cast. When I’m right here, I can’t imagine not participating, but I’m not too bothered about having let Gore and Kerry take Illinois without my help.
Update on the Grant Park decision: Still up in the air. You’ve all inspired me to really want to go, but now I’ve got a headache that keeps getting worse and is not responding to any amount of Advil, so I fear I’ve got a migraine brewing, not just a hangover from election eve imbibing. I’ll keep you posted.
2nd update on the Grant Park decision: Headache and nausea went away, so it probably was just a hangover. Oops. Planning on going at this writing. Can’t guarantee I’ll make it if the crowd gets me panicky.