I think RI, with our decisive 4 electoral votes, will be the state to watch. As Goes Little Rhody, So Goes The Nation.
Polls here in Pawtucket were well attended, even this early in the morning. There was a small line waiting for an open voting booth at my polling location, which I thought was encouraging. Driving past a number of other locations as I tended to various early morning chores, turnout seemed solid throughout the city. Patrick Kennedy is back up for Congress, seems a shoe-in. Same with Jack Reed for the Senate. Mayoral run-off for the city is between a Democratic incumbent and an Independent who currently heads up the city council. I think the Indie has a chance, which I’m very happy about. He too is preaching ‘change’, and has presented a strong alternative to the incumbant mayor’s “Stay The Course” platform. General conversation from what I overheard was strongly Pro-Obama/Biden, though here in RI that’s not terribly surprising. Voter age was wonderfully spread across the spectrum with young and older voters seeming to all have made the effort to get out and vote.
Couple snafus though. RI uses a ‘draw a line to complete an arrow to identify your selection’ system. These ballots are then fed into a machine that logs, and I’m assuming tallies, the votes. Only our Ballot Eater was broken, so we simply fed the ballots into a slot, into a bin, below it. I was also given two ballots by mistake, one of which was returned unmarked.
All in all, I remember what the polls looked like four years ago. We’re in a good place today.