It’s been an especially long election cycle this time around. And we’ve spent more hours than we would like to admit racked with anxiety about the possibility that a flaming turd that happens to resemble a human man could actually be elected to the most powerful office in the world. The sheer lunacy of it proves that a lot of people in this country cannot handle their right to vote.
And please don’t even bother coming at us with your anti-Hillary nonsense. Here are a few reasons why whatever nonsense you’re about to spew is wrong:
- Clinton’s emails are basically not an issue, unless you consider the complete cluster-f that is the State Department technology set up a scandal (and you can be pretty sure Trump’s inbox consist mostly of racist chain emails that he has apparently decided to build an entire campaign platform on)
- The cast of criminal characters Trump wants to put in his White House is so terrifying, I would sooner elect this dog Mayor to be president
- The election is rigged–against Democrats. It’s clear that the GOP’s need to suppress voters is based in the knowledge that they are outnumbered and are afraid to let democracy take its course
But today is about the election and our right/responsibility as citizens to vote. We’ll be checking in throughout the day to tell you about our experience at the polls, and the anxieties that overtake us as the results roll in.
Asian Persuasion, 7:26 a.m., Marlborough — Got everyone out the door, including the toddler and to our single polling place. The whole street up was filled with Trump signs and I started to get a little panicky. We’re in the sticks. I know I’m not in a progressive stronghold and I’m one of like 5 PoC in our town (I exaggerate, I know). There were two HRC signs, and a little tent of three Democrats the requisite 75 feet away from the door. But, okay. Let’s do this.
Asian Persuasion, 7:41 a.m., Marlborough — Done. For some reason, I didn’t realize that our only State Rep choice was a Republican. Go figure. The Little Monkey was pissed we couldn’t go back in and vote again. Apparently I didn’t do a good job of explaining the process.
Anti-Couric, 8 a.m., East Hartford–If I’m being totally honest, I am still optimisitc enough to think that my fellow Americans are not stupid enough to even come close to electing Trump. In the La-La-Land where I sometimes live, I believe all but the reddest states will vote for Clinton. Keep your fingers crossed.
Asian Persuasion, 8:26 a.m., Glastonbury — Stopped at Whole Foods for a quick coffee where the girl behind the counter hadn’t yet registered and didn’t know where she was voting. Tried to be encouraging since you actually CAN register day-of in CT this year. The other girl was going to a friend’s house for Super Taco Tuesday to watch election results…I approve. Headed to M&R to get a couple of wine presents, where I had a curious conversation with the young man there. I suspect he was a Trump supporter but sort of talked in neutrals to him because it was too early to get into it with strangers.
Asian Persuasion, 9:32 a.m., Hartford — Totally forgot the building I work at it a polling place. Not terribly busy and a lot of older PoCs voting right now. It looks like a couple of vans of folks are unloading as well. I like that. Make it easy and accessible.
Anti-Couric, 9:44 a.m., East Hartford–I haven’t been to the polls yet today. I work from home, I don’t leave the house before 10 a.m. unless there’s a fire. But I’ve been driving around Glastonbury for months seeing Lorraine Marchetti for State Senate signs staring at me from lawns (which traditionally has been frowned upon in G-bury, as there was a gentleman’s agreement that neither party wouldn’t ugly up the town with lawn signs), and I just have to share a story. I used to be a reporter at a local newspaper, and one of my colleagues was in the Glastonbury Republican headquarters on election night when Lorraine lost her seat on the Board of Education. Her immediate reaction to learning this news was to flip off my colleague. Yes, she gave him the finger. I am also told that her family is worth about $5 million and gives $1,000 or less to charity each year. Sadly, I don’t live in her district. I would love to vote against her.
Anti-Couric, 11:36 a.m., East Hartford–I left the house around 10:55 to vote. I drove the few minutes to my polling place, held the door for an older woman who was huffing and puffing and clearly would have struggled with the heavy wooden door, was directed to the correct table for my street, asked for an I.D., and then given a ticket to trade for a ballot at another table. But here’s the important thing: My polling place was the busiest I’ve ever seen it. I’ve been voting there for 5 years, and there’s usually no more than a handful of people in there when I vote in the middle of the day. It wasn’t exactly packed today. There were no lines. But I did have to look around a bit for a cubby in which to fill out my ballot. Unlike the AP, my polling place is a rainbow of humans. There were a lot of older people there (probably because retirees and I live on the same basic schedule) including one woman with what I assume was her grandson in tow. She had a cane, and he even fetched her a chair to sit in while she voted. He gives me faith in humans…especially young humans. I was in and out of the gymnasium in a few minutes, so then I headed out to the car, where I let my dog out, and we wandered the schoolyard for a while. People were still coming and going in what struck me as large numbers when we went back to the car.
Anti-Couric, 4:34 p.m., East Hartford–All registered voters should have to watch at least 3 seasons of The West Wing.
Asian Persuasion, 4:36 p.m., Hartford — Leaving work. Polling place is less than hopping but there are now two folks handing out literature and yelling at passersby to vote. Feeling apprehensive about what’s to come.
Anti-Couric, 6:35 p.m., East Hartford–Apparently Clinton headquarters tonight has an actual glass ceiling. If I was there, I would be terrified. but if you’re sitting at home, feeling edgy, watch Trump get booed as he tries to vote.
Anti-Couric, 6:41, p.m., East Hartford–Election cakes are a thing. So obviously that’s what I’ll be doing tonight…
Asian Persuasion, 7:32p.m., Marlborough — I need the kid to go to bed so I can make nachos, drink wine, and fret. The Pilot keeps shouting as counties in FL come in and it’s not good for the nerves.
Asian Persuasion, 8:38 p.m., Marlborough — Well, Blumenthal is projected to win. Not a shocker, but good to know. Watching CNN and if that annoying blonde chick that’s been on all season with the title “Trump Supporter” is on, I swear I’ll chuck something at the TV. She is nonsensical and irritating. Also, don’t make me have ANOTHER reason to hate you, Florida. Seriously.
Asian Persuasion, 8:41 p.m., Marlborough — “We don’t think Hillary Clinton is going to win Mississippi.” That might be the understatement of the year. Thank you, Less Attractive Anderson Cooper.
Anti-Couric, 9:02 p.m., East Hartford–If ” target=”_blank”>Joe Exotic was on the ballot in CT, I may have chosen differently.
Anti-Couric, 9:15 p.m.. East Hartford–I wasn’t kidding about the cake. Carolyn Paine and I are celebrating tonight’s feminist victory by having a man make us a cake. Alright…back to Democracy Plaza..
Asian Persuasion, 9:56 p.m., Marlborough — I’m shaking. I truly didn’t believe it’d look like this right now. I’ve eaten a plate of nachos, had two glasses of wine and neither are having the calming effect they should have.
Asian Persuasion, 10:51 p.m., Marlborough — Trying not to lose hope and hoping it’s just CNN that’s sending me into a panic attack. I sort of wonder how these guys tap out for a bathroom break…adult diapers?
Anti-Couric, 11:51 a.m., East Hartford — Doris Kearns Goodwin is telling me Trump is probably going to win. According to NBC, he is 26 electoral votes away from the Presidency. I am deeply disappointed in my fellow Americans. I can only hope that some swing state miracle will save us. And I’m 51 minutes past my bedtime. I can’t…I just can’t.
Anti-Couric, 12:22 a.m., East Hartford — I am crawling into bed now. I can’t take any more of this. I can only imagine how Clinton must feel. This is basically me right now:
Anti-Couric, 9:00 a.m., East Hartford–I woke up at 2:45 a.m. to Mike Pence’s rat face telling me all my worst nightmares were coming true. I stayed up long enough to watch the worst acceptance speech I’ve ever seen, and then lay in bed awake, my thoughts spiraling. I eventually had to turn on my Headspace app and meditate myself to sleep. Here’s what this comes down to for me. Apparently, our country’s racism can be overcome by our shifting demographics–at least enough to elect Obama twice. It’s still there, but we were able to drown it out on election day. But the misogyny runs so far and wide–ingrained even in women, and acceptable to many of the Obama coalition voters who didn’t come out to vote yesterday–that we could not elect the most qualified Presidential candidate to ever run for office, simply because she a woman. And don’t fool yourself… if you voted for Trump you need to take a long hard look at your soul.