Polls are closing here in Florida within the hour and across most of the East Coast. There's going to be a lot of local, state, and national elections to keep track of. I got a link to the NBC News tracker here, and a separate link for the Florida elections tracking here.
I will update here from time to time, so please check back in. I will be stressing mostly over three issues: Crist beating Scott, the fate of the three Florida amendments, and the fate of the US Senate.
I hope we got enough sane voters out there today, and via the Early Voting and Absentees. Hope hope hope...
Update 7:17 PM EST - well that was quick. The BayNews 9 website is showing Crist up 58 percent (528,000 votes) to Scott's 38 percent (346,000). That is, oddly, with ZERO percent of the precincts reporting in. I'm wondering if that's the Early Voting or the Absentee Ballot counts. I'm thinking this is good news, but MSNBC is reporting that there are problems with voting machines in South Florida and the Panhandle, so the results are not solid and this is still up in the air.
Update 7:25 PM EST - in better news, the BayNews polling on the three amendments are solid. Amendment One to fund our waters and ecosystem is up by 78 percent! Well above the 60 percent needed to pass. Amendment Two on medical marijuana is at 61 percent, which is unsettling but it's a good sign. And Amendment Three to preemptively pack the courts is losing with the No count at 54 percent.
Here's hoping, Florida.
Update 7:30 PM EST - in the WTF category, Pam "Friend to Lobbyists" Bondi is leading Sheldon 51 percent to 47 percent for the Attorney General seat. This is where things are questionable because you'd think the pro-Crist voters would be pro-Sheldon (and as anti-Bondi as we are anti-Scott). The hell, Florida? Bondi has been a disaster as AG and she's still on the edge of winning?!
Update: gimme 15 minutes to get some NaNoWriMo writing in! BRB
Update 8:20 PM EST - well hell in Kentucky Grimes lost to McConnell. It's looking like McConnell has it won handily too, which is sad because otherwise McConnell's not exactly the most popular guy in his own state. By the by, got to 7000 words just now, hope to get 8000 by end of the night.
Update 8:25 PM EST - SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SCOTT IS UP 48 to 47 percent right now with 39 percent of the precincts in?! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO OH GOD TELL ME THEY GOT THE PROBLEMS WITH BROWARD MACHINES RESOLVED...
Update 8:30 PM EST - they called the vote for my congressional district, my neighbors went with Ross (R) over Cohn (D) by 61 to 39 percent. (insert headdesking here) Meanwhile, the Medical Marijuna amendment slid under the 60 percent threshold and is at 57 percent YES... the water and ecology funding is steady at 75 percent, and the court-packing amendment is pretty much lost.
UPDATE 8:32 PM EST - this is a heartbreaker. Pam Bondi won re-election handily (WHAT THE HELL, FLORIDA), and in Pinellas County the Greenlight Pinellas alternate transit plan has gone down to defeat 62 to 38 percent. It wasn't even close, for a county that has massive traffic woes crushing a plan that could have generated jobs and boosts to the local tourist economy. Because, what, there was a tax hike involved somehow? What the hell is wrong with people...?
UPDATE 9:02 PM EST - we're at 93 percent of the polls reporting and Scott is up by 123,000 votes over Crist. I'm still getting told that the Broward and Dade results aren't in, that there's still a chance the urban (Democratic-heavy) votes will get counted soon and that Crist may yet prevail... BUT WHY IN THE NAME OF GOD WAS THIS EVEN THIS CLOSE?! We've had 4 years of Scott lying, ignoring questions, selling out to his business cronies, breaking transparency laws, slashing our education funding, refusing to protect our environment... I mean, we've got 75 percent of the voters backing Amendment 1 to keep our waters clean, and yet there are enough of those voters still backing a crooked governor who would eagerly pollute that all for money in his own pocket? (his blind trusts are nothing of the sort) How the fuck is this disconnect between one issue and the other even happening?!
UPDATE 9:32 PM EST - Still waiting on Broward and Dade counties apparently. This is still too disgusting to realize that there were not enough registered voters willing to make the effort to turn out the vote. I get the impression far too many moderate voters were tuned out... too many Democratic voters were tuned out... the hell?
Update 9:52 PM EST - BayNews 9 site is calling it for Amendment Two. It won't get enough votes to get past the 60 percent requirement, even though it's at 57 percent approval. Just not enough people believing in medical marijuana or even in the need to shake up the screwed-up War on Drugs. Still waiting on the governor's race. There's still a slight lead to Scott by about 100,000 votes over Crist and there's still 2-3 percent of the precincts yet to report in. Somehow Scott keeps clinging to that 100,000 vote difference like it's some kind of artificially-generated buffer... As for the national scene, it's looking like the Republicans win gain a slight lead in the US Senate, meaning the GOP will control both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006. The hits on Obama are gonna get worse...
Update: I'm gonna take another NaNo break to write. When I get back the rest of Florida better F-CKING have voted Crist about 300,000 votes to beat Scott.
Update 11:00 PM EST - I've spent about the last 40 minutes trying to comprehend how in God's name 2,8 million people voted for a GODDAMN MEDICARE FRAUD like Rick Scott. Again. And I'm horrified by the failure of the Democrats and moderates and No-Party-Affiliate voters who failed to show up to vote for Charlie Crist. What the hell, Florida? What the fucking hell?
Rick Scott has been a liar since Day One, he's been avoiding his duties as governor, refusing to deal with our ecological concerns, slashing funds for our schools, cutting social services for women and families, he's been caught using secret emails in violation of our Sunshine laws, he's been trying to wreck our legal system and fill the courts with his pro-business cronies.. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU FLORIDA? You WANT to live in broken communities and low-paying jobs and no Medicaid help for your elderly and disabled relatives? YOU WANT THAT KIND OF HELL?!
I'm done for the evening. I will post later about why I'm this angry, why I'm this pissed off at the Republicans and why I'm pissed off at voters who DON'T FUCKING CARE.