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Obama’s military-like ground operation


By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff

CLEVELAND — If this election day produces fewer of the registration-related voting glitches than those that have plagued past presidential contests, the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama can take some credit.

Obama’s prodigious field organization not only pulled tens of millions of voters to the polls, his army of field operatives was part of a highly sophisticated voter education and outreach effort that operated with military precision in equipping voters with information to help them avoid problems at the polls.

In door-to-door contacts all across the country, campaign canvassers left millions of large pieces of literature hanging on doorknobs that contained detailed voter information tailored to that particular state and voters’ particular precinct.

Here’s how it worked:………….


Twitter, the US elections and Brussels

By fhbrussels on voting

Check out the coverage of the use of Twitter in the US elections today referenced over at the Guardian but picked up widely elsewhere, here and here. As Americans are going to the polls they have been able to report their experiences at the booths using Twitter by adding the hashtag #votereport to their tweets.

Oliver Burkeman’s Campaign Diary: Tuesday memo

By Oliver Burkeman on Joe Biden

Polls: Gallup’s final tracking poll was Obama 55%, McCain 44%. The RealClearPolitics poll average is starting to look rather familiar: Obama 52%, McCain 44.2%. A couple of last-minute polls show Obama holding his lead in Pennsyvlania and just in the lead in Florida; meanwhile, 74% of Americans say this historic, extraordinary election matters more to them than previous ones.

The world waits

By Joshua Keating on Media

Here are some front pages from around the world today, courtesy of the Newseum’s website.

I’ve seen the polls too, but I still think Belgium’s De Standaard is jumping the gun a bit:

Election Day

By Cheryl Rofer

by Cheryl Rofer

I can see that I am likely to drive myself crazy until tonight, checking the newspapers and other blogs compulsively. So, even though WhirledView readers aren’t very talky, I’m going to start an open thread where I hope you’ll share your voting experiences. I’ll start with mine.

MAIN FOCUS: The end of the beginning | 04/11/2008

Regardless of the outcome of tonight’s US presidential election, George W. Bush will leave the White House in 2009. The European press comments on the end of an era and the expectations placed on the new US president, whether it be John McCain or Barack Obama.

Five Reasons Obama would not be Elected in Europe

By Kyle Atwell

Denis Boyles argues in the National Review that while the vast majority of Europeans are hoping Obama will be elected President of the United States today, he would not have a chance of success were he running to lead any European country. Boyles offers five reasons why:

Opinion: An Obama Win Would Change the Middle East

An Obama presidency would change the way the Middle East sees America, argues the editor of a Moroccan newsmagazine

Obama and America: an exchange, KA Dilday

By KA Dilday on USA

In the first segment of a multi-part exchange, KA Dilday reminds Anthony Barnett of how Barack Obama’s rise is very un-European. Read on: part II, part III, and part IV. 

Dear Anthony:

It’s been several months since I told you that Barack Obama’s nomination as the presidential candidate for a major political party, could only happen in America . But even as I said that, I also insisted that he would never be elected president because of his race, particularly since he was running against a patrician white man. Now, and I say this with a cautious optimism, it seems that on the night of 4 November (EST of course) I may be eating a dish of crow, and relishing every bite.

Top searches on Election Day (part 1)

By Karen

The long, long election campaign season culminates today as people make their choices on hundreds of statewide and local contests as well as the race for the next U.S. president. Throughout the day, we’re keeping an eye on Google Hot Trends to decipher what may be meaningful, as well as what’s "business as usual" in Google searches. We’ll post updates as interesting trends turn up. – Ed.

the Amazing Lines

By Chris Newfield

The lines are unbelievable and suggest not just our less than democratic election system but a mass upwelling of devotion to turn things around.

And here’s a nice Rachel Maddow rant about long lines as the new version of the poll tax.

Who has the right to vote? Anthropology News on US-election

By Lorenz

If you need anthropological perspectives on the US-election Obama-McCain, you’ll find them in the new issue of Anthropology News. One of the articles is about a study on voting, polticial participation and citizenship among individuals with psychiatric disability.

Many Americans are excluded from voting. Anthropologist Sara M. Bergstresser is conducting the study, using a “community-based participatory research framework". She writes:

US: Covering the election, AP style

By Rosemary D’Amour

The Associated Press is known for its comprehensive coverage of political campaigns. It is, in fact, the sole source of vote count for the American media on election night.

When it comes to covering the 2008 presidential election, the AP relies on a team of more than 500 reporters, technical workers, researchers, photographers, and others to provide a balanced perspective to the more than 2,000 news organizations, both print and broadcast, that subscribe to the agency. That number multiplies by 10 when more than 4,600 "stringers" on election night to count votes in the AP’s four election centers. Votes are tabulated from data received by state governments, as well as exit polls, which help analyze voting patterns on issues such as gender and race.

Want to follow the US elections? Try twittervotereport.com

By Charles Arthur on US elections 2008

Amid all the other coverage (including, of course, our own) one of the fascinating places to watch the US election happen in front of your eyes is twittervotereport.com/, which updates constantly with input from all over the country (at least, where the polls are open) about the length of queues, any problems (or lack of them) in voting, and so on.

Expat voting easier than ever

By David Kenner on Decision ’08

In the 2006 midterm elections, Americans living abroad returned only a third of the approximately one million absentee ballots mailed out to them. With roughly six million Americans serving in the military overseas or living abroad eligible to vote, that works out to a pretty dismal 5.5% turnout rate. In this election, expatriate voting rates should be much better — and not just because of the presidential race at the top of the ballot.

Farewell, Republican America , Sidney Blumenthal

In Sidney Bkumenthal

On 29 July 2008, President George W Bush appeared at the Lincoln Electric Company in Euclid, Ohio, where he spoke about energy and then asked the audience for questions. The opportunity for people in a small town in the midwest to pose a question directly to the president of the United States is a rare one, possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. "And now I’d like to answer some questions, if you have any", said Bush. But his request was returned with silence. Bush filled the air with an awkward joke: "After seven-and-a-half years, if I can’t figure out how to dodge them, I shouldn’t…" The audience tittered nervously. Bush continued, "If you don’t have any questions, I can tell you a lot of interesting stories." The crowd laughed again, but no one raised a hand. "Okay", said Bush, "I’ll tell you a story."

Final thoughts on the campaign

By Blake Hounshell on Decision ’08

I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to say about today’s election, and here’s the parting thought I’d like to close with: No matter who wins, the United States and the world are going to be just fine.

During the heat of the campaign, I think many people tend to forget that U.S. politics is fought over very narrow ground. A good analogy might be to a football game that takes place entirely between the two 40-yard lines.

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