Election Night


Voted by Brian J Matis

It is election night and the tension is palpable in the air.  It feels like the final stretch of a long and intractable campaign.  I don’t even want to think about the millions of dollars that have been spent marketing these candidates.  There is the argument that we could have put that money back into our infrastructure and we probably would not have half the problems the candidates debate each other over.  But alas, thus are the stakes in the winner takes all American Democratic process.

It has been an new event to watch my friends declare that they have voted on Facebook.  I guess this is because this is the first time an election has played out so largely on social media in American Politics.  The last presidential election occurred before Facebook was so huge and the midterms didn’t seem half as venomous as this year.  Still, watching the posts saying “I voted” almost feels like social scolding if one hadn’t participated yet.

As for outcomes, I definitely have an opinion of who I want to win. But even more than that, I want it to be a clean win. There are stories about voter disenfranchisement, voters being lied to about when they should vote, voting machines with last minute software patches that can change the tabulating of the vote. These things are a tarnish on the sanctity of democracy. Just let the people vote and let ‘er buck.

And now to go back to being glued to the television watching raptly while NBC fills color into the states on the ice rink in front of Rockefeller Center.

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