Well, it's here, the day we've spent so many months preparing for. I'm riding a roller coaster of confidence and terror, this SNL skit nails it for me. Grab a hankie and re-read Heather's Sunday post, Whatever the outcome, what YOU did matters. THANK YOU, give yourself a pat on the back. We've created an activist community committed to supporting progressive values, and we're not going away, whatever happens today!
There's STILL work to do today if you can, calling or texting from home or helping at the polls. As Michelle wrote yesterday, "It is not too late to Get Out the Vote. Don't underestimate the power of conversations with friends, family, or coworkers. Hold each other accountable. Make plans to go together. Also, there are still organizations that you can get involved with to canvass and phone bank today! You can also poll greet on Election Day! Then after the polls close at 7:30 pm on Tuesday (and everyone in line at 7:30 pm votes) don't forget to celebrate! We invite you to post public election night events in the comments."
Trouble voting today? Call 1-888-OUR-VOTE to talk with a voting rights expert. Be alert for rumors and misinformtion.
Looking for polling info? Find an excellent analysis of NC's early voting at Old North State Politics. If you're a poll-tracker, Longleaf Politics compiled results & trends of major NC polls since February. For national and NC Congressional polls, check RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight. And be wary of exit polls, check this piece from NPR.
Wondering where to track election results tonight? In addition to NC media outlets (WRAL, N&O/Charlotte Observer), you can check out these:
- Politico and FiveThirtyEight for Congressional seats
- Indivisible Flip NC will live blog NC results.
- The Twittersphere will be hopping. Search #ncpol and #ncga and click on 'latest' tab to find most updated information. In addition, follow these Twitter accounts:
Whatever you do tonight, take care of yourself. Some of us will attend gatherings, some of us will stay at home and go to bed early, some of us will hang on every update. Be kind to yourself, ask yourself what YOU need tonight and in the days to come, and honor the answer you hear. You're not alone, we're in this together, and we'll moved forward together!
Voting is how we participate in a civic society - be it for president, be it for a municipal election. It's the way we teach our children - in school elections - how to be citizens, and the importance of their voice. ~Loretta Lynch
Every time we go into the voting booth, we are choosing the moral and spiritual direction of our nation. That is a privilege and responsibility that should not be abdicated. ~Robert Jeffress