I am starting to think that the best way to fill a church parking lot is for the church to be a polling place in a historic Presidential election. Case in point, the church that I just passed which has around 500 parking places, all of which were filled. The entrance and streets around the church were also packed with cars.
American’s in general are more geared up for this election than ever before.
The reasons why American’s are hyped up about the election?
The economy, the war, the first African American Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin, Saturday Night Live, Twitter and other online services, the media hype and so many more reasons.
No matter who wins this election, it is historical for all of us in the U.S.
- Sen. Barack Obama, could and probably will be the nation’s first African-American president.
- Republican nominee Sen. John McCain could be the oldest president elected to a first term.
- McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, could be the first woman elected vice president.
- Record-shattering number of people cast ballots in early voting. As of Monday, more than 24 million Americans had voted. Election experts have predicted more than a third of the electorate will have voted before polls opened on Election Day.
- The 2008 presidential election has proved to be the most expensive. Obamaand the Dems. repeatedly shattered fundraising records. As of Monday, Obama had raised more than $454 million, compared with the $230 million raised by McCain.
- Obama outspent his opponent on television advertising by almost 2-1.
In Virginia, a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential nominee in 44 years, Obama drew in large crowds.
“At this defining moment in history, Virginia, you can give this country the change it needs,” Obama said to voters in.
Despite his busy schedule and mourning the loss of his grandmother, who helped raise him, Obama voted early this morning,
Another historic marker for Obama, is hosting a massive outdoor rally in front of the skyline in his hometown of Chicago. The day’s forecast was for an unseasonably warm and possibly record breaking 70 degrees.
Voter registration numbers are up 7.3 percent from the last presidential election. Around the nation, reports of lines stretching around buildings and lasting for hours have plagued many states with early voting, including Florida, Georgia and Colorado.. Democrats saw their registration numbers increase by 12.2 percent, while Republicans saw their ranks grow by only 1.7 percent, according to a recent analysis by The Associated Press.
It’s not just about the Presidential race that makes this election so passionate to many.
- Taking 60 of 100 seats would enable Democrats to block filibusters in Senate. 35 Senate seats are up this year, 23 are held by Republicans. Five Republican senators are retiring:
- In the House, twenty-nine GOP incumbents aren’t seeking re-election. Dems can add nine seats to their current roster of 51 (49 Democrats and two independents allied with them) to gain the three-fifths majority that will enable them to invoke cloture, a device to end filibusters, the unlimited floor speeches by an opponent that can prevent legislation from coming up for a vote.
- There are ballot measures in 33 states this Election Day. Many measures deal with social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
- One of this year’s most controversial measures is in San Francisco, California. Proposition K, which calls for the decriminalization of prostitution.
- In Florida, residents will be asked to vote on Proposition 2, which is also known as the Florida Marriage Amendment. If passed by a 60 percent margin, this amendment would “protect marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife,” while providing that “no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.”
- In California Proposition 8 would change the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry, if voted into law. The amended section would classify marriage as being “between a man and a woman,” with no exceptions.
- In Arizona, there’s Proposition 102, also being referred to as “The Marriage Protection Amendment,” will amend that state’s constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman; same-sex marriage is already prohibited in Arizona, but an all-out ban was rejected in 2006.
- Colorado voters have two controversial ballot issues: the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative, which would prohibit discrimination or preferential treatment by the state in public employment, public education and public contracting; and the Colorado Equal Rights Amendment, which seeks to “define exactly what a person is under the laws of Colorado.”
- In South Dakota, voters are voting on an initiative that restricts all abortions statewide — except for those performed because of rape, incest or to protects the woman’s health — and would penalize doctors who performed abortions with jail time and fines. If an abortion were performed, a doctor could be charged with a felony crime and face up to 10 years behind bars and a fine of $20,000.
- SNL stikes again in MN where Republican incumbent Norm Coleman’s Senate post is being contested by former “Saturday Night Live” writer, comedian and radio host Al Franken. Those who have been following this race say it could end up going either way.
Hopefully, by tomorrow at this time, it will be all over. We will have rewritten the history books and people can get on with their Thanksgiving plans. For the next 77 the political problems will once again be George Bush’s.