Montana Politics

Election Night 2012: Update 1

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While I don’t anticipate writing as frequently as I did back in 2008, I will be updating the blog tonight as election results roll in across Montana and the nation.

Nationally, I’m feeling good about the prospects of an Obama victory, but direct voter suppression and indirect suppression (long lines in certain communities) makes me nervous.

My take? If Obama wins Virginia early, we’ll know before 10:00 that he’s won re-election. If not, we may not know until mid-November.

Here in Montana, I’m seeing a lot of online chatter about long lines in the towns with centralized voting. Hours long in some places. Have to love the polling in Helena, which was efficiently organized and fast as it could be.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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  • RE: Polling place traffic/flow

    We voted this morning at the Missoula Public Library, around 10 am, and were sort of surprised that the two counting machines, combined, had tallied only about 110 votes in the first three hours. Good flow and organization, maybe a two minute check in wait. Long lines and waiting to vote 2, 4 or 6 hours is nothing more than a modern “poll” tax.

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