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Sad: For a while there I was afraid that California Prop 4 (requiring minors to inform their parents before being allowed an abortion) would pass.

Happy: Fortunately it looks like it will not pass (although sfgate.com is not calling it yet).

Sad: California Prop 8 (taking away the right of same-sex couples to marry) seems to be passing (sfgate is not calling it yet either; 5% of precincts still have not reported). I stayed up until 2:30 am last night watching the Prop 8 gap narrow as urban votes were counted, but it certainly does not seem likely that the result will turn around.

A little bit sad: Only 55% voter turnout in my county. That's good compared to how it usually is, but not as good as I would have hoped.

Happy: Am seeing reports of a turnout as high as 80% in some areas.

Happy: Obama will be president and won by a pretty big popular vote majority. In the weeks coming up to the election it certainly seemed that he was winning, but after the mess of the last two US presidential races, I was worried that something would go wrong. When I saw that he was projected to win, and especially after McCain conceded, I let out a breath I didn't even know I was holding.

Sad: The US still has a lot of problems. There's plenty I don't like about the Democratic Party. I am still worried about the trend toward diversions, insults, and outright lying in lieu of meaningful political conversations.

Happy: I feel hopeful in a way that I haven't for a while that US citizens with different political views can gradually stop hating and fearing each other. I am glad I participated in an historic election. I am proud that the people of my country were willing to elect an intelligent person and a person who is not white. And I am glad that people in many other countries seem to like Obama. The US really needs to improve its image globally and now maybe we can.

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brooksmoses
Nov. 5th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Sad: SFGate has now called Prop. 8 as passed.

Edited at 2008-11-05 06:09 pm (UTC)
firecat
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
[sigh]
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fattest
Nov. 5th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, only 55% in your county. I'm finding that shocking.
mjlayman
Nov. 6th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Our registrar was wrong -- out of 19585 registered voters, 2250 voted -- what's that, about 11%? However, the city went Democratic for the first time in history!
firecat
Nov. 6th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Woo hoo!
living400lbs
Nov. 7th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
My state is showing only 60% turnout right now, but ballots are still being counted. One of the side affects of the move to almost-all-mail-in voting - they don't have a count of voters until they've opened and counted all the ballots.
mjlayman
Nov. 7th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sure we have some absentee ballots that were mailed in, but this is a very conservative city and few people bother to vote because they're so sure it will stay conservative. I think this may have startled them.
pir_anha
Nov. 6th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
prop 8
i stayed up all night too, watching sfgate. *sigh*. this really dampens my excitement about the election in general. apparently californians like farm animals better than gays.

low voter turnout in california never surprises me; i don't like the whole setup where the east coast is long done and results are being publicly shown long before the west coast polls close.

also, there was a lot of voter suppression, and i would REALLY like to see that prosecuted instead of forgotten until the next time. i think election reform is needed badly.
firecat
Nov. 6th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: prop 8
Californians have always been big soft spots for animal 'rights' initiatives. The OH and I were unhappy about an initiative passed many years ago: "prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption." We keep talking about presenting a similar initiative: "prohibit the slaughter of chickens for human consumption." Only we are afraid it would pass.

I got the impression that other counties in Calif. had higher turnout but I am not sure.

We have a lot of work to do to stop this voter suppression trend and other ugly tactics. It's supposed to be an election, not Rollerball.

And we have a lot of gay rights work to do, too.
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