I voted at 9:30 this morning at Crown Heights Baptist Church near NW 50th and Western here in Oklahoma City. I waited about 40 minutes to vote. There were two lines, A-Kr and Ku-Z. Voters were lined up out the door and part-way down the building. Voters and staff were polite, and there were no problems voting. In the interior photos, you'll notice a video camera on a tripod behind the desk. Channel 9 News was there, along with a still photographer. Channel 9/NewsOK has an open comment thread for Oklahoma voters to report what it was like to vote today.
I also checked out the polls earlier, around 7:30 AM. At that time, voters were lined up all the way around the parking lot:
As of this writing (11:00AM CST) it looks like Oklahoma will have a record voter turnout, significantly higher than the record we set in 2004. This is including both ballots cast today, and absentee voting.
Four years ago, I voted at 9:00 AM and was ballot #475 in the machine. Today I cast my vote at 9:30 and was voter #678. My wife voted around 1:00PM and reported that the tally was over 1200.
A caller on the Rush Limbaugh show told this story:
You were telling us that you were in Oklahoma City and you had a little
bumper sticker with McCain-Palin on the car, and I expect what you'll
say is that you encountered some intimidation.
CALLER: Yes. It was amazing the amount of intimidation we experienced. We had our windows down about an inch. People were screaming things at us that I wouldn't even repeat. I mean we had racial slurs coming at us. We had threats coming at us. They wouldn't let us turn in. The police that were there, there were three, they were doing zero to even let us turn in to go vote. In order to stand in line to vote that day, we had a three-hour wait. So if we were going to get out of the car and be yelled at for three to four hours? I mean, that's insane. We went ahead and left and both of us have gone and voted today at our normal precincts, but what concerns me are two things. Number one, if there are elderly people or other women that are intimidated to the point where they're not voting -- and then also if this were reversed. If these were McCain-Palin supporters that were preventing Obama supporters from voting, it would be all over the news.
I dunno. It doesn't smell right to me. Oklahoma is predicted to go for McCain with a 30% margin.
The Anchoress is making this prediction, which I believe is right on the money:
If McCain/Palin wins, the press and the Dems will stroke out and Obama will play The Ultimate Chutzpah Card and say that at least 14 states (the big ACORN states) must be challenged because “the rolls were suspect and the integrity of the election was compromised” - by his very own supporters. Then he’ll proceed to tear the nation apart, in an effort to wrest the White House from the GOP. If Obama wins, the Dems and the press will declare that this was the “cleanest” and most “widely observed” election in our nation’s history; they will declare the people have spoken, call it a mandate and tell John McCain that if he dares to challenge things, he’ll be a most dishonorable man willing to tear his nation apart to serve his own ambition. John McCain will ultimately not challenge such a loss, because - like Nixon in 1960 - he’ll put his country first, and decide America may not survive such a fight.
The chattering class -- the pundits, the analysts, the professional opinion-makers, the professors of history, political science, and law, the reporters, the editors, the entertainers -- they have invested so much in Barack Obama that a defeat simply will not be acceptable. And when the chattering class isn't happy, they will make sure that none of the rest of us are. Only a Reagan 1980-sized victory would be enough to shut them up; yet even that might not be enough. There were no accusations of "voter fraud" in 1980, and there was a third candidacy that year that both sides could credit either with victory or loss.
After the 2006 election, I stand firmly convinced that charges of "voter fraud" will be made only when there are Republican victories. And if there is a razor-thin McCain victory tonight, and "voter fraud" is moved front-and-center in the ensuing "what went wrong" debate, you can be sure that everyone in the mainstream media will concentrate of "voter suppression" (the supposed tool of eeeeeeevil Republicans) while little mention will be made of 2008's massive voter registration fraud, or potential problems with over-voting, since these two phenomena seem to be the bread and butter of the Democratic party's attempts at empowering "disadvantaged" voters. There are plenty of problems with our electoral system, but must solutions always involve such questionable tactics?
Okay, okay. I didn't want to go on and on about this stuff. (*deep breath*) Regardless of the outcome of today's election, please remember that God's will can be accomplished by the faithful, praying Christian regardless of who controls our government. No power on earth, no matter how malevolent, has been able to stop the Gospel and the transition of the world into God's Kingdom. Regardless of who wins, the demands of our Christian faith will not change.