Virginia Day 11 – Escape to Victory

Greetings from the Data Cave in the Obama for America Alexandria, VA, Field Office.

Polls have been open in Virginia for just over four hours now, and voting has been brisk, although there haven’t been the extraordinary queues seen last time.  This has a lot to do with the very strong early voting showing – more than 500,000 Virginians voted before Saturday’s close of absentee ballots.

I’ll be updating the blog as and when I can during the day, although don’t expect any miracles.  It’ll be when there’s a gap in the data stream coming in from polling stations across the city.

There’s a good Get Out the Vote (GOTV) operation being run not only by the political parties, but also by quite a few businesses.  Each polling station issues a sticker to those who’ve voted as they leave.  Among the freebies on offer to those who’ve voted are:

  • free ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s
  • a free star shaped Krispy Kreme donut
  • free coffee at Starbucks
  • 20% off all online Pizza Hut orders
  • from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., a free appetizer at Daily Grill

For those who’ve early voted, Ross has even done up a nice alternative sticker!

Absentee Voter (by Ross)

Absentee Voter (by Ross)

It’d be great to see some Irish companies do the same for our Local & European elections next year.  How about a free pint from the breweries? 😉


Ross has more.

Update 2

It’s actually Day 11.  Blame lack of sleep.

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