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Reimagining circumstances on Election Day

Fun story lines this season have included Joe the Plumber.

By Amara Birman

Shortly before the election, I am thinking about what David Broder said — that this is the best campaign he ever covered.

Personally, I think it could have been better, and much. Obama is tremendously flawed as I have pointed out in previous posts, but McCain is as exciting as a potato. Biden...

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Tired of Bush, voters will choose Obama

By Lynne Serpe

My prediction is that Barack Obama will win the White House.

Not because of his fundraising prowess, his charisma or his excellent oratory skills — although they are considerable. He will win because people from across the political spectrum are tired of the Bush administration and they want change.

Obama will win because he recognized that desire early on,...

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Pick GOP today for a better tomorrow: The case for McCain

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By Bragg Van Antwerp

The events of today often make it easy to forget what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. Today, we have been kept safe from another terrorist attack on American soil for more than seven years. Today, the situation in Iraq is more stable — both militarily and politically — than at any point since the war began. Today, Americans...

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Strong choice for strong nation: The case for Obama

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By Meg Boyle

I voted for Barack Obama this morning. I haven’t been the staunchest of his supporters but after the limelight dims and the flush of Obamania passes, I see in Obama a strong leader who will restore our confidence and bring us through the difficult time ahead.

As both candidates lack executive experience, a fair indicator of how each will govern is the skill with which...

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Beyond politicians on the nation's ballots

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A critic of California's Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage protests Monday in Sacramento, Calif. (AP)

By Emily Ngo

Americans aren’t just voting for politicians today, there are some interesting measures on ballots around the nation:

San Francisco and the decriminalization of prostitution

The Proposition K ballot question would forbid local law enforcement from...

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A two-year odyssey ends

By Adrian Lee

As we bid farewell to the two-year odyssey that has been the 2008 presidential election I wanted to say one last thank you: to amNY, thanks for giving me the opportunity to blog. To my fellow bloggers, thanks for being so rancorous and intelligent. To all of our readers, thank you for giving us purpose.

No matter who wins tomorrow, we should all note and appreciate the...

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Make your vote count. Vote third party

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Libertarian Pary presidential candidate Bob Barr

By Jeff Akston

Barack Obama is going to be the next president of the United States. Further, I think it will be tough for McCain too make Tuesday night even remotely interesting. Both 538.com and electoral-vote.com predict Obama getting over 350 electoral votes. Even intrade.com, which has been more bullish on McCain this entire...

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Vision — not race — should be a factor for voters

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Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney

By Lynne Serpe

The question of the day seems to be: Is race a factor in the presidential race?

Yes, of course it is. It would be naive to think otherwise. The candidates themselves are making their mad dash through so-called swing states in a bid for the Electoral College votes in those states. The Electoral College...

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Dirty tricks to gain votes

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Washington, D.C. (AP)

By Pete Catapano

Voters being falsely threatened with arrest. Votes being switched for the other candidate in computerized machines. Misinformation about polling sites

These are just some of the shenanigans that some say tainted the 2004 vote, and such tampering could already be happening again.

“We see this every year,” Jonah Goldman...

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What to know when you hit the polls

Be a part of history. If you’re an eligible voter, here are some voting essentials:

* Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

* If you don’t know where your voting site is, visit vote-ny.com.

* Registered voters won’t likely need to present ID for proof of address, but bring your driver’s license, another photo ID or a utility bill just in case.

* If you...

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