- Editor's note: Geneva Patch Editor Rick Nagel, Batavia Patch Editor Charles Menchaca and St. Charles Patch Editor Ted Schnell are out and about on Election Day 2012, gathering information, making observations and keeping tabs on voting and voter turnout. Presented here is a running summary of the events of the day. If you've got news or information to share, please add it to the comments field or contact Rick Nagel at email@example.com.
5 p.m.— Batavia-area voters are moving through the polls quickly and painlessly. Here's what some of them had to say on the Batavia Patch Facebook page:
Vicki Dvorak Islely: "I voted at lunchtime. Only a couple people were ahead of me. No long delays. Was basically in and out."
Wendy Coyle: "Line of 10 around noon, I was voter #460; ran out of 'I Voted' stickers, but that's probably a good thing:)"
St. Charles Patch: I spent the early afternoon at the St. Charles Police Department picking up police reports and waiting as folks posted to my Facebook query on their voting experiences on Tuesday. I got home and made a pot of coffee, filled up my Thermos, set up my laptop and am ready for the “fun” to begin later this evening. I am not certain yet whether I have made enough coffee ...
In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the experiences St. Charles-area voters shared on St. Charles Patch’s Facebook page today:
4:57 p.m. — In the St. Charles area, local voters responding to a Facebook query by St. Charles Patch said voting was quick and painless. Several said they voted early in the day, others said later in the morning.
“ Steady lines. Voting early saved time,” wrote Jeff Greenwald shortly after 11 a.m.
“It was great over by Hosanna Church — busy — but quick!!” Karin Kuhl Roberts wrote about 11:07 a.m.
Voting at the Free Methodist Church downtown was fast for Janet Gampfer Dieter. “Got there around 9:30 and was out by 9:45. Everyone was upbeat and helpful. Very smooth process.”
“Terrific!! A line!!!!! And, I voted for Love of my Country!!! Not for Revenge!!” exclaimed Elaine Dobra in a post at about 11:14 a.m.
“I voted before work at about 6:30 — it was quick and easy!,” wrote Gail Dziedzic Krawczykowski
“At 6:30 am a handful of people were voting at the Library polling place — one person ahead of me in line and two behind me — as I left another five or six had come in,” added Ginny Sieck.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1145 N. 5th St., was praised as a polling place both in the morning and early afternoon. Kelly Rotella wrote that “at 9 am it was a line that moved fast,” while at 1:05 p.m., Linda Davis wrote, “No wait at Bethlehem right now.”
There were some who took advantage of early voting, even though the lines might have been longer at the time. “I voted early on Friday Oct 26 and it took over an hour. This is a good problem for our country,” wrote Sarah 'Hardman' Giachino.
Nicole Rita wrote about 2:21 p.m. that voting was “quick & easy” at the St. Charles Public Library.
Voting was under way at Charlestowne Mall and apparently was busier earlier than it was just before the noon hour, wrote Mary Moll Olson. “My husband voted at Charlestowne Mall right when it opened so there was a line of about 30 people, but he said everybody was understanding and it really wasn't that bad. I went at 11:00 and there was only about 2 people ahead of me and the entire process took all of about 8 minutes!”
Other reports included Jeanine Brown Sweeney, who said she went to vote at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 36W925 Red Gate Road at 11:30 and there was no line.
Beth Marshall said voting “at DuPage Expo was walk in, walk right up, vote and done! That was about noon.”
4:28 p.m. — Weather could be a factor in getting the vote out tonight, as commuters return home and have to get out to the polls. The forecast for the Tri-Cities, according to the National Weather Service—Chicago, is:
- Today: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 41. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
- Tonight: Occasional rain or drizzle before midnight, then areas of drizzle. Low around 35. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
1:21 p.m. at home — Your attention, please. I am about to play the official electronic hand-held Yahtzee game that will determine the winner of the 2012 presidential election. This is the Rick Nagel version of the Magic 8 Ball, in which the Yahtzee game predicts the future of the Free World based on a goal of 250 points. Since 250 is a bit of a high score, we’ll say 250 or over is a Mitt Romney win and 249 or less means President Obama will win re-election. Here goes.
First roll: 18 in sixes. … Small Straight … 16 in fours … Large Straight (Good news for Romney!) … 20 in fives! … Full House (Mitt in the diver’s seat) … 6 in twos … 1 in ones (uh oh) … 6 in threes scores the 35-point bonus! … 20 in Chance (boiling down to the four-of-a-kind now) … 25 in Four of a Kind! (score is 242) … 26 in Three of a Kind does it! … Yahtzee zero, but it’s all over! … 268 points!
ELECTRONIC HAND-HELD YAHTZEE PREDICTION: MITT ROMNEY WINS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BY A SLIM MARGIN OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES
We’ll see how accurate that is later tonight … or maybe by Friday. :)
OK, I'll go do some actual work now. -RN
1:19 p.m. — If you want to follow along on Twitter, check out the hashtag #PatchElections. It's No. 3 on the trending list!
1:01 p.m. — Of course, as soon as I mention attack ads, I notice the anti-Bill Foster ad on the same Patch page. They're everywhere! :)
12:39 p.m. — I just took a lunch break and turned on the TV for a few minutes ... and got slammed by a Hurricane Sandy-like water wall of political ads. Silly me. I forgot just how many of those dang things there are on Election Day. Which one do you think is the worst this year? (Today's Joe Walsh "We're BETTER than this" ad was a little scary. :) Let us know in the comments field.
Also, I have a call in to Chris Booth to try and get a feel for voter turnout numbers so far.
9 a.m. — If you want to keep up with local, state or national election results, there are a lot of way you can do that. One really cool way to to join Patch's live Election Night blog. Ted Schnell will be the maestro, but we'll get comments and information from all the Patch editors and reporters out in the field, plus your comments and observations in real time. I'll be covering the 14th District Congressional race with a lot of Tweets, comments on the Election Night blog and an article. Charles Menchaca is keeping an eye on the Kane County local elections and will have a story.
If you want to follow Kane County results, keep in mind that you have to add the Kane County totals to the Aurora Election Commission totals. Here are links to the Kane County clerk's 2012 General Election results page. You can click these links to find out Precincts Reporting, Contest Totals and Referenda. Here's a link to the Aurora Election Commission.
7:30 a.m. — Geneva polling place, Chesapeake Commons, 1490 Geneva Drive, Geneva
I voted this morning—best feeling in the world. For the first time in quite a few elections, there was a line at my polling place in Geneva. I might have been hallucinating from too little sleep, but I'm pretty sure the side-by-side election judges in my precinct were Heidi Jacoby, the wife of former Geneva School Superintendent Mike Jacoby (and 2012 Dancing with the Geneva Stars contestant) and Rich Hayhurst, a local photographer/videographer also known for being a member of Geneva TaxFACTS. That's what Democracy is all about, really. Two folks who may or may not have dissimilar points of view ensuring that everyone has a chance to choose their elected officials. As that guys says in the Prilosec OTC commercial: "You know what I love about this country? Trick question. I love everything about this country." -RN