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Objects in Mirror: November 4, 2008 Archive

Share your voting story with MPR News

Posted at 9:53 AM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

MPR's Public Insight Journalism asks you to share your voting experience:

Did you see anything remarkable? Experience any voting problems? Witness anything moving or unsettling?
Tell MPR your story to inform our coverage.

* Public Insight Journalism

Tools for voting

Posted at 5:50 AM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Nervous? Excited? Hopefully those feelings are out of sheer civic enthusiasm, but if you're undecided or want to take a few more moments to prepare...

Find your polling place. You have to know where you're going.

Before you head out the door, check your outfit. Believe it or not, there's a dress code. Really! Consult the survival guide for details and to answer the tougher questions.

Once you've prepared yourself, prepare yourself in another way. Take a few minutes to play Select A Candidate. It does not tell you who to vote for, it will better introduce you to the people behind the campaign ads. There's a wealth of information in MPR's Campaign 2008 collection if you want to do some more digging.

Better prepared? Great. Go vote, and tell MPR your voting story. Your experience could inform our coverage.

You can also participate online: Share your photos with us or join an online discussion.

Tonight track results on minnesota.publicradio.org. Just like that, your Election Day.

Soundtrack to your election

Posted at 1:53 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Earlier we asked for your three election songs especially for today's My 3 Song set. The Current's Web Producer Michael Wells shared the trio that made the cut:

Over the Rhine - "If a Song Could Be President"
Bob Marley and the Wailers - "Get Up, Stand Up"
Patti Smith - "People Have the Power"
Don't wait for another Presidential Election to come along before submitting another song set, make your own day a holiday.

Let the results begin

Posted at 7:00 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

As results start to reflect on mpr.org, I'll be keeping a close eye on the blogs, discussions, and tweets that make up the conversations around this election.

Meanwhile, check out News Cut. Bob Collins will update with those interesting items that you can't find elsewhere:

"I'll be looking -- or trying to look -- on the edges of the election results for interesting patterns"
Spot a pattern? Let him know in the comments.

Isn't voting the best?

Posted at 7:22 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

"Isn't voting the best?" Pam on Gather.com opened a happily civic discussion:

"Although I LOVE voting, and I had a super easy voting experience today, the real excitement comes tonight!"
Join the happiest political discussion at mnpolitics.gather.com.

On voting and volunteering in Minnesota

Posted at 7:43 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Susan Budig writes about voting and volunteering in Minnesota:

"I usually vote sometime between 9 and 3 o'clock so I can't say that the line, which was hundreds of people deep, was unusual for 7:00, but I certainly have never experienced such a huge wait to vote. I'd say that's a good sign."
Follow Susan's voting experience at mnpolitics.gather.com

Peek in at Policy & a Pint

Posted at 7:54 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Featured blogger Matt Abe keeps tabs (and a camera) on the crowd in the UBS Forum. Check out his CoveritLive coverage for a recap with observations. Some examples:

"MSNBC calls Pennsylvania for Obama. The crowd cheers. (Woo-hoo) ... It seems much quieter here than in 2006 so far."
I'll let you visit his blog for the photos.

Follow Matt following the results at northstarliberty.blogspot.com

What motivates a vote?

Posted at 8:10 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Find out what motivated other voters this year courtesy my colleagues in Public Insight Journalism. Answers range from foreign relations to health insurance, with anything and everything in between - and out of the box.

* Explore Public Insight Journalism stories and share your own

Media multitaskers

Posted at 8:34 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

3003685301_eca1048807_m.jpgPolicy & a Pint attendees listen to updates from Minnesota Public Radio while enjoying a beer (hence, the pint) and watching TV and Internet monitors.

No matter how many times I see this sort of integrated media, it always gives me pause. Then ten7 on Twitter upped the ante:

"watching cnn, nbc, msnbc, fox; reading twitter, cnn.com, foxnews.com, mpr.org, msnbc.com & trying to get my fix of information: historic!"
How much of a media multitasker are you? Let me know one of your favorite ways by using your voice.

Live-blogging on Gather.com

Posted at 9:00 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

On MPR's online political discussion group Diana Raabe is live-blogging results. At time of writing she's at 145 comments, some from Greg S. who is actually attending the Policy and a Pint event.

* MPR's political discussion group

The next agenda

Posted at 10:15 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

homepagesection.jpgThe race has been called in favor of Barack Obama, and we want your thoughts. What is the next agenda? Participate in our idea generator by suggesting an issue Obama should address or comment on an existing idea that speaks to your values.

Now back to our regularly scheduled regional politics

Posted at 10:53 PM on November 4, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

* Bob Collins is tracking the override six, your comments are welcome.

* The U.S. Senate race is tight, and it sounds like people are ready for it to be over. From the ongoing election night discussion:

"I'm a Minnesotan. And frankly, (no pun intended), I am sick of the negative campaigning between Franken and Coleman! A pox on both of their houses!" -Brian S
Put on the coffee.

* Status of the state constitution: From northstarliberty.blogspot.com, "Looks like we are amending the state Constitution to fund the "arts and outdoors," taking control out of the hands of our elected representatives and by extension, the voters."

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