Today is the day I've been waiting months for. While the folks in Dixville Notch, NH, have already weighed in by casting their ballots at 12 midnight EST, I finally got my chance to cast my historic presidential ballot for Barack Obama a little after 6:20 AM EST.
The trends are breaking his way. Dixville Notch voted 15-6 for Obama. Even the Redskins Presidential Predictor is breaking Obama's way with a Pittsburgh Steelers beatdown of the Redskins 23-6.
I'm cautiously optimistic that at the end of the night I will see a historic announcement made on all the networks.
Like all African-Americans today I am nervous, but bursting with pride as I rolled up to my precinct, checked in with my precinct judge and waited ten minutes in line to cast my ballot. In my precinct it was busy, but the line has been moving smoothly and efficiently.
As I compose this post I'm listening to the Tom Joyner Morning Show doing a planned seven hour broadcast live from Barack's Chicago HQ.
But back to what's happening election wise here in Da Ville.
In Jefferson County we use paper ballots and optical scanners. After signing in, you get your ballot and a cardboard shield and wait until a station opens up. The station has a Number 2 pencil you use to bubble in your choices, then take your ballot to the poll worker monitoring the scanner.
After triple checking my ballot to make sure it was marked correctly, I turned my ballot in to be scanned. I was the 33rd person in my precinct to vote and the polls opened here at 6 AM EST.
The polls close here in Kentucky at 6 PM EST. The western half of the state is in the Central time zone and will do so an hour later.
We'll find out the results in a few hours.