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5:27 Nate Silver doing alright.
Despite incurring the wrath of the intellectual heavyweights who make up the right-wing blogosphere, Nate Silver is still the go-to polling guy in this election. The New Republic reports that a staggering 20 percent of the New York Times' traffic came from Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog yesterday:
Earlier this year, approximately 1 percent of visits to the New York Times included FiveThirtyEight. Last week, that number was 13 percent. Yesterday, it was 20 percent. That is, one in five visitors to the sixth-most-trafficked U.S. news site took a look at Silver’s blog.
4:44 Conservatives Outraged About Something Legitimate
There's been quite a bit of silly outrage over nothing from the right today, but this one was a legitimate beef. CBS:
Local Republicans went to court to have a judge order a mural of President Obama covered up at the Ben Franklin Elementary School polling place in the Northeast Philadelphia.
The Judge of Elections in this district says the mural has been there for several years and it was an oversight.
Officials with the City Commissioner’s Office say the mural has since been covered.
4:37 Update to Romney-Loving Voting Machine Story Below
Experts say that machine was poorly calibrated. It has since been recalibrated and is back online, according to Mother Jones.
4:25 Confusion in PA
Phildelphia City Paper reports:
Many Philadelphians who believed they were registered to vote received a surprise today: Their names weren't in the voting book at their polling place. As a result, they were asked to vote by provisional paper ballot. Committee of Seventy now sees the issue of registered voters being required to vote by provisional ballot as being an even greater concern than voter-ID-related problems at the polls today. They've been getting reports that many voters, recently registered, aren't listed in the poll books, and some voters have left rather than cast a paper ballot.
We're also hearing that Pennsylvania's bizarre voter ID situation -- poll workers can ask for ID but voters don't have to provide it -- is causing a lot of confusion. Steve Rosenfeld is rounding up the latest poll issues around the country -- we'll have that for you soon.
3:22 Ohio Viewers Hit By Anti-Obama TV ‘Special’ On Election Eve
"If you live in or around Columbus, Ohio, and were watching TV last night, you may have seen a local news team presenting some peculiar analysis of the presidential race. ABC affiliate WSYX in Columbus aired a half-hour “election special” twice on Monday night — first at 6:30 p.m. instead of World News with Diane Sawyer, and later at 11:30 p.m., during the slot normally held by Nightline. Rather than a side by side comparison of the two major party candidates, however, the special featured some of the most partisan criticisms of President Barack Obama, and spent relatively little time examining Republican nominee Mitt Romney."
3:20: Final Poll Closing Times in Eastern Time:
7:00 pm: GA, IN, KY, SC, VT, VA
7:30 pm: NC, OH, WV
8:00 pm: AL, CT, DE, DC, FL, IL, ME, MD, MA, MS, MO, NH, NJ, OK, PA, RI, TN
8:30 pm: AR
9:00 pm: AZ, CO, KS, LA, MI, MN, NE, NM, NY, ND, SD, TX, WI, WY
10:00 pm: IA, MT, NV, UT
11:00 pm: CA, HI, ID, OR, WA
1:00 am: AK
3:12 BREAKING: Court Rejects Last-Minute Bid To Block Ohio From Using Software Patch on Voting Machines
A federal judge refused to grant a temporary restraining order in Ohio, which is the center of the political universe today. AlterNet's Steve Rosenfeld has the story.