Have you scored your free "I Voted" sticker yet? I have. It was a little lonely inside my polling place — no lines, lots of available parking spaces, little enthusiasm. Yet I was the 93rd person to cast my ballot, so I guess at least 90 others felt the pull of democracy on an overcast midterm Election Day.
This year's local races, we're told, don't seem to have the same pull as others in recent memory. Maybe. But they're still important, and races in other states are surely worth watching.
Assuming you've already read the Indy's election coverage over the last month or so — like our endorsements of the initiatives, our story about Dennis McDonald and a horse named Rowboat, the race in HD 92 and Alex Sakariassen's cover story about young Montana Republicans — here's a look at how other alternative newspapers are covering Election Day:
The Village Voice pleads with California to legalize marijuana. In an open letter to Californians, Foster Kamer writes, "the real bottom line is that we are stressed. These are stressful times! And you would be leading a weary, industrious nation eager to Get Things Done into the future as one that can also relax a little."
OC Weekly tries to cut through the smoke and report on the initiative's chances of passing.
The Boston Phoenix explains "The utter lunacy of the 2010 election cycle — backstabbing, demon sheep, witches — seemed to lend itself to the [slash fiction] genre." The headline of the story: "Gay Tea Party Witch Sex." The lead image is what you see above.
Perhaps more helpful from the Phoenix: A couch potato's guide to following today's key races.
Salt Lake City Weekly profiles queer elephants.
Las Vegas Weekly isn't sure it matters whether Sen. Harry Reid — or anyone else for that matter — wins today. "We're doomed," the paper declares.
The Stranger takes a different stance. Here's how the Seattle paper opens its election guide:
Glenn Beck says you're not going to vote this year. Bill O'Reilly says you don't have the guts. Sarah Palin says you're going to toss that ballot straight into your socialist recycling bin. And Christine O'Donnell says masturbation is a sin and she's not a witch and she's you and you're not going to vote.
Here's why they say you're not going to vote: because the Republicans are unstoppable. They're going to take the House and the Senate and the pennant and the Oscar and the Emmy and the cake. And they know this because they heard it—and said it—in the echo chamber that is Fox News.
And they're wrong.
If you think they're wrong, and still haven't voted, step away from the computer and cast your ballot before 8 p.m. tonight. Check your registration status and find your polling place with the Secretary of State's My Voter Page site or, if you've already mailed your ballot, check its status here.