Joseph M. Gusmano

Monday, September 26, 2005
Friday, November 05, 2004
Get Your GMail Invites
Still getting many more GMail invites than I have friends, so if you want one just drop me a line. Also, I am trying out AdSense by Google in the right column as well. It is patent pending technology, after all.

I do have one beef but it is not about GMail or Adsense: Just when I had my Findlaw newsletters set up to filter and archive properly, they changed the format again, and now I will have to figure out a way to do it all over again.
 
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Happy Election's Over Day!

I did get back to the polling place at lunch, there was no line at all by then. Cast my vote electronically for the first time, I had to make a provisional ballot in the primary election. Neither sensory experience measures up to the big steel machines with the moldy smelling curtain and the Mad Scientist lever. As I was telling my six-year old which place on the screen to push, the memories of my own father telling me what levers to push came rushing back. Maybe I can register in Monroe County, New York and relive those days again.

I declined to mention yesterday that this was the first time I had ever seen a police officer at a polling place. As I was driving by yesterday morning a very broad man in uniform was coming out of the school building, 15 minutes before the polls opened, which made me think he was not there to vote. But in my mind's eye I do not remember him having the distinctive gray trousers of the Baltimore County police. Even when I lived in downtown Baltimore and voted in the senior apartment building was there ever a police officer at the polling place.

I suppose it is time to actually provide some information, in case someone is reading this. Here comes the World's Most Amateurish Post-Election Analysis: In 2000 final results: Gore 1,145,782 Bush 813,797. In 2004 preliminary results: Kerry 1,209,827 Bush 936,505 (99% precincts reporting). Nearly two thirds of the increase in Maryland turnout was for President Bush. And I think these 2004 numbers do not have all the absentee ballots yet.
 
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Happy Election Day!
Went to my polling place ten minutes before they opened this morning, on the chance the line was such I could slip in before work. Fat chance. There were about 100 people in line already, so I will try again at lunch time. On the way in to work I drove by another polling place. In Baltimore County they are almost all at the schools, which are closed today. Another very long line. At work, the people who have voted mostly reported longer lines than ever before.

I am not what you would call a political person, but since Maryland and her electoral votes are securely Democratic it must mean there are some people who care more about the popular vote than in times past. My guess is that both sides want their candidate to be "elected, not selected" by winning the popular vote. Does the turnout foretell a winner? I have no idea.
 
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