12:10pm, 63 degrees, mostly sunny
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It appears slow but steady here at the official TMUOTF polling place but the national media are reporting very strong turnout all along the Eastern Seaboard.
You never really hear anyone refer to the "Western Seaboard" do you?
Anyway, no violent confrontations but I did overhear two interesting things while walking around. The first came from a young guy who walked out of the building and announced to no one in particular "Yeah! I'm psyched! I just voted SIX times for Obama!"
I think he was trying to be provocative though I'm not sure who he meant to be provoking. Sadly, no one took the bait.
At another point, I was eavesdropping on two older women who were clearly getting reacquainted after a long time.
"How is that precious little dog of yours?" asked the first.
"Killed by a coyote." said the second.
Which reminds me that there are three ballot questions for Massachusetts residents to vote on this year.
"Question 3" would ban dog racing. The state has two tracks where you can bet on the doggies and it's one of those cruelty to animals vs. jobs thing.
"Question 1" would cut the Massachusetts income tax rate from 5.3% to 2.65%. It's one of those "if they can't control waste on Beacon Hill then we'll just shut off the spigot" vs. "What about my kid's school and holy shit look at that pothole" things.
"Question 2" would replace criminal penalties for the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana with civil penalties - in other words, you pay a fine but you don't go to jail and get a criminal record. It's one of those "why prevent kids from getting student loans or government jobs for a small transgression" vs. "Drugs! Drugs! Drugs!" things.
TMUOTF supports Questions 2 and 3 and is against Question 1. (I'm Tim Foil and I approved this sentence.)
A lonely pro-lifer. Or maybe not lonely, but alone.
A'Dolescents for O'Connell.
Bob Parkis of the Marshfield Taxpayers Union was handing out flyers about cutting spending on wasteful projects such as the town library.
More election reportage as the day goes on!