SIDER PRESS STAFF
Thank you for joining us in a Sider Press first. Throughout this important day we will participate in a roundtable discussion about the election. We will examine stories as they arise during the day, but also share our thoughts on the results and the coverage as we head into the night and learn who will become the next President of The United States of America. We will bring up points for discussion to allow our staff to share their thoughts and opinions in real time. Please check back throughout the day and into the night as we update. The timeline will start with the early posts at the top so even though the page will look the same up here scroll down to look for updates or stay up to date on Twitter (@siderpress) and Facebook.
Howley(9:48 AM): Good morning and happy Election Day! This campaign season will finally conclude and while I must say at times things can get bitter and negative, I woke up with a sense of excitement and enjoyed heading out to vote this morning with my daughter. What stories are we watching and what thoughts do you have about today? If you are not on the staff please feel free to add a comment below.
Dylan (10:06 AM): Dixville Notch, a small town in New Hampshire with a population of 12 was the first town in the country to vote, opening the polls at midnight. Hillary Clinton received 4 votes, Donald Trump received 2 votes, and Gary Johnson received 1 vote. Additionally, one voter even wrote-in Mitt Romney. The senate race in New Hampshire is a total toss-up, with Senator Kelly Ayotte and Governor Maggie Hassan tying with 4 votes each in Dixville Notch.
Julia (10:45 AM): The only poll that really counts is on election day. And that is today. Several news sources have shown various results within the days leading up to today, but today we can see these results as facts. Early voting numbers from 2012 have been surpassed in the swing states of Florida, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and Nevada. One of the most staggering statistics comes from Florida, where more people voted early in Florida this year than cast ballots in the 2000 election total. Hispanic turnout in Florida throughout early voting was reportedly hitting a record high, and though the state’s African American turnout was smaller, it was still higher than 2012 levels. We can only hope that these statistics are somewhat maintained for all states, not just Florida. Voting is a right generations of America have struggled to win, and people in other countries are fighting for. To take this vote for granted would in turn be unmindful of these citizens. Having this ability is something to be thankful for and should be prioritized.
Feldis (11:54 AM): All over social media there are celebrities, internet stars and politicians asking, no begging, people to get out and vote. A moving website has surfaced, the website brings to light a group of women that have been alive since before they had the right to vote. The website is iwaited96years.com. The women are beyond happy that they can finally vote for a woman. The women range from 96-105, their families taking pictures and adding them to the group. They know the feeling of not being allowed to vote and they are grateful for the 19th Amendment. They know their vote counts, so don’t throw away your vote because we are lucky we have one. http://www.iwaited96years.com/
Howley (11:52 AM): Feldis that is incredible! I thought bringing my daughter with me to vote was a moment, but what a journey for those women and what a great thing that they have a web presence to share their stories. That must me an emotional experience for them to cast that ballot. Also Dylan that Dixville Notch story is interesting because only fifty-eight percent of that twelve person town voted. I wonder what percentage of registered voters will participate today.
Ariel (12:37 PM): It’s also important to remember that election day encompasses much more than just voting for a presidential candidate. If you google “show me my ballot” google will prompt you to type in your address and you can see all of the candidates you can vote for on a national, state, and local level. If you type in an Oceanside address, you will see that voters will also be choosing NY state senators, NY state assembly members, NY supreme court justices, Nassau county district court judges, and Nassau county family court judges. In comparison to presidential candidates, these candidates have relatively little exposure so it is important that eligible voters do some research before going to their polling locations so they can pick candidates that best suit their beliefs. In states like California, you will see that typing in your address also displays referenda that you can vote for, such as voting for a $9 million bond to modernize K-12, charter, vocational schools, and community colleges, voting for whether or not legislature can pass any bills without releasing them online for 72 hours, if California should have the right to overturn the Citizens United campaign funding decision, banning single use paper and plastic bags, and many more issues. Election day is much more than voting for a presidential candidate, so if you are eligible to vote it’s important to go out to your local polls so you can make a difference on state and local levels!
Mel (2:27 PM): Many people today and this past week, have been encouraged to vote and want to, yet are very conflicted because of what they hear in the media or from their colleagues and friends. Before stepping in that booth today it is essential to know what or who you are voting for and what that vote can mean for yourself and our country. When educating yourself it’s important to analyze your sources. Something you hear in the cafeteria isn’t going to be as factual as something you read in Wall Street journal or the New York Times. Once you think you have a view on something, make sure you read up on the opposing view. You can never educate yourself enough when it comes to what’s happening in your country and your government. Knowledge is key.
Dylan (2:27 PM): There is a long line of women and men at Susan B. Anthony’s grave paying respect to a woman who is a symbol of women’s rights and suffrage. While many are not fans of Clinton or Trump, this election will make history. The United States will either have its first woman president, or it’s first president to never hold elected office or serve in the military.
Dylan (2:40 PM): While many swing states are still considered “toss ups,” Latino/Hispanic voter turnout has significantly increased, which is a good sign for the Clinton Campaign. African American turnout is slightly down from 2012, but 2012 was a record year as Barack Obama was the first African American President.
Ariel (4:06 PM): Arizona, a state that has been Republican since 1996, is now leaning towards becoming a Democratic state this election. This is due to the large numbers of Hispanic voters who are rallying behind Clinton. Trump’s rhetoric against Hispanics and his aims to build the wall, combined with Arizona’s location on the border between Mexico and the U.S. has made this election very personal to the Latino population that is over ⅓ of Arizona’s total population.
Howley (4:58 PM): With less than a few minutes to go till the first exit polls come out and under two hours till the first states close up their polling places it is getting closer to results time. It is interesting on the news stations that the campaigns are both projecting positive stances about the current situation, even though behind the scenes we can only imagine they are working at frantic paces in the places they think it can have a difference. Also of note is that Clinton and Trump will be just over a mile away from each other in midtown Manhattan tonight as they receive these results.
Dylan (5:26 PM): Early exit polls are beginning to surface:
-54% of voters oppose the border wall, 40% support
-32% of voters think Trump is honest/trustworthy, 38% of voters think Clinton is honest and trustworthy
-45% of voters disapprove of Obama’s presidency
-54% of voters under 30 have voted for Clinton
-37% favorable view of Trump, 45% favorable view of Clinton
Howley (6:17 PM): According to FiveThirtyEight there are longer-than-expected waits to vote in several parts of the country. In Durham, North Carolina, a pending a lawsuit was filed to extend voting times by 90 minutes, to 9 p.m. Problems or delays have been reported in other states including Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Dylan (7:52 PM): Clinton and Trump are in a dead heat in Florida; Clinton is currently winning by a single percentage point. If Clinton wins Florida, it makes Trump’s chances of winning the election slim to none. There is still only 15% of precincts reporting, so the race is too early to call.
Howley (8:06 PM): Chris Wallace just made an interesting point that this class of senators that are up for grabs were elected in 2010 which was a midterm election year. Only 90 million people voted in those years, compared to the last presidential election which was north of 130 million voters. That could potentially change the demographics of some of these senate and other down ballot races.
Chelsea (8:30 PM): From CNN to Fox News there is a great difference in the amount of electoral votes reported. With CNN known to lean liberal and Fox known to be conservative it is possible that the projections made by each news channel could be biased. In both the predictions it is seen that Hillary is winning, yet the exact number of electoral votes that Hillary is leading with seems to be changing by Channel. According to CNN Clinton is winning by 20 electoral votes, while according to Fox New’s prediction Hillary is only leading by 1 electoral vote. CNN reports Hillary at 68 and Trump at 48, while fox reports that Hillary has 68 and Trump at 67.
Howley (8:36 PM): Great point Chelsea about acknowledging the bias present in the media outlets. Florida remains too close to call but it is interesting that John King on CNN really gets into the map county by county, where Fox seems to paint in broader strokes. From the FiveThirtyEight blog an interesting exit poll on the national level this far has Clinton leading in the favorability question. Nationally she is polling at 44 percent vs Trump at 37 percent. However as Julia pointed out early, the only poll that matters is the election.
Feldis (9:10): If you want to stay calm tonight, social media is not the place to be. People are all over social platforms such as Twitter and even worse, Facebook. This election is bringing out the worst in our country. Our neighbors, our family, our friends. Many of them have turned to social media to express their views, which is their right of course. I even encourage some discussion, using the internet as a platform of information, but there are people on all sides of the spectrum that have lost their morality. “He [Trump] has shredded the standards of intellectual virtue – the normal respect for facts and truth that makes conversation possible.” Says Republican David Brooks in The New York Times. You scroll through a social media feed as if you’re walking through a minefield. No matter your party or your moral standings, you are bound to be attacked by someone who ‘doesn’t believe in political correctness’. There have been many insults and ‘drags’ throughout this election season, coming from candidates, celebrities and citizens alike. Given our social media centered day, that is to be expected. But lines have been crossed over and over again. Every person is entitled to their own opinion but this election has shown a side of people you normally do not see.
Jane (9:15): The race is tight in Florida with Trump leading with 49% and Clinton close behind at 48%. With a difference in roughly 139,516 votes, the two candidates are really neck and neck, driving Americans to feel extremely on edge right now. The issue of immigration is a crucial, divisive, issue in Florida, thus it is no shock that voters have significantly diverse opinions on whether immigrants benefit or dismantle our country. According to exit polls, 83% of Clinton voters believe immigrants help the nation, while Trump supporters on the other hand believe immigrants have the opposite effect, with 50% seeing immigrants as people who hurt the country. It’s too close to say who will take the state of Florida as of now, however the race will down to the wire nonetheless.
Ariel (9:25): The NYTimes has live coverage of the election and as of now they project a 58% chance of Hillary winning the presidency, however the numbers are constantly fluctuating. The electoral votes are leaning towards the Democratic party with 272 votes for Clinton, but just seconds ago it was leaning towards Trump and the Republican party. However, Google’s live coverage displays that Clinton has 97 electoral votes while Trump has 129 votes. I believe the disparities in the number of electoral votes is due to the fact that the election is extremely close, with electoral votes being updated every second. As of now, it’s impossible to draw any conclusions until all votes are in.
Howley (9:35 PM): Jane your point about Florida makes me think that Election Day is like Groundhog Day (an old movie reference…sorry) but it always comes back to Florida. It is amazing that because of our electoral process a national election comes down to these small counties. Clinton and Trump have each gone to Florida twenty-five times since the conventions! Feldis your point about the trappings of social media today and the vitriol that can be spread there is true. We can use it to share our publication and many positives are shared via the internet, but tonight is a night to tread carefully in the digital world. Ariel it is true that it is impossible to draw conclusions and it is troubling to watch these professionals on television try and basically predict the future instead of waiting and reporting..