So, tomorrow is the final day of this election, so I thought that I would start a thread for it and share this:
How to keep from going crazy on Election Night (compiling a few tips from experts I have seen in my perusals):1) Don’t expect a winner Tuesday night. Unless we win one of the big states (TX or FL), this race will be decided by the remaining swing states (PA, MI, WI, AZ, and NC), which won’t all have results Nov 3.2) Many states that ought not to be close are close anyway, and that’s actually bad news for Trump. But keep in mind, he may win them anyway. These include races in TX, IA, OH, and GA. These are all states he won in 2016 and should have won this time without a fight. But they are deeply red in many cases. So just because he wins them this time doesn’t mean he is “winning”—it means he isn’t losing outright yet. Again ,it’s the swing states that matter. Losses in three of these four states are more likely than not (but polls are good in GA); wins in any would be devastating to Trump.3) Trump will APPEAR to be winning in any state where day-of voting is counted before mail-in or early votes. This includes critical states of WI, MI and PA. When those numbers get reported, don’t freak out! Trump is EXPECTED to be ahead, and by a lot. Why? His voters’ ballots will be counted first. We have to wait for Dem votes when the millions of mail-in ballots are counted. So don’t panic when those initial precinct results go on the boards.4) Even if we win one or two of the swing states Tuesday night (like AZ or NC) the networks likely will not call the election until one more swing state (PA, MI or WI) reports in enough of its outstanding absentee/early votes. That could be by the next morning in the case of WI or definitely later in the week in the case of PA and MI.5) The pundits will want to make this seem like a close race and keep your anxiety levels up so that you stay tuned in. Understand that this is their M.O. so I would look to more neutral experts like Nate SIlver of FiveThirtyEight or Nate Cohn of the NYT.6) Don’t doomscroll or spread misinformation. The number of fake stories will proliferate despite best efforts of Facebook and Twitter. Wait until confirmation by respected MSM, but even then, think before sharing something. Ask yourself if it might have the effect of scaring voters away from the polls or discouraging voters over whether their votes will be counted. The Russians and the alt-right WANT you to share horror stories. It’s how they suppress votes.I plan to keep all of the above in mind to get through Election Day and night a little easier!
I will be voting tomorrow, being a blue spec in a sea of red.