Your plans for election night

Where will you be following it? Are you throwing a party? Or sitting in a darkened room with your head in your hands? Or maybe you’ll just be going to sleep with your fingers crossed. Tell us your plans.

67 Responses to “Your plans for election night”

  1. 1 abhinav31
    November 3, 2008 at 13:51

    well i guess i will sleep!!!I don’t want to see anyone losing(especially Obama).

  2. 2 Bob in Queensland
    November 3, 2008 at 13:51

    You’re being “time zone-ist” Ros! Election “night” here will actually be Wednesday afternoon and I’ll probably be spending it on my patio with a cold drink and a WiFi computer so I can chat via IM to various friends in the US while watching the results on TV.

  3. 3 Vijay
    November 3, 2008 at 13:58

    Well originally I had planned on staying in the whole day on Wednesday to watch CNN and the BBC World TV(India is 10:30 hours ahead of Eastern standard time and 5:30 ahead of GMT),however my satellite dish is playing up and it will take a couple of days to call some one out to my village to fix it.
    I will make do with BBC WorldService Radio and maybe look out for VOA and DW ,the Russian and Chinese stations are also good for a laugh sometimes.
    Chips ,Dip and Cola are ready for the McCain VICTORY celebration.

  4. November 3, 2008 at 14:00

    I plan on voting in the morning before I go to work. I hope I don’t have to wait too long to vote. When we had heavy voter turn out in 1992 I didn’t have to wait any longer than 45 minutes, so I’m hoping for a repeat of that this time.

    I plan throwing a block party with my neighbors.

  5. 5 Bob in Queensland
    November 3, 2008 at 14:01

    You’re being “time zone-ist”, Ros! Down here, election “night” will actually be mid-afternoon on Wednesday. As the forecast is sunny and warm, I’ll likely spend it on the patio, cold drink in hand, with a WiFi computer to chat to friends in the USA via IM while listening to the results.

  6. 6 Brett
    November 3, 2008 at 14:13

    I’ll be drinking, either to the country, or its continual decline…. depending on who wins.

  7. 7 Jennifer
    November 3, 2008 at 14:27

    I considered just going to sleep and finding out on Wednesday morning what the results are but I will probably watch as they trickle in with my family. I am sure that my grandma will call me to discuss because we are both very into talking about the election too!

    My mom and I are going early in the morning to vote since the polls open at 7. We are hoping that we won’t have too much of a wait.

  8. 8 Robert Evans
    November 3, 2008 at 14:34

    I will be drinking vodka and something wondering what on earth I am doing in the hotel room.

  9. 9 Tony From Singapura
    November 3, 2008 at 14:42

    I will just be glad that this long drawn out process has come to an end, thankful that our American friends can get on with their political lives, hoping that some modicum of economic stability is realised.

    What will I be doing ? – no doubt I will be drinking what ever Brett is drinking.

  10. November 3, 2008 at 14:42

    I have to work. I will be hosing up tax payer dollars sorting through some paper work with the coverage on in the background. I am working with a Puerto Rican guy who vowed to renounce his nationality if Hillary won Puerto Rico well after Obama had already locked up the nomination. Needless to say, he is a man with out a nation. I vowed to give up one of my nationalities if Obama didn’t win by double digits. So after the elections many of you might notice an absence of my French-Canadian influence if Obama wins by less then 10%. If McCain wins, I might fly out to join Brett with the drinking idea.

  11. 11 Monica in DC
    November 3, 2008 at 14:58

    Since the Washington Capitals are playing in Ottawa and not being shown on TV, I think my neighbors and I are lighting the fire pit and drinking some beers. I’d much rather watch hockey though.

  12. 13 Steve
    November 3, 2008 at 15:35

    @ Monica

    I’m sure the game will be on Cable. Why not go to a bar and find a place with Satellite? They can pick up Detroit area stations on satellite and they will have CBC which will likely show the Caps. A firepit in DC????

  13. 14 DENNIS@OCC
    November 3, 2008 at 15:48

    I will be working on Tuesday night, until 10.00pm hours eastern time….as a poll-worker!

  14. 15 John in Portland, Maine
    November 3, 2008 at 16:14

    We will be having a small party in our home in Portland, Maine USA. We are Democrats and have actively supported the entire Democratic ticket here in Maine, from the President all the way down to the local Registrar of the Probate. We have made small donations to several campaigns and have worked in the local Democratic office making calls to our neighbors.

    We are cautiously opptimist about the national outcome, but are taking little for granted. We fully expect that there will be attempts to disrupt the vote in key areas and there will probably be legal challenges to the results.

  15. November 3, 2008 at 16:52

    I’ll working from 5 am Tuesday until the next day on Wednesday morning sometime, all depending on how battle ground states turn out with a four hour break in between to go an vote and eat. I’ll be doing my drinking and sleeping on Wednesday night.

  16. 17 Tim in Portland, Oregon!
    November 3, 2008 at 17:34

    Will be at a party with friends, wine in one hand and laptop computer in the other. The TV will probably be on MSNBC or NBC and, since we’re on the west coast, we hope to begin our celebrations early! We’ll all be eager to hear Obama results from Virginia and Colorado, Merkely results for US Senate in our state of Oregon, and we’ll be hoping for a big NO vote on Prop 8 in California that eliminates equal marriage rights.

  17. November 3, 2008 at 18:11

    Well – I was going to blog live on here, but that is no longer an option so I will be live blogging on my blog:

    Un-apologetic plug for anyone who wants to come along http://willrhodesportmanteau.com/ click home and the US Election Blog Post will be stuck at the very top.

    So if you would like to come along and join in – you’re most welcome to.

  18. 19 John in Salem
    November 3, 2008 at 18:21

    Probably watching major network coverage and missing Tim Russert.

  19. November 3, 2008 at 18:23

    Hi WHYSers!

    I am hoping to get the day off tomorrow and mark papers while I watch the outcome of what is quite possibly the most dramatic and historic reality TV series in recent history. These elections have had me hooked from back in the day, though I did suffer ‘primary burn out’, at the end of the primaries. So, I had to take a break for a while. CNN’s magic map/ board and BBC’s commentary (I listen to the World Service alot while driving!) are world class! I, certainly, have enjoyed the coverage and all the unscripted Palin moments, especially! Either way, I am going to miss all the excitement. I will have to have have a real excuse now for being tired all the time, when the elections are over. Between it and the Olympics, I have become a zombie!

  20. November 3, 2008 at 18:25

    I will party here in Sweden if Obama carries the day.
    But if he loses, I will go to bed and pray it was just a nightmare…

  21. November 3, 2008 at 18:51

    Rawpol –

    My wife was going to take the day off – she just wants to see me do the dance if Obama should win, but Christmas bonus comes before that, and I can agree with her.

    I really hope that he does win – and you can feel the pressure building up here in Canada, and that is from south of the border! LOL

    PS, at 11PM tonight – the fence across the Canadian/US border will be finished – so if McCain wins Americans can’t just come here 😛

  22. 23 Monica in DC
    November 3, 2008 at 18:52

    @ Steve…
    Its probably on the NHL ticket which I don’t have, but easier, safer and cheaper to stay home.

    We have one of those fire bowls in the back yard, we call it a fire pit, and spend most weekends around it (warm in the winter, keeps bugs away in the summer). I’m actually outside of the city, but not too far.

  23. 24 vladimir
    November 3, 2008 at 19:27

    my football comes FIRST. I will be watching the UEFA Champions league LIVE at the stadium. Probably get the election results on the day after nov 4.

  24. 25 lydia
    November 3, 2008 at 19:28

    We’re going to an election night party with friends. I’m concerned that some of the anxiety my friends have been exhaling will infect me. But I’m a team player, and I don’t think I want to just vote and go to bed at this historic moment: either an African American man will become president or the first woman will be elected vice president … who wants to miss that?

  25. 26 Roberto
    November 3, 2008 at 19:32

    RE “” 08Your plans for election night””

    ——– Gots the chicken on marinade.

    Will cast my vote in the late afternoon, walk home, fire up the grill, and smoke up the neighborhood with grilled chicken to make everyone hungry who ain’t voted yet.

    I’m mean that way. Everyone should be made to suffer some before casting a vote that is an irrevocable 4 yr carte blanche for the new president to make the most serious decisions in most of our lifetimes.

    Win, lose, or draw, guaranteed millions of Americans to be worse off by the end of 2012 as this financial crisis just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully I’ll still have some rice and beans left by then.

  26. 27 Bill
    November 4, 2008 at 00:03

    I’m lucky enough to be working in the Chicago area this week. I’ll be taking the train into Chicago and having a pint with my friends at a pub as close to Grant Park as possible.

    Obama ’08 – Change we can believe in.

  27. 28 Syed Hasan Turab
    November 4, 2008 at 02:48

    Watching TV & enjoying my hot tea with rum.

  28. 29 Robert in the UK
    November 4, 2008 at 10:19

    Well I be hopefully extremely drunk and so I will probily end up leaving the TV on all night then the day after its my 21st

  29. 30 Colin in London
    November 4, 2008 at 12:51

    Watching returns on the Beeb with one eye and US news feeds on Blinkx with the other eating popcorn.
    GObama and Go Courtney in CT’s 2nd District – you can do it again! My ballot shipped 2 weeks ago.

  30. November 4, 2008 at 15:37

    @ Will,

    LOL! I am actually at home right now, but I now have to go to work later in the afternoon. Alas! Duty calls! So, I am juggling!

    …Your wife is right! The world still turns even after today! But, we are all rooting for Obama. I am cautiously optimistic! I know that there is the likelihood that it can go either way, but I feel like there is change in the air! I think we are all fatigued with the post-911 diplomacy and the greed of the Wall Street types that have, together, placed us in an untenable situation. So, I will be dancing too, if Obama wins! LOL!

  31. 32 Kenny In Florida
    November 4, 2008 at 17:34

    Easy, spending the evening watching BBC World News and listening to my live feed of BBC on my computer!

  32. 33 Angela in Washington
    November 4, 2008 at 17:37

    I am doing the same thing, as Jennifer. I am going to get home and sleep. I will see the outcome tomorrow.

  33. 34 Venessa
    November 4, 2008 at 17:47

    Tim ~

    From one Oregonian to another ~ I’m with you! Wine, laptop, TV on and hoping for the same results as you.

  34. 35 nathaniel
    November 4, 2008 at 17:48

    I am going to stay up until the last polls close at 1AM EST (GMT -10) keeping an eye on the latest news waiting to hear macain’s concestion speech. I intened to be drunk in celebration. It has been a very long 8 years

  35. 36 Jens
    November 4, 2008 at 18:01

    I am not sure, but my best guess is in front of the TV with a vodka orange or a rum and coke, while chewing my finger nails down to the elbow….

  36. 37 Luz Ma from Mexico
    November 4, 2008 at 18:01

    I´ll be doing a school project with my older daughter… with the TV on to know the results…
    I´ll be happy if Obama wins!

  37. 38 BobbyMiami
    November 4, 2008 at 18:15

    Thank you Britain for your concerns about America, you are truly our greatest friend and I’m glad that you are.

    Me, I will be celebrating tonight because Obama will win, America needs a change and a major one at that, we are in the Abyss of destruction we are falling because of our division, it will take a leader like Obama to unite America again, to make friends of foes and let our country be the beacon of Democracy it has always been.

    Thank you again Britain, I hope that no matter how the elections turn out, we can always count on a strong nation like yours.


  38. 39 Anthony
    November 4, 2008 at 18:37

    Well, since the last two elections didn’t have the final tallys till the next day, I’m gonna be practicing pre-algebra with my son, then playing Call Of Duty 4 with him on Xbox Live.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

    And if McCain somehow wins, the next night I’ll be getting a Militia started because we all know that would be voting fraud!!!

  39. 40 Jens
    November 4, 2008 at 18:43


    well that is what the second ammendment is for….

  40. 41 Amanda
    November 4, 2008 at 19:05

    My friends and I are throwing a “Hanging for Hope, Chowing for Change, Boozing for Barack Election Night Shindig” in the superstitious hope that our merriment will ensure an Obama win. Since we are in San Francisco, we are hoping to be awake until the last ballot is counted. If the result is Obama, we’ll be ecstatic, if the result McCain, we’ll be devastated; but at least either way we’ll be with friends.

  41. 42 Jeff in Cleveland Heights
    November 4, 2008 at 19:06

    Our next door neighbors are having an Obama victory party where all the food served will be O-shaped. I’m really hoping that we won’t be surprised with a McCain/Palin win!

  42. 43 Steve
    November 4, 2008 at 19:21

    I’ve finally figured out what I’ll be doing. I’ll be drinking vodka and seltzer water and watching the map change colors on TV

  43. 44 Kelsie in Houston
    November 4, 2008 at 19:22

    I’ll be sitting in a large, comfortable chair in the “war room” watching the BBC and PoliticsHome online, and CNN on the television…

  44. 45 Erin in Chicago
    November 4, 2008 at 19:23

    I will be watching the elections returns with my friends and celebrating my Birthday at the same time.

    Luckily, because of the rally, it has been suggested that businesses close early, so I get off of work a bit early.

  45. 46 Laura
    November 4, 2008 at 19:24

    I am having an election party. I will be up watching the polls until I know. I will be flipping channels between msn, cnn, and fox. comedy central is the most important place to watch the results.
    I have a bottle of Obama Champaign. I can’t wait to pop the cork and celebrate! Every election should be so important.

  46. 47 David
    November 4, 2008 at 19:24

    I’ll be sitting at the neighborhood bar with friends, but with laptop in hand to facebook with my english friends in the UK (who will be staying up much later than i) having their own party.

  47. 48 Eric
    November 4, 2008 at 19:29

    I will be anticipating a very close election with friends. Hoping to celebrate, but knowing and painfully remembering what happened the last two elections, not getting too ahead of myself.

    More so, I will be hoping that many more voters this time around will realize just how critical this election is. Perhaps we can redeem ourselves, as Americans, if we move away from the ludicrous tactics and ideology that the Bush administration has imposed on my country and the world, for that matter.

  48. November 4, 2008 at 19:33

    Well, count on the elections to boost the economiy. Sounds like everyone will be drinking, either way: so it must be a good time to sell alcohol.
    I’ll just be getting election coverage, whereever I can find it.
    BBC, probably.

    I’ll stick to juice and tea: either way.
    But, it will be interesting to hear what people are saying after the election: either way it goes.

  49. 50 jamily5
    November 4, 2008 at 19:38

    O shaped food???
    Now, that is interesting! I wonder what a McCain themed party would be serving?
    Alaskan Salmon?

  50. 51 Kevin Erwin
    November 4, 2008 at 19:38

    I’m going to be in class until 9:30pm at Portland State University here in Portland Oregon. We vote by mail here and it seems to have always gone smoothly. I don’t trust those voting machines and would oppose their ever being used here in Oregon. After class I’ll be meeting a group of friends at a local bar called the Bagdad for an Obama victory party, we thought that would be appropriate!

  51. 52 Juan in the Netherlands
    November 4, 2008 at 19:39

    I will get up at 4am to watch the polls and to celebrate the new beggining:
    – I will celebrate the Victory of Obama if he wins
    – I will celebrate the end of the Bush era if Mcain wins

  52. 53 Jens
    November 4, 2008 at 19:39

    actually, i will be having my chipped tooth fixed today…..

  53. 54 Chris in Rome
    November 4, 2008 at 19:40

    Thank you again BBC for this excellent service: this campain and election has caught the attention of the world. Being away from London and wanting to keep up with things having your service through the night is just the ticket. Its terrific to hear how the electorate is turning out: great day for democracy.

  54. 55 Sharreace
    November 4, 2008 at 19:43

    I’m excited to party tonight and watch the coverage with a high energy crowd in downtown Long Beach, CA where a non-profit organization with ties to Kenya, will be hosting an Election ’08 Celebration. I’m secretly calling it an Obama Jammie-Jam! Go Obama!

    Love you Ros!

  55. 56 Jens
    November 4, 2008 at 19:46


    i think they will be having moose burgers and baby seal steaks…..

  56. November 4, 2008 at 20:10

    I’m in the West of Ethiopia (Benishangul-Gumuz) my husband and I just got home from a party to say goodbye to the President of this region and greet the new one. At the end of the evening all our heads turned to watch the news from America on a big screen! Many people here are excited to hear the oucome and are supporting Obama. We’re now at home tuned into the World Service hearing the updates and enjoying lstening to comments from around the world, but not sure how late we’re going to be able to stay up though.

  57. 58 gary
    November 4, 2008 at 21:02

    Pretty much as usually, I’ll have some cheese and crackers and a glass of wine while reading and preparing for tomorrow’s lectures. You know how it is, you forget things if you don’t keep after them. Oh, the election thingy…probably won’t think about that ’til Friday, or so.

  58. 59 Jennifer
    November 4, 2008 at 21:06

    Re: Foods/drinking/Economy

    Not sure what food we will have yet we still have to shop after work. But, I do have cocoa already. I imagine many people will buy alcohol but not me…….

  59. 60 J in Portland Oregon
    November 4, 2008 at 23:06

    I spent today canvassing to get voters out for Obama. I will spend the evening at the Democratic event at the Convention Center…hopefully to celebrate a big win for Obama.

  60. 61 Bob in Florida
    November 4, 2008 at 23:16

    I voted absentee on the 18th, and tonight I’ll watch either “Get Smart” or “The Last Ride,” my Netflix flicks, with perhaps a glass or two of decent wine, then watch the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert special at ten, then hit the sack and see who’s won in the morning, at which point I’ll see if the stock choices I made today work out.

    I’m basically celebrating that this whole long polarizing drudgery of campaigning is over. If I had my real druthers, we’d abolish the Democrats and the Republicans and get ’em all to join a single party: the Pragmatists (if there’s already such a party, my apologies for co-opting the name; I mean it in a totally generic sense). If that actually happened, I might give up my membership in the Cynocrat Party.

  61. 62 Bekele Woyecha
    November 4, 2008 at 23:44

    I will be awake the whole night and following all the events live. This is a very historical night in the history of America and the world at large and I can’t afford to hear any thing late. What ever the result, I should hear it from the source on time and engage myself online. That is how the night of November 4, 2008 will go. What a historic night would it be? The first African-America President or the first women vice president. I hope it is Obama.

  62. November 4, 2008 at 23:55

    My wife and I are headed to a “Ba-rock the Vote” party in San Francisco, with other to watch the results with others. There is free watching parties all over the porgressive city that loves to vote and had about 35 propositions and initiatives on this ballet!

  63. 64 Stanley
    November 5, 2008 at 01:00

    Definitely the hospitals are going to have a field day from tomorrow. The results will be a great shock to Mcain. His doctors should be alerted now to avoid catastrophe.

  64. 65 CJ McAuley
    November 5, 2008 at 01:06

    For the 1st time, I will have World Service running on the net. Also there will be TV channel-surfing between PBS, CBC’s NewsWorld and CNN. I simply cannot last past 10:00PM EST anymore,; so if it’s not settled by then I’ll find out around 5:00AM tomorrow.

  65. November 5, 2008 at 03:40

    I am Jamaican and to tell the truth I aint going to bed until I hear who has won and yeah without any doubt am going for Obama.I should be in bed as I got school later but am staying up!!!!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. 67 Barry
    November 5, 2008 at 04:52

    I started watching the election coverage immediately after voting, switching back and forth from ABC, NBC, and CBS news. Now, I am listening to the BBC online and watching ABC news online, while looking at multiple websites. I am consumed!

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