I thought that I may as well go ahead and describe the political side of my day. I voted late in the morning, waiting in line for about ten minutes. I was pleasantly surprised as how the voting officials explained to one voter that you can vote a straight ticket and then go back and make changes to the ballot before casting your vote. This means that if you wanted to vote a straight Democratic ticket but wanted to vote for a Green here or a Republican there, you can. I was a little disappointed that there were no “I Voted” stickers at the voting site.
Later in the day, after getting a iced mocha at a local coffee shop and seeing that the national media has called the Senate races in Indiana and Kentucky already, I drove to the election watch party for Nico LaHood, the Democratic candidate for Criminal District Attorney. As the polls in Texas began to close I began tweeting about the elections and got into a good conversation with a couple of people on voting rights issues as the results came in. I can say that I was disappointed in the results for Democrats in San Antonio, Bexar County, and all of Texas for that matter. It is hard for me to believe that the Democrats will have their act together in in Texas for 2012 or 2014.
I left the San Antonio Firefighters Union Hall and all the bored media and disappointed supporters soon after Nico LaHood spoke to everyone and gave a decent concession speech, reminding everyone in the hall that he was not done. From there I actually made the drive up to an all night diner in Austin and spent the time with a cup of coffee and “The Conscience of a Liberal” a book by the late Senator Paul Wellstone.
Now, sometime after 4 a.m., I am back home, typing away at a few thoughts before I get back to studying for a college class and maybe even getting a couple hours of sleep.