Election Recommendations

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I’ve avoided blogging the last few weeks because I’ve got politics on the brain and don’t want to employ a University computer system for anything that could be construed as campaigning.  This has been hard because there was been a wonderfully crazy district judge’s race underway that is already been making legal history, especially for what it may show about the “anything goes” judicial electoral environment that has developed since Republican Party of Minnesota v. White.

However, I do want to encourage everyone to vote and would urge everyone to read fellow FOB (friend of Brandeis) Joe Rooks Rapport’s front page article on the CJ’s Sunday Forum.  It’s a wonderful counter-argument to the view that my-vote-doesn’t-matter. 

Also, for those interested in following the Kentucky elections on Tuesday, I’d recommend State Board of Elections website. Live state and county results are posted regularly throughout the night.  There are also historical results there that you can consult to identify trends.  If you want to look particularly knowledgeable, look at Dem./Rep. spreads in key counties in recent elections.  For example, after reviewing the razor-close 2004 senatorial election where Sen. Jim Bunning (R) beat Daniel Mongiardo (D) by a mere 22,652 votes, you can sprinkle your barroom analysis with insights like “if Lunsford runs up a margin of more than 64,000 votes in Jefferson County, then McConnell needs to win big in the [Jackson] Purchase.”      

I’d also tip you to the KET website, http://www.ket.org/election/, which will be streaming its excellent KET/PBS election night coverage live online.

Finally, after you have voted, driven a busload of voters to the polls and annoyed scores of land-line owners with phone calls, you might want to head over to the Filson Historical Society at noon to view “A Sampling of U.S. Presidential Campaigns and Elections,” where curator James Holmberg will show off the Filson's large collection of presidential campaign and election materials.

Whew!  Made it to the end without getting partisan.  Only 49 1/2 hours to go....