News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Liz Ciancone

November 2, 2010

MS. TAKES: It’s almost over … until next election

TERRE HAUTE — By 6 o’clock tonight it will be over! Oh, there may be ballots to count or, heaven forbid, a delay in counting. There may even be a few campaign ads still interrupting your favorite programs so that the last-minute voter can have one more look at what’s wrong with everyone in the race.

My Best Friend and I voted early. I had some quixotic notion that maybe an early vote would exempt me from having to watch the seemingly endless candidate promotions. Alas, they ground on until I can lip sync the words.

Incidentally, what has happened to the dictum that a candidate should never, but NEVER, mention the name of the opponent? It was once thought that you wanted YOUR name fixed in the voters’ mind when he has a ballot in hand. But, I digress.

We will do the usual election day split. With a bag of books in one hand and a bag of overnight essentials in the other, we will hit the road for a quiet getaway. It will be a state park. Midweek is cheaper and with fall color now on the ground and not on the trees, there is plenty of space available.

We will ignore the television and the last-minute pitch and read all about it Wednesday morning. We won’t have a favorite program interrupted with updates and will be pleasantly (or not) surprised when the counting is done. Any left-over ads may run, but there is always the mute button.

I mentioned to my BF that we were not spared the ads by voting early, or the telephone calls or the mailings, but I suggested a penalty for those who don’t vote at all.

“What would you suggest,” he asked. He knows I’m never without an opinion.

“I think non voters should be sentenced to six month of watching nothing except campaign ads,” I said. “Maybe they just needed more time to make up their minds?”

So tonight the 2010 off-year election is history. Can campaigning for the 2012 presidential election be far behind?

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