Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Smells Like Election Day

Downtown Tulsa

Go on, take a whiff. Ah - election day. I'd know that smell anywhere.

Up for grabs today is the top executive office over at City Hall, a.k.a. The Cube, as well as six city council seats and the office of city auditor. Plus, voters will consider three city charter amendments.

Gird your loins because wow, that's a lot of voting, people.

I'm writing this at about half past six in the morning, which means the polls open in half an hour. If you're still looking for a way to get to your polling place, or if you have no clue as to where your polling place is to begin with, call the Tulsa chapter of the League of Women Voters or their partner today, Coalition for the American Dream. The numbers are (918) 747-7933, (918) 231-3340 or (918) 850-2048.

Do your final bit of homework and make your calls before 6pm, people, because the polls close at 7.

Be sure to tune in to KRMG AM 740 or FM 102.3 for live election coverage, thanks to Dan Potter and political blogger extraordinaire, Michael Bates. They expect to have results from key precincts early in the evening, so don't delay. Twitter, too, should be a fun and interactive way to keep up with election results this evening. Follow KRMG and Michael Bates to start, then go from there.

After the polls are closed, don't be caught dead at home. There are simply too many good election watch parties rockin' in Tulsa tonight, ranging from the fancy schmancy Adelson shindig in the Crystal Ballroom at the newly re-opened and historic Mayo Hotel to the Perkins party at the big-screen capital of Brookside, Leon's on the Restless Ribbon.

Check out the map above to get directions from wherever you are to your watch party of choice. Or, plan an itinerary to crash all three. That's what interactive maps are supposed to be for, after all - efficient party crashing.

The most important thing in all of this, of course, is that each of us votes. Give the issues one last review and head to the polls today. You not only get to participate in the democratic process, but you also get that kitschy "I voted" sticker, which makes any suffering you did while standing in line totally worth it.

Happy voting, Tulsans.

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