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Today is election day!!!! Adrenaline is not not coursing through my body. How are you feeling? We’ve been watching for updates from The New York Times. Here’s a quick voting primer, and here are states that have same-day voter registration. Let your voice be heard! We can do this!!!!!

To keep our heart rates down while voting, here’s a clip of comedian John Early on 2 Dope Queens. He is so hilarious, even his face makes me laugh at this point. Have you seen any great movies or read funny books lately? I still love this book (and its cover). What do you do for comic relief?

Most important: Happy voting! xoxoxo

P.S. Amber Ruffin’s life advice, and Franny’s favorite comedy special.

(Photo by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo.)

  1. jenny says...

    Love love love any attention John Early gets because he is BRILLIANT and I cannot get enough. Total obsession. So glad you’ve discovered him and are sharing the laughs!

  2. MissEm says...

    With all the push to vote (which is good!) I have been feeling like such a garbage person/parent this week. I’m an expat, and I completely forgot that my state doesn’t do online voting until it was too late to get a mail-in ballot. I can’t believe I did that. I was so disheartened and have been hiding out in social-media-shame. This is the only place in my life I’ve admitted this! I keep trying to remind myself that there are many ways to aid a just and loving society, and I can still do those, but I’m feeling pretty down today.

  3. Lauren E. says...

    John Early is one of the funniest humans I’ve ever seen. His live shows are worth every penny. My husband is a stand up comic so I have to temper my enthusiasm in front of him, but I’ve literally never laughed harder than at a John Early show. If you ever get the opportunity, GO.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good tip, thank you!!!!

  4. Renee says...

    Democrats took back control of the house and I will take that! Checks and balances are needed…Also congratulations to all the new women elected to congress!

  5. Sherry McLaughlin says...

    I wish it mattered to me yet at my age I have seen nothing positive in voting ever even when I helped a certain party……..now I refuse to give my precious vote to anyone for none of them out there have proven to me that they are worth my vote. JMHO here!

    • jen says...

      Oh, dear. When you are older, you w3ill have lowered your standards a bit and vote for good people who are not perfect. You just enabled a lot of fanatics bynot voting.

    • Hayley says...

      now i am curious what positives you were expecting :-)

    • DC says...

      Votes DO count. A single vote allowed Democrat Jim Glenn to retake the HD13 seat he held in the Kentucky House of Representatives until he was defeated in 2016. In this last midterm election, only 36 votes separated the winner and the loser in the North Carolina Senate District 9 between Peterson and Lee.

      Vote for the LEAST BAD candidate. It’s the least you can do with your vote. You will rarely find a candidate who you agree with 100%. But by not voting, you’re conceding the opportunity to vote AGAINST a candidate who has bad policies you do not agree with. You’re letting that bad candidate collect all the votes he or she needs without raising a finger to stop them.

      I’m in Hong Kong right now, where there is no representation democracy. People here, especially young people, have been protesting for the right to a fair vote. They realise the importance of having a say in how your country is run. Your vote is your voice.

  6. Nadine Hughey says...

    I needed the suggestions for comic relief today & I’m not even watching results! Have to double-dip, because I just finished Nanette & wish it was required for EVERYONE to see.

  7. Alex R says...

    John Early is the most hilarious. During the Democratic primaries in NYC, he posted on Instagram that if you tagged him in a voter selfie, he would DM you a personalized message that included his impersonation of Steve from Sex & the City. Let’s just say I, like hundreds of others, took him up on his offer, and I have the most ridiculous personalized video to prove it. The best.

  8. I find it absurd that in America it’s optional to vote. I understand that it’s to do with freedom of speech but by being forced to vote you have the freedom of speech to pick who you want to run your country. In Australia we all line up at the polls and vote, grabbing a sausage sizzle (which has been dubbed ‘democracy sausage’) on the way out to support the local school where the polling place is. We might not know who the current prime minister is but it’s a given that we have all voted and had a say in how the country is run.

    • Lindsay says...

      What?? You find it absurd that American’s have the freedom (option) to not vote? I didn’t even know that compulsory voting was thing until I just googled it. What else should governments force citizens to do? This comment makes me inch even closer to the Libertarian Party.

    • Kate says...

      In Australia, you have to go to the polling booth, get your name marked off the electoral roll, you can choose to mark the ballot paper correctly and vote, or just leave it blank (or draw something inappropriate) and walk out…therefore not vote.

      It’s not forcing citizens to vote, but it’s giving every citizen, every opportunity to have their voice heard, and the majority vote correctly.

      I think it’s crazy that people choose not to vote, the prime minister or president in the US’s case is meant to represent the people, and what the people want. All people, not just those that are interested enough to vote.

      And, in Australia, the sausage sizzle at the local primary school is great! At our local one they have a cake stall, a plant stall, everyone has a chat. It’s great fun!

    • Beth says...

      Compulsory voting is awesome. It means every persons vote counts and if you choose not to vote then you cast a ‘donkey vote’ meaning leave the form blank or alternatively fill it in so it’s non sensical. This in itself has power.
      It may seem odd if you’ve never heard of it, but think about it. Every single person has to vote
      -every single person counts. I understand that often it is the disadvantaged in the USA who can’t vote simply via circumstance eg cant get to the poling booth. Here, every person is given the same opportunity to have their say and employers must allow employees time off to do so.

    • Jenn says...

      Voting should be like jury duty and taxes. You have to vote for a candidate or vote no confidence. If no candidate gets a majority, then it goes to the next round.

    • Anathea Ruys says...

      I agree. The way I describe it is that “voting” is not compulsory, turning up at a polling booth once every three years to get your name crossed off a list is the compulsory part. And of course once there the vast majority use their vote to be heard. Personally I think it’s a small price to pay to have your say. If you don’t vote you can’t complain. And I held a sausage sizzle for the 200 people I work with here in CA!

    • Bec says...

      Just another vocal supporter of compulsory voting! Also, you still have to register so if you never register you never have to get your name checked off.
      I’ve thought a lot about compulsory voting over the last decade (since I could vote) and even though I think we should teach a better understanding of the structures of our politics in schools, as well as how to make informed choices and understand how to assess candidates ultimately compulsory voting is a positive. Because anyone and everyone can vote (after 18) politicians pitch to a much broader base which contributes to maintaining a much more egalitarian approach to politics. Plus democracy sausages for the win!
      Ps Australia is certainly not perfect by any means

  9. T says...

    Loyalty should have no part of your vote. Who you voted last time should not be of consequence now. Vote with your conscience on the issues of today. We should all be willing to be swing voters. Enough with the factioning. VOTE POLICY OVER PARTY!

  10. Nadine Hughey says...

    Oh, I enjoyed You’ll Grow Out Of It! It was laugh-out-loud funny, to me – altho I wondered if I was too old for it! Which means I am, but not a lot! Read Calypso more recently & that was good. Him talking about cleaning up the trash as he walks (excessively) around his English home, classic David Sedaris!

  11. Sara says...

    Something very powerful about the act of voting – whether by mail or in person, early or on the day of. It feels like you’re actually doing something when I most of the time feel awash at sea and overwhelmed by all the bad news, terrible actions, and hopelessness that is so pervasive in our day to day lives. I’ll never feel confident about an election again, but I will always feel powerful that I have the right to vote.

  12. Lindsay says...

    I am a little confused by the way many people are talking about the mid-term elections, and the “we can do this” attitude mentioned in the post. I understand the frustration with the current administration, but this is not a presidential election. There are many republicans who are equally frustrated with this administration, and have vocalized this. I would encourage everyone to vote looking at each candidate independently. Also in response to Mary Kate’s comment, (“I don’t see how any well-informed person with a conscience or a modicum of empathy can vote otherwise with the state the country is currently in.”) This is the attitude that will lose the Democrats future elections. I am an Independent, and am desperately hoping for a good moderate candidate for 2020 that can listen and problem solve well. If you can’t see why someone may vote differently than you; you need to listen better. Don’t assume they are ignorant or don’t care. Many of the issues we face today are very complex!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your note! by saying “we can do this,” i meant having everyone come out to vote for the candidates and issues they support. there’s supposed to be record turnout, and it feels really good.

    • Ramona says...

      While there are a handful of Republicans who are standing up to President Trump, there are also many who are not. People in my district are fed up with our longtime Republican representative because he hasn’t stood up to Trump on stuff like healthcare and the “tax cut” (which actually raised taxes on pretty much everyone in our district since we can’t deduct state and local taxes and property taxes anymore). So for the first time in my lifetime, we might have a Democrat instead…in a district that is gerrymandered in favor of Republicans to the point that it literally looks like a snake. If this happens in enough districts, Democrats will take control of the House, which will mean that there’s a counterbalance to President Trump and that Democrats will have leverage in pushing back against some of his worse policies since he’ll need their approval on budgets. So even though it’s not a presidential election, the outcome of this election will make a difference in the president’s ability to do stuff that the majority of Americans oppose like repeal the Affordable Care Act, or make tax policies that hurt individuals to benefit corporations, or roll back environmental protection policies.

    • Sarah says...

      And how many elections have Independents won??? Sorry but if you want real change you need to vote differently – your vote is a throw-away. I appreciate the attitude…I really do…but America is not there yet. Far from it. Hopefully someday.

    • Amy says...

      This Lindsay!
      “If you can’t see why someone may vote differently than you; you need to listen better. Don’t assume they are ignorant or don’t care. Many of the issues we face today are very complex!”

      I whole-heartedly agree…..because I USED to say that! I was a fairly far right voter. I couldn’t even begin to understand some of the left’s viewpoints. I decided that I was going to LISTEN and LEARN. Sometimes it made me uncomfortable. Sometimes I would get mad. But after a lot of introspection, reading, and conversations with people who think politically ‘different’ than I do…I have honestly evolved into a very different person politically over the last few years. I was not uninformed on the issues prior. I simply had my opinions. I am so open to listen now and have found myself in the middle. My social beliefs are “left” while my fiscal beliefs are “right”.

      To call for Tolerance while being intolerant of our fellow Americans opinions is not progress.
      I strongly feel that TRUE tolerance, a willingness to listen, and kindness are the keys that will bring us back together.

  13. Ramona says...

    Just a reminder that in addition to voting ourselves, we can also help other people vote! Let staff and nannies off early, volunteer to watch kids for stay at home parents, let people who have trouble standing for a long time or who have kids with them cut ahead of you in line, etc. I remember one year there was some kind of voting machine glitch that resulted in everyone waiting in line outside in freezing weather for hours after the polls closed…could have been miserable except that the people living near the polling place were so determined that everyone would vote that they started coming down the line with pizza, hot chocolate, beer (ha!), and even chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven. We’re all in this together, and we need to look out for each other!

    • Mandy says...

      I think this comment is beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  14. harrison says...

    I like comedian chelsea peretti!

  15. Victoria says...

    Fingers crossed from Spain!! Good luck and best wishes for a political change to come. Victoria

  16. juen says...

    er…I decided to try CBD oil for anxiety for the first time today…nothing to report yet and beginning to feel like meditation and humor and yes literal breathing is going to be the best remedy after all…thank god for intelligent comedy!

  17. Brittany says...

    Yes!

    But, we don’t get stickers in Oregon because we all vote by mail (it is awesome, but I miss the stickers). So, I made paintings about it: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp2Cg4KByot/

  18. Merel says...

    A message of support from across the Atlantic ocean! Even here in Belgium we are closely following the results that will affect so many lives. Bravo to all of you for taking responsibility!!

  19. Delia says...

    I voted! Honestly, I don’t normally because usually the candidates seem so interchangeable. But I will do anything to put any kind of check in place for Trump. I felt nervous walking to the polls — like, what if I couldn’t figure out how to vote and then I’d feel stupid asking for help. (I DID vote for President – Hilary – but had to vote absentee so had not used used the electronic ballot.) BUT it was a gorgeous fall day and as I walked over I thought about Cup of Jo and your “vote” post and it made me feel like part of a strong community of women. So thanks for doing what you do. I WANTED to vote and hearing your voice was a nice little supportive nudge.

    • JessicaD says...

      I never comment, but I’m commenting to say thank you for voting — if you are in NY, your state elections are incredibly important – you have the chance to flip your state senate blue and really make a difference in the trajectory of policy (and power) within your state! Your vote matters! :)

    • I am so glad you voted, Delia, THANK YOU. I hope voting can become a habit for you.

    • Ramona says...

      I’ve voted dozens of times and somehow I always wind up having pretty much every volunteer in the polling place over helping me because I can’t figure out the machine (I swear they change it every time). And this morning was no exception…some high school kid had to come explain how arrows work to me because I was trying to insert the card into the machine upside-down! So if you need help don’t worry, you are definitely not alone!!

  20. Lindsay says...

    I love him so much in “search party” yes just his face and literally anything he does or says is so funny. I Voted a while ago by mail. I’m not feeling adrenaline, I don’t really see how much can change but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  21. Tiia says...

    The rest of the world also begs of you – go vote! Vote for democracy, equality, compassion and kindness. You are a big influence, globally – please do not let fear and intolerance take over.

  22. Abesha1 says...

    Cup of Jo, I’m happy to see you encouraging people to vote, and proudly saying how you feel, and keeping the space for people to disagree.

    But… did I miss a post? Where was Pittsburgh? I am incredibly disappointed in you, if there wasn’t one. Thoughts and prayers don’t do anything to prevent the next one, but they are still needed by those who are grieving.
    And as you yourself have previously posted about grief: If you don’t know what to say, just say, “I’m so sorry for your loss. Do you want to talk about it?”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your comment on Cup of Jo. i’ve mentioned this in comment sections last week, but after the shootings, we thought deeply about what to write and how to post. instead of writing a more intellectualized post on grief and tragedy, like we’ve done in the past, we wanted to jump into action to help stop this kind of shooting from happening again. since the midterm were 8 days away, we wanted to DO something, instead of writing a more erudite post. so we did a post about preparing to vote in the midterms, to help stand up against the administration’s hateful, incendiary rhetoric and to help support common sense gun laws — and, in that way, honor the victims in the pittsburgh shooting and try to prevent it from happening again: https://cupofjo.com/2018/10/how-to-vote-in-midterms/

      i hope that makes sense. there were multiple directions we could take with that post, but that’s what we decided to do. the pittsburgh shooting was absolutely heartbreaking and devastating, and because of that i think now is the time for action, versus more thoughts. if we were a larger site, we could have done two posts, but this is what we were able to do with our resources and team, and i’m glad we could.

      again, thank yo so much for your comment and for being here xo

  23. Maclean Nash says...

    Sending you all big love from your friend in Canada!
    We’re all nervous over here too!

  24. Sharon says...

    I just wanted to let all you mostly liberal ladies know that I am a Republican woman who voted Democrat in our key races today in my KEY state (Go Florida). Here’s to hoping LOVE wins out. I went against my husband, but I’m just hoping other women are feeling the same way. The behavior of this administration is not acceptable and I will vote against it in every way possible. May we all continue to share great ideas and lift each other up. This is the generation of the woman!!

    • Yes!! Perfect – let us lift each other up!

    • Emily says...

      Yay!! Thank you for choosing love over hate!!!

    • Thank you <3

    • Michelle Bengson says...

      This was beautiful. Made me cry.

    • ML says...

      ♥️ I see your courage & it’s inspiring!

    • Jeanne says...

      Thank you Sharon. Your post gives me such hope that I got unexpectedly and embarrassingly a bit choked up. It feels like there are so many people out there refuse to see past party lines when the lying and hate are so clear to the rest of us. I was a lifelong Republican until Trump. Here’s to the generation of the woman!!

    • Amelia says...

      Thank you, Sharon! This is for women the whole world over and their children.

    • Rebecca says...

      Ah! While I’m not in quite as key of a state – this is my story too. I so badly want to proudly tell everyone that I finally stood up for myself and not the beliefs of the family I was raised in. However, I also fear being chastised for my previous votes. I try to remind myself that it’s never too late to see the light and my vote today is the first step in the right direction.

    • Ramona says...

      It takes a brave and open-minded person to go against what you’ve been raised with or have traditionally believed and turn out in favorite of the other political party. You’re a true patriot for doing what you think is best for the country even when it means going outside your comfort zone!

    • Jane I. says...

      Rock on girlfriend!!

    • Kara says...

      Yes!!! It is never too late, this will be what helps our country move forward!!

    • Shashi says...

      👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

    • Colleen Sweeney says...

      Thank you for supporting acceptance and love. It has been interesting to see how many Republicans that are voting for other people outside of their party.

    • Em says...

      I’m a Republican woman who voted Democrat in a non-key red state. Although I doubt anyone I voted for will be elected, I hope at least my vote will help to send a message. Not all people who are Republicans espouse all the views and rhetoric of the loudest voices. I’m here, too!

    • Sara says...

      Hi Sharon! Much love to you for voting your values. Happy voting day!

    • Brittany says...

      Thank you for being a thoughtful voter!

  25. Emilie says...

    I get overwhelmed with the political news at times and feel helpless, so I try to follow the advice given on the Call Your Girlfriend Podcast: donate, protest, midterms! If I stay involved in these three areas I know I am doing my part, even in small ways. My spouse and I voted with our baby this morning at 7 am. And I phone banked over the weekend to help newly registered voters get to the polls. In the past couple months I’ve also donated to League of Women Voters and individual candidates in key districts, and I’ve protested family separation. Individually it might not be much, but I hope if many people get involved it adds up. It helps to feel like I’m doing something!

    • Meg says...

      This is awesome Emilie! you’re doing a lot!

  26. Jill says...

    Omg. John early. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
    I love voting. But it’s getting scarier to believe it’s not corrupted. I’m saddened about that, but will always remain hopeful that our country will continue with a FREEDOM based foundation. I really want to protect our country from the influences that are trying to infiltrate our freedoms by taking advantage of our good will. Humanitarianism is one thing, giving away my freedom as an American is another.

  27. Jane I. says...

    I waited 40 minutes to vote early here in Nevada. This was my second polling attempt that day because the first location was so jam-packed with cars that I couldn’t even get in in the parking lot!

    As I waited at the second location, I was temped to be annoyed because gosh, no one likes waiting in line. But then I realized what all this waiting and jammed parking lots actually means. It means people (myself included) are getting off their butts and giving a DAMN!!!

    I took a moment to soak in my surroundings. I noticed all the beautiful, powerful women and the strong people of color doing what our ancestors could have only dreamed; the young and the old voting for the 1st time or the 50th time; the disABLEd carefully being guided to the front of the line because they are SEEN; the working class with their uniforms still on and the droves of families with kids in tow setting an example for future generations.

    Like many of us here, I can only sit back and wait with anxious anticipation. But right now, as a battle-born gal, I feel so proud of my state for turning out and showing off. Nevada, let’s do this!

    • Justine says...

      This is a beautiful comment. I went to the courthouse to pick up my baby girl’s birth certificate today (I voted early), and a middle aged African American man was helping his elderly mother out of the car and asked me if I had seen where to vote inside. I immediately teared up to think of all the voter suppression his mother has seen in her lifetime. I am deeply discouraged and honestly, cynical, about what is happening now, but something about Election Day (at least the first half of the day 😬) brings such hope and gratitude that we have this right at all.

    • Marlena says...

      Nevada battle-born and bred here as well and I thank you for sharing this! I’m very nervous and excited to see what our state decides today.

  28. Nadege says...

    Sending love and hope from Canada! Amazed at the long line ups! What perseverance… In my city of 3million I’ve never waited more than 10mins to vote (more polling centres? more polls at each centre?) It seems crazy to think some people would have to plan to take a whole morning off to vote! In our system you can register day of if you find you are not on the voter list, it seems amazing to me that this is only the case in some states. Y’all deserve some serious election reform!

    • Robin says...

      Seconded! I’ve waited half an hour maybe- not more than that. Thank you all for getting out there despite everything.

  29. Andrea says...

    I voted absentee so I could take my day off and travel to DC to go to the National Museum of African American Culture and History. Being here has been a huge reminder of the best of being American. I can’t tell you how much I needed this soul balm.

  30. Jody says...

    The best description of Election Day feelings I’ve heard is from @jerseyicecreamco on Instagram, “somewhere between Christmas Eve excitement and root canal dread.”

    • Amanda says...

      How did they get into my head?!? And now I want ice cream…

  31. Gill F. says...

    Remember that the ability to take a break from this all and laugh about it is a privilege. I don’t blame you, because don’t we all need a break?, but many don’t get a break. For many this is life and death. This day is putting our rights on the line. This day can determine if I, as a gay woman, will one day still be able to marry my girlfriend or adopt children. As a chronically ill woman this day will tell me if I’ll still be covered by health insurance. This day will determine if my trans friends will have any rights, if my black and brown friends will ever be able to safely leave their homes, if my Jewish friends will feel safe going to temple. Remember your privilege as you feel anxious but know you can sit back and laugh. Because so many of us are so so scared about what is to come.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      gill, we are here with you! i promise. we just wanted to give people a moment to breathe while waiting in voting lines during this INCREDIBLY important day. i hear you, we are in this together. thank you so much for your note and for emphasizing why voting today is so critical.

    • Sasha L says...

      Gill, along with you, hoping compassion and common human decency win the day. Nothing at all to laugh about. I’ve never felt so afraid for my family members, friends and neighbors, and all the countless strangers who deserve the same care, as I do today. I also worry for the soul of my nation. I hope the last two years were a wake-up call for those who are decent, but apathetic. Your country needs you like never before to do the right thing and vote to protect the rights of all Americans, and to move forward protecting our planet.

  32. i’m just catching up on the latest season of “insecure” – i love that show! as for books i’ve been reading non-fiction mostly – “fight global warming now” is dated but has great info on community organizing that i cant wait to implement – feeling hopeful!
    my main comic relief is hanging out with my friends. productivity also keeps me going – i took some time to think about what i really want to do before the new year: https://tps-steph.blogspot.com/2018/11/0012-19-by-2019.html

  33. Julia says...

    I am a teacher and in my district schools are closed because they serve as polling places. I was happy to see that my precinct was packed at 10:00 am!

  34. Lauren says...

    Voted this morning in NE Brooklyn! It was emotional, but these days, what isn’t? I am so hopeful but still unsure if I can stomach watching the returns. May just go to bed early and check in the morning.

  35. Voting tonight after work. I brought our two voting booklets with me to work to go over again at lunch.
    Most of our office has voted today or voted by absentee already.

  36. Nancey says...

    I voted last week in case I get hit by a car or something, glad it’s done and over. I work for a small town in Massachusetts (we are mostly all Blue anyway) and there were lines of people walking in the pouring rain, women and children mostly to get to the polls (across from where I work) it made my heart happy. I am going to have to have wine tonight to calm down. let’s turn this joint BLUE baby!!!!

  37. Courtney says...

    I think the most important thing about election day is not to put down others for how they vote, as long as they vote! I resent people saying how misinformed someone is for voting for someone they do not like. Every voter has a story and a reason. I understand the stereotypes that go into political parties, but it is each and every person’s individual right to go out and support what they believe in. YEAH AMERICA!

    • Andrea says...

      Yes!

    • Joan says...

      Well said. Thank you for writing this!!

    • Emily says...

      100%

    • t says...

      Great reminder! It is easy to remove humanity from the group that you are fighting but everyone is human and deserves the right to their voice.

    • CYNTHIA says...

      Yes!!!!!

  38. Lizzie C. says...

    I’m listening to the audiobook of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson on my commutes and it helps combat the stress of election day so much. Also I end up laughing out loud in public, and then I can just worry about looking unhinged instead of, you know, the future of the country.

  39. ML says...

    I am so grateful for this post. I am a wreck of nerves & emotion. I went and looked at #showmeyoursticker on twitter & got legit chills and tears.

    Thank you, America, for the right to vote!

    (Also, youth pastor! 😂)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha, yes. i wish the clip had shown his whole stand-up set, it got even better by the end about obama and his mom. he’s so hilarious and smart.

  40. Andrea says...

    I feel neutral because there’s never been (and probably never will be) a candidate that I agree with wholeheartedly.

    I’d also like to point out, as someone has voted and continues to vote Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian (depends on particular candidates), that I hate to see anyone who votes Republican automatically branded as a bad person. Can we please not paint people with such broad strokes?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, yes, although i am definitely a democrat, i would never say that someone who votes republican is automatically a bad person! thank you so much for your note xo

    • kaye says...

      normally, i would agree re: broad brush, but the republican party has fallen in line with a fascist/racist/nativist regime that is seeking to erase our LGBTQA brothers and sisters, POC, First Nation, and more–so yeah–if you vote republican you ARE a bad person, or at the very least, a selfish, uninformed, ignorant person which is just as bad.

      Looking at you, 53 percent of white women who voted for Trump and 58 percent of white women who voted for Roy Moore.

    • Jay Anna says...

      YES. The hatred from the Left (Maxine Walters comes to mind immediately) has intensified so much these past few months. It’s scary to be a Republican!

    • Emily C says...

      Agreed. I think the messaging of “we can do this!!!!” can be polarizing. Even though I agree with women’s rights, LGBT rights, etc., and all the other social stances that the left stands with, I can’t consider myself part of the “we” Joanna is referring to, and am actually confused about what is even implied by saying “we can do this”. I believe the intention behind this phrase is positive, but it also makes those of us who are neutral or don’t agree with a candidate or the democratic party wholeheartedly feel … I don’t know, awkward and like the “bad person” you’ve referred to.

    • Joanna says...

      Thanks for voicing my concern. Although I love Cup of Jo for many reasons, the one sided political viewpoint is so discouraging sometimes, with an alternative point of view rarely heard.

    • It’s not about agreeing with a candidate wholeheartedly — it’s about picking the candidate who can do the most amount of good. Picking a political candidate is not the same as picking a spouse. I’m in NJ and my Democratic senator who is running for reelection I don’t actually like very much, but I voted for him because he votes against Trump while his opponent is fully in Trump’s pocket. We need as many people as possible standing up to our horrible president right now as we can get.

    • Amanda G says...

      Jay Anna – There’s been two years of hatred coming from the Right. Your comment is laughable.

    • t says...

      Hi Jay Ana. I am a republican and a lesbian. I don’t think you meant anything by it and I completely agree with you that both sides are spewing hate but I think it is of touch to say “it is a scary time to be a republican.” It is almost certainly a scarier time to be transgender, a POC, Jewish, Muslim, asylum seeker, etc.

      Kaye, I think your comment is also out of touch. If a member of the LGBTQ community votes democrat specifically because they want LGBTQ rights does that make them selfish? Yes and No and that to me is no better or worse than a white women who votes republican because of the fiscal agenda and wanting tax breaks.

      I completely, completely agree that this political climate is way more polarizing than ever before but I don’t think you should state that an entire group is bad; that removes humanity from the equation which is actually dangerous.

  41. Andrea says...

    Hey from the GREAT state of Georgia! I will wear my peach sticker till it no longer sticks! Abrams all the way!!!!!

  42. Marlena says...

    Sending big giant hugs to anyone reading this who is spending today taking deep breaths to avoid a complete nervous breakdown and doing their best to just get through until the votes are counted and official. Like me over here. lol

  43. Kelly says...

    Just finished after a two hour line in Austin! So thankful for all the sweet people working the polls

    • Ana says...

      Thank you for waiting in line, Kelly!!!! I live in a mail-in vote state and just want to say I SEE YOU to everyone who might be waiting in lines, driving through thunderstorms, missing work, etc etc etc to get to the polls today. It matters!

  44. My sister just sent me this SNL commercial…definitely made me laugh out loud! (Shaky voice) We got this!

  45. Eva says...

    I was feeling pessimistic, but then over the weekend decided to go to canvas for the first time ever to flip a House district blue for a candidate I love (Lauren Underwood in the IL 14!). It was pouring rain, but people were really nice. And in the morning, the NY Times poll had her ahead for the first time in the race. I jumped up and down, I was so excited. Let’s do this!

    • Elizabeth says...

      great work , Eva!

    • Way to go, Eva! That’s the district where I grew up, and I’m so happy to see some shades of blue coming our way :)

      Send your prayers for Dupage ! #flipthesixth

    • Rae says...

      Way to go Eva! Thanks!

    • Sarah says...

      great job! They just called it for lauren underwood!

  46. Allyson says...

    The show I’m Sorry (on Netflix) is really funny! You already gave Amber Ruffin a shout out, otherwise I would tell EV.ER.Y.ONE. to look up “Amber Says What” and “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell” for a good laugh. Happy Election day! Here’s to hoping good, smart, honest people get voted into office.

  47. Karine says...

    Oh gosh! Here in London, people are heading home after work and wonder if they should go to bed and pray for the best or stay up late to watch it unfold. We went to bed twice and the wakening (Brexit and Nov 2016) was tough. Hoping for light and joy! Find them is small things today!

    • Lisa says...

      I’m just going to bed. For Brexit I was up in the middle of the night BABY when the initial polls showed remain, but then woke up to leave, mostly feeling “wtf” (a sentiment that has remained ever since, and mostly grows stronger the more this government messes around).

  48. Kelly L says...

    Voted by absentee ballot for the first time. James Corden’s carpool naptime has been sustaining me over the angst of the last few days. Highly recommend. Highly.

    • Kelly L says...

      Autocorrect can be annoying. Not ‘naptime’ , rather ‘karaoke ‘ :)

  49. Sarah says...

    Voted today next to a bunch of 18 year olds casting their first ballot. It was (almost) enough to make me a little hopeful.

  50. Erin says...

    John Early is a TREASURE. His videos of his boy band dances on instagram never cease to make my day!

  51. Nina says...

    Yes, I voted in early voting. BLUE WAVE!!!! Living in Georgia with Stacey Abrahms running has been reminiscent of when I lived in Utah during 2016 election. hopeful yet…realistic?

    • Louise says...

      I’m in Georgia and feeling the same.
      I’m on 538 too much, but I’m going nowhere near the NYT updates. Their needle really burned me in 2016. Never again.

  52. Lia says...

    Omg I am shaking from a combo of nerves and caffeiene…working from home today and it is NOT fun…trying to avoid checking my phone every 5 seconds but it is not happening….

  53. jeannie says...

    John Early’s last joke in this clip made me laugh so hard!

  54. Sasha L says...

    Sending love to everyone out there feeling anxious today.

    • escondista says...

      Thanks, Sasha.

      PS that is my daughter’s name! <3

    • Sasha L says...

      Escondista, ❤️
      I hope your Sasha loves her name as much as I love mine!

  55. Kate says...

    Grateful to live in a state with early voting! Got mine done a few weeks ago, so today I’m looking up friends who I suspect might forget or not care to get out. One woman I looked up didn’t know she was even registered, but she is!! I printed out her polling location information and gave it to her and am going to check in with her all day about it. I know that each vote is going to matter in my state. It’s going to be a close one, and I’m so nervous.

    • Pamela Hamer says...

      Way to go! Thanks for your efforts!

    • Macauley says...

      That’s awesome – thank you, Kate!!

  56. escondista says...

    After 2016, I’ve decided to spend this day in a thick fog of pessimism so that I’m relatively pleased when ANYTHING good happens.
    Gretchen in Michigan? HOORAY!
    Beto in Texas? OMG HOW???
    Stacey in Georgia? PRAISE THE LORD!
    Gillum in Florida? Just please god Florida please!

    Just wake me when something good happens, guys.

    • Eloise says...

      Me too!

  57. I feel sick. It seems unbelievable that anyone could still vote Republican after the past 2 years but it appears there are so many misinformed or just downright bad people out there. If there’s a red majority I’m seriously going to start wondering what I’m doing bringing a child into this world!

    • escondista says...

      oh man, Kate. I hear you. I have to believe I am trying to raise a tender-hearted steward of the earth.

    • Colleen S. says...

      They’re not always misinformed, just happy that their beliefs are being supported and carried through. Being in California these last two years (although I’ve lived here for 7), has been eye-opening.

    • edie says...

      Black and white thinking that decides Republican voters are either “misinformed” or “bad” is shallow at best and inhumane at worst. It’s outlooks like this one that make dialogue impossible.

      I’m pro-life and have been pro-choice friends — we disagree vehemently, but I know there intentions are pure and treat them as such. I happen to think indefinite contentment is not a way to handle immigration, but I also believe entering America is a privileged and not a right.

      Things are much more complicated than people would like to think. And I’m happy to be counted among “the deplorables.” #redwaveallthrway

    • Gill F. says...

      Nope nope nope. Of course there’s fine republicans and of course there’s not fine democrats, but this is not the time to vote red. Because a red house and senate is going to take away women’s rights and gay’s rights and POC’s rights. It’s going to usher in so much more hatred and violence. I’m sure you’re a good person, but I’m not okay with anyone who takes the party of the sexual abusers and murders and people who threaten me and my friends and my family.

    • Chand says...

      To Edie- thank you for being brave.

    • Maggie says...

      This take made me sad. Referring to Republican voters as “misinformed” or “just downright bad people” is inaccurate and cruel. We could all do well to take a deep breath and make an extra effort to treat each other with respect – particularly today, when emotions are high and that’s a difficult thing to do.

    • I think in the past I might agree with you Edie, but this current administration has shown their true colors by now. If we don’t want to go backwards on rights for women, LGBT people, immigrants, and minorities, if we don’t want to destroy our own planet, if we don’t want our own people dying because they can’t afford healthcare, if we don’t want more children shot in schools, if we don’t want racists to feel empowered to carry out their hateful agendas, it *is* pretty black and white right now: we need to vote blue.

      I don’t see how any well-informed person with a conscience or a modicum of empathy can vote otherwise with the state the country is currently in. I know just a handful of people in my life voting Republican and they are people who unfortunately spend all their time consuming news that is biased and/or downright false. They’re not bad people; they are just horribly misinformed.

    • I completely agree with you and feel just the same way. It is petrifying to think about the world that the current administration wants to create.

      To the person who ‘believes’ entering America is a privilege not a right – actually, seeking asylum IS a right. It always has been. It always will be, long after the white supremacists in power have crawled back under their rocks. Previous administrations have correctly not prosecuted asylum seekers for illegal entry because doing so is a violation of US asylum law as well as international human rights law. Asylum seekers have the legal right to seek asylum under Article 14 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 27 of the 1948 American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and the 1951 U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

    • molly says...

      As a fellow democrat, I think its unfair to label people who vote red misinformed – which has a condescending tone to it. Although I vote blue, I know plenty of intelligent and informed red voters who have their own reasons and life experiences for voting (even if its hard for me to understand their point of view – i do try) In todays world, I think we need more people who are willing to try to tolerate alternate views otherwise we will find ourselves even more divided. Labeling people as misinformed, or a bad person is not a way to start positive dialogue and only furthers this country’s division. At the end of the day, our democracy allows for each of us to have an opinion and add our vote.

    • The bottom line is, until Republicans stand up to Trump, which SO few have, a red vote is a vote to suppress the rights and endanger the lives of Americans–and everyone else in the world, if we consider climate change, honestly the thing that scares me the most right now. Stating this isn’t inaccurate or cruel; it’s the truth. I’m sorry so many people can’t see that, but I genuinely don’t understand why.

    • Lauren says...

      Mary Kate, some people truly, deeply believe that hundreds of thousands of innocent people are killed each year in the United States alone through abortion. I wouldn’t call them misinformed; abortion is a matter of ethics, and having majored in philosophy, I know that there is no obvious right answer when it comes to the ethics of abortion!

      While I was in school I also knew some (I think) very well-informed researchers who weren’t Republicans who believed that our earth’s increasing temperatures aren’t primarily caused by humans. Talking to them was totally convincing–I was an easy target, of course, but at least I can say they weren’t stupid!

      I understand feeling really afraid, it’s just that I think the truth is complicated.

      The urgent tone you have is the same one that Christians might feel when they think you’re damning yourself to Hell for not believing in Jesus: all sides can feel equally desperate. There’s no easy answer. Anyway it’s wonderful that we can vote – I’m often kind of annoyed making the arrangements and finding parking. . . and then I see the people actually voting and my eyes always get a bit watery. It’s a really great thing.

    • Lauren, it would probably surprise you to know that personally I am pretty pro-life. I minored in philosophy and you and I probably took similar courses. But I agree with Obama on the issue: “Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.” I would love a world in which a healthy woman carrying a healthy fetus would never have any reason to abort. But legislating away reproductive rights has never ended well anywhere; it leads to women dying (poorer women at a higher rate than more well-off) and children being born to people who can’t care for them. Have you heard of Savita Halappanavar?
      This woman died in Ireland while she was having a miscarriage because doctors refused to evacuate her already deceased fetus. Did you know that up until recently, pregnant women in Ireland could be legally overruled by their doctors when it came to their own prenatal care? Did you know abortion rates are actually lower in blue states? With the least restrictive laws? To reduce abortion rates, we should be focusing on healthcare, wage inequality, and of course, prosecuting men who commit sexual assault and rape.

      It’s frustrating because this IS the issue that keeps the few people I know who still vote Republican from voting blue. But if you’d dig a little deeper and look into the stats, as well as what abortion bans have done to women and children in other countries, you might come to your own conclusion that legislating away abortion is not the answer.

  58. Taylor says...

    Voting after work! Lucky to live in DC which offers same day voter registration and polling locations open later, but also, those of us lucky to live inside the district’s borders have no real representation in Congress, which controls our budget.

    Election night is like our superbowl, all my local bars are going to be showing the returns all night with various specials benefiting progressive charities, but after 2016, I think I’m going to spend tonight cuddled up with my boyfriend at home. 2016 in DC was something out of an apocalyptic disaster film, such an insane contrast to 2012 which was like a parade and so joyous.

  59. I voted early this morning! I couldn’t miss it.

  60. Denise says...

    YES!!! I voted! I voted 2 weeks ago. Thank gawd for mail in ballots. I sort of wish I got a sticker to wear though. They should put stickers in the ballot envelopes. I’d wear mine for 2 weeks with pride.

    • Amanda says...

      I know! I voted absentee because I travel all of the time for work and was afraid to miss it- but I want the sticker. I’m 34 and I really really want the sticker because it’s such a big deal.

    • Colleen S says...

      I got one with mine. I am wearing it today, even though I’m not leaving the house.