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San Diego poet Veronica Cunningham, 60, proudly held sheets of "I voted’ stickers to give out to the children at the schools where she works and said it felt good to vote as a gay Latina:
"A lot of people I know here think their vote doesn’t matter because we’re not in Ohio. But I think everybody should either put out or shut up. Anyone who cares about who you are, your ethnicity, your beliefs, should vote because these things matter in an election. I expect a few things from my country and I’m hopeful for Obama. After eight years with Bush, you can’t expect one, lone African-American man to be responsible for this whole mess. I definitely think he should be given a second chance. People really have short memories."
THE SCENE IN HOBOKEN
Standing in front of a pile of junked refrigerators, a flood-destroyed car and a curbside mountain of waterlogged debris in front of his Hoboken home on Tuesday morning, Anthony Morrone didn’t even realize it was Election Day. Since immigrating to New Jersey in 1967, the 76-year-old retired mechanic had never missed a vote. Until today.
"No time, no time to vote, too much to do," Morrone said, rattling off a list of things he needed to do after Superstorm Sandy ravaged his home last week, including mucking out the first floor, ripping out drywall, scooping Hudson River debris out of his driveway in a home a good quarter mile from the river. "Too much going on," he added.
At Hoboken’s city hall, an American flag was draped over the railing where a huge board covered with handwritten instructions on where to get ice, hot food or other types of assistance was flanked by a printed sign saying "vote here." A steady stream of voters were climbing the steps, despite the FEMA and National Guard trucks that still form a ring around the building a week after the storm.
PAUSING FOR HOOPS
President Barack Obama has paused his Election Day schedule for a moment for something he loves — basketball.
The president’s motorcade made a 10 minute drive to Attack Athletics, a sports complex, to play hoops with friends and staff. Dozens of people lining the streets waved and cheered as Obama made his way to the complex.
Among those playing alongside the president: Mike Ramos, a childhood friend from Hawaii, and Marty Nesbitt, a friend from Chicago.
BIDEN’S CLEVELAND VISIT
Vice President Joe Biden enjoyed lunch Tuesday at Cleveland’s Landmark restaurant, a greasy spoon that often attracts factory workers, municipal employees and regulars from a neighborhood of African Americans, eastern Europeans, Middle Eastern immigrants and Spanish speakers.
Biden, accompanied by his wife and other family members — including several grandchildren — stopped at the blue-collar lunch counter to eat and shake hands in the ethnic Cleveland neighborhood.
"It’s the iconic Cleveland restaurant," Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman said.
SO MANY RACES
One particular race — the one for the right to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — gets the most attention on Election Day. There are thousands of others, too, of course.Next Page >
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