Election Day!

Get out there and vote. Just not for this guy.

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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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38 Responses

  1. Li
    Li November 6, 2012 at 9:56 am |

    Protest voters may also want to avoid voting for Roseanne Barr after her extensive attacks on trans women, and go with one of the other third-party candidates (oh hai there Jill Stein).

    1. DonnaL
      DonnaL November 6, 2012 at 11:26 am |

      Thanks, Li. I was about to post exactly the same advice. I was very upset by the things she said — I had no idea that she held such views.

    2. igglanova
      igglanova November 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm |

      Oh, fuck. That is really upsetting and disappointing.

  2. EG
    EG November 6, 2012 at 10:23 am |

    And after all that, I can’t even vote! My registration never went through. Bah.

    1. Chataya
      Chataya November 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm |

      I received a wonderfully ambiguous letter telling me that my vote probably won’t count due to a paperwork foul-up at the Revenue Office where I registered. Bah, indeed.

    2. Vidya
      Vidya November 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm |

      Americans can’t register at the polls themselves by showing ID and swearing/affirming? Wow. There’s really nothing about this election that makes me not glad to be Canadian.

      1. BHuesca
        BHuesca November 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm |

        In the US, even just having to show a government issued ID card is a controversial issue.

      2. SamLL
        SamLL November 7, 2012 at 6:13 am |

        It varies state to state. There is not a uniform procedure for voter registration for the nation. Here in Minnesota, you can register on election day at a polling place with either a government-issued ID showing your address, a utility bill or other document indicating your name and address, or another neighborhood resident to vouch for your residence. (And since the slimy ‘voter ID’ amendment failed, it looks like you’ll still be able to do that next election cycle, too!)

    3. igglanova
      igglanova November 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |

      Aw, man. That sucks. I remember that you were unconvinced about voting in general, but it still sucks to have the decision taken away from you like that.

      1. EG
        EG November 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm |

        Yeah, I mean, I thought I registered in time, but I guess not. I had decided to go to the polls for the local races, at least, and to go third party for the presidential.

  3. Rhoanna
    Rhoanna November 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

    Virgil Goode would also be a poor choice, if you’re voting third-party, as he’s even more disturbingly right-wing than Romney.

  4. HelliChoppter
    HelliChoppter November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

    Frankly, you might not have any other choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdpGd74DrBM&feature=youtu.be

  5. Tony
    Tony November 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm |

    No matter what else happens tonight, a woman has finally been elected statewide in one of the big two offices in Massachusetts (Governor, Senator). The curse is over.

  6. Niall
    Niall November 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm |

    All the major networks have called it…It’s OVER for Romney! Take that you fuckhead!

    1. PrettyAmiable
      PrettyAmiable November 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm |

      And a big FUCK YES to McCaskill defeating Akin.

      1. Bagelsan
        Bagelsan November 7, 2012 at 12:09 am |

        So many FUCK YES’s right now! :D

      2. DonnaL
        DonnaL November 7, 2012 at 2:15 am |

        And Mourdock losing. And all three same-sex marriage initiatives winning so far.

      3. DouglasG
        DouglasG November 7, 2012 at 3:10 am |

        And Ms Baldwin winning. I never thought the Senate would be within LGBT reach in my lifetime.

  7. macavitykitsune
    macavitykitsune November 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm |


    …now I don’t have to call and tell my US relatives to GTFO! Woo for that too!

  8. Julia
    Julia November 7, 2012 at 12:16 am |

    Frankly, I am on your political side. But blatantly saying “don’t vote for this guy” doesn’t respect the diversity of thought that your readership may have.

    1. macavitykitsune
      macavitykitsune November 7, 2012 at 12:23 am |

      “Frankly, I believe that water is wet. But blatantly saying “water is wet” doesn’t respect the diversity of thought that your readership may have.”

      Fixed that for ya ;)

    2. Niall
      Niall November 7, 2012 at 12:31 am |

      Hear that sound?

      It’s me playing the world’s smallest violin.

    3. Echo Zen
      Echo Zen November 7, 2012 at 3:35 am |

      Blast, how dare Jill have the nerve to criticise extremists who lecture women on how their bodies work and how they should be forced to bear their rapists’ babies! She needs to be more mainstream and act ladylike and inoffensive instead!

  9. macavitykitsune
    macavitykitsune November 7, 2012 at 12:34 am |

    Okay, seriously, the fuck is it with people barging in demanding Jill not have a goddamn opinion in her own goddamn blog? Disagree with the opinion if you want, all you want! Fuck knows I have on occasion – disagreed loudly and rudely, even. But don’t be the kind of unmitigated boor who marches in here and demands she not express herself because TEH HURT FEEWINGS of people who aren’t wearing their Adult Underthings Of Choice.

    Sorry, just a bit annoyed, between this and the cross-party marriage post’s comments.

    1. macavitykitsune
      macavitykitsune November 7, 2012 at 12:38 am |

      Which isn’t to say that everybody demanding Jill change her opinions is immature, naturally. Just…fucking hell, she’s not actually required to be The Opinionless Fount Of Mercy or whatever.

    2. EG
      EG November 7, 2012 at 1:30 am |

      Right? It’s weird. All these accusations of being “judgmental,” all I can think is “Yes…perhaps you mistake the nature of a political blog?”

      1. macavitykitsune
        macavitykitsune November 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm |


        It’s also interesting how I have never, and seriously, NEVER seen this bawwhawwwing happening in the comments section of a blog post by a man.

        But of course, suggesting that people perceive women’s opinions differently from men’s opinions doesn’t respect the diversity of thought in the trolls/MRAs/anti-feminists/bigots reading my comment, so I would never ever do such a horrible thing!

  10. Liz
    Liz November 7, 2012 at 12:58 am |

    Congratulations USAians. The good guy won. It’s fascinating watching your electoral shenanigans from Australia. We don’t use any of those half-arsed voting machines. Just a pencil and a ballot paper you put in a box. We also have a federal electoral commission which means elections are run exactly the same everywhere you go. It makes life so simple and not corrupt.

    1. EG
      EG November 7, 2012 at 1:11 am |

      It makes life so simple and not corrupt.

      Well, that’s why we can’t have it that way, of course.

    2. speedbudget
      speedbudget November 7, 2012 at 8:32 am |

      The problem with doing it one way across the nation is this a republic of many states. Each state does things its own way, unless enumerated specifically in the Constitution. It was set up that way purposefully to avoid the Federal government becoming too powerful over the states.

    3. Li
      Li November 7, 2012 at 9:29 am |

      Well, technically only Federal elections are run identically in each state. Each Australian state/territory tends to have slightly different laws for state and local government elections. Personally, I don’t think it’s unreasonable that national elections be nationally consistent (and yes, we’re a federation of multiple states too).

  11. librarygoose
    librarygoose November 7, 2012 at 1:06 am |

    I’m currently in an intense argument about the electoral college on facebook. It’s fun.

  12. Carl
    Carl November 7, 2012 at 1:58 am |

    The House races are a disappointment (not a surprise though) but I’m really awed by just how well progressive female leaders did tonight, how well GLBT candidates did, in races where they were at times written off, if they were ever noticed in the first place.

    It’s one of the rare times that I almost feel like something might be changing.

    I’m so proud of this country for not casually accepting the unbelievable level of bile spewed about women over this election cycle. I hope that for just one year, we won’t have to hear “legitimate rape” or “that rape thing” ever again.

  13. mxe354
    mxe354 November 7, 2012 at 2:30 am |

    I’m overjoyed right now.

    Also, pic related.

  14. The Real Pope 420
    The Real Pope 420 November 7, 2012 at 4:01 am |

    Hooray for Gay Marriage and stuff, but double plus mega yay for Colorado and Washington for deciding to stop sending innocent folks to jail for smoking weed. I think, as someone who has been pulled through the legal wringer over weed, that’s the big one.

    1. The Real Pope 420
      The Real Pope 420 November 7, 2012 at 4:02 am |

      Basically yay for everybody. 420 gay marry and smoke weed ery day.

  15. Andie
    Andie November 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm |

    Good Job, folks. I can’t begin to describe how nervous I was for you.

    I only hope I’m nearly as excited about my own country’s next election.

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