Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election 2008: Proud to Be an American

Now that Election Day has finally arrived, where can you go for the latest results online? Reportr.net has compiled a list of sites and links to find out the latest in the race to the White House.

And if you haven't seen it yet, a must-see site is YouTube's "Video Your Vote" Channel, which now has more than 750 videos chronicling, voting, voting problems, notable voters... It's a great reflection of our democracy in action.

Everywhere you look, it seems, and on the radio, TV and online, people are excited that Election Day is here. Optimism has replaced yesterday's cynicism and the endless flow of negative campaign ads. Yes, many are touting their guy -- Sen. John McCain or Sen. Barack Obama -- but more than that you can feel how proud people are to take part in the democratic process, and to be an American!

I'll be spending my afternoon hanging out with the student journalists at The Commuter, the student newspaper at Linn-Benton Community College. For many of them this is their first Election Day, which tops any holiday when you are a journalist. Few places can match a newsroom for the excitement of covering the election's outcome. By noon the staff already had set up additional computer monitors to project the results as they come in, and they were posting updated election stories on their Web site.

I'm excited to see how engaged my students, and young people in general, are in this election. I'm hopeful their involvement will continue way past Election Day. That's a positive vote for America.


(Photo credit: "Vote!" by ktpupp, courtesy of Flickr.com)

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