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Election night goes smoothly at GCDWPosted Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 12:59 PM
Congratulations to everyone who came out on top in this year's county and local elections.
There were lots of candidates and their families and friends who were out there pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, shaking hands, throwing candy in parades, pounding signs into rock-hard ground along every highway and generally working very hard in the last few weeks.
People sometimes make negative comments about how political candidates only show up at community events when it's an election year but would we want it any other way?
Off-years in the election cycle give us all a break but when we're all going to be headed to the polls to make decisions, we need to see the candidates, meet them and get a feeling for who they are and what they're all about. Yes, they're wanting our vote -- that's what it's all about.
I know their fall schedule of events is a full one -- I don't know how they do it all, out and about every night and weekend. Can you imagine how much chili and fried fish these people eat during a campaign?
Now that it's over, the campaign signs will disappear quickly and the candidates will get back to spending more evenings at home. Whether they won or lost, they are probably relieved it is finished. I know I am too. I can't remember when I've seen so many candidates on both sides of the spectrum so uneasy about the outcome of an election.
Obviously, on an election night, candidates and their supporters are glued to a television or computer screen to watch those returns come in and so are news people. A newsroom is always a unique place to be on an election night. There's an excitement in the air. There's also an anxious thing going on.
Once it becomes obvious who the winner is, we don't get to relax or party because there's a deadline looming. We've all got assignments and stories to write. There's phone calls to make (thank goodness most candidates carry cell phones these days) and candidates to track down.
Nick jokes that it's our Super Bowl and it does kind of feel that way.
Do we call races the way the big news media do on television? Before all the precincts are in? Yup. We just don't announce it on the website the way they do on TV.
The first one we called this year was the race for a county commissioner's seat. The last one we called was the coroner's race. That one was "too close to call" until every single precinct was reported.
This year will be remembered by all of us in the GCDW newsroom for several reasons, one of which is that we made our deadline and got the paper to press in excellent time. The press started running at 11:30 p.m. which might be some kind of record.
Yes, we were rolling and I know everyone working in the newsroom felt good, but we couldn't have done that if the returns hadn't come in so quickly.
So kudos to Greene County Clerk Jackie Winstead and her staff for the smooth job they did. We could tell you all were rolling too!
Anna is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by calling the office at 847-4487 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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