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Tonight's plan

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Catch Warwick Sabin on Fox 16's election coverage tonight. I'll be doing my Laurel and Hardy number with Bill Vickery tonight on Channel 4 at 5 and 10 p.m.

We'll be live blogging tonight, as usual. We'll be swinging by the County Election Commission and checking in with the various organizations, plus monitoring national websites for the all-important congressional outcomes. Toward poll closing time, I plan to put up blog entries for Pulaski, state and national results. We'll update each as the night rolls on. This time, I think the plan will be to update at the top of the item with a time. Perhaps that will be less confusing.

Much will depend on speed and completeness of the vote counting. With so many electronic machines in the mix, I am not optimistic.

Republicans like the results of their GOTV effort, based on early voting. They think the percentage of "their" people in the early count is promising. You know what that means. If you haven't voted yet, don't take anything for granted. Get in line. The line stretched around the block at a bellwether liberal precinct in town this morning (mine). That suggests there's some energy in the Democratic base, too.

ELECTION NOTE: Pulaski County has a touch-screen machine in every precinct, but is encouraging all to use the paper ballots that are fed into optical scanners. This method was decided on account of the questions about the electronic machines. If you insist on using electronic machines, you are supposed to be given that option, but they are in the precincts primarily for those with disabilities that make paper ballots unusuable.

If all goes well, the Pulaski early vote -- some 34,000 and about a third of the expected total -- should be available shortly after the polls close at 7:30 p.m. If that's so, most county outcomes will be pretty clear then, though polarized voting patterns could cause finals to diverge some from early totals.

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