If you believe in the power of voting, chances are you're going to head to a polling place sometime between now and the end of the day to cast your ballot. You'll probably be waiting a few minutes as well. With that in mind, we tossed together 10 election day pieces for you to save to Instagram/Pocket/Readability to distract you.
Curious what Obama and Romney are like away from the cameras? We got you covered. Skeptical of electronic voting? There's a link for that. Want to revisit the specters of elections past? Let me help you out.
- Wanna know how the presidential candidates spent their last days on the trail? Read here.
- Worried about voter fraud? Take off the tin foil hat. Mother Jones says not to believe the hype.
- Meanwhile, The New Republic argues fervently for the dissolution of the electoral college.
- Michael Lewis' profile of Obama from 2008 is an essential read, even if you don't care much about politics. It's just a well-written look into the life of the most important figure in America before he became the most important figure in America.
- Mitt Romney is sometimes seen as a robotic stiff who can be just a shade too pragmatic, but a 2012 NY Times profile of the candidate shows a man who has suffered some adversity of his own and come away better for it.
- Curious how Obama won the 2008 election over John McCain? Revisit Newsweek's epic seven-part feature chock full of behind-the-scenes reporting.
- Nearly everything written by Joan Didion is worth a glance, and her 1988 piece on the reality distortion of presidential campaigns is as sharp and astute as anything she's written.
- Hendrik Hertzberg is one of my personal favorite political writers, and his piece about Hurricane Sandy and its effect on the presidential campaign is about as much of a measured and well-reasoned take as you'll find.
- Did you get an I Voted sticker? Good job! The Atlantic argues in favor of its greater importance.
- Curious what the Inauguration speech will sound like in January. Probably like this.
But these are just a few to get you started. What are you reading while in line? Are you reading anything at all? Are you even in line?