TODAY | November 06, 2012
>> hello, everybody, hoda and i want to wish you a happy booze day today. it is election day , november 6th .
>> it certainly is.
>> i have already voted. for the first time in my life, i did -- what is it called?
>> that's it. so there's no way of getting home. we know i won't get out at all.
>> a will the of people are at the polls. my mom called me this morning at 6:15, and she said i'm on the line.
>> i love the way she talks.
>> i don't remember now.
>> there she is, cutest thing.
>> go past my mom all the way down.
>> that's at 6:15?
>> yeah, she was there early, she was midway through.
>> how long did it take her actually in line, hoda?
>> by 6:30 or 6:45 she voted and was taking more pictures of the line. once you get in there, it starts going. here is kelsey's baby. i guess kelsey baby loaded, because you can get those kind of stickers. people were tweeting all these great pictures. carrie m. showed the lines in virginia. virginia, again, is a swing state , so a lot of people are coming out to vote there. that's in atlanta. that was becky's line. jen from jupiter, florida, she has a voting partner.
>> in jersey, polling places with power will be open.
>> i heard it was raining.
>> some parts.
>> jupiter is south. i hear around orlando it's raining.
>> everyone says this election is going to be --
>> all about turnout.
>> who knows tonight if we're going to know or tomorrow or what's going to be happening.
>>> well, we do know what happened in dicksville notch. it's the first place in the country, they've been doing it since 1948 , i think. 1960 , 1960 . i guess the card is wrong. i certainly couldn't be, but the card is capable of it.
>> all ten people who live there.
>> all ten people.
>> all ten people voted. here's the results from dixville notch . of the five people --
>> of the ten people.
>> five voted for mitt romney and five voted for barack obama . look how it's -- everyone knows who everyone voted.
>> that's going to be like the nation, don't you think? virgil goode got nothing. that's got to be embarrassing. in a town of ten? he didn't get one, didn't he vote for himself? that doesn't make any sense. certainly, he voted for himself.
>> don't knock virgil, he's having a bad day already.
>> i feel bad for virgil, somebody should give him a mercy vote. how do you show your face in dixville notch , hoda?
>>> jimmy fallon had an exciting way of telling who's going to be the next president. he has a girl but her name is gary . he put out two bowls of food, each marked with a name, and let his puppy choose.
>> let's watch.
>> gary , as i'm sure you know, mitt romney is a free market purist while barack obama thinks -- gary , pay attention. romney has promised to cut spending and repeal obama care and obama wants america to become energy independent by focusing on clean energy . these are just the basics, but they should help you make an informed decision. are you ready to vote, gary ? all right, here we go, guys, good luck, the next four years. here you go, gary . mitt romney ! gary is going for mitt romney .
>> when he picks him up, which i hope we show, the reveal it is, in fact, a girl.
>> it is a girl. i should have brought bambino. who would know better than bambino?
>>> here's some other vote predictors, odd ball things people think works. here's the world series rule, if the american league wins the world series , the republican league wins the election. if the national league wins the championship, the democrat will prevail. the san francisco giants won, so according to that little bit means obama wins.
>> right. and the redskins rule is if the washington redskins win their last home win the incumbent takes the white house . it's been accurate 17 out of the last 18 elections. the redskins lost to the carolina panthers , so the winner is romney .
>> here's the only way to really tell who's going to win the election.
>> it's always in the nuts.
>> it's about noke, a squirrel from charleston, south carolina . he predicts who's going to be the president by whose nuts he ends up eating. there's a bowl of nuts for romney --
>> thank you for clearing that up.
>> so what nuts did noke eat?
>> he ate nine peanuts from the romney bowl and only five from the obama bowl. let's see if noke is right. who knows. you know who knows? that's it. that's who knows. all the pundits are all over the map. everybody's way to victory to the 270 electoral. let's talk about that. now that we're on the subject and we're not going to reveal who we're supporting. you don't need anymore agony in your life. we were talking this morning in the make-up room about how regardless of who wins or loses, it seems to me we have lost something very, very powerful by not letting every american feel like their vote counts somehow. i understand the need for the electoral college when our founding fathers were putting together, you know, the plan. they were brilliant, brilliant men, but in today's world, it seems to me that it's so exclusive. add up, let everybody's vote count exactly the same. and while we are on that, why do we get -- do you agree with that, by the way?
>> here's the deal, you do feel in a lot of states it doesn't matter because your state is going a certain way, therefore, what's the point. i like the idea of everyone voting. i don't think you can complain unless you vote. i just think inside it's an important thing. i do think it seems a little old fashioned. a lot of things seem old fashioned. last night it was 5:00 and it's dark.
>> i know. who made that great idea?
>> think about that concept. i get it, farmers back in the day, but now all our entire nation, except indiana or something --
>> arizona or something.
>> something, they turn the clocks. imagine if you were living across the world and look at us, oh, this is the day all the people in america change their clocks in the airports and everyone falls back an hour. we're messing with the clocks. i think now we can leave that alone. the sunny one, the one we like, where it's lighter later.
>> that's right.
>> i care about it a lot.
>> why do we always have the election the first tuesday in november?
>> well, there are some reasons. there are some facts about that.
>> hoda is going to wait until they come up.
>> it's the harvest and farmers again.
>> farmers are ruing our lyes. when farmers were least needed was after the harvest. couldn't be monday, because it usually took them a day to get to a polling place .
>> okay. so they put it on a tuesday. couldn't be wednesday, because they have market day, market day.
>> sunday was the sabbath.
>> people back then cared about going to church, which leaves thirsty thursday, everyone wants to get drunk by then.
>> let's talk about booze day tuesday for a minute. it is booze day tuesday in addition to being election day . not everyone can celebrate booze day tuesday.
>> we're in solidarity right now with south carolina and kentucky.
>> you're out of luck, you can't have this. here's the rule. 80 years after prohibition's repeal, those were the only two that banned alcohol in restaurants and bars on election day .
>> you can buy your vote with drinks.
>> still could. maybe we should follow kentucky and south carolina into this thing.
>> anyway, they can't celebrate. i heard a rumor about that.
>> all righty.
>>> anyway, here's our booze day tuesday drink.
>> scott conint, who's on later in our show. am i pronouncing our guest right?
>> i think so.
>> it's got gin. i don't want to get my tongue blue.
>> do it.
>> quite the punch. i forgot who i voted for.
>>> sara is over at democracy plaza.
>> this is a big deal we have outside.
>> we want more of you to know about it, it's cool.
>> hi, sara .
>> there's so much fun stuff going on out here. you can get your picture taken in the oval office or white house press briefing room. there's some caricature artists that can draw your pictures. they made this fourth hour and i made some corrections. everyone knows that's chardonnay. but also you can do a mock nbc news report, all the festivities are here until 8:00 p.m . tonight. they are expecting thousands to watch the election coverage on the big screen , so if you haven't been here, come out and see what's going on here at rockefeller plaza .
>> can we see that picture one more time, sara , i don't know if you can hear us.
>> can you shoot us here?
>> widen out, i'm scared.
>> oh, my god! do i look like that, seriously?
>> a little.
>> no, hoda, you do not.
>> only in a fifth wind.
>> what are you -- you're making it worse.