During (almost) all life, the electoral expectation really only started to take shape with the end of the voting day, as the circle of time closed and forced the polls to close. It was a sign that you were getting into what really mattered. Voters had already made their choices by exercising their vote, and that was the election night. Without forgetting that 60-minute wait that separated the Mainland and Madeira from the time of the Azores. Not a line, word or image about results and trends. In the middle of the Atlantic people were still voting.
At 8:00 pm, the first projections, the first results of small and sparsely populated electoral circles, the name of the first elected representatives jumped. All of this was (and fortunately is) part of a ritual, first civic, to accompany the birth of democracy, later transformed into an obligation by professional choice.
The search for curiosities … who won in the parish with the smallest and largest number of voters, in the smallest and largest municipality, the first district to close, the candidate who won in the opponent’s home land, etc. In parallel, there were official tables showing the results already known and the first political statements of the night, from the headquarters of candidacies.
It cannot be denied that the expectation of the result is still present in the spirit of those who follow and value these political and social events …
This comes with regard to the US presidential elections yesterday, Tuesday. How different it is to “look” at elections from a distance and in the light of another day. Weird. Voters still lining up to vote but, from a distance, seen from here, from the light of another day.
It cannot be denied that the expectation of the result is still present in the spirit of those who follow and value these political and social events … but talking about an election day has nothing to do with life experience at all. Yes, there is an election and everything that it represents in terms of values and principles, but it is something like that for the tasteless.
Miss the election nights!
*Executive Editor of Plataforma
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