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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Election Night

I have my safety cartoon done for tomorrow's page (the 3AM phone call, below), so I came to the office midafternoon to begin the hurry-up-and-wait ritual of election night at the newspaper. Returns won't be announced until the polls close at 7:30 and it's unlikely we'll have any sort of drawable conclusions by my 10PM deadline, but it's fun to get the adrenalin pumping by hanging around the swirl of activity in the newsroom and hoping to draw something live and fresh for tomorrow's paper. And hey, free pizza.

My daughter and I were the first two voters at our precinct this morning. It was Chelsea's first time voting and she'll always remember that she got ballot #001 in her first election. The ballot itself was anticlimactic -- after marking our presidential preferences there was only one contested race on the rest of our ballot (between two people we'd never heard of), and then the zoo levy on the back. The poor poll worker's team hadn't arrived yet, so he fumbled through the process alone. My daughter probably has a pretty distorted sense of democracy in action after this one.

Nonetheless, I find voting exhilarating for reasons I can't explain. And voting with my daughter ranks right up there with watching her find her balance on her first bike. She's confident and passionate now and knows the candidates and issues as well as most people I know. I've raised two thoughtful voters now, and I feel just that much better about the future of our country.

I'll be blogging and posting sketches here throughout the evening if you care to tune in.


at 3/4/08, 5:13 PM Blogger Wettengel said...

My 5 and 3 yr olds went with me to the polls today. They could not vote of course but made one final lobby for the Zoo levy. How could I not vote for it seeing that they also made a homemade sign that is proudly displayed in our front window.

at 3/4/08, 5:47 PM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Voting against the zoo levy would be like throwing a puppy off a cliff. Un-American.

at 3/4/08, 6:54 PM Blogger who2 said...

Hey, first vote, how exciting. I was even excited about absentee balloting this year. I started at 18 and after 50 years I still relish the experience. Thanks for witnessing from the office. I'll be looking at the BOE site and here.


at 3/4/08, 11:16 PM Blogger Louann and Bari said...

Of all your sketches tonight, I like this one the best. No matter how,who, or why we voted today-this speaks OHIO.

at 3/5/08, 10:45 AM Blogger Schottzie03 said...

I see a day where there will be a puppy cliff throwing measure on the ballot in Hamilton county.

Then the anti-puppy-off-a-cliff throwers will put another measure on the ballot to confuse the first one.

People will vote no on both, and the whole thing will go to court, and until it gets settled, people will just have to go to Butler County to throw puppies off cliffs, and knuckleheads will come to your blog and roast you because you never draw any cartoons about how Bill Clinton threw a puppy off of a cliff while he was at Oxford. could have been a lot worse for your daughters first exposure to the democratic process!

at 3/8/08, 7:00 PM Anonymous Craig said...

Watch out, Jim...if the majority Republicans in this county get whiff that you're dissing our troops, even for tossing puppies off cliffs (they'll ask how you know the puppy wasn't a threat to US security), you'll be branded a troop-hatin', Jane Fonda-lovin', USA-bashin', good-fur-nothin' liberal. And you just can't have that hanging over your head, now, could you? I mean, where would you go (other than all those places called cities, where most Americans live)? What would you do (other than mock American politics)?

Seriously...I'm just looking out for you on this one.

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