A Day For the Voters to Speak

The campaign rallies are done. Until much later tonight when they’ll give their victory and concession speeches, the candidates are silent. Today is the day for voters to speak.

Regardless of the outcome, this is a day that the new “silent majority” will be heard. That’s probably why a secret Facebook group I was invited to join a few days ago has gone public with this article by Abby Ohlheiser.

The idea was to get a bunch of Hillary Clinton supporters to wear pantsuits to the polls on Nov. 8. But “Pantsuit Nation” has become something more than that. In just 17 days of existence, the “secret” Facebook group has become the sudden online home of passionate Clinton enthusiasts. Yes, they exist, and so far, there are more than 1.9 million people in the invite-only space.

“There’s an awakening that’s happening with each new member — ‘Wow! I’m not alone,’ ” said Libby Chamberlain, the 33-year-old founder of the Facebook group, who lives in Maine with her husband and two small children. “There’s this understanding that something special is happening.”…

Pantsuit Nation remains “secret” on Facebook — to join, one of your Facebook friends has to invite you — but its existence has become a very public counternarrative to the popular assumption that Clinton lacks genuine, passionate supporters outside the campaign machine who are voting for Clinton, instead of just against the other candidate.

There is also an #ObamaDay meme going on.

Need an Election Day boost? April Reign—the mastermind behind the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag campaign—decided that today is the perfect time to remember why so many people enjoyed having President Barack Obama and his family in the White House.

Voters are paying their respects to one of the women who made today possible.

And some are having fun (gasp!)

But mostly, they’re just ordinary people doing things like this:

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.