And ... we're off! The first in-person votes of the 2016 presidential election are in, from Dixville Notch, N.H., by custom the "first in the nation" to cast ballots. The votes, customarily cast beginning at midnight East Coast time, may or may not be a bellwether of what's to come. But if nothing else, it's a moment of civic tranquility before the real madness begins, hours from now.
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A veteran journalist, producer and blogger, Michael Eric Ross is a contributing editor at TheWrap, a major online source of entertainment news and analysis, based in Los Angeles. He writes frequently on the arts, politics, race and ethnicity, and pop culture. A graduate of the University of Colorado Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, he's worked as a reporter, editor and critic at several newspapers and websites, including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, MSN, Current and NBCNews.com. He was formerly an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, PopMatters, Salon, The Root, seattlepi.com, NPR.com, theGrio, BuzzFeed, TheWrap, The Swamp and other publications. Author of the novel Flagpole Days (2003); and essay collections Interesting Times (2004) and American Bandwidth (2009), he contributed to the anthologies MultiAmerica (edited by Ishmael Reed, 1997) and Soul Food (2000). He publishes The Omnibus at Medium.com.