Anxious About Election Day? So Is Everybody Else

Nervous or exhausted, a bipartisan crop of Americans are planning strategies for Tuesday including sorting Legos and anchoring outside of cellphone reach

Sara and Ken Aiken plan to take their sailboat out into Chesapeake Bay on Monday and return Wednesday or Thursday.

Photo: M. Islas

“Whatever will be, will be,” as Doris Day used to sing.

That’s fine for many people, but what about those who will be quivering wrecks on election night, flung from hope to despair and back by updates from counties with two precincts reporting? How will they make it through the night?

Some have already made their coping plans. Sara and Ken Aiken expect to board their 40-foot Island Packet yacht in Annapolis, Md., Monday and cruise into Chesapeake Bay. “No phones, no television, no political discussion,” says Ms. Aiken, who runs a company that makes pickleball paddles and declines to say which presidential candidate she supports. “Just a nice dinner in a quiet anchorage.”

The Aikens may return to land Wednesday or Thursday. “There will be no decision come Wednesday,” predicts Ms. Aiken, “but I want to be away from watching the news provide clips of the candidates’ bickering, unending theories and speculations as to who is voting and why.”

Sheryl Zohn, a podcast host and television writer in Los Angeles who supports Joe Biden, won’t entirely check out but may resort to calming tasks, such as reorganizing her bookshelves and sorting her son’s Lego blocks by color. If she weakens and checks social media, she will be selective. “ Twitter ’s just an absolute gutter,” she says, while Facebook is less risky because “I’ve curated it down to people who agree with me.”

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