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Happy election day!

Jenna Johnson

It's election day. And depending on which side of the aisle you fall, it's a day that could end with you celebrating with friends or quietly crying into your beer.

Here are some patriotic ideas for how to spend the day....

1. VOTE! Seriously. Right now. Go do it. (Facebook can help you find your polling place.)

2. Update your Facebook status to tell all of your friends that you voted today. Then post a photo of your sweet "I voted today!" sticker. Then tweet the news. Then use social media to peer pressure your friends to go vote. (And then, if you happen to suddenly lose a massive number of friends and followers, read this study to find out why.)

3. Make your midterm predictions. Will Democrats keep the Senate? Will Republicans take the House? (OMG, this is totally just like a nerdy, wonky March Madness!) Want to steal someone else's best guesses? The Post's Outlook section put together a panel of political experts who shared their predictions.

4. Invite everyone on your dorm floor to your room to watch the elections returns. Feeling festive? Then decorate the place with print-outs of candidates' faces and track everyone's predictions on a white board. Serve Tea Party iced tea, recession Ramen, Sanity salsa and chips, and whatever else is in your mini-fridge and can be tied to a 2010 buzz word.

5. Crash a political science class and listen to the discussion. It depends on the professor, but today should be the most exciting day of the semester.

6. Host a political-themed movie marathon. Some suggested titles: Election, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, All the President's Men, The American President, Legally Blonde 2, The Manchurian Candidate, or The Candidate. Or just watch any season of the West Wing.

7. Still aren't tired of watching campaign ads? Then watch even more on YouTube. Here are some of the more interesting ones I have seen lately:

Michigan gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder's "One Tough Nerd"
Colorado gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper explains his disgust for negative ads by hopping in the shower fully clothed in "Shower"
Sen. Chuck Grassley explains Twitter to Iowa voters
In Kentucky, Senate candidate Jack Conway questioned some aspects of opponent Rand Paul's college frat days in "Why?"
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is running a write-in campaign, so she ran an ad to teach voters how to spell her name, "Spelling Bee"

8. Create your own ad parody! Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has been getting a lot of criticism for her ad that explains that she is not a witch. Instead, she tells voters: "I'm You." This has inspired several parodies.

9. Hang out in a college newspaper (or blog or magazine) newsroom and feast on cold pizza until the early hours of morning.

10. Share your election day ideas in the comments.

Campus Overload is a daily must-read for all college students. Make sure to bookmark http://washingtonpost.com/campus-overload. You can also follow me on Twitter and fan Campus Overload on Facebook.

By Jenna Johnson  | November 2, 2010; 9:10 AM ET
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