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There's a funny tradition in Georgetown Delaware.  It's called Return Day.  Here is the description of Return Day from it's very own website:

Although the date of the first RETURN DAY in Georgetown is uncertain, it could have been as early as 1792. The State Law in 1791 removing the County seat from Lewes along the Coast to the a more geographically centered site, later named Georgetown, required all votes to be cast in the new County Seat on election day.

The same voters would "return" two days later to hear the results - hence the name RETURN DAY.

In 1811, voting districts in the individual hundreds were established, but the Board of Canvassers presided over by the Sheriff would still meet two days later in Georgetown to announce the final tally.

Ever since, Georgetown continues to celebrate Return Day 2 days after an election.  Even now, when votes are tallied electronically and the results are in long before two days after the election.

Return Day

Joe Biden is a part of the "Georgetown crowd".  No, not the Georgetown crowd that John McCain vilified in his campaign speeches.  Georgetown Delaware, a very small, rural town in lower Delaware.   Joe Biden has attended every Return Day in his 36 year tenure as a U.S. Senator.  But this year, there was speculation that he might not attend, because he is no longer just "Our Joe, the Senator from Delaware".  This year, he something much bigger.  He is the Vice President elect in a truly historic administration.  This year, Joe just walked off that historic stage in Grant Park after being greeted by hundreds of thousands, and watched by billions on TV.  Would Joe return to Return Day this year after becoming such an important international figure?





Photos courtesy of the Delaware News Journal website.  Here's the article in the Delaware paper:

News Journal Article

Joe Biden, shaking hands, giving hugs, taking a carriage ride, all a part of Delaware tradition.  Be sure to check out the photos in the article and in the photo stream links.

Originally posted to NowAndZen on Fri Nov 07, 2008 at 08:17 AM PST.

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