Election Night (Episode 407)
First Aired: Wednesday, 6th November, 2002
Story: Aaron Sorkin
Director: Lesli Glatter











Pumpkin Patch, Is There Anything I Can Do To Get You To Go To The Movies For Eight Hours?
Bullpen / Corridors of the West Wing. Josh paces around, talking to himself, while Donna studiously ignores him.

JOSH: Nothing's happening right now ... By the end of the night, a hundred million votes will be cast .... Polls have been open in the east for six-and-a-half hours--you know how many votes have been cast? One percent. Everybody votes after work. Not me. I vote first thing. (Donna walks past but totally ignores him) The VNS exit polls are down in Michigan for a little while .... and it's raining in Oregon. (Donna sighs, and continues to ignore him as she sorts through various phone messages, folders and pieces of paper) This is like the ionization blackout period.
DONNA: Pumpkin patch, is there anything I can do to get you to go to the movies for eight hours?
JOSH: Senior staff.
DONNA: Yeah. But can you do me a favour?
JOSH: What do you need?
DONNA: This is a photocopy of my absentee ballot. I was hoping the President could sign it and I would have it framed.
JOSH: Yeah.
DONNA: You know, the President's the first winner I voted for.
JOSH: Is this a joke?
DONNA: It's not hard to believe that--
JOSH: No ... I mean this.
DONNA: What are you talking about?
JOSH: Toby already did the thing this morning with the invalid ballots.
DONNA: My ballot's invalid?
JOSH: This isn't a joke?
DONNA: It's invalid?
JOSH: You voted for Ritchie!
DONNA: Where?
JOSH: Here!
DONNA: Oh, my God.
JOSH: Yeah, your picking the winners streak is probably over.
DONNA: No, no, no, no, no, no--it's--it's an optical scan ballot. I--I drew a line through the Democratic ticket!
JOSH: Almost. That's almost what you did. What you did, was draw a line through the Republican ticket. You didn't ticket split--you voted for every Republican in Wisconsin. I would check, you may have voted for McCarthy.
DONNA: Okay. I'm going to rectify this.
JOSH: How?
DONNA: I don't know, but my vote's going to be counted.
JOSH: It will be counted.
DONNA: (whispers) I--I--I don't want it counted!
JOSH: I'm going in. Do you still want me to--
DONNA: Give me that!








And You Think It's Going To Take About 20 Minutes?
Corridors of the West Wing. Josh comes out of Debbie Fiderer's office as Donna walks by, coat on.

DONNA: I'm going out for about 20 minutes.
JOSH: Where are you going?
DONNA: There's a polling place three blocks from here. I'm going to find someone who will swap votes.
JOSH: I'm sorry?
DONNA: I'm going to find a Ritchie supporter who will vote for the President to offset my absentee ballot.
JOSH: Really.
DONNA: It's election day. There's nothing to do--I'm doing this.
JOSH: And you think it's going to take about 20 minutes?
DONNA: Yeah, I'll be right back.
JOSH: You bet.




Many thanks to The West Wing Collection for the wonderful screencaps!