Francis Heaney's "Silent Partners" is 4/5 difficulty.
We send this today, rather than tonight, as an offering of distraction, however brief. Francis hopes the puzzle provides a pleasant break from thinking about today's election -- which he has been thinking about obsessively himself for four years now, as perhaps have you -- but he also hopes you vote (unless you are voting for a fascist, in which case, why are you even subscribing to this liberal e-rag?) and, if you can, encourage some swing state residents to vote too. There's still plenty of time! Power to the people, y'all.