Credit where it's due at Portsmouth
The more observant amongst you will have noticed there is a very important vote, of historic importance, on Thursday.
After months of speculation, weeks of debate and days of frenzied, last-minute number-crunching, the wait is finally over: Portsmouth's creditors will gather at Fratton Park to decide what happens next to the first Premier League club to enter administration.
I promise, that's it for General Election references.
That's the thing about polling day - it's almost politics-free and therefore a bad day to bury bad news. This makes me think Portsmouth's administrator Andrew Andronikou (the only accountant in the country who signs autographs) isn't quite as media savvy as he imagines he is.
Andrew Andronikou revealed the club had debts of almost £120m. Photo: PA.
So having established the fact that Thursday's creditors' meeting will not go unnoticed, I should probably explain who will be at this meeting, what they will be deciding and how I got in.
The first thing to say is, apart from me, a BBC colleague and Andronikou, I cannot say for sure at this stage (shortly before midnight on Wednesday) who else will show up in Pompey's Victory Lounge.
It might be a bad day to bury bad news but it is still a long way to come for the majority on the invite list, particularly as most of them will know they have no chance of influencing the process or of seeing anything like what they are owed by the FA Cup finalists.
The club has 400 or so "trade creditors": butchers, bakers, candlestick-makers, small charities, local schools, you know, everyday firms and people who can ill afford to be stiffed for services supplied in good faith.
The good news for this disparate group is they are "only" owed £4.4m of a debt mountain that now surpasses £120m. Many of the firms I have spoken to in recent weeks have already written off their Pompey losses (which doesn't mean it didn't hurt, though).
The bad news is that decisions on insolvency matters are not made on the one man, one vote principle. They are made by block votes, proportionate to the amounts owed.
So a company like Auto Windscreens may well be big enough to look after itself in a scrap over an unpaid bill but it is unlikely to bother for £52.18, a sum that equates to 0.0000005% of the vote in Pompey's poll.
I'm sure a few trade creditors will come along out of curiosity or because they are Portsmouth fans and have a few questions they would like answered ("Can we have our club back?") but far more likely to attend are those owed serious amounts of money.
Foremost among this group are the quartet of geniuses who have owned this much-loved club at some point this season: step forward (or send your representatives), Sacha Gaydamak, Sulaiman Al-Fahim, Ali Al-Faraj and the man in possession of the club when the music stopped, Balram Chainrai.
Much has been said and written about the relative merits of their regimes so I will spend no more time on doing it again here.
Suffice it to say they are owed more than £50m between them and will, therefore, have a big say in what happens next.
The debts claimed by Gaydamak, Al-Fahim and Al-Faraj are all unsecured, which means they are not backed by tangible assets. This puts them in the same bracket as the unfortunate trade creditors - ie at the back of the queue for whatever pay-out Andronikou can manufacture from Pompey's forthcoming parachute payments and player clear-out.
Ahead of them in this queue will be Chainrai, who secured his loans against the club and the stadium, and all football-related creditors. The former will have UK company law to thank for getting his money back in full, while the latter group is backed by football's increasingly hard-to-justify insolvency rules.
The prospect of Chelsea or Spurs, or a host of millionaire players and former players, being paid in full while others have to accept a fraction of what they are owed is not a healthy one for the game. It also tarnishes that FA Cup fairytale a tad.
Returning to the nitty-gritty of Thursday's meeting, it is important to highlight just how important Gaydamak remains. Sympathy is in short supply for the former owner but he is the most important of the club's unsecured creditors as his £31.5m translates into more than a third of the voting rights.
This brings us to what will be decided on Thursday. The creditors will not, as I have heard in some quarters, be voting on a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA). Not yet, anyway.
What the creditors are being asked for now is a mandate for Andronikou, and his colleagues at UHY Hacker Young, to draft a CVA proposal. Or more accurately, proceed with the CVA proposal they have already started on.
This CVA, the insolvency procedure by which Pompey will emerge from the doldrums of administration, will then be sent to the creditors for their perusal and another meeting will be called later this month, or early next month, to vote yea or nay on its details. The key one being the amount in the pound each unsecured creditor can expect to receive over the next five years or so.
So it's a green light Andronikou wants on Thursday, the big referendum on his preferred route comes later. Given the fact a CVA needs the support of 75% of the unsecured creditors, it is easy to see Gaydamak's significance.
Some creditors might wonder why this mandate stage is necessary at all, particularly when they read that administration is costing the club nearly £180,000 a month in fees - money that could be going on debt repayment. Wouldn't it make more sense to get the draft CVA out there (after all, everybody knows it's coming) and then call one meeting to vote on it, not two?
The answer to this is yes and no. It would be cheaper and quicker to proceed straight to a vote on the CVA, which everybody is expecting to offer between 20-25p in the pound, but there is some logic to doing this in two stages.
By getting approval for the principle of a CVA first, Andronikou is signalling the direction he is taking the club but also guarding himself against any possible criticism or legal action should his CVA proposal be blocked.
This seems unlikely now, as the only likely blocker in this case is Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The taxman is owed £17.1m by Portsmouth and can usually be counted upon to vote against any agreement, a CVA for example, that will result in the public purse losing out.
But HMRC's ability to block a Pompey CVA has disappeared in recent weeks as the overall debt total has risen, reducing the taxman's share of the votes. It remains to be seen if this apparent coincidence will neutralise HMRC's sting but if Gaydamak's votes came back into play, for whatever reason, Andronikou will be pleased he took the time to ask for permission to draw up a CVA that may get rejected.
I know I promised I would reveal how I got a ticket to this particular party but there's only so much insolvency chat any sane person can take after midnight so I'm going to save that story for Thursday's blog from Fratton Park.
In the meantime, I will endeavour to tweet updates and anecdotes from the voting booth, so please let me know if there is anything you want in particular. Just don't ask me for Andronikou's autograph.