Politics

  1. I didn’t run to make history, I ran to make a difference,”

    - Rep. Tammy Baldwin after defeating former Gov. Tommy Thompson and becoming the first openly lesbian woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
  2. Voters in Milwaukee are currently waiting up to two and a half hours to cast their ballots. With just a few hours until polls close, the ballots being cast in Wisconsin right now have the potential to decide the election.

    Voters in Milwaukee are currently waiting up to two and a half hours to cast their ballots. With just a few hours until polls close, the ballots being cast in Wisconsin right now have the potential to decide the election.

  3. Some precincts saw much shorter lines on election day thanks to the popularity of early voting and absentee ballots. But with the increase in early voters, the question has been raised: Does a vote still count if the voter dies before election day?

    According to this article from the Plain Dealer, the answer is yes.

    Ohio law has never dealt with the situation specifically, but after receiving the inquiry, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office issued a ruling.

    Laws differ from state to state, however. Previously, the vote of a South-Dakota woman who voted for Hilary Clinton in the Democratic Primary was nullified as she died before the day of the actual Primary. In a similar case, President Obama’s late grandmother cast her absentee ballot for her grandson in Hawaii, where her ballot was still counted after her death.

    cleveland.com »

  4. Photos by Amber-Lynn Taber for the Commonwealth Times

    Reporters from BBC London look for Richmond voters to help them with coverage of today’s election.

    As if Virginians haven’t been reminded enough of their state’s importance in this election, BBC reporters have been spotted at polling places around the city and will be broadcasting live from Popkin Tavern, a local bar, tonight. 

    Virginia Commonwealth University’s the Commonwealth Times looked into the importance of Virginia earlier this week.

    commonwealthtimes.org »

  5. Former New York Times Editor-In-Chief Bill Keller recently wrote about his visit to Paul Ryan’s alma mater, Miami University:

    This patch of southern Ohio between Cincinnati and Dayton is not the up-for-grabs Ohio you’ve read so much about. This is decided country, where House Speaker John Boehner is running for re-election unopposed, where “Defeat Obama” and “Romney/Ryan” lawn signs glisten in the chilly drizzle.

    Tyler Borchers, a student at Ohio University, gives his take for The 12:

    I’ve read about an up-for-grabs Ohio too — I just haven’t encountered it in the 21 years I’ve lived here. What I see is an Ohio represented in the Senate by one of its most liberal members and a vestige of the Bush administration. The Ohio I know isn’t undecided, moderate or low information, it’s just evenly mixed. My hometown, Troy, is as decidedly conservative as my college town, Athens, is liberal. National media that extrapolate Ohio’s swing status to individual Ohioans severely misunderstand our politics. We aren’t a blank screen on an Etch A Sketch. We’re equal parts New York and Texas.

  6. Get Out The Vote groups are stationed around Temple University’s main campus in Philadelphia

    Photos 1 and 2: Outside of the Howard Gittis Student Center, members of Temple Student Government encourage others to vote with signs to remind the student body it is Election Day.

    At the center of campus, Mario Rico-Meza works with PennPIRG, a non-partisan democratic advocacy group, to help students find their polling places. Rico-Meza said PennPIRG’s voter registration efforts signed up 3,500 Temple students, but the number of U.S.PIRG registrations reaches 1 million nationwide.

  7. It doesn’t affect the swing state’s presidential race, but here’s an odd election-day story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

    Clark County District Judge Rob Bare ruled late Monday the candidacy of Assembly District 9 Democrat Andrew Martin “is not valid,” casting into doubt whether he can take office even if he gets more votes than Republican opponent Kelly Hurst.

    The decision came just hours before Election Day and turned in part on testimony of a private detective hired by Hurst, who recorded Martin recharging his Chevrolet Volt at a house outside the district.

    lvrj.com »

  8. The Miami Herald reports that 4.5 million people voted early in Florida, accounting for 38 percent of voters in the state. The early voter turn out could mean the presidential race will end early in Florida.

    "Democrats have a lead in total ballots cast over Republicans — 167,000 — but polls indicate Republican Mitt Romney is in a better position than President Barack Obama."

    The article also gave early voter data statistics that show Florida has racial divisions that give each campaign had strengths from different groups. The statistics were gathered by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and the Miami Herald. 
    According to the statistics:
    • African-American voters made up more than a quarter of Florida’s early votes, and about 90 percent of those ballots were from Democrats. 
    • Democratic Hispanic voters outnumbered Republican Hispanic voters, and 12 percent casted their votes early in-person. The Herald notes that the population of Puerto Rican voters in Central Florida who tend to have more liberal views are the Democrats’ strength. 
    • Non-Hispanic white voters make up 67 percent of the electorate and are more likely to show up to vote on Election Day in Florida than minorities.

    The Miami Herald also reports Romney is winning in the polls with the Non-Hispanic white vote. Obama will need the support of minority voters to win the state.

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