From the daily archives: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Earlier this morning, Dave Wasserman, the U.S. House editor of the Cook Political Report, posted this chart on the absentee (mail) vote in Ohio.  It was quickly seized up by conservatives looking for a glimmer of light for Romney in Ohio.  The chart splits the counties by which ones were carried by Kerry/Obama, Bush/Obama, and then Bush/McCain.  First, it is widely recognized that one of John McCain’s dumbest mistakes, beyond picking Sarah Palin to be his running mate, was to not focus on building the early vote, but Obama did.  Second, there are only twenty-two “Obama” counties- a quarter […]

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2012 Election Night Live Blog

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Keep this post open for live updates tonight as we live blog the election.  The page will be updated with time stamped entries and will update automatically.  No need to refresh.


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Wondering when you need to be at that big election-watching party tonight and not miss the national networks calling the election for Obama? Here’s what you need to know:

First, let’s assume that there are 12 battleground states — and that is being rather generous to Mitt Romney. Let’s say the others go as expected (e.g. Idaho for Romney and California for Obama). That gives Obama and Romney a baseline of 191 electoral votes each. Here’s the states and the number of electoral votes at stake throughout the evening tonight:

7 p.m. (all times Eastern)

Virginia – 13 electoral votes […]

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A number of readers have asked about observers at the polls and what they can and can’t do. As we often do, we asked a lawyer. The response below provides a pretty good overview.

The take away is: observers can not interact or interfere with you or the poll workers in any way. So get out there and vote now!

The relevant revised code provision regarding observers is 3505.21. This provides in part:

Upon the filing of a certificate, the person named as observer in the
certificate shall be permitted to be in and about the polling place […]

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