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Election Night Plans for the News Tribune’s Political Buzz

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
November 8, 2011 4:13 pm

I’ll be blogging throughout the evening with help from our reporters and, once again, a crew of students from Pacific Lutheran University.

We’ll have writers and photographers at the Pierce County voting center, the Seattle election-night parties for the liquor and tolling initiatives and at some results-watching events around the Tacoma area. The Tacoma firefighters hall will host those hoping the county 911 tax hike passes. The backers of Tacoma’s Prop. 1 on marijuana enforcement will gather at a dispensary in Nalley Valley.

I’ll also be Tweeting @CallaghanPeter and the News Tribune will retweet the highlights @TheNewsTribune.

Election night was once a long slog but now it’s a sprint. Pierce County will do its big release of results at 8:15 and then a smaller release at 9:30 based on ballots from the collection centers. King County does one dump of results only – at 8:15. Most smaller counties will follow a similar pattern.

That’s the good news. The results tonight will likely be inconclusively in any close election because large percentages of valid ballots won’t even arrive until Wednesday and beyond. Expect, therefore, the complaints about slowness and the need to change state law so ballots must ARRIVE on Election Day and not simply be postmarked Nov. 8.

In the meantime I’ll keep an eye on the wires for some national stuff that is interesting. Ohio voters are being asked to repeal some legislation that restricts public sector union bargaining. Mississippi has a measure declaring all human embryos as persons, making all abortions and some birth control methods illegal. Georgia will decide whether liquor can be sold on Sundays. Arizona will decide whether to recall a lawmakers central to the state’s immigration laws and Oregon will decide who to put in the Congressional seat vacated by David Wu.

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