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Monday, November 05, 2012

Election Day

Need to get that ballot in?  Here's a link to the ballot drop-off points.   From King County Elections:

Return your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service using a first class stamp or at a ballot drop box or ballot drop-off van (temporary collection point). The deadline to return ballots is Election Day; ballots must be postmarked by Election Day or in a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. 

Interesting info from our friends at The Stranger Slog about election results:

 Enter numbers whiz Matt Barreto of the nonpartisan Washington Poll, who is promising to take tomorrow's 8:15 p.m. vote count announcement from King County (which will be King County's only vote count announcement of the night, and only a partial count at that); and then combine King County's results with the results from all the other counties (which should be closer to final counts, hopefully); and then run all those numbers through some fancy mathematical procedures; and then issue a projection in certain statewide races around 9 p.m. or so.

Of course, we live in a state with a postmark of Election Day (not has to be there on Election Day) so any race that is close could be a nailbiter.  We all recall the Rossi-Gregoire election as well as the Peaslee-Maier election so it can happen and could play out over a number of days.  

What could also be fascinating (in a horrible way) is if one Presidential candidate wins the Electoral College and the other wins the popular vote.   Here's a few good Q&As from the U.S. Electoral College website:

What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 Electoral votes?
If no candidate receives a majority of Electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most Electoral votes. Each state delegation has one vote. The Senate would elect the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates with the most Electoral votes. Each Senator would cast one vote for Vice President. If the House of Representatives fails to elect a President by Inauguration Day, the Vice-President Elect serves as acting President until the deadlock is resolved in the House. 

How many times has the Vice President been chosen by the U.S. Senate?
Once. In the Presidential election of 1836, the election for Vice President was decided in the Senate. Martin Van Buren’s running mate, Richard M. Johnson, fell one vote short of a majority in the Electoral College. Vice Presidential candidates Francis Granger and Johnson had a “run-off” in the Senate under the 12th Amendment, where Johnson was elected 33 votes to 17.
So you could have Obama as President and Ryan as Vice-President.  That would be very funny...for about five minutes.

Where will you be Election Night?  

3 comments:

Patrick said...

As long as you're looking at Electoral College history, note the presidential election of 1873, when it was thrown into the house, and the house reversed the popular vote.

It would be miserable to have a vice president from a different party as the president. They really should have fixed that at the same time they changed the usual case presidential elections to be a slate along with the vice president.

dorainseattle said...

Where will I be on Election Night? At home uncorking my wine box of 2012 Pinot Grigio.

What a year.

mirmac1 said...

Attended a morning chat with our principal at Madison MS (part of the "connectedness" initiative). Nice, easy format for conversation.

I was so pleased to see the Humanities classes file into the library and go up to the (fake, cardboard) voting booths and cast their vote. (Too bad this example is now archaic). What an important thing to teach our kids. I love our school!