2012 Elections

Initiative 502
9:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Marijuana legalization initiative becomes law in Washington

At right, Alison Holcomb, one of the lead organizers for I-502, checks result at the pro-I-502 party in Seattle.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Washington voters have made their state the first in the nation to legalize recreational pot use, setting up a showdown with a federal government that backs the drug's prohibition.

Update: Colorado also passed a law making possession of up to an ounce legal. That state will also allow individuals to grow six marijuana plants. Oregon's pot legalization effort failed.

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2012 Elections
5:47 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term

President Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night in Chicago.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:58 am

Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.

"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president.

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2012 Elections
4:54 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Excuses, excuses: Seattle's last-minute voters explain why they waited

20-year-old Seattle voter Tajanna Stinn says she's excited to be voting for the first time, but needed time to decide how to vote on the initiative that would allow charter schools in Washington. She hand-delivered her ballot to the drop box in Ballard.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

This election is the first one in which Washington voters can only vote by mail. For those who are running late or want to save a stamp, there are official drop boxes, which are staffed by elections workers. They’re open till 8pm tonight. King County has eight locations.

KPLU  went to the one outside the public library in Ballard, to find out why voters there waited till the very last few hours to get their ballots in.

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2012 Elections
4:51 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Exit poll: Wash. state voters focus on economy

A look at preliminary results from exit polling in Washington state conducted by Edison Media Research for The Associated Press and television networks:

ECONOMY: Washington voters were focused on the economy with a majority calling it the top problem facing the country — though more voters say it's on the mend than think it's getting worse. Just over 1 in 5 say the economy is now excellent or good.

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NPR live blog
3:40 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

We'll Be Live Blogging Tonight

Voting in Los Angeles today.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 9:42 pm

Here's the plan for our Election Night coverage:

-- Starting between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., we'll be live-blogging. Not here in The Two-Way, but right on the homefront of NPR.org and on our "Election Night 2012" results page. If all goes as planned, our updates should flow on to your screen automatically.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Obama, Romney sugar cookies sell briskly

Even the Obama display cookie got sold
Ashley Gross KPLU

People in Seattle City Hall live and breathe politics. For the past few months, they’ve also been able to eat politics. Obama and Romney sugar cookies have been selling well at the City Grind Espresso stand at Seattle City Hall, although owner Jon Streeter says there hasn't been quite the same hype as in 2008.

"They've been steady, and I think there are more places to get them, so I think overall they're probably  selling as well, but for us they're not nearly the big deal they were four years ago," Streeter said.

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2012 Elections
11:24 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Burglary at Democrat Party HQ in Seattle

Police are investigating an overnight burglary at the Seattle headquarters of the state Democrat Party.

Spokesman Mark Jamieson says it was reported at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday by someone arriving for work.

He says there's no immediate indication of a political motivation. He says it's a burglary in a building that happens to house campaign folks.

State Democrats Communications Director Benton Strong says the building at 901 Rainier Ave. S. also serves as an office for Organizing for America and Jay Inslee for Washington.

2012 Elections
10:48 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Countdown: First round of elections numbers due Tuesday night

The first big wave of results for elections in Washington state are expected at about 8:15 pm. Here's a countdown clock set for that time.

2012 elections
10:46 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting Issues: Long Lines In Florida, Confusion In New Jersey

Voters line up to cast a ballot in Crawfordville, Fla.
Mark Wallheiser Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 1:18 pm

As the voting day has progressed, we've seen some reports of irregularities.. Throughout the day, we'll be surveying our reporters and other news organizations and keep track of significant irregularities in this post.

So far, the big problem has been long lines. Some voters have had to wait hours in line to cast their ballot in battleground states like Florida and Virginia and those affected by Superstorm Sandy like New York.

We'll start with Florida:

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Politics
8:33 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Do you miss voting in person?

Voting in Boise, Idaho, in 2008.
Big Dubya Flickr

This is the first presidential election in which no one in Washington is voting in a voting booth. Lots of people prefer voting by mail – it’s convenient, they don’t have to rush from work to get to the polls before they close. But in downtown Seattle, KPLU found lots of people who wax nostalgic for the good old days of voting in person - among them, Terri Vail, Antonio Hicks, Brad Bloomquist, and Peter Orange.

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2012 elections
5:32 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Alleged Oregon Ballot Tampering Has Statewide Implications

An alleged case of ballot tampering has come up in Clackamas County, Ore. Photo by drwhimsy via Flickr

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 5:25 pm

An alleged case of ballot tampering in Oregon’s Clackamas County has implications for races statewide. Officials say a volunteer elections worker is suspected of marking votes for Republicans in races a voter had left blank.

Clackamas County is considered a key swing area in statewide races in Oregon. It's also home to several hotly contested legislative districts that could determine the balance of power in the Oregon House.

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2012 Elections
4:01 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Live Blog: Battleground

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 11:11 am

**Refresh this page often for the latest updates.**

A quick head's up on what this is. The Battleground is an aggregation of NPR member stations' content produced during election night. It's curated by the staff at NPR Digital Services, including Eric Athas, Teresa Gorman, Will Snyder, Kim Perry and Erin Teare Martin. The list of participating stations and states is posted at the bottom.

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2012 Elections
3:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

On Election Eve, Obama And Romney Try Blazing A Path To 270

A citizen votes on a paper ballot during the final day of early voting Monday in Lancaster, Ohio.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 6:44 pm

(Revised at 5:46 pm ET)

On the final day of the 2012 campaign for the White House, President Obama and Mitt Romney are making the last push for votes in states each believes critical to achieving the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.

Obama was scheduled to campaign in three swing states, while Romney had events planned in four. The only overlap was in Ohio, considered the linchpin of the election.

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2012 Elections
3:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Election Guides? We've Got 'Em

In Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, folks lined up to cast early ballots.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:19 am

As Eyder said earlier, "it's almost over."

The campaign, that is.

But if you haven't had enough of it all yet, here's are three places to go if you're looking for tips on what to watch for and when to watch for it.

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