Entries tagged with: Election Night
Maryland made history yesterday as the first state to approve gay marriage at the ballot box. The outcome on Question 6 was notable not just for what it will mean for thousands of gays and lesbians whose relationships will now be recognized as equal to those of their heterosexual peers but for what it says about the state of gay rights in America. There is good reason to believe that yesterday's vote was not just a victory for equality but a turning point.Meanwhile the NY Times reports:
Technically, Maryland appeared to be tied for the first-in-the-nation distinction, as a similar measure was poised for passage in Maine on the same day. Another was on the ballot in Washington. Considering that the electoral record for same-sex marriage up until yesterday was 0 wins and 32 losses, those victories are remarkable. The vote in Maryland in particular is a sign that the growing acceptance for marriage equality is starting to break down old barriers and may portend a rapid shift in the political and legal landscape.
Maine voters approved same-sex marriage in an election night that jubilant gay rights advocates called a historic turning point, the first time ever that marriage for gay men and lesbians has been approved at the ballot box.As of this article, results are still just coming in, so hopefully by Wednesday morning we're saying that four states approved same-sex marriage on ballots in 2012.
While six states plus the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage through court decisions or legislative decisions, voters had rejected it more than 30 times in a row up to now.
Results for the other three states voting on same-sex marriage -- Maryland, Minnesota and Washington -- were still coming in late Tuesday but rights groups said that the victories in Maine, and possibly other states, were an important sign that public opinion is shifting in their direction.
UPDATE:: Minnesotans have sadly defeated the attempt to amend the state's constitution to ban gay marriage,
This election also gave us our first openly gay senator, our first state with marijuana legalization, and our first two-term African-American president. To quote Reggie Watts, "The Mayan prophecy is coming true!!!"
Tammy Baldwin photo via Buzzfeed
An African-American president for a second term; Weed is legal; Same sex marriage passes in more states. And Tammy Baldwin won tonight in Wisconsin - our first openly gay senator! A historical night all around. Seems like a good time for America to take a minute to celebrate...
To quote High Times,
Colorado's Amendment 64, which will regulate marijuana like alcohol and remove civil and criminal penalties for adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, has passed.Wow! And Washington sort of legalizes it! Seattlepi says:
Colorado is the first state to legalize marijuana.
Amendment 64 will also allow adults to grow their own cannabis - up to six plants in an enclosed space.
Washington voters on Tuesday passed Initiative 502 to legalize, regulate and tax sales of small amounts of marijuana to adults, a measure that flies in the face of federal law and policy that still treats possession of cannabis as a crime.As that article also points out, Massachusetts now accepts medical marijuana! Maybe Romney can get a prescription to deal with his defeat tonight by Barack Obama.
A similar measure in Colorado was ahead, and Massachusetts became the 18th state to approve use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Washington, by its vote, became a national pacesetter in the drive to reform drug laws. The reform effort was led by former federal prosecutors, the Seattle City Attorney and an ex-top FBI agent -- all former warrior in the 40-year "War on Drugs."
Oregon also has weed on the ballot, but Measure 80 didn't pass there.
As of 11:21pm, even Fox News is saying it looks like Four More Years for Obama.
both Superchunk & Lee Ranaldo tweeted this pic of D. Boon tonight...
Kirsten Gillibrand has won re-election as New York State's junior senator and President Barack Obama has been declared the winner of New York's 29 electoral votes, according to NY1 projections based on exit polls.P.S. Don't forget Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will both be live on Comedy Central tonight starting at 11pm.
After three years in the U.S. Senate, Gillibrand will serve a full six-year term after her projected victory over Republican challenger Wendy Long.
"Tonight is such an important night for the direction of our country," Gillibrand told supporters in her victory speech. "From the bottom of my heart, I can't thank you enough for the honor and the privilege of serving this state."
Reflecting on the effects of the storm that devastated low-laying areas of New York City this past week, Gillibrand said the damage from Sandy "cuts to the bone." Seeing New Yorkers come together to assist their neighbors in Sandy's aftermath "reaffirms and deepens by core commitment to fight for your family as much as I do my own," she said.
In the presidential race between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, the Associated Press has called New Hampshire and its 4 electoral votes for Obama as of 10:10 p.m.
The AP called Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes for Obama just before 10 p.m. [NY1]
Best Coast just Tweeted the above picture with the message: "Election Day in the studio". Coincidentally, I had just seen them minutes earlier, on Election Day, in my living room...
Questlove voted today...
As you probably know, it's Election Day, November 6th, 2012. Don't slack. Your vote counts, so get out there and cast your ballot (If you're registered and you didn't already do so by now).
Here in NYC and NJ, Hurricane Sandy has thrown a wrench in the polling machinery a bit, but....
Because so many people have been displaced by the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order allowing people to vote in Tuesday's statewide and presidential elections at any polling place in the state. New Jersey had already taken similar measures.Mind you this is only for people located in "federally-declared disaster counties." If you are not in an affected area, you can only vote at your assigned polling station so make sure you know where it is (and note it may be somewhere different this year).
"Just because you are displaced doesn't mean you are disenfranchised," Cuomo said. "Compared to what we have had to deal with in the past week, this will be a walk in the park when it comes to voting." [Pennlive]
For voters still in affected areas in Rockaway, Staten Island and Coney Island, they've also set up shuttles:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has designated MTA buses will run shuttle service on Election Day to carry voters from damaged polling places to alternate sites established by the Board of Election on Staten Island and Coney Island and in the Rockaways. The free Election Day shuttle buses will run in addition to other schedule bus service in the areas.Routes for the "Voter Shuttle" buses can be viewed here.
The buses will be marked by "Voter Shuttle" destination signs, and will run from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to help voters, particularly those displaced by the storm, get to the polling stations.
MTA buses will also be dispatched to carry Board of Election polling station workers from the Queens headquarters in Kew Gardens to their newly assigned polling stations in the three areas. The buses will run in 15 minute intervals.
Fort Greene via @gimmetinnitus
NY1 reports this has not gone entirely smoothly though due to last minute changes not allowing enough time for poll workers to be re-trained, and with long lines at some stations, but it seems to vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, and anyway don't let that hold you back. As mentioned before, NY residents can find their assigned polling station here. For the rest of the country, if you are unsure where your polling station is, Rock the Vote's site is also pretty helpful if yourfuckingpollingplace.com doesn't work out for you.
Afterwards you can gather with a crowd and maybe a drink and watch the results come in. We have a list of NYC establishments throwing parties.
We won't ask who you're voting for (just please don't vote for Waka Flocka Flame). We of course do know who Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen and Will Ferrell are voting for, and The Walkmen pointed out their choice in a picture tweeted earlier today as well, as you can see below...
(drawing via New Yorker)
In addition to there being a bunch of Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits in NYC tonight (11/6), you may also be aware it is Election Day and what is looking like is gonna be a real squeaker. Any bar with a TV is likely to be showing election coverage but there are some more thought-out viewing parties are happening around NYC:
The Bell House have a free one at 7:30 PM co-presented with Vanishing Girl with host Liam McEneaney and DJ Mike Doughty.
Le Poisson Rouge have a free one at 7 PM presented by Kevin Powell and BK Nation with DJ Herbert Holler and special guest Pete Rock.
HiFi Bar will be open and showing a live broadcast of the election with "$4 Radeberger Pilsner and $5 Stoli Flavors from 9pm-12am."
SuperVegan is hosting an Election Party at Fontana's starting at 8pm with "delicious, organic, local, savory food from Chickpea & Olive and delectable, organic, artisinal doughnuts from Dun-Well Doughnuts!"
UCB East has an 'Election 2012 Coverage Extravaganza' at 8 PM with "color commentary from UCB comedians." It's free, but reservations are "sold out", but there will be a standby line.
Freddy's Bar in Brooklyn will be showing the election coverage on their big screen in the back room at 7 PM.
Zebulon lists tonight's show as "Election NIght Shenanigans" with "a bad lip reading of the first 2012 presidential debate" being among tonight's features.
Union Pool "will be holding Election Night coverage in the front room. With our hi-res, bi-partisan projector, we will be projecting MSNBCrap & Comedy Central's sweet news coverage starting at 8pm. Please, come join us for drink specials throughout the night as we await the fate of our country's next four years."
These are the ones we know about. What else?
election night in Williamsburg (more by Ryan Muir)
"Dozens of hipsters -- and the old-timers who resent them -- stormed a community meeting on Monday night, showing the ongoing clash of cultures that collided when people flooded the streets after Barack Obama's election win on Nov. 4.Then there's the story of how one of the guys arrested is in the band Up the Empire. More pictures from the night HERE. Professional (anti-the-cops) videos someone made to document the event, below...
Three people were arrested during the celebration -- and many more were roughed up, according to witnesses -- and on Monday night, dozens of people who had danced in the streets had a chance to vent their frustrations at the officers of the 94th Precinct.
One after another, youngsters stood up and alleged mistreatment at the hands of the police on the night of Nov. 4-5, after Barack Obama was declared the winner of the presidential election shortly after 11 pm." [Brooklyn Paper]
Obama vs McCain, 2008 Village Halloween Parade (bnittoli)
Here are a selection of events happening in New York City on November 4th, 2008.
(le) poisson rouge is hosting a free event with two jumbo projection screens and The Obama Girls of Comedy.
Galapagos (in its new DUMBO location) is having an "Obama-Fabulous Election Night Party". A projection screen and The Yes We Can!-Can Girls. $10.
Sound Fix will be hosting an "Election Night Broadcast Blowout".
New Amsterdam Records is having an Election Night Party at Nuyorican Poets Cafe
The Onion's 'War For The White House Election Night Spectacular' will take place at Fontana's. There will be a big screen, free drinks, and comedy by Todd Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler, and Pangea 3000.
Free with RSVP. "To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Election Night RSVP' in the subject. Your name and the name of your guest MUST be included in the body of the email.". This event is now SOLD OUT.
Rival Schools are playing Maxwell's.
Judson Church is hosting "An Election Night Concert of Free Improvisation". Featuring performances by 19 artists including John Zorn & Joan La Barbara. $10, 6pm-midnight. Check out this PDF for more info.