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Election 2012

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The Huge Ballot Measures You Forgot Existed

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Forget the presidential hubbub. Millions of voters could wake up tomorrow in a state where marijuana is legal. Not medicinal, not decriminalized — legal. Andrew Cohen, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a legal analyst for 60 Minutes has more on the down-the-ballot measures that could change the country.

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The Takeaway

Google versus Pollsters: Who's Right?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Throughout the day, voters will be polled as they exit their voting stations. But how seriously should we be taking those polls? Isn’t there a more accurate measurement of the electorate than a few thousand voters talking to a handful of pollsters? Seth Stephens-Davidowitz thinks so.

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The Takeaway

The Election's $3 Billion Price Tag

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, independent research group that tracks money in campaigns and elections, Obama and Romney's spending, in conjunction with the nearly $1 billion spent by super PACs, will likely add up to $3 billion by the time the polls close today. What have the American people gained from the seventeen month, $3 billion campaign? Stephen Dubner, author and host of "Freakonomics," explains. 

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The Takeaway

Can Superstition Predict Presidential Elections?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

So many dollars, so many votes, so much punditry. But does any of it really matter? It all just comes down to luck, right? Jacopo Della Quercia, a Cracked.com contributor, discusses election superstition.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Todd Purdum on the Election

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Todd Purdum, national editor of Vanity Fair, talks about how the presidential campaigns were run and what he expects the outcome of today’s election to be.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Making Predictions

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Sam Wang, Associate professor, Department of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, of the Princeton Election Consortium helps us break down what to expect as voters go to the polls today.

 

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The Takeaway

Which Party Will Control the Senate?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The president and his opponent are receiving most of America’s attention today. But there are crucial Senate races unfolding across the country with the power to swing control in either direction. Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, is here to give an assessment.

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Problems Plague Polls in NJ, NY

Monday, November 05, 2012

Election day is over but the official counting continues in New York and New Jersey due to Sandy-related voting complications. Voters faced hour-long lines, new poll sites and — at least in New York City — the first presidential election with new electronic voting machines

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WNYC News

Cuomo to Allow Affidavit Ballots for Sandy Victims

Monday, November 05, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to issue an executive order that will allow displaced voters to cast ballots by affidavit at any polling site they can reach Tuesday.

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The Takeaway

Senate Races to Watch: Indiana and Wisconsin

Monday, November 05, 2012

The battle for the Senate will come to a close tomorrow, but before it does, we’ve got two more races to watch before Election Day arrives. Mary Beth Schneider, political reporter at The Indianapolis Star, and Chuck Quirmbach, reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio, discuss the fight for Senate seats in Indiana and Wisconsin.

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The Takeaway

It's Time for Independents to Choose

Monday, November 05, 2012

If you haven’t made up your mind by now, there’s not much time left.  We're following up with AJ Dellinger from Wisconsin, Julia Pfaff from Virginia, and Rick Robol of Ohio, and asking them where their internal needle landed.

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The Takeaway

Laughing at Election Year Politics with Lizz Winstead

Monday, November 05, 2012

The election season would be downright depressing, if not for the laughs. What better person to help us laugh at the long and arduous election year than Lizz Winstead, political satirist and co-creator of The Daily Show?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Borowitz Report

Monday, November 05, 2012

Andy Borowitz, author of the Borowitz Report on NewYorker.com, is back to share his thoughts on tomorrow's presidential election and the long campaign.

Watch a video of Andy Borowitz talk about the election—and predicting who will win—at the 92nd Street Y.

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Opinion: A Guide to Handicapping the 2012 Election

Monday, November 05, 2012

My advice is to not look at individual polls when trying to predict the outcome of a presidential election. Instead, here are several indicators that have proven helpful — and more accurate. 

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Opinion: Wake Me Up When This Election Is Over

Monday, November 05, 2012

Normally, I’d be looking forward to the post-election period, where there is usually a bit of a break from the really nasty partisan garbage that peaks around Election Day. But now I just want it to be over.

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The Takeaway

Displaced New Jersey Voters Allowed to Vote by Fax, Email

Monday, November 05, 2012

Over the weekend, it was announced that any New Jersey voter displaced from their primary residence because of the storm will be considered an "overseas voter" and can apply for an absentee ballot by email or fax. Matt Blaze is a University of Pennsylvania professor and one of the most important security researchers working on electronic voting.

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Live Updates | Dispatches from Election Night

Monday, November 05, 2012

The latest scenes from election night from the @WNYC team, our public media partners across the country and you! Tweet us @WNYC to share your story! We're also watching a live updating map, and playing election night #mediabingo!

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The Takeaway

Confusion in Florida's Early Voting

Monday, November 05, 2012

In Florida, there has been some confusion and a little chaos over early voting in Miami-Dade County. Yesterday, voters lined up outside the Miami Dade elections office in Doral. They'd been told earlier in the day by the Elections Department that they would be able to cast absentee ballots in person. Phil Latzman, a senior anchor and host with our affiliate station WLRN, explains.

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Opinion: The Skeptic's Case for Barack Obama

Monday, November 05, 2012

Ten words make the case for me: to quote Joe Biden, "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive."

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Opinion: From Gun Control to Guantanamo, the Issues 2012 Ignored

Monday, November 05, 2012

Here is a partial list of the issues on which, in my view, the candidates have failed to offer constructive proposals: 

1. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It is offensive that both parties (and the media) now routinely refer to these programs as “entitlements,” and that they employ the euphemism ...

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