election 2012

Election 2012
2:58 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Live Blog: Battleground

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 1:11 pm

**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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NPR Ombudsman
2:56 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Learning To Be American In Referring To The President

Brendan Smialowski-Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 2:26 pm

Updated: Nov. 6, 2012, 6:33 p.m.

This is a stealth column being published under the cover of Election Day. I am making an end run around the stylists, bias critics, grammarians, protocol sticklers and conspiracy theorists who follow NPR but are focused on more momentous things today.

These critics have held NPR hostage on a policy that one newsroom wag says should have gone out with the administration of Dwight Eisenhower. So, I am going to be presumptuous and say that I am giving the newsroom future cover to change that policy.

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Planet Money
2:53 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Here's One Number That Makes $6 Billion In Campaign Spending Seem Low

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 11:59 am

Today wraps up what is set to be the most expensive election in the history of the U.S. Total spending on federal campaigns will be about $6 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. This includes both official campaign spending and spending by outside groups for the presidential, House, and Senate campaigns.

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Election 2012
2:22 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

In Guam, 'Non-Binding Straw Poll' Gives Obama A Commanding Win

The polls in Guam have closed and the results are in.

President Obama managed a big victory, garnering 72 percent of the votes. That's about 23,067 votes compared to 8,443 votes for Gov. Mitt Romney.

Now for the disclaimers: Guam, 6,000 miles and 18 times zones away from California, is a territory of the United States, so their votes don't count. The presidential part of the vote is considered a "non-binding straw poll." But if you believe in bellweathers, listen up.

Here's what R. Todd Thompson of NPR member station KPRG in Guam told us:

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Election 2012
2:03 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

5 Election Day Things To Watch For In Louisiana

Here's a look at five things to watch on election day in Louisiana:


While incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney get most of the attention, there are nine other parties with presidential candidates on the ballot. They include the Green Party (Jill Stein), Libertarian (Gary Johnson), Constitution (Virgil Goode), Justice (Ross Anderson), Prohibition (Jack Fellure), Socialism and Liberation (Peta Lindsay), Socialist Quality (Jerry White), Socialist Workers (James Harris) and The People (Sheila Tittle).

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Election 2012
1:57 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Secretary Of State: Skip The "Refresh" On Election Results

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is asking people to go easy on the "refresh" button when they're checking election results on his website.

Schedler's office will post Tuesday's results at www.geauxvote.com .

He says that the site has an automatic refresher and too many people trying to repeatedly reload the page can overload his office's computer system and cause crashes.

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Election 2012
12:55 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

2012 Louisiana Voter Information

Have you voted yet?

The Louisiana Secretary of State's website has a complete rundown of election information, searchable by address, parish, or your personal voter information.

You can find out information about your parish's elected officials, instructions on the voting process, and detailed information on local, state and national issues on today's ballot. You can also generate a sample ballot for your district, and get more details on ballot initiatives, referendums and individual candidates.

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Election 2012
11:24 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 3:18 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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Election 2012
11:18 am
Tue November 6, 2012

In Nev., Unpredictable Polling, Lots Of Independents

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 12:16 pm



Here we are on election morning, and in the swing state of Nevada, most of the work is already done. Most of the ballots were cast in early voting. Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston has been keeping close track of the tallies. He's on the line.

Welcome to the program, sir.


INSKEEP: So, in recent days, what have you been seeing?

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Election 2012
10:39 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting In Your Swim Trunks: Why Not?

A Hindu woman learns how to use an electronic voting machine at a rural polling booth in Kot, Haryana, India, 2009.
Saurabh Das AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 10:35 am

According to the National Democratic Institute, the world will be watching as results of Tuesday's U.S. presidential election are tabulated. So we thought we'd turn the tables and take a look at how voting is exercised in other countries.

In the U.S., barring the occasional odd polling place, most engaged citizens file into their local elementary schools and churches or, more recently, vote via mail-in ballot.

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