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Highlights from the WSA Write-Ins

First, a disclaimer. The results from this year’s WSA Winter At-Large Election are not nearly as exciting as those from last year, when, in addition to Giant Joint’s victory, Wesleying’s A-Batte unexpectedly won a spot on the Assembly as a write-in candidate (he took his seat and served honorably before resigning at the close of the semester). Nor is it as scandalous as 2009, when longtime write-in champion Giant Joint ‘420 came within centimeters of garnering 420 votes but was not permitted to serve.

Nonetheless, you voted early, you voted often, democracy prevailed, and the results are viewable here (you’ll have to log in and click “View Results of This Election”). In order of votes received, the winning WSA representatives-elect are Aobo “Austin” Dong ’15, Christian Hosam ’15, Bruno Machiavelo ’16, Chase Knowles ’16, deer whisperer Samuel Usdan ’15, Glenn Cantave ’15Angus McLean ’16, and Kara Linn ’15. Congrats—hope you guys weren’t too attached to Sunday nights or anything.

As usual, though, I’m more interested in the vast, colorful array of write-in votes (and not just because I received two of them). In the land before Wes Compliments, WSA write-in votes offered the best, fuzziest glimpse into Wesleyan’s well-wishing subconscious. This year Giant Joint received a disappointing 68 votes, A-Batte scored 20 (excluding the countless variations on his name), and Ron Paul received three. The rest of the write-in votes ranged from President Roth to serial killers to major U.S. cities to Mytheos Holt ’10 to—

Okay, my favorite write-in choices are listed after the jump. 

Malter, Sumariwalla to Lead WSA

Congratulations to Zach Malter ’13 on becoming the next President of the Wesleyan Student Assembly.  Malter wiped the floor with an astounding 659 votes–nearly double of the next highest vote-getter.  There were 1,202 votes for an actual candidate, so Malter claimed about 55% of the vote.  Congratulations also to Meherazade Sumariwalla’12 who did even better than Malter in the election for Vice President.  With 703 votes, she also won with a clear majority (about 65% of votes for an actual candidate).  Regardless of the winners, I’m sure every student appreciated the sincere efforts of every candidate.

Also, here are the Senior Class Officers:

  • President: Siddhant Issar ’12
  • Vice President: Francesca (Cella) Jones ’12
  • Secretary: Daisey Perez ’12
  • Treasurer: Ashley Garrett ’12

You can view the full election results on the same site you voted on, wsa.wesleyan.edu/voting.

The Results Are In

Congratulations to all of the winners!

WSA President
Micah Feiring ’11: 934
Bradley Spahn ’11: 235
Lowell Wood ’12: 170

WSA Vice President
Ben Firke ’12: 1019
David Markowitz ’12: 318

Senior Class Officers:

Senior Class President
Samantha Pop ’11: 163
Miles Bukiet ’11: 124

Senior Class Vice President
Adrian (AJ) Chan ’11: 203

Senior Class Secretary
Allie Southam ’11: 204

Senior Class Treasurer
Tamar Charles ’11: 150
Isabelle Jacobs ’11: 107

WSA 2009 Election Results

Results from the WSA blog, winners in red:

Class Representatives (5 seats per class)

Class of 2010
Gianna Palmer – 149
Jeffrey Stein – 119
Jordan Brown – 113
Jeffrey Bizinkauskas – 76
Micah Siegel-Wallace – 60

Class of 2011
David Markowitz – 153
Micah Feiring – 147
David Thompson – 121
Andrew Huynh – 115
Max Rothstein – 107

Sam DeFabbia-Kane – 95
Khan Kikkawa – 51

Class of 2012
Benjamin Firke – 199
Adam Fishman – 162
Nathaniel Leich – 157
Meherazade Sumariwalla – 139
Adam Ilowite – 127

Joshua Levine – 110
Genevieve Hutchings – 89
Kurt Lyn – 84
David Sedgwick – 56

Senior Class Officers

Jonna Humphries – 125
Maya Barros Odim – 117

David A. Layne – 161
Pedro Ventura – 99

Nora Gilbert – 200

Jared A. Blake – 183

Congrats to the winners! Read the full results (including all the write-ins) on the WSA voting page.

FYI – Giant Joint had a decent showing as a write-in in all the Class Rep elections, even edging out one of the actual candidates in the 2011 race.

The rest of the write-ins are various drug references, famous dictators, exhortations to the Senior Officers not to fuck up, and people apparently writing in either their crushes or their own names. Go democracy!

Senate results

An update on the status of the Senate elections:
Democrats: 54 55
Independent (currently caucus with Democrats): 2
Republicans: 40
Still up in the air: 4 3

EDIT: NBC and the Portland Oregonian newspaper have called the Oregon Senate race for Merkley, the Democrat. [12:30pm 11/6/08]
EDIT2: And the Republican has conceded. Oregon now has 2 Democratic Senators. [2:15pm 11/6/08]

  • Recount in Minnesota
  • Runoff election in Georgia very likely
  • Still counting votes in Alaska and Oregon

My predictions about the outcome of the races:

  • Oregon: Probably Democratic
  • Alaska: Probably Republican, despite Ted Stevens’ seven felony convictions last week
  • Minnesota: Absolutely too close to call
  • Georgia: Toss-up if it goes to a runoff, which looks likely.

My predictions about when we’ll know the results of the outstanding races:

  • Oregon: later today or tomorrow
  • Alaska: sometime next week
  • Georgia: December 2, when they have the runoff, or shortly thereafter
  • Minnesota: Mid-December, because it’ll take at least that long for them to hand-count 2.8 million ballots

Also adding to the mix is the possibility that Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who currently caucuses with the Democrats, might switch caucuses, either through his own choice, or because the Democrats might kick him out of their caucus for supporting John McCain.

So, in order to get to 60 votes, the Democrats have to win all four of the outstanding races, and keep Joe Lieberman. As the magic 8-ball would say: Outlook not so good.

96% of precincts reporting:
Republican Saxby Chambliss: 49.9%
Democrat Jim Martin 46.7%

Under Georgia law, if neither candidate wins a majority, the two highest vote-getters must face each other in a runoff held on Dec. 2. This seat was never likely to be won outright by Jim Martin, but Democrats hoped that they could send it to a runoff, which it looks like they have accomplished. We won’t know officially until next week when the results are certified.

85% of precincts reporting
Republican Gordon Smith: 47.21%
Democrat Jeff Merkley: 46.87%

This race could still potentially go either way, as they’re still counting votes. However, it seems pretty safely Democratic, since one of the largest sections of ballots left to count is in heavily Democratic Multnomah County, where Portland is located. Merkley is currently leading Multnomah with 67% of the vote, and 60% of the votes counted.

Oregon takes a long time to count their votes since they practice mail-in voting, where all ballots must be processed in one central location. Yesterday they were predicting that they would finish counting today.

99.3% of precincts reporting
Republican Ted Stevens: 48.06% 106351 votes
Democrat Mark Begich: 46.54% 102998 votes

In addition to 3 precincts, there are 46,156 Absentee votes, 9507 Early votes, and 5725 disputed votes left to be counted. Begich would have to come out 5 percentage points ahead in this group in order to take the lead, which seems unlikely.

Should Stevens be re-elected, and either resign or be expelled from the Senate, Alaska law requires a special election to be held within 90 days, limiting the duration of any Sarah Palin appointee. Apparently, there is some question as to whether this law violates the US Constitution, however.

Minnesota: (my home state)

With 100% of precincts reporting, as of 9:26am on 11/6/2008
Democrat Al Franken: 41.98% 1,211,167 votes
Republican Norm Coleman: 41.99% 1,211,644 votes
Independence Party Dean Barcley: 15.16% 437,382 votes

This is a difference of 477! votes out of over 2.8 million cast. To give you an idea of how close that is, there were 2,341 write-in votes, which is over 5 times the number of votes separating Coleman and Franken.

According to Minnesota law, the state must pay for a recount if the margin of victory is less that 0.5%, which is exactly what is happening now. Minnesota uses exclusively paper ballots, which voters mark with a pen, so we won’t have any of the Florida hanging-chad business. The vast majority of voters use precinct-based, optical scan voting machines, which have the advantage of immediately spitting incorrectly marked ballots back to the voter, which greatly reduces inadvertent voter error. Optical scan machines also have a very low error rate, but it’s certainly greater than 0.01%. Minnesota law also provides some pretty clear guidelines for how to handle disputed ballots in a recount. With an optical-scan ballot, you have to fill in an oval, or complete an arrow, for your vote to be machine-counted. However, if you make any other clear indication of intent on the ballot, your vote will be counted during a recount. This includes a check mark, an x, circling the candidate’s name, whatever. The only thing you can’t do is put your initials on the
ballot, or some other mark that’s intended to identify it. Lawyers from either party can challenge a ballot, and if it is disputed, it will be sent to St. Paul to be reviewed by the state canvassing board, which consists of the (Democratic) Secretary of State, and four non-partisan judges, appointed by non-partisan judges. Every ballot must be examined by hand, which is likely to take a very long time. The last time Minnesota had a recount in a major statewide race was the 1962 Governor’s race, where the race flipped twice, and the margin was even closer than this one. That recount dragged on until March. This one is unlikely to last quite that long.

Al Franken is a former SNL writer, liberal talk-show host, and comedian. Norm Coleman is the Democrat turned Republican former mayor of St. Paul, MN, and was elected to the Senate in 2002, following a late-October plane crash that killed the Democratic incumbent, Paul Wellstone. Former vice president Walter Mondale was drafted at the last minute to take Wellstone’s spot on the ballot, but narrowly lost to Coleman. The Governor at the time was Jesse Ventura, of the Independence party, who had initially promised to appoint the winner of the election to fill out the remaining 2 months of Wellstone’s term, thus giving the new Minnesota senator a seniority advantage over the rest of the freshman senators, but ended up appointing Dean Barcley, of his own Independence Party, to serve for 2 months.

Election results: President and Senate

Below are two maps that will be updated as the polls close in each state. The top map is for the presidential election, and the bottom one is for the Senate elections. (In the bottom one, gray states are ones in which no senator is up for re-election this year.) Regardless of the status of each race, I’ll keep updating these as the polls close and races are called. I will be following primarily CNN tonight, so I’ll base most of the updates on its projections. If CNN calls a state within 30 minutes of its polls closing, I will make it solid blue or red on the map. If it takes longer than 30 minutes to call it, I will make it light blue or red; once two of the remaining networks (ABC, NBC, and/or CBS) have called it, I’ll change the color to solid. (I’m also using light blue/red if two of the broadcast networks call a state before CNN.)

LAST UPDATE: 3:16 PM, 11/5.

OBAMA: 349
McCAIN: 162

DEMOCRATS: 17 (12 holds; 5 pickups)
REPUBLICANS: 14 (14 holds; 0 pickups)
RUNOFFS: 1 (GA-R leads)
RECOUNTS: 1 (MN-R leads)

On the presidential map, the number within (or next to) each state is the number of electoral votes that state receives. The squares in Maine and Nebraska represent congressional districts; these states award two EVs to the statewide winner and one per congressional district won. NE-02 (Omaha, the easternmost one in Nebraska) is the only one expected to be in play this year.

On the congressional map, Wyoming and Mississippi have two Senate seats up for re-election this year. In Wyoming, Republicans Mike Enzi (A) and John Barrasso (B) are both on the ballot; Barrasso was appointed in 2007 following the death of Republican Craig Thomas. Both seats are expected to stay in Republican hands. In Mississippi, Republican Thad Cochran (A) is expected to win easy re-election. The race to watch is incumbent Republican Roger Wicker vs. Democrat Ronnie Musgrove (B). Wicker was appointed following the retirement of Trent Lott. Because this is a special election, if neither Wicker nor Musgrove gets 50% of the vote, they will face each other (sans third parties) in a runoff to determine the winner. The same is true in Georgia, where incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss is favored to win but may fall below 50%; if neither he nor Democratic challenger Jim Martin reaches the 50% mark, there will be a runoff betwen the two. I assume CNN will wait to call these races until it’s certain one candidate will break the 50% barrier. If neither candidate gets an absolute majority, I will color the race in question light blue or red.