Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Election night festivities and other news nuggets

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

We almost made it through this important election day without a hiccup. Almost.

A good-ole-fashioned debacle occurred in southeast Atlanta, where Fulton County election officials say a database error affected approximately 300 registered voters' ballots for state House District 58 and 59. Officials said no other races were affected by the glitch and that they plan to regroup tomorrow to see what steps need to be taken. But expect folks to look very closely at this district.

Now! On to the important issue: Election results viewing parties.

* Untie Atlanta, the business community's multi-million dollar campaign to pass the sales tax, will await results at an invite-only gathering — which, if the invitation is correct, is already underway — at the Marriott Marquis.
* Traffic Truth, the grassroots group that staunchly opposed the measure, will gather at Christo's on Terrell Mill Road in Marietta.
* The Livable Communities Coalition's Fast Track Forward Campaign, which rallied transit advocates to support the measure, will party at RiRa Irish Pub in Midtown starting at 8 p.m.
* The Partnership for Southern Equity, which urged for, well, equity during the roundtable process, meets at the Lindbergh Center Taco Mac.

The list of candidate parties is long. If one of your favorites is hosting a shindig, let us know in the comments.

For you left-leaners who prefer more laid-back environments surrounded by political junkies, we highly recommend Manuel's.

We'll be livetweeting and, depending on Internet access, posting on Fresh Loaf throughout the night. Jim Galloway's drawn up a good checklist to keep in mind while you watch results coverage. Results from Fulton County precincts can be seen here. You might also consider testing the secretary of state's new "election night reporting tool," which you should be able to find here when polls close at 7 p.m. Here's a how-to about the new system (PDF) that the state provided to the media.

And if you haven't voted... well, you have about 15 minutes.

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