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Election night open thread

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 6th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The BTA's Susan Peithman shows how
we do it in Portland.
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With tonight's election, Portland and the nation are on the verge of major changes.

As we settle in to watch how the votes come in, I thought some of you might want to share your thoughts and comments on candidates and policies that will be impacted by this election.

There are huge implications locally, as we could see a new majority on Portland City Council and some say voters in Clark County could deal a death blow to the Columbia River Crossing project.

I have not been impressed with any of the local (or national for that matter) candidates' visions for bicycling's role in our transportation mix. I sat down for extended interviews with both mayoral candidates, and while they had smart things to say about bicycling, they never got too specific on the campaign trail.

And one other random thought: It bugs me that, once again, we don't have a transportation funding measure to vote on.

How are you feeling about the election?

Stay tuned for more analysis of the results — and what they mean for our local transportation politics — in the coming days.

Check out a few reader photos of biking to the ballot box below

Photo by Eric Holscher
Photo by Drew Flint
Photo by Aaron Brown
Photo by Jessica Duke.
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  • Sean G November 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Feeling pretty good, as a fan of Nate Silver, for the overall vote tonight.

    Locally I'm pretty interested to see if Measure 80 passes, as well as the Portland library and Corporate kicker measures. Glad I still have something to root for.

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    • Sunny November 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      All the overseas bookies(illegal to bet on elections inside the US) overwhelmingly have their money on one candidate. Pundits and "journalists" have to keep up suspense so people will watch their shows and read their "news" to sell commercials.

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  • Allan November 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    passed a bunch of cars trying to park while voting this morning by bike. felt smug

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    • Craig Harlow November 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Walked mine to the library on Thursday :^)

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  • Peter W November 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Quick note: people can find their nearest ballot drop sites at ballotdrop.org. Get those ballots in by 8pm tonight!

    Thanks.

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  • Drew Flint November 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I love voting by bike.

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  • Jeremy Cohen November 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    With all the news about long lines, rigged machines, bully-monitors, etc...it is time Oregon led the nation in voting practice. I felt a bit smug replying to all those facebook posts with "voted last week...."

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  • Spiffy November 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    looks like I'll be doing more "recreational" riding to Washington in the future...

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    • Sunny November 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Pedalpotlooza!!!

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  • was carless November 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Now we REALLY need a bikeway to the 'Couve. They're going to get a LOT of tourists going North from Portland now!!

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  • Thom November 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Not such a great election day for cycling in Clackamas County.

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