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Election night open thread

Posted by on November 6th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

The BTA’s Susan Peithman shows how
we do it in Portland.
– See more reader photos below. –

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.

Sent in by Yvette from Serious Juggling.

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Sean G
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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.

Sunny
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Sunny

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.

Allan
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Allan

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

Craig Harlow
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Craig Harlow

Walked mine to the library on Thursday :^)

Peter W
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Peter W

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

Thanks.

Drew Flint
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Drew Flint

I love voting by bike.

Jeremy Cohen
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Jeremy Cohen

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….”

9watts
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9watts

I know. How hard could it be? The naysayers who predicted the sky would fall if Oregon voted by mail have nothing to show after twelve years. Luckily things are shifting, if perhaps a little slowly.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/07/us/voting-by-mail.html

Spiffy
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looks like I’ll be doing more “recreational” riding to Washington in the future…

Sunny
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Sunny

Pedalpotlooza!!!

was carless
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was carless

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

Thom
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Thom

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