Category Archives: Election results

US Election Results, 2012 Presidential election

Some links to coverage of the US presidential election plus state of Michigan and local Ann Arbor area results follow. This page will be updated as I find more. (Last update 1:10 a.m.)

National election results

The Los Angeles Times map is a cartogram, showing the relative electoral college size of each state.

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The Guardian US map rocks us with 3D, once you click through to each state.

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The NPR Election Presidential Big Board puts it all on one screen, no maps needed, sorted by poll closing times. See also the NPR Senate Big Board and the NPR House Big Board.

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The Week has a guide to election night television viewing.

The New York Times election results page; the paywall disappears at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

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The Washington Post election live blog is The Fix. Map: Presidential election.

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The Wall Street Journal covers the election.

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Reuters has an election live blog.

NPR Digital Services is running a live Battleground blog.

WNYC in New York has results.

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50 journalists and election followers via this Twitter list by Matthew Keys.

State by state for battleground states

Colorado coverage via Twitter from the Denver Post, @denverpost.

Florida coverage from the Tampa Bay Times.

Iowa county by county presidential election map from the Des Moines Register.

New Hampshire live blog election coverage from the Manchester Union-Leader.

Ohio election coverage from the Dayton Daily News.

Pennsylvania coverage from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Virginia coverage from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Wisconsin county by county presidential election map from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Local coverage for Michigan

Unofficial election results for Washtenaw County from the County Clerk.

Ann Arbor election results on CitiTV, cable 19; also follow it online. Coverage starts at 10:00 p.m.

Statewide coverage from the Detroit Free Press. 

Unofficial statewide results from the Michigan Secretary of State.


I think I voted: Automark machine failure for 2012 presidential election

I-think-i-voted-sticker-tnI think I voted today.

I used the Automark machine at my local polling place (U-M Coliseum). I've used this machine before many times, so I have figured out the easy parts of what can go wrong – for instance, on this machine you have to take the tab off the ballot before inserting it. But this time things went wrong, and I'm not 100% sure that my vote was counted when I inserted it into the tabulator.

The actual practice of voting went fine. It's a long ballot, and I went through all of the eleections, in some cases undervoting the ballot (see "plunking") and in other cases not voting at all when I didn't know anything about any of the candidates (my bad). 

The touch screen on the Automark device that I used didn't have perfect registration, and so every so often I'd hit a button for one candidate adn it would mark the other one. You'd think that you could design a screen so that the ballot "hot spot" for each candidate was further apart, don't you think? But I was careful and made sure to vote for the right candidate each time.

The first problem occurred as the ballot was being printed. The printer went kachunka-chunka and printed both sides of the ballot, but then it stopped with an error message to call an election official. The very nice election officials didn't know any more about the error message than I did, so we decided to pull the machine apart to extract the printed ballot, and if it turned out to be wrong to spoil it and start over. It came out OK, I double checked it and it was printed on both sides, so it looked right.

Next, time to insert it into the tabulator. Usually you insert the ballot into the tabulator from the top, right? But the tabulator wouldn't take the ballot. I then put it in backwards, and the machine accepted it. I just hope that it read it correctly.

It wasn't a confidence-inspiring visit to the polling place.

Ann Arbor precinct polling places for November 2012 election

The original of this list is on the Ann Arbor City Clerk's web site, but for some reason it's a PDF. I've linked these to Arborwiki pages where they exist as I can.

If you're looking for a Michigan sample ballot, see the Michigan Voter Information Center, at 

Precinct Polling Places – November 6, 2012 
1-1 Michigan Union 530 S. State St.
1-2 Michigan Union 530 S. State St.
1-3 Community High School 401 N. Division
1-4 Community Center 625 N. Main St.
1-5 Northside School 912 Barton Dr.
1-6 Northside School 912 Barton Dr.
1-7 Pierpont Commons 2101 Bonisteel Blvd.
1-8 Skyline High School 2552 N. Maple Rd.
1-9 Clague Middle School 2616 Nixon Rd.
1-10 Arrowwood Hills Comm Center 2566 Arrowwood Trl.
2-1 Northwood Comm Cntr (Family Housing) 1000 McIntyre Dr.
2-2 Palmer Commons 100 Washtenaw Ave.
2-3 Angell School 1608 S. University
2-4 Angell School 1608 S. University
2-5 AA Assembly of God 2455 Washtenaw Ave
2-6 Clague Middle School 2616 Nixon Rd.
2-7 King School 3800 Waldenwood Ln
2-8 St. Paul Lutheran School 495 Earhart Rd.
2-9 Thurston School 2300 Prairie St.
3-1 Michigan League 911 N. University
3-2 Michigan League 911 N. University
3-3 Tappan Middle School 2251 E. Stadium Blvd
3-4 Allen School 2560 Towner Blvd
3-5 University Townhouses Center 3200 Braeburn Cir
3-6 Scarlett Middle School 3300 Lorraine St.
3-7 Allen School 2560 Towner Blvd
3-8 Pittsfield School 2543 Pittsfield Blvd.
3-9 Scarlett Middle School 3300 Lorraine St.
4-1 Michigan Union 530 S. State St.
4-2 Mary St. Polling Place 926 Mary St.
4-3 U-M Coliseum 721 S. Fifth Ave.
4-4 Pioneer High School 601 W. Stadium Blvd.
4-5 St. Clare Church/Temple Beth Emeth 2309 Packard St.
4-6 Cobblestone Farm 2781 Packard St.
4-7 Dicken School 2135 Runnymede
4-8 Pioneer High School 601 W. Stadium Blvd.
4-9 Lawton School 2250 S. Seventh St.
5-1 Ann Arbor District Library 343 S. Fifth Ave.
5-2 Bach School 600 W. Jefferson St.
5-3 2nd Baptist Church 850 Red Oak Rd.
5-4 Slauson Middle School 1019 W. Washington
5-5 Slauson Middle School 1019 W. Washington
5-6 Eberwhite School 800 Soule Blvd.
5-7 Dicken School 2135 Runnymede
5-8 Lakewood School 344 Gralake Ave.
5-9 Haisley School 825 Duncan St.
5-10 Abbot School 2670 Sequoia Pkwy
5-11 Forsythe Middle School 1655 Newport Rd.
AVCB 1-11 Ann Arbor Justice Center- 4th Floor Conf. Room 301 E. Huron St.


Wisconsin recall election results, 2012, in graphics

Two views of the Wisconsin recall election, in which Governor Scott Walker (R) survived a challenge from Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett (D). With 93% of precincts counted, Walker leads 54% to 45%.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel results map shows who won which county:

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The New York Times coverage also shows the margin of victory, which puts the map into stark relief:


Compare this with the less clear Huffington Post interactive recall results margin graphic, which shows percentage size of lead on a county by county basis; that over-weights the color of rural counties, and underestimates the size of the urban difference in the total vote count.


On, Wisconsin.

I voted; this year’s Automark trial and error

I used the Automark machine to vote today, as I did in 2010 ( story) and in 2008 (Vacuum post).

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This year's voting excursion was harder, because the poll worker initially told me that I could not use the machine and that it was reserved for the handicapped. That was wrong; any voter in my precinct could use that system. The issue was resolved quickly.

For the first time, I used the audio interface and had the (one) issue on the ballot read out to me. Since I can see just fine, I wasn't able to tell if the audio instructions were perfect, but they seemed pretty good and straightforward.

After my encounter with the poll worker, I went to city hall to give the election officials a report on what had happened. The person I talked to at city hall pulled out a guide to poll workers (from 2008) and did not immediately find specific instructions one way or the other about using the Automark, but we didn't read every page.

The election results: Ann Arbor's school technology millage passed (, Ypsilanti's two tax proposals failed (Ann Arbor Chronicle ticker), and Democrat Felicia Brabec won a special election to retain her seat on the Washtenaw County Commission after being appointed to take the place of Kristen Judge ( story).

Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County election results, November 8, 2011

A live blog of election results. Unofficial county results from Washtenaw County elections; most links that don’t go to news stories for individual information are going to Arborwiki.

For news coverage, see, the Ann Arbor Chronicle, and News of Ann Arbor (this is satire), not necessarily in that order. Additional reporting from the Heritage News’s ChelseaDexter twitter feed, the Manchester Enterprise, and the Michigan Daily.

Blogs include Damn Arbor: Happy election day citizens!

6:50 a.m. Weds.

Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) was recalled by Gennesee County voters. Scott is the Republican chair of the House Education Committee and had been targeted by the Michigan Education Association. Story in the Michigan Messenger.

11:00 p.m.

Ann Arbor School Board results are complete. With all 63 precincts counted, [Andy Thomas] and [Simone Lightfoot] are re-elected.

10:25 p.m.

Ann Arbor School Board results to date show incumbents [Andy Thomas] and [Simone Lightfoot] with a comfortable 850+ vote lead over their challengers with only 9 of 63 precincts left to count.

10:05 p.m.

Ann Arbor City Council results, with too few uncounted precincts to swing the election:

10:00 p.m.

The Manchester Enterprise has a story on Sharon Township results. Peter Psarouthakis and R. Brian Simons, who both had interim roles after a recall election removed their predecessors, were elected.

9:45 p.m.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle. In the last paragraph, they note one of the persistent issues of estimating Ann Arbor voter turnout: “A certain number of registered voters no longer live in this area but are still in the books.”

9:35 p.m.

Sylvan Township turned down a [4.75 mill levy]; the Lisa Allmendinger story in references the Free Sylvan Township website which describes the anti-millage point of view.

9:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor street millage results at 9:30 p.m. have 28/43 precincts counted, with 6297-1791 in favor of a 2 mill street improvement millage.

9:20 p.m.

Some pages to refer to: the Precinct count shows vote count by precinct, the cumulative report shows votes by candidate, the canvass report has results by race.

9:15 p.m.

Unofficial county results are showing very low turnout in some precincts. Ann Arbor Ward 4 Precinct 1 results had 7 voters turn out, of 1453 said to be registered.

9:10 p.m.

Unofficial county results have 22/109 precincts counted at 9:02 p.m.

The Ann Arbor school board canvas report has 9/63 precincts counted.

9:05 p.m.

Unofficial county results have incumbent Marcia Higgins (D) leading Eric Scheie (R) in Ann Arbor Ward 4, 288-213, with only absentee votes counted at 8:56 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle has absentee results from the Ann Arbor School Board race, as of 8:00 p.m. The field of 6 candidates will yield 2 winners. Leading the absentee results are [Simone Lightfoot] (799), [Andy Thomas] (699), and [Lawrence A. Murphy] (677).

8:45 p.m. has [called the Lumm-Rapundalo race] for Jane Lumm (I), with Lumm leading 1732-1224 with one precinct remaining to count as of 8:30 p.m. The party is at Paesano’s.

8:40 p.m.

The [Ann Arbor Chronicle’s Civic News Ticker] is a good source for short city news. An [8:00 p.m. update] notes that Jane Lumm (I) is leading [Steve Rapundalo] (D) 461-268 in absentee ballots in the [Ann Arbor Second Ward].