PollerBears: Election reaction edition

Sooo election day happened. We reelected a president. We reacted. Despite the fact that the post-election buzz is dying down, some of you are still reacting. Which brings us to a very essential question…

Is it still socially acceptable to talk about the outcome of the election on Facebook?

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In other news, Colorado tourism just increased 1000%

Candidates, representatives, proposition oh my! Last night was full of stress and tension, but one issue loomed in all Brunonians’ minds: “What’s my witty election status going to be?”

Come on, admit it: Gloating and touting your political savvy is the real benefit of voting (psh, who cares about civic duty?). Here’s some of campus’s best (or worst):

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Rhode Island goes blue, Brunonians victorious

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As you’re watching what’s going on around the country, here’s a quick rundown on what’s happening in the realm of Brunonia and in the Ocean State.

  • President Obama takes four electoral votes for his win in Rhode Island, which is typically a blue state.
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) wins his first bid for reelection in Rhode Island.
  • Rep. David Cicilline ’83 (D) wins in 1st congressional District, while Rep. Jim Langevin (D) wins in Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional District.
  • Maggie Hassan ’80 P’15 (D) wins the New Hampshire gubernatorial race.

And now we wait for the rest of the results to roll in. We’re on the edge of our seats. Are you? Leave a comment.

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Time-waster(s) of the day: Election Day edition

After an exhausting saga riddled with false conclusions, the election cycle finally comes to a definitive close tonight. This means no more speculating, debating or anxious poll-poring. It’s time to stop focusing on binders of women. All that’s left to do is vote and wait for the results.

But where’s the fun in that? We have only a few precious hours left to enjoy the often absurd, always entertaining theater that is the American Presidential election–drink it in! If you’re a hardened poll junkie, revel in your final chance to extrapolate from the data found on sites like the no-nonsense RealClearPolitics. For hardcore economics majors, here is a more detailed comparison of the candidates’ economic plans. If you’re a prospective political scientist, peruse the analysis of intelligent blogs like The Monkey Cage and FiveThirtyEight. Use your last chance to consider every possible outcome on interactive sites like 512 Paths to the White House and 270ToWin. Finally, once the results start coming in and you’re a few beers into your election drinking game, you’ll want to catch Jon and Steve’s streaming live coverage. This only happens once every four years–take advantage of it. And feel free to add your favorite election-related time-waster in a comment!

Note: Guilt-free usage of these time-wasters is only permitted to those who actually voted. 

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Participate in democracy and get cheap burgers!

Slow down there, cowboy: They’ll cut you off after four burgers.

Yet another incentive for you to rock the vote. All day tomorrow, Harry’s, home of the 68-ounce beer boot, spiked root beer float, and Mother of All Burgers, will be offering its legendarily cheap and delicious sliders for one buck a pop. (Note: This doesn’t combine with other promotions, which means no 50-cent sliders during half-off happy hour.) All you have to do is show ’em your “I Voted!” sticker. [Ed.-We get stickers for voting?!?! Why don’t they advertise that more?] No word on how us stickerless absentee voters will prove our participation, but we’ll take our chances. Burgers and democracy: Does it get any more American than that?


UPDATE: Vote in Salomon if you’re registered with an on-campus address

UPDATE: If you are not registered in Rhode Island and are looking to register today, you cannot do so in Salomon. You must go down to the Dunkin’ Donuts Civic Center and vote for presidential and vice presidential candidates there. A previous version of this post said that you can register in Salomon if you had yet not registered in the state.

For most Brown undergraduates, today marks the first time we can vote in a presidential election. In case you missed voter registration for your home state, Rhode Island allows eligible voters to cast their ballots on election day for presidential and vice presidential candidates.

Any Brown student who has registered in the state of Rhode Island with his/her on-campus address (69 Brown Street, Box ####) before the deadline can vote in Salomon today. Bring either a government-issued or school ID.

If you are not registered and are hoping to register today to vote for presidential and vice presidential candidates, you must go down to the Dunkin’ Donuts Civic Center.

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