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Who Voted in 2010, and Why It Matters for 2012

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

It's obvious that the candidates who get the most votes will win. But there's an important kernel of wisdom there: Who wins elections depends heavily on who shows up to vote.

Why Christine O'Donnell Lost... A Long Time Ago

David C. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David C. Wilson

Midterm statistics show one clear thing for Delaware's Republican candidates: "Move to the middle! Christine O'Donnell failed in this task, and it cost her what could have been a winnable election.

Fear...

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jonathan Schmock

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100 Years Old and Voting!

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

Thank you Doña Maria for reminding us that no matter how young or old, each vote matters. Thank you for being such an inspiring American.

PHOTOS: Kids At The Polls

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Election day offers parents a chance to turn the act of voting into a "teachable moment." Wire photos of Tuesday's elections include multiple scene...

Election Day Update From the Field: Don't Suppress Us With Your Punditry: Let Our People Vote!

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We'll have the rest of our lives to discuss what our votes meant -- till the polls close, let's use the national microphone to get our votes cast.

I Was a Victim of Voter Fraud! Required ID Is No Safeguard

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

So much for protecting the integrity of the vote by requiring picture IDs. (Are you listening Elizabeth Hasselbeck?) How ironic that I was almost una...

Astronauts Cast Early Ballots From Space Station

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Red states. Blue states. And now voting from a weightless state. The three Americans orbiting the planet on Election Day...

'If Voting Changed Anything They'd Make It Illegal'

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Voting quotes on election day: they're either hilarious or depressing, as great minds have weighed in over the centuries speculating on whether you sh...

I Love to Vote

Susan Straight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Straight

I'm not going to lie and say this election season has been anything but toxically and frighteningly negative, but the actual physical action of lining up with my neighbors to vote is redemptive.

PHOTOS: New York Campaigns End As Votes Come In

The Huffington Post | Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The candidates for all major New York races made their last campaign stops this morning to vote, and are now retiring until the tallies come in. Andr...

5,787 Reasons to Vote

Rob Diamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Diamond

5,787 is the number of American servicemen and women who, up until today, have died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is 5,787 Americans who did not vote because they gave their lives so you could.

Why Won't You Join Me In Voting? An Open Letter to A "Non-Voter"

Ilana Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ilana Ross

What went wrong with you, non-voters? When did you sour on democracy?

Women and Hispanics Key to the Election

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Everybody's tired. But we have to push, a little more, a little more. Especially we must encourage our friends in two groups, one a powerful minority...

Please Vote! Plus Some Comments on Fears of Fascism, the Upcoming Elections, and Higher Education Finance Reform

C. Cryn Johannsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
C. Cryn Johannsen

If we don't turn out to vote, any inkling of hope I currently posses about higher education finance reform will surely be extinguished.

Elections Being Held Around The World (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Americans may be grappling with a high-stress, frenzied midterm election, but they're not alone. Residents in several other nations are also poll-boun...

You -- Yes, You -- Can Still Make a Difference

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If you headed down to your local Democratic party headquarters to knock on some doors; if you called, emailed, Facebooked, Tweeted every Democrat you knew; we would surprise the hell out of those Republicans smoking victory cigars.

Ten Reasons Why I'm Spending This Election Day on the Phones

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

It's tempting to spend every spare moment watching the projected results, but that changes nothing. Whatever the results, at the end of the day, I want to be able to say I did what I could.

What We Will Learn Today: A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We'll definitely learn plenty today. We'll learn whether the combination of art and science in polling resulted in accurate predictions.

Ballot Box Blues: The Most Dispiriting Election of a Lifetime (Mine)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

By the time you read this, I'll already have voted -- the single most reflexive political act of my life -- in the single most dispiriting election I can remember. As I haven't missed an election since my first vote in 1968, that says something.

Dan Froomkin

What To Do If You Have Trouble Voting

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With razor-thin margins expected in many key races, the flaws of the American voting system will be on full display today. The nation's...

Today's Voting Shenanigans Are Nothing Like This!

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Early New Jersey laws defined voters as "inhabitants," so women were eligible to vote from the first American elections on. Unfortunately, their rights were taken away all too soon, all because of a very heated local election.

Stand and Be Counted

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Selman

Lately, we've been assaulted by statisticians and political pundits who are already telling us what will happen this week. So why bother to vote at all?

San Francisco Goes to the Ballot Box for Electoral Reform

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

The Saturday Voting Act, a proposition that would require San Francisco to open all polling places on the Saturday before Election Day, is an innovation that could significantly boost voter turnout.

Don't Vote and We'll Get the Alice in Wonderland Congress From Hell!

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

If we don't wake up on Tuesday and rush to the polls, we will find ourselves with an Alice In Wonderland Congress, where up is down and wrong is right, and lies are truth and hating diversity is seen as patriotism.