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UW Election Eye 2012

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November 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Voter Turnout Approaches 80 Percent in Washington State

Some Washingtonians miss the satisfaction of visiting polling stations on election day. Some Washingtonians prefer the ease of voting from home on their own schedule. But no matter where your opinion falls on mail-in ballots, the correlation between them and increased voting rates is striking. SEATTLE — Mail-in balloting has caused an increase of…

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November 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Seattle on election night – comparing 2008 to 2012

Two UWEE bloggers compare their experience on election night 2008 to tonight – a night full of memories and emotions. Almeera Anwar SEATTLE – I remember four years ago: I was a freshman at the University of Washington and had just voted for the first time in my life. I remember feeling educated and that my…

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November 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Is social media “turning off” young voters to political discourse?

President Obama introduces himself on Reddit, where he opened up an “Ask Me Anything” forum for questions. (Screenshot by Kristine Kim / UW Election)

Young voters are more engaged with the election than ever before, thanks to social media. But are today’s conversations as deep as they were in the past?

Seattle — You’ve heard the trends. College students who didn’t even have time to tune in to any of the three presidential debates know that their friends are talking politics when the subjects of Big Bird or binder —  particularly those full of women —  come up. It’s the product of the social-media engine, where a South Korean pop star can go viral in the United States and an “Ask Me Anything” open forum by the president causes Reddit participants to chant, in the form of internet comments, “One of us! One of us!”

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Comments | More in Culture, National | Topics: discourse, Election 2012, social media

November 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOLcats and the election: how memes have taken over the news

As election day looms, “zinger” retweets and reblogs catapult political memes into the public eye.

On Twitter memes often appear in the form of hashtags.  (Image courtesy of AdWeek.com / UW Election Eye)

SEATTLE — Internet meme (n.): “a catchy phrase or idea associated with an image, which often becomes viral online.”

During the presidential debates, my Twitter feed was aflutter with homemade memes and my Tumblr flooded with political commentary in that oh-so familiar form of white blocky text over photos.

Memes catapulted to fame in 2006 with the rise of the LOLcat and the kitties of I Can Haz Cheezburger.

The first memes I remember seeing were of the “I can haz” variety, but plenty has changed in the past few years, and now this internet art form has become a key part of the 2012 presidential election.

This became especially apparent during the months leading up to the first of the 2012 presidential debates. As October neared, Internet users of all ages were churning out Obama and Romney memes at full-speed.

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Comments | More in Culture, National | Topics: discourse, Election 2012, memes

October 17, 2012 at 7:10 AM

What’s in a “Like”?: Social Media and the Election

We hear so much about “the power of social media.” But just how much are we  influencing others when we post or tweet to those already in our audiences?  SEATTLE – You care about the future of your country.  In this closely fought election and in this polarized environment, you are enthusiastically posting every persuasive…

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July 28, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement

The redrawing of Washington’s 1st Congressional District and the vacancy created by Democrat Jay Inslee, who left his seat to run for governor, have created a competitive race that includes five Democrats, one Republican, and one Independent. The August 7 primary election will reduce the number of candidates to two for the November ballot.

Congressional District 1 candidates - Seattle CityClub Debate

Candidates for the First Congressional District showed their colors in the CityClub debate’s lightning round in Redmond on July 25, 2012. (Photo courtesy Seattle CityClub)

REDMOND, Wash. — Six of the seven candidates running for Congress in the newly redrawn District 1 participated in Seattle CityClub’s 2012 Community Matters Campaign Civil Civics this past week to debate and answer audience questions.

Candidates included Democrats Darcy Burner, Suzan DelBene, Steve Hobbs, Darshan Rauniyar, and Laura Ruderman alongside Republican John Koster. The only candidate not present for the debate was Independent Larry Ishmael. Joni Balter of the Seattle Times moderated what she called the “liveliest” congressional race in the state.

The sold-out event held on the Microsoft campus was packed with press, Microsoft employees, and the general public. The audience was attentive and respectful, even amid a few tough questions and a zinging comment by Burner toward DelBene at the end of the debate.

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Comments | More in State | Topics: Civil Civics, Darcy Burner, Darshan Rauniyar

June 29, 2012 at 7:05 AM

A high school student climbs the local political rungs

Daniel Warwick is pure politics and persuasion, and he has the necessary skill: he has a handshake to remember.

The squeeze of his hand is fine, but it’s the character of his stare and the calmness of his brow that seal the deal. It’s a handshake moment that makes you wonder if you met his expectations, and recount how many times you pumped to make sure you at least are on his level.

For him, politics and persuasion are fun, challenging, rewarding and the best way to spend his high school years. Warwick is 18 years old, you see, and has already participated in more public service than most of us will in a lifetime.

He’s a suburban kid who attends Interlake High School in Bellevue. It’s hard to imagine him doing anything bad in his community, but for many it’s harder to imagine him doing all the good that he has tried to do. That is the hurdle he seeks to overcome. Warwick is climbing the mountain of local politics that is dominated by an older generation.

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: Bellevue, Democrats, Election 2012

May 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

An immigrant family’s journey to citizenship and the right to vote

As new American citizens, an Albanian family reflects on the journey that brought them to the United States and the rights they will never take for granted.

Merita and Naim Hyseni were sworn in as United States citizens on October 27, 2011. Pictured with their sons Oltion (left) and Julian (right). (Photo by Lara Underhill/UW Election Eye)

SEATTLE — Naim and Merita Hyseni are from Albania and they will be voting this year for the first time as American citizens.

The Hysenis are also my parents-in-law.

Last week I went to their home to talk to them about how they got to the United States and what it means to them to exercise their right to vote in their new country.

But first…we eat.

I grew up in the Southeast and I thought that was a culture of food. But I learned early in my relationship with my husband Julian that Southern hospitality has nothing on Albanian food traditions. Just when you think you’ve finished the meal, another delicious course comes out of the kitchen.

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Comments | More in Culture, Local | Topics: Albania, communism, democracy

May 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Gubernatorial candidates, especially Rob McKenna, spending campaign dollars out of state

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna have spent almost the same amount so far on their campaigns for governor. But differences in the way they spend just might give us a clue as to who will win in November, and how they’ll run our state.

(Graphic by Betsy Hauenstein/UW Election Eye)

Politics is a money game.  The candidate with the most cash usually wins, but in Washington state’s gubernatorial race, the two main candidates are almost neck and neck in terms of fundraising. There’s no sign that this tight race will let up before November, so what matters most is how they choose to spend that money.

Thanks to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), we get an idea of where the money is going.

The graphics above categorize all of the expenses listed on the PDC website for the Rob McKenna (R) and Jay Inslee (D) campaigns. The more than 1,000 expense entries for each campaign provide a glimpse into each candidate’s campaign approach.

The numbers tell two stories: one about new technologies, one about an old truism.

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Comments | More in State | Topics: advertising, campaign funds, Election 2012

May 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Amendment One: A different kind of North Carolina blue

Student volunteer for the Coalition to Protect NC Families poses in Raleigh, NC on April 18, 2012.

Student volunteer for the Coalition to Protect NC Families makes a statement with his shirt in Raleigh, NC on April 18, 2012. (Photo by Elizabeth Wiley/UW Election Eye)

As a transplant to Washington  from North Carolina, today’s primary election — and the overwhelming vote in favor of Amendment One — was a disappointment.

SEATTLE — I was born and raised in North Carolina — the same as my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. We can trace both sides of my family ancestry back to North Carolina in the 18th century.

I have now lived in Seattle for 11 years and during all this time, I have always been proud to say I was from North Carolina.

But not today.

Today, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that says the following:

Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.

I am deeply disappointed in my home state and what a new constitutional amendment means for my family and friends who live in North Carolina, as well as what it means for my chosen home of Washington State.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Election 2012, North Carolina, North Carolina Amendment One

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