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NOTE TO OUR DOWN-TICKET DIARISTS: Election Diary Rescue will continue to compile down-ticket diaries through noon on Friday of this week. This means we'd love to see and enter into the database all diaries about the great races you've been covering so faithfully this campaign season, telling us all how those turned out. Thanks for all you've been doing, and best of luck to all your candidates!

Samples of Today's 67 Diary Collection:

[OH-Sen] Ouch. Senator Sherrod Brown's opponent's family takes out ad denouncing him by Steveningen - Diarist has a post about an ad placed by the family of Josh Mandel (R) in Ohio's Senate race with incumbent Sherrod Brown (D).

[CA-49] CA-49: Darrell Issa Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving - And I Thought Mitt Romney Was Bad! by pipsorcle - So bottom line is this, it is possible for Jerry Tetalman to win over Republicans if they are receptive to hearing him. Not all conservatives or Republicans are self-centered or con men like Darrell Issa and Paul Ryan are. As long as people listen to them, then the anxiety, anger and frustration level are diffused and the openness of dialog begins. Ahhh, the nature of diplomacy.

[MN-Var] Analysis and Race Ratings: MN State Legislature (with maps!) by AndrewMN - Diarist has a post up covering down ticket races in Minnesota.


Today's EDR covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published between noon on November 5th till noon on November 6th. This edition of Election Diary Rescue includes the following gems dug up by our miners.

Diaries: (67)
Senate: (6) posts, (4) states plus various
House: (9) posts, (4) states, (7) districts plus various
State: (2)
Ballot Initiatives: (5)
Various: (4)
General: (41)


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Senate

[CT-Sen] Linda McMahon pulls WWE-style dirty tricks out of the bag by Joan McCarter - Linda McMahon (R-WWE) is doing her damnedest to turn this election into a staged match, with all the dirty tricks she's got in her bag. All the way to impersonating a Democrat.

[MA-Sen] Elizabeth Warren visits hundreds of supporters on Cape Cod - Senator Centerfold's image is fading by 51percent - Description of Elizabeth Warren's visit to Cape Cod on Sunday evening.

[MA-Sen] Running the Numbers: Warren up 52-47 (Herald Poll Skewered) by Gautam - The Boston Herald released a last minute poll conducted for UMass-Lowell by an independent contractor, skewing toward Scott Brown (R) by one percent. Turns out it's an outlier, Warren (D) is leading by more than that.

[OH-Sen] Ouch. Senator Sherrod Brown's opponent's family takes out ad denouncing him by Steveningen - Diarist has a post about an ad placed by the family of Josh Mandel (R) in Ohio's Senate race with incumbent Sherrod Brown (D).

[WI-Sen] Tommy Thompson's medical device profits problem by Joan McCarter - CR Bard make crappy products, but Thompson (R) is happy to make money from them; Tammy Baldwin (D) is his opponent.

[Sen-Var] projection excluding GOP pollsters: Obama wins comfortably, Dems gain in Senate by PALiberal1 - Predictions for the outcome of various Senate races, with maps.


House

[CA-11] CA-11: Debate Between Rep. Jerry Mcnerney and Ricky Gill (Video) - Ricky Gill Naive by pipsorcle - Video footage of the debate between Mcnerney (D) and Gill (R).

[CA-30] Why I’m working for Rep. Howard Berman, by UFW President Arturo S Rodriguez by ufw - No public servant running today has more consistently and selflessly championed farm workers for nearly four decades. As a state lawmaker, Rep. Howard Berman helped craft California’s landmark Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, still the only state law in the nation granting farm workers the right to organize and bargain with their employers. Berman (D) is running against fellow democrat Brad Sherman.

[CA-49] CA-49: Darrell Issa Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving - And I Thought Mitt Romney Was Bad! by pipsorcle - So bottom line is this, it is possible for Jerry Tetalman to win over Republicans if they are receptive to hearing him. Not all conservatives or Republicans are self-centered or con men like Darrell Issa and Paul Ryan are. As long as people listen to them, then the anxiety, anger and frustration level are diffused and the openness of dialog begins. Ahhh, the nature of diplomacy.

[CA-49] *Fundraising Bomb - Last Chance to Help Jerry Tetalman Make Darrell Issa Squeal! * by pipsorcle - Just received an e-mail from the Jerry Tetalman for Congress campaign.  Jerry Tetalman (D) is running against incumbent Darrell Issa (R).

[IL-12] IL-12: Bill Enyart (D) v. Jason Plummer (R) v. Paula Bradshaw (G) (My home district) by JGibson - Second to last diary in a series, this one about diarist's home district. Breakdown of policy positions on the pertinent issues.

[IL-13]http://www.dailykos.com/... a polling compilation] by joanil - Composites of polls show this to be a very close race, with the real possibility of electing Democrat Dr. David Gill.

[MN-06] Michele Bachmann stands behind Muslim scare-mongering by Joan McCarter - Bachmann (R) pretends she didn't attempt to smear Huma Abedin, but she did. Jim Graves (D) is her opponent.

[NY-21] Congressman Bill Owens Makes Big Last-Minute Push in Re-Election Bid by Upstate Blue - Over the last two days, Congressman Bill Owens (D - Plattsburgh) has traveled across all ten counties spanning the enormous new 16,500 square mile 21st Congressional District in northern New York State, which spans from Watertown to Plattsburgh to the Saratoga Springs area.

[House-Var] House Effects: An Updated Comparison and Final Projection by steveholt - Diarist offers details, charts and graphs to back his projections for the U.S. House.


State:

[CA-St.Sen 27 & Var] (CA-Elections GOTV) Doorhangering in the Jungles of Tarzana by Zack from the SFV - The diarist is working on several get out the vote campaigns in California, with particular attention paid to Fran Pavley (D), running in State Senate District 27 against Todd Zink (R).

[MN-Var] Analysis and Race Ratings: MN State Legislature (with maps!) by AndrewMN - Diarist has a post up covering down ticket races in Minnesota.


Ballot Initiatives:

[CA-Prop 32] 10 Ways Proposition 32 Would Hurt California by The Frying Pan - Prop. 32 isn’t an end game. It’s the beginning of a much larger conservative agenda for California. The only way to truly understand the potential impact of Prop. 32’s passage is to analyze the agenda of its backers.

[CA-Prop 32] California Campaign Watchdog Calls out Money Laundering for Yes on 32 by UTBriancl - Shady money is intruding upon the campaign for California's Proposition 32, which would prohibit payroll-deducted funds from being used for political purposes.

[CA-Prop 40] Vote Yes on California Proposition 40: State Senate Redistricting Referendum by Inoljt - Last installment of diarist's series on the many California ballot initiatives.

[CO-Amend 64] PPP: Colorado "set to legalize marijuana tomorrow" by gnostradamus - PPP poll shows 52 percent of Coloradans favor passage of Amendment 64 legalizing and regulating marijuana.

[MD-Question 6] Many Maryland Catholics Support Marriage Equality by Jacovisio - Ordinary Catholics in the Old Line State don't necessarily share the opinions of the Church hierarchy on same-sex marriage.


Various:

[KS-StVar] Kansas -- Home of the new GOP (God's Old Party) by ptgkc - Diarist offers info about Kansas state races and what's at stake.

[NH-Var] Could We Witness History in NH Tomorrow? by jmwalters - If Democrats fare well tonight, New Hampshire could become the first state to be represented by a female governor and an all-female House and Senate delegation.

[Var-Polling] Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Down to 'the only poll that counts' by Steve Singiser - At long last, after 24 months, and nearly 2900 polls, we have arrived at the eve of Election Day 2012. It almost seems hard to believe, but we are now less than 24 hours away from the actual tabulation of votes. The final Wrap of the 2012 cycle adds 69 polls to the mix, meaning we have seen just over 200 polls since the Friday night Wrap went to press.

[Var] sawolf's Final Race Ratings and Predictions for Pres, Gov, Senate, and House (with maps) by sawolf - Diarist has a post up with their predictions of election night 2012.


General/GOTV/EV:

11pm Monday - voters still waiting in line in FL (7 1/2 hours) by GreenCajun - Shortened early voting hours leads to long waits in Florida.

About that excuse for not voting? Sucks. Here are some troubleshooting sites. Help us add to them by Meteor Blades - Here are some links and phone numbers to help with troubleshooting the voting that have been tested and found to work. If you know of others, please add them in the comment thread and we'll use them throughout the day Tuesday.

BREAKING: Governor Cuomo authorizes open voting Statewide by cbastian - A great option, but remember that there are competitive House Races throughout the NYC region. If you can get to your official polling place, please try to do so.

BREAKING: OH SOS Husted Busted - Installed Uncertified & Untested Software on OH Voting Machines by astral66 - At 9am Election Day, a federal judge will decide whether untested and uncertified secret software will remain on Ohio’s vote tabulation and reporting systems in 39 counties. Bob Fitrakis, in his capacity as the Chair of the Ohio Green Party, filed suit at approximately 12:30pm on Monday, November 5 against Ohio Secretary of State John Husted and Elections Systems and Solutions for their clandestine installation of uncertified and untested software.

Businesses All Over the Country Staying Closed to Help Employees Vote by david mizner - The voter suppression mess has caused many civic-minded businesses - 67 in 21 states - to close today so their employees could stand those long lines to vote. What a great idea to make Voting Day a holiday!

Casted my first ballot. Thank you, Daily Kos. by Soviet Reunion - 18-year old first-time voter thanks Daily Kos for informing and shaping his political views, and how that's trickling down through him to the people he knows.

Carl Hiaasen explains Florida Amendments by Oklahoma - Link to the complete list of details and recommendations on the deceptively written amendments.

Daily Kos Elections state legislatures and ballot measures preview by David Jarman - The title of this diary speaks for itself.

Don't spike the ball yet! by willynel - Michael Moore is pleading with people on Lawrence O'Donnell's show for us not to spike the football tonight. 

Election Day Weather Outlook: Final Edition by Pirogue - Final installment of the weather forecasts for today in various cities across the nation.

Election Rights Constitutional Amendment by Troubadour - Diarist is thinking ahead about what must be done as soon as this election is over to guarantee Americans' right to vote in this country, everywhere in this country.

Floridians listen up...866-8683/ 866-OUR-VOTE by Mr SeeMore - Important number for Florida voters to have at hand today, and links to other Election Protection intervenors.

Good News: True the Vote rejected as observers by artr2 - True the Vote lost its bid to monitor 30 polling places in Franklin County by improperly filing their appointments. Yea!

*GOTV Help Today - Kick Darrell Issa out - Vote Jerry Tetalman In by pipsorcle - Diarist issues last minute appeal for GOTV volunteers in the California 49th district.

GOTV links: Down to the wire. by ShoshannaD - Lots of GOTV links for helping out various candidates and ballot initiatives.

Help! We need you in Cary & Raleigh, North Carolina! by MsSpentyouth - We're within a cat's whisker of wrapping up North Carolina, but OFA needs your help for last minute GOTV and voter transportation to the polls.

House 2012 prediction (Final) by Sam Wang with Poll by Iseeurfuture - Wang sees gains for Democrats in the House of Representatives.

IA: Early Voting returns and PPP cross-tabs by Panglozz - Diarist gives the low-down on early voting returns and PPP cross-tabs for Iowa.

If you are aware of any voting problem in NY State, call us - we can help by Dave G - New York Democratic Lawyers Council is tasked today to deal with voter protection in New York state. Use the number provided or diary itself to report problems, the lawyers are on it.

Interesting comment on (ugh) The Blaze. RE: "True The Vote" by Neko608 - Faux "vote integrity" group True the Vote loses permission to observe polling places.

Iowa Early Voting Update 11/6/12 by FightingRegistrar - Last update on Iowa's early voting statistics.

Live Tonight From Daily Kos HQ... by winkk - Diarist announces the DKos live election night coverage on NetrootsRadio.com. Tune in and get your coverage right here!

Lucky Monkey's Guide to the Michigan Ballot Proposals by lucky monkey - Details on intent and opinion pro or con on the several Michigan ballot initiatives. Print it out if you haven't yet voted in Michigan!

My Final Senate Predictions by poopdogcomedy - The diarist predicts outcomes of Tuesday's elections to the upper house.

My wife (Mrs. Cthulhu) not-so-subtly harassed while voting by Cthulhu - Story about voter harassment in deep Texas today, apparently aimed at female voters but not male.

NOTE TO FAIRFAX VA DEMS: Use the paper ballot if you have that option!!!!!!!! by restondem - Diarist was given that option for using a paper ballot, feels much better about that than using the glorified Etch-a-Sketch machine. For Virginia voters, good to have a vote that can be re-counted if necessary.

NV: Early Voting Results and PPP cross tabs by Panglozz - More than 70% of Nevada's voters have already voted in the now-closed two week early voting period. Diarist offers the figures on ballots cast.

PA Voter Intimidation by Spot Cat - There is trouble in Pennsylvania counties today with false information being given out to voters, telling them they must have photo ID. The intervenors are on it, but the problem is widespread. Be aware, voters in PA DO NOT NEED PHOTO ID in order to vote.

Problem at the Polls? 1-866-OUR VOTE by dadadata - Call our Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE if you experience any problems at the polls. You can also text REPORT to 235246.

Report Incidents at Polls by radical simplicity - Another diary with the links and phone numbers to report incidents of voter harassment or suppression at the polls. Be armed with these when you vote.

Republicans ordered by judge to cease IDing prospective voters outside polls by Horace Boothroyd III - Banana Republicans are actually harassing voters so much that a judge in Pennsylvania had to enjoin them from doing so. It was an emergency appeal by county officials based on complaints before 10 am this morning.

Rick Scott Crosses the Line From Crime to Treason by SemDem - Voter suppression that includes having cars towed.

UPDATED (several times): *Sigh Surprise Surprise -- Clusterf*ckery in Florida.... by legalchic - Diarist lists incidents of voter supression and polling place problems in Florida, ongoing.

So Easy by dedes - Video diary of what early voting could and should be: No lines, no wait, no ID required.  In and out in 5 minutes.

Stealing the election? Voter Suppression by sfreeman614 - The Republicans are doing everything possible to steal the election. Diarist focuses in on the voting machine issues.

True the Vote booted from Columbus by martinpecial - Franklin County (Columbus) Ohio officials this morning denied the right-wing voter supporession group the right to monitor 30 election sites because their appointments were improperly filed. Heh.

TRUE THE VOTE Forged Signatures To Get Observers At Ohio Polls, a Felony! by War on Error - The Franklin County (Columbus) BOE met today and determined that True the Vote had likely falsified the forms submitted for general election observers.

Voter Fraud Found - Republican attempts to vote twice by triumph110 - Diarist has a story of voter fraud in Henderson, Nevada.

Voting in a small town in MA by drsampson - Diarist reports a surprising level of illegal 'observer' actions even in small town Massachusetts. Be aware of it.

Where to Find Your Polling Place, Check Registration & Information to Prevent Voter Suppression by Steven D - Links, phone numbers for various election protection if you happen to run into trouble voting today.

You--yes, I mean you--can help fix polling-place problems by jcbdem - Diarist helped alleviate a problem at his polling place today just by making a suggestion to the worker in charge. Know that if you see a way to help things run smoother, you should say something!


* A big THANKS! to all our dedicated EDR volunteers (in alphabetical order): Alma, eeff, Joieau, nomandates, Oke, randallt, restondem, Spedwybabs, Sylv, TruthOfAngels and turbonerd.

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