Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 5:45 – 10:00pm

Free Election Night Special: Many Happy Returns

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. Free.


No matter what happens in any contest today, from small-town levies to the national presidency, we all are bonded by the voting process—by democracy. So why watch Election Night results at home alone when you could watch, discuss, and cheer with friends and/or fellow political junkies at Town Hall? We’ll have two big screens going starting at 6:30 (one local results; one national), and we’re even holding an election-night contest of our own—with prizes!

To win, answer these two questions in the “comment” section below: 1) What one thing most motivated you to vote this election season? And 2) What are your hopes for our city, our state, our country after the elections? Lucky winners will receive free Primo Pizza and primo seating, and will be invited to stand up and share their answers at 6 pm, during the pre-results Happy Hour, joined by Town Hall Scholar in Residence Lesley Hazleton with her own responses.

And no matter what, we’ll have a special Primo Pizza deal for everyone who attends (a free salad with every medium pizza ordered for delivery to Town Hall), plus the usual snacks, beer, and wine available for purchase, whether you need to drown your sorrows or celebrate in victory!

Admission is free (though you should reserve at the Buy Tickets button below if you know you want to join us). Downstairs at Town Hall;  enter on Seneca Street.

Watch Ahamefule Oluo, Town Hall’s Artist in Residence, share his reflections:



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  1. Erin
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    1) I’m motivated to vote because there have been enough elections where the votes of individuals turned the election. It gives me pleasure to know my vote “cancels out” the vote of intolerant, right-wing voters. Finally, I vote because I can. Women, minorities, etc… have a DUTY to vote to return the favor of those who fought for this precious right.

    2) My hopes for the city after the election is that we will continue to create more open spaces (for example opening up the waterfront wherever possible and connecting spaces with walking/cycling paths) and continue to nurture a deeper community through civic engagement and good neighborliness.

  2. Posted November 3, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Hearing Mitt Romney say that nobody dies in this country if they don’t have health insurance–they just go to the ER.
    Nothing could be further from the truth. And no attitude more dangerous or damaging to try to get adequate health care reform in this country. People do die from lack of insurance. People go bankrupt, lose their homes and their jobs due to their health problems and lack of adequate insurance. And worst of all, politicians much more concerned with perception and scoring political points with their base than doing the right thing.

  3. cbjaap
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    on the short list of American values, I was beginning to lose faith that human-rights-for-all would ever edge out profit-for-some-at-any-cost. I was unsure whether a true (not just pc lip service) shift toward the former would even occur while I was still alive/voting. with our current administration I now believe in the possibility. far more concerned with the honesty than the pace of that progress, I mailed in my ballot.

  4. Bonnie Jones
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    1. I am a 65 year old woman, and I’m not a college graduate, but it is clear to me that the most important issue in this election and in my lifetime is the influence of money on what used to feel like a democracy. When oil companies are allowed to contribute without limits and anonymously, we are prohibited from moving forward with desperately needed energy alternatives, as has been the case with the electric car for the past 20 years. When insurance companies are allowed to contribute without limits and anonymously, we are powerless to create effective healthcare programs that are routine, effective and affordable in developed countries around the world. When super-wealthy ideologues are allowed to contribute without limits and anonymously, our social commitment to each other parallels their vision and not ours, and our tax laws favor a tiny minority while hurting almost all other citizens. When hedge fund managers are allowed to contribute without limits and anonymously, we do not impose the appropriate regulations that do nothing more than limit the possibility of another horrendous risk gone bad by our banking system. The list goes on and on. Although money diminishes candidates of both parties, this year many victories for democrats reflect overwhelming the barrage of misleading ads with common sense, and may typify small victories against big money influences.
    2. My hope for my city, state and country after this election is that the majority of ordinary people like me will become painfully aware that huge money interests are deciding our fate in how we live our day-to-day lives, and that the democratic concept that my vote is every bit as valuable as a millionaire’s, is rapidly slipping away.

  5. Posted November 5, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    It’s a civic duty to vote. If you are a voter, you are compelled to be informed on all the details, the ones that fall between the cracks in our crazy busy world. I mailed in my vote. Mail-in voting is the way to go, just ask Florida. My hopes for the future are that we find ways to do the right thing, on the local, state and federal level. With Pres. Obama re-elected, that will, in many ways, keep hope alive.

  6. Dana Twight
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    1. I worked harder than I ever have before on this election due to R74 having an impact on a member of my immediate family.
    2. Hopes for the future after the election include redefining our civil discourse to include words/phrases like share, public good, collaboration and compromise as badges of honor and citizenship, not labels of shame and disconnection.

  7. Karen Morgan
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    1.) The thing that most motivates me to vote is to ensure that my voice is heard. It is the only way to transfer what I believe is important into something concrete. I firmly believe that the opposing views of the Republican party are harmful for this country, and I want to make sure that my vote reflects this concern. We learned that each and every vote is important to the outcome from the Bush victory in 2000. I hope and pray that our memories are not so short that we have forgotten that 2000 victory and that we all ensure our voices are heard by VOTING!!!!!!

    2.) I hope that the people elected during this election cycle understand the level of disappointment and disapproval the public feels toward their elected officials. I hope that the people elected during this election cycle put concern for the people of this country AS A WHOLE ahead of themselves and the corporations that support them. This is not a country made by the corporation for the corporation. It is a country made by the PEOPLE for the PEOPLE! Corporations are not people, my friend. Our elected officials have forgotten that and they need to be reminded. I hope they get the message and listen to what THE PEOPLE are saying.

  8. Bill
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    1, One word: EXTREMISM

    2. Mass transit, shared community, public commons/spaces, pedestrian-friendly cities, urban beautification, population density, humane economic and social strutures.

  9. Posted November 5, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    1) one motivation? Civic duty. My specific issue, though, is the governor’s race and concerns about McKenna supporting urban-specific needs like multimodal transportation infrastructure.

    hope for the city: more fearless investment in infrastructure, social services, education, and law enforcement
    hope for the state: clear goal-oriented governance, optimizing for citizen welfare along with economic efficiency
    hope for the nation: continued progression toward collectivist solutions for collective problems, and more compassionate stances in both foreign relations and domestic policies

  10. Kenneth Randolf
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    1. My first vote–as a then 19 year old—was for George McGovern in 1972. Then and for much of my life I believed in the efficacy of my vote and in the genuiness of “our democracy. I now choose not to vote because—conversely—I no longer believe in the efficacy of my vote and because I’m convinced that “our democracy” is not a democracy at all. It is a mere figment of our collective imagination and the sum of all our combined delusions. Our country is now a full-blown Corpocracy (a nation ruled & dominated by powerful corporations). My vote, your vote, all votes, consequently mean nothing, and will never again mean anything until we rise up and destroy the control corporations have over our political and social affairs.
    2. My hopes for the City, State, and Nation, after the “election” (i.e., mass delusion) is that the rise and destruction I speak of will come about as quickly as present circumstances so clearly and loudly demand.

  11. Tina schwennicke
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know how kid friendly this will be? This is one night we wish we had a TV…

      Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      Hi Tina. Kids absolutely are welcome — we’ll just basically be watching TV and eating pizza! Hope you all can make it.

  12. peg staeheli
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I was motivated to vote because this year I joined the “irphan club” – bothe parents are deceased but they instilled a respect for all opinions but the importance of having an opinion.

    My hope for the country is that we as a people will recognize we truly care for each other and that we are powerful when we work together for the commom good.

    My hope for the state is that we will recognize the importance of educating our children. Secondly that we will demonstrate action to improve our lands and our water bodies.

    My hope for Seattle- we will recognize that our transportation system is no longer based on cars and we will all join in the simple pleasure of planting a tree.

  13. Atticus Lee
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    1. As a young American, the idea that voting is a civic duty has been drilled into my conscience over the past election cycle. I have sat though mandatory lectures on the importance of casting a ballot. On the news I have heard countless diatribes from all ends of the political spectrum concerning issues of corruption and fraud. I have seen my generation become more disenfranchised in the face of the politico capitalist behemoth that is America. Many of my peers told me that voting is a pointless act, because one way or another our drones will end up killing an innocent girl in syria. I know what they say is at least partially true, and I find it to be wholly disturbing. I still think that voting is an important part of becoming an adult. Why I choose to vote is simple; voting gives me humility. To cast a ballot is to effect a particulate of change. It will not change the course of history, nor will it transform you into an activist. What it does do is gives you a foothold to balance your acts and beliefs on, to trial your convictions upon.

    2. I know that America has a lot of problems, but there are a few that I think are very pressing during this election cycle. The first is marriage equality, I’d like to say that all marriages are equal but they truly are not. No, there are two kinds of marriages out there. There are those that are based upon the belief in love as a force of nature, as a intricately woven tale of two souls that are bound together. These are the people who recognize that human love is something that should never be stifled. And their are those who hold that some peoples love is more sanctified than others, and therefore they should be given rights within their marriage that others cannot have. One day I want to be married and I want to share that right with those who are gay and lesbian as well, because I feel like marriage should be the universal way for one people to share their love, and it wouldn’t be the same if we segregated our passions. I also want to see education bolstered, because education is the key to a bigger economy. People act like this isn’t true, like there is some set number of white collar jobs in America, but they forget the ingenuity of the generations before them. We are on the precipice of a new era concerning the global initiative, we can work together to make things happen in big ways, or we can keep cutting education and expect more strip malls. Personally, I want to see discussions about federal aid for math and science programs in continuing education, and seminars in which politicians and scientists get together to discuss new fields of technology that could be readily applied to increase the welfare of the general public. My tax dollars feel better spent on renewable energy and a national high speed rail system than it does on military equipment galore.

  14. Maria
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    1) Civic duty and democratic privilege. I want to be part of my community knowing I have voiced my choice. Also, R74 affects many people close to me, and it is an imPortant issue to me and my family.
    2) More cooperation and respectful discussion and/or disagreement, less partisan bickering/obstruction.

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