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Surveying the scene at the Dane County GOP election night party in Madison

At least they had sense enough not to call it a Victory Party. The event that brought a couple hundred Republicans together Tuesday night at City Center West, an office park on Madison's far west side, was dubbed an "Election Night Watching Party." Most people there knew that John McCain and Sarah Palin were not likely to win. Of course, that doesn't mean they were not delusional. >More
 Live-blogging the 2008 general election in Madison and beyond: Obama vs. McCain

November 4 marks the day of days in modern American politics, a historic showdown for between Barack Obama and John McCain for the presidency. Though nearly every election is touted as the most important of its time, the tremendous levels of interest in and consequences of this contest confirms its significance. >More
 Election Day 2008: Twitter the vote in Madison and Dane County

Follow voters as they twitter their Election Day experiences at polling places in and around Madison. >More
 The Madison City Clerk's office is buzzing on Election Day

It's just past 11 a.m. and the city clerk's office is humming. "Maribeth, Maribeth?" someone is calling out. "Maribeth? Maribeth Witzel-Behl, the city clerk, is on the phone, her undivided attention unavailable. >More
 The eyes of the newspaper world are on U.S.

On those mornings that hold the prospect of great historical or consequential significance, there are few better resources from which to gather global perspectives than the Washington, D.C.-based Newseum. >More
 Making the extreme sacrifice of voting on Election Day

I purposely picked what I thought would be the worst possible time: Early morning, after the early risers had backed up the system and just as the people heading to 9-5 jobs would back it up further. I wanted to see just how tough voting in what may be the highest-turnout election in U.S. history -- and clearly the most important in the history of the world -- would be. >More
 Madison early voting total tops 32,000 for 2008 election

The Madison City Clerk's office released its final total of absentee voters in the 2008 fall election, a figure that represents a turnout nearly one-fifth higher than that seen four years ago. "Today, 911 people voted in the City Clerk's office," reads a brief report relayed by mayoral spokesperson Rachel Strauch-Nelson on Monday night. "In total, 17,808 people voted early, and that brings our absentee totals to 32,012." >More
 Celebrate Election Day with watch and victory parties around Madison

Given the longtime voting record and political reputation of Madison and Dane County, there's no doubt that the dominant hope around the city will be for an Obama victory. No matter what the outcome is, plenty of folks plan to experience it together. >More
 On the Agenda: The election, downtown plan, homeless property rule

The Madison Housing Committee considers Ald. Brenda Konkel's controversial proposal to require the city to give the homeless 72-hours notice before removing their personal possessions from public parks. The city would also have to store the property for 90 days, before disposing of it. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Pulling the lever, partying like a rock star

When someone asks you in 25 years where you were on November 4, 2008, wouldn't you rather tell them you were belting out Stevie Wonder's "For Once In My Life" in front of a few hundred of your closest friends at Madison's Favorite Nightclub than home on your couch clicking between Brian Williams and Katie Couric? >More
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