What an interesting night!
Barack Obama won the presidential election. According to Fox News,”Obama’s key groups made the difference — both in their makeup of the electorate and, for the most part, their strength of support for him. Non-whites made up 28 percent of the electorate, up a bit from 27 percent in 2008. This group largely backed Obama: 71 percent of Hispanics (it was 67 percent last time), and 93 percent of blacks (down a touch from 95 percent).”
The first openly gay person was elected to the senate.
Two states voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
Maine and Maryland became the first states ever to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote.
If you are curious about how the polling stats and predictions work, March of the Nerds is an interesting read.
There were also a lot of issues with poll problems. In fact, the Huffington Post has a whole page dedicated to the issue.
This interactive map highlights many of the issues reported, including long lines, machines switching votes, and mail-in ballots being thrown away. In contrast, efforts to ensure that those in places hit by Sandy could still vote, New Jersey allowed voting by email and extended the deadline and New York allowed affidavit voting, enabling voters to use a polling place outside their district.