Friday, November 9, 2012
Voters in the mostly suburban cities Patch covers were more opposed to the proposed gay-marriage ban than Minnesota voters generally.
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities voted on the ballot measure that would have added a definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman to the state Constitution. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to exceed the 50 percent level of support it needed in the Nov. 6, 2012 general election. It got 47.53 percent, according to unofficial results from all but two of Minnesota's 4,102 precincts' results. Taken together, people in cities served by Patch—mostly in the Twin Cities suburbs—rejected the marriage amendment in greater proportion (61.21 percent) than Minnesotans taken as a whole (52.47 percent). Support for the amendment in places covered by Patch ranged from 14.51 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 54.…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
After being defeated by incumbent Congressman Keith Ellison, Fields reflects on the outcome of Election Day and encourages people to keep up their fight for a better America.
Editor's note: The following is a release from Chris Fields for Congress. Dear Friends, Last night was a very tough night for Republican candidates across the great state of Minnesota. In one night the State House and Senate went from red to blue. Seats that were traditionally “safe” lost in a landslide. This loss is tough for all of us. I came up woefully short in my campaign to unseat Keith Ellison. However, the campaign for freedom never dies. It is because of the tremendous support, and generosity that each of you has given me we will live to fight another day. Our fight is not against Keith Ellison or the Democratic Party, it is a fight for America's future. This is a time to reflect but not retreat from our core values…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
How did your city vote on the constitutional amendment to require photo ID to vote?
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities voted on the proposed Voter ID amendment to the state Constitution, which would have required photo ID at polling places. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to pass the 50 percent level of support it needed (46.34 percent with all but three Minnesota precincts' results). But if citizens in 14 of these Patch communities had their way, the state Constitution would have a new amendment. Support for the amendment in these cities covered by Patch ranged from 19.30 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 61.23 percent in St. Michael.* "No" in the table below includes ballots on which voter left "Yes" and "No" blank. NOTE: These are unofficial figures until local canvassing boards verify them…
The school held its council elections on Election Day.
While adults around town were hitting their local precincts Tuesday, many Richfield Dual Language School students were casting their votes for student council officers and representatives. The winners were: Student Council President Student Council Vice President Student Council Secretary Student Council Treasurer All council seats are held by fifth-graders. Fourth-Grade Representatives Sr. Gonda (Room 147) Sra. Woods (Room 149) Sra. Pires (Room 150) Third-Grade Representatives In Training Sra. Brynildson (Room 142) Sra. Castro-Franco (Room 143) Sra. Palmer (Room 145) Sra. Jacques (Room 148) Congratulations to all candidates and to the winners, from Richfield Patch.
From the approved referendum to how Richfield voted in the presidential race, all the information you need is here.
***Last Updated: 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012*** Looking for a one-stop-shop for all your Election 2012 results? You got it here. The following is a collection of articles and links to get you to your desired results page: All numeric results for local, state and national races can be found in: *** Fourth District Judge Minnesota Supreme Court Marriage Voter ID Richfield Patch will continue its coverage of local, state and national races, and ballot measures, in the coming days. This article will be updated as more articles are written. Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
While Minnesota as a whole was more even, Richfield voters overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama in his re-election bid.
Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Thousands of Richfield voters made it to their respective precincts Tuesday to cast their vote for a variety of races and, of course, the President of the United States. As it is no secret that Richfield traditionally votes liberal, the voters overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama in his bid for re-election. Between all the nine Richfield precincts, Obama received an average of nearly 66 percent of the vote, compared to Romney's 28 percent—a 38 percent difference, according to unofficial results. Obama's 66 percent take in the 2012 election is also important because that is roughly the same percentage of votes he took in the 2008 …
Democrats say the divisive amendments and the state shutdown may have contributed to heavy Republican losses.
After just two years at the helm of the Minnesota Legislature, Republicans lost control of both the House and Senate on Tuesday night—a defeat at least some Democrats are attributing in part to the marriage and Voter ID amendments. Going into Election Day, Republicans controlled the House 72-61 and the Senate 37-30. While votes in some districts were still being counted early Wednesday, Republicans conceded that they lost both majorities in the early morning hours, according to Twin Cities media reports. The DFL needed to pick up just four seats in the Senate and six seats in the House. "[Voters] spoke, and they spoke loudly. It was clear they wanted to see a different direction," ousted Eagan Sen. Ted Daley (R) said in an interview with …
Not only did the Democrats sweep Richfield, they also gained House and Senate majority.
***Last Update: 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012*** Reps. Linda Slocum (50A) and Jean Wagenius (63B), as well as Sen. Patricia Torres-Ray (District 63) were all given another term early Wednesday morning, with newcomer Melissa Halvorson-Wiklund getting the Senate District 50 seat. And they're all part of the Democratic Party. Which isn't a surprise, being that Richfield traditionally votes liberal. What is a surprise, however, is these four wins helped the DFL gain the majority in both the House and Senate. Anaylists had previously predicted the Senate could go blue, but the House was a major surprise for most. According to MinnPost, the new Senate appears to have 39 DFLers and 28 Republicans, with the House makeup appearing to be 73 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Following 2011's upset, unofficial results show voters upheld the school district's request for more funds.
After a painful defeat in 2011, the Richfield School Board and referendum advocates are without a doubt happy about the outcome at the polls Tuesday night. According to unofficial results, Richfield voters not only voted to renew the soon-to-expire referendum (14,544 "yes" to 4,965 "no" votes), but also approved a small increase, which will result in an additional $16 in property taxes per year for the average homeowner. Voters saw two questions on the ballot—one for a renewal and one for a renewal with an increase. There were 12,348 votes cast in favor of the renewal with the increase and 7,092 against it, according to the unofficial results. The referendum has a 10-year life. While the additional funding will be a big help, …
Minnesota's voting goes until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close two hours earlier.
Minnesota and Wisconsin voters have, including those in Richfield, until 8 p.m. to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key states ends as much as two hours before then, and exit polling could provide an early indication of whether President Obama or Mitt Romney wins the White House. The earliest key state to watch for is Virginia, where polls close at 6 p.m. Minnesota time. Voting ends 30 minutes later in swing states Ohio and North Carolina. At 7 p.m. swing states Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls. Nevada and Iowa, which could be pivotal swing states, close voting at 9 p.m. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.