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2012 Election Issues
11:30 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting Issues: Long Lines In Florida, Confusion In New Jersey

Voters line up to cast a ballot in Crawfordville, Fla.
Mark Wallheiser Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 3:18 pm

As the voting day has progressed, we've seen some reports of irregularities.. Throughout the day, we'll be surveying our reporters and other news organizations and keep track of significant irregularities in this post.

So far, the big problem has been long lines. Some voters have had to wait hours in line to cast their ballot in battleground states like Florida and Virginia and those affected by Superstorm Sandy like New York.

We'll start with Florida:

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It's All Politics
7:16 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting Queue Etiquette: Hey, Buddy, That's Out Of Line!

South Floridians stood in long lines Sunday during the last day of early voting in Miami.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 9:17 am

For most of us, Election Day marks a welcome end to months of relentless political ads and partisan bickering. You show up at your polling place, run the gantlet of sign-wielding campaign volunteers, and join your fellow Americans in long lines that inch toward the voting booth.

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National Races
6:01 am
Tue November 6, 2012

The Battle For Congress: Senate And House Races To Watch

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., shakes hands with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren at their Oct. 1 debate in Lowell, Mass. The race is one of a handful of contests that could determine party control of the Senate.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 6:02 pm

For Republicans itching to regain control of the Senate, Tuesday's election presents a rare opportunity. Only 10 GOP incumbents are on the ballot, compared with nearly two dozen Democrats and independents who caucus with them.

That means the magic number for Republicans is low. They need only a net gain of three or four seats to take over the Senate — and, assuming they keep the U.S. House of Representatives, consolidate their influence on Capitol Hill. Democrats need to pick up 25 seats to seize the House, a goal that political analysts consider all but out of reach.

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2012 Election
10:27 am
Sat November 3, 2012

U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez Making Sure Election Supervisors Don't Turn Voters Away

This early voting locations like this one at the Brook Hollow Library are now closed until the Nov. 6 election.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is reminding voters and election workers that picture IDs are not required to cast a ballot in Texas. He spoke to Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade about reinforcing the message that Texas has no Voter ID law. 

Congressman Gonzalez was upset last week to read that a Dallas Morning News columnist was asked for a driver’s license when he presented a utility bill at the polling station.

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The Source
4:48 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Mayor Castro and Commissioner Wolff Discuss Support and Opposition to Pre-K 4 SA

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff and Mayor Julián Castro are all smiles after debating Pre-K 4 SA in the TPR studios.
Paul Flahive Texas Public Radio

San Antonians are heading to the polls to vote for candidates in a number of races and the Pre-K 4 SA proposal – to raise the sales tax one eighth of a cent to pay for a full day pre-kindergarten program that proponents say will help turn around the city’s dropout problem.

Mayor Julián Castro is the biggest supporter for Pre-K for SA and says it’s not a silver bullet, but a big step in the right direction.

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff opposes the proposal  because it raises taxes and he says there are too many unanswered questions.

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The Source
3:41 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

The Race for Texas' U.S. Congressional District 23 - Canseco v. Gallego

U.S. Congressional District 23 is one of the largest in Texas. Canseco won the seat two years ago, but some political watchers are saying that the race is very much in contention.
State of Texas District Viewer

Republican Francisco "Quico" Canseco is mounting his first defense of the seat he won two years ago from Ciro Rodriguez. The Democrats want to put this massive district back in the blue column, and State Representative Pete Gallego of Alpine is their nominee.

The 23rd Congressional District is seen as Republican-leaning and is massive – starting in San Antonio and reaching all the way west just shy of El Paso, stretching hundreds of miles along the Texas-Mexico border.

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Voting
10:36 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Texas Secretary of State Addresses Election Observer Concerns

Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen (left) is joined by Texas Sec. of State Hope Andrade to encourage voter turnout during early voting.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As the first five days of early voting came to a close, Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade visited election sites across the state to praise the high turnout during early voting.  Andrade stopped in Bexar County on Friday as election monitors from Europe are being threatened by the state's attorney general.

The two election observers visiting the state are from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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SAPD Spending
9:21 am
Fri October 26, 2012

City Council Will Vote to Replace SAPD Fleet With SUVs

One of the 134 Chevy Tahoes currently in use by SAPD.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Following a transition to the new Public Safety Headquarters – the new home of the San Antonio Police Department – Police Chief William McManus is pushing for a change that will change the look of the department to the public.

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Bexar County Health
4:58 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Free Discount Prescription Cards Available for Residents of Bexar County

Bexar County

Bexar County has inked a deal that will give residents a discount on prescription drugs and add funds to another county health program.

The Coast-2-Coast RX Card is free to anyone, and Martin Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts Inc., said it's similar to other prescription discount cards. He said his company has worked out agreements with pharmaceutical companies based on volume.

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Local Elections
11:19 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Texas Senate Candidate Takes Advantage of Single Spotlight

Texas Senate District 25 Candidate, John Courage, a Democrat, speaks to a voter at the Bexar County Democratic Party Headquarters July 4th
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Candidates don’t often miss the opportunity to deflect what another candidate might be saying, but Texas Senate District 25 candidate John Courage, a Democrat, has frequently had the chance to speak to voters by himself lately; even though his opponent, Republican Donna Campbell, has been invited to the same events.

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