What to expect from Ballotpedia election coverage on November 2

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October 26, 2010

"Time to get ready to vote"

By Bailey Ludlam, Geoff Pallay and Joseph Kastner

In exactly one week, voters will cast their ballots to approve or defeat ballot measures, elect new or incumbent representatives and overall cast their opinions on the politics of today. Thousands of ballots will be cast on numerous issues, but here at Ballotpedia we aim to break it all down for you.

Throughout the year we've worked hard to bring you the latest news, facts and details about upcoming elections. The November 2 general election is no different. This year, however, we bring you more than our regular statewide and local ballot measure coverage. Details on this year's gubernatorial, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and legislative elections can be found here.

But, that's not all. On the night of November 2nd, once voters have cast their ballots and polls have closed, look to Ballotpedia for the aftermath: exclusive ballot measure election results, news updates and a glimpse of this year's legislative wins and losses.

November 2: what to expect

The results: Ballotpedia editors will be updating pages with results about 30-40 minutes after polls close. Then, we will periodically be updating those pages as results continue to come in. However, should the website crash for any reason during the night of the election, there will be several other mediums by which Ballotpedia will announce results. Results will be announced via our news website, Ballot News and through our twitter feed.

Ballot measures: Specifically, for the November 2, 2010 general election ballot 160 ballot questions have been certified in 37 states. 5 political topics dominate the 2010 ballot, and 3 of the 5 most popular topics each relate to fiscal policy. The "Big 5" on the 2010 ballot are taxes, administration of government, elections and campaigns, bond issues and state budgets. The number of 2010 ballot measures relating to fiscal topics is an increase of about 13% over the number of such measures on the 2008 ballot.

The 2010 ballot includes fewer social issues (such as abortion, marriage, immigration, gambling) than has been the case in most recent years, although one of the most widely-remarked measures on the ballot, California's Proposition 19, is a classic in the genre.

"Where do I find state legislative results?"
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Legislative races: Voters will elect legislators to 6,125 seats on November 2. A total of 46 states will be holding legislative elections, with a total of 88 chambers electing new members. Ballotpedia will post results for state races as fast as we can gather the information. We will also post the overall chamber results and indicate how many chambers switched hands.

The Democratic Party heads into these elections with a commanding lead in the state legislatures -- holding the majority in 52 of the 88 chambers with elections. Meanwhile, Republicans are the majority in 33 of the 88 chambers. Election experts are projecting wide-sweeping victories for Republicans, ranging from a cumulative pick-up of 400-600 seats. Additionally, as many as 18 legislative chambers have been considered in play.

This year's state legislative races are of particular importance because of the coming redistricting after census data is released. More control at the state legislative level often leads to greater sway in how districts are drawn.

State Attorney General races: While there are a grand total of thirty state attorney general contests on the ballot on November 2, only twenty-six of those feature a candidate facing actual competition. Of the thirty seats up for election, twenty are currently held by a Democrat and ten by a Republican. Ballotpedia will post results for state races as fast as we can gather the information. We will also post the overall State AG results and indicate how many seats switched hands.

Heading into Election Day, the Democratic Party holds a commanding lead among state attorney general offices with thirty-two up against the eighteen for the Republican Party. With a week left until the 2010 midterm elections, Ballotpedia has predicted that Republicans will win eighteen of these races while the Democrats will come away with twelve. Of these eighteen elections the Republican Party is projected to win, seven of them - Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma - will have been offices that were previously held by Democrats.

Stay tuned for Nov. 2 election results!!

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