It’s Election Day, and across the country working families are going to the polls. Their votes AND YOURS will decide ballot initiatives in vital federal, state and local races between candidates who stand with working families and those tied to corporations, the 1% and CEOs. We’ll bring you updates from the field on turnout and what people are seeing at the polls.
Did you vote today? Volunteer to phone bank, knock on doors? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
Election Day 2014
11:15 p.m.: Voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved a paid sick leave ballot measure.
Massachusetts voters approve measure requiring up to 40 hours of paid sick time a year. With 71% of vote in, it's winning 60% to 40%.— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) November 5, 2014
11:00 p.m.: Oregon voters elected Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) to a second term. Read more here.
10:55 p.m.: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been declared the winner over Mary Burke (D) in his race for re-election. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:
Scott Walker has sinisterly shown us the reality of how money pollutes politics. Everybody knows Scott Walker does not share Wisconsin’s values and cares more about his own political ambition. But working people will be there every day to remind him of it should he continue his failed, divisive agenda. Mary Burke ran a fantastic campaign and unwaveringly stood by her values that support working people.
10:50 p.m.: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka reacts to news of Rick Snyder victory in Michigan:
Working people in Michigan worked tirelessly to educate every voter on the failed policies of Rick Snyder and the shared values of Mark Schauer. Ultimately, Rick Snyder had enough big-money backers to drown out the truth. Mark Schauer ran a campaign the way politicians should, on the ideas of building a better future for our families. Workers in Michigan know what it means to overcome challenges, from the kitchen table to the ballot box, and will not be deterred.
10:39 p.m.: In Missouri, Amendment 3, which would have weakened due process for teachers, was defeated. This measure would implement teacher performance evaluations that would be used to determine whether a teacher should be dismissed, retained, demoted or promoted. It also would prevent teachers from collectively bargaining over the terms of these evaluations and would take local control of schools away from parents, teachers and school districts. Read more here.
10:28 p.m.: The Associated Press has declared Cory Gardner (R) the winner over Mark Udall (D) for the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado, and in Florida called Rick Scott (R) victor in the race for governor over Charlie Crist (D).
10:18 p.m.: Louisiana Senate race goes to a runoff.
BREAKING: Louisiana Senate race will head to December 6 runoff between Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy #LASen— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) November 5, 2014
10:00 p.m.: Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 351 member Donald Norcross, a graduate of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates School, won his congressional race tonight. He is the first union electrician in Congress since the 1920s.
9:51 p.m.: Big news from Kentucky. Democrats hold on to the state House of Representatives.
Nebraska just joined Arkanas in overwhelmingly passing minimum wage hike--"red states" vote populist when up or down vote.— Michael Podhorzer (@Mike_AFL) November 5, 2014
9:40 p.m.: Responding to Gary Peters' win in the U.S. Senate race in Michigan, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:
Senator-elect Gary Peters will bring a clear, impressive track record of championing working families to the United States Senate. Terri Lynn Land’s strategy to duck debates and evade interviews to avoid defending her unpopular positions failed.
9:30 p.m.: In Minnesota, MSNBC has declared Sen. Al Franken (D) the winner over Republican Mike McFadden, and also Mark Dayton has won the 2014 race for governor.
8:58 p.m.: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) has retained her Senate seat by beating former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Brown moved to New Hampshire after he lost his Senate seat to Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 election. Where does he take his carpetbag next?
8:33 p.m.: NBC calls Arkansas for Tom Cotton (R), a second Senate pickup for the Republicans. Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson (R) won the governor's race as well.
8:23 p.m.: A Florida judge has denied an emergency motion by former Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign to extend voting by two hours in Broward County due to voter confusion and malfunctions. Read more here.
8:07 p.m.: NBC has declared that Tom Wolf (D) has defeated incumbent Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania.
7:55 p.m.: The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO reminds voters in Wisconsin they have until 8 p.m. Central Time to vote and to stay in line.
You have until 8pm. Get in line by 8pm, don't let anyone turn you away, stay and cast your ballot. http://t.co/IEPV88hSBV— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) November 5, 2014
7:36 p.m.: The first U.S. Senate results are in, and Alison Lundergan Grimes fell short in her attempt to unseat Mitch McConnell. Read more here.
7:20 p.m.: As polls begin to close, here's a reminder to stay in line.
7:17 p.m.: MSNBC reports voting problems in several states. Read more here.
7:13 p.m.: In Maine, massive lines are present and turnout is on track to be higher than ever seen for an off-year election. A number of polling locations passed 2010 numbers by 5 p.m.
7:11 p.m.: The Charlie Crist campaign filed a motion to extend poll hours in Broward County, Fla., because of voting malfunctions.
6:14 p.m.: Attention Michigan voters:
If you have your absentee ballot: If you still have your signed absentee ballot, you can drop it off at your city or township clerk's office—not your voting location—before polls close at 8 p.m. tonight. Your city or township clerk's office address is on the ballot envelope, or you can find it here.
If you don’t have your absentee ballot: If you’ve misplaced your ballot, you can still go vote in-person at your polling location. Polls close at 8 p.m.—you must be allowed to vote if you are in line before the polls close, and you can’t be turned away for losing your ballot. If you aren’t sure where you need to vote, click here to find out. Even if you vote regularly at the same place, your polling place may have changed. Click here to double check.
5:41 p.m.: IMPORTANT CONNECTICUT UPDATE: Two polls in Hartford, Conn., will stay open until 8:30 p.m. The polling locations are Batchelder School, 757 New Britain Ave., and United Methodist Church, 573 Farmington Ave.
5:24 p.m.: This fatal car crash in Toledo, Ohio, knocked out power to 2,000-plus homes in Toledo's south end. Three polling places are operating on generators and voting paper ballots. One other affected polling location (Ironworkers LU) has since had power restored.
5:15 p.m.: In Wisconsin, like father, not like son.
4:36 p.m.: Richard Trumka is on CNBC now. Tune in online or on your TV.
4:28 p.m.: Must read: #TurnedAway: the truth about U.S. voting rights on Election Day, according to you from the Guardian.
4:11 p.m.: Reports coming in of technology problems.
In the States of NC, VA, GA machines are recording Republican ballots when voters try to vote for Democratic candidates.— APRI National (DC) (@APRI_National) November 4, 2014
More details on North Carolina.
4:07 p.m.: Been chatting with AFL-CIO Political Director Michael Podhorzer on Twitter. To read more, visit @Mike_AFL.
3:55 p.m.: The Communications Workers of America (CWA) reminds us that voters face new restrictions.
3:12 p.m.: Mother Jones explores the obstacles voters in heavily African American and Latino precincts face.
Over the past decade, Republican legislators have pushed a number of measures critics say are blatant attempts to suppress minority voting, including voter ID requirements, shortened early voting periods and limits on same-day voter registration. But minority voters are often disenfranchised in another, more subtle way: polling places without enough voting machines or poll workers.
2:58 p.m.: Is the new Texas Voter Photo ID law keeping low-income voters from polls?
One Texas voter: "There are people who can't afford the $28 for the documents. This is so wrong. It is so wrong." http://t.co/j67HUpEOSY— Brennan Center (@BrennanCenter) November 4, 2014
2:47 p.m.: City in Alaska forced to pay for heating at polling place (in a town where it was 8 degrees yesterday) with proceeds from bingo game. Explain again how low government funding serves the people?
2:42 p.m.: Just chatted with Carmen Berkley on Twitter. Read the rest of her responses on Twitter @CarmenSpinDiego.
1:30 p.m.: A hearing is scheduled this afternoon for 2:30 p.m. on the request of Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s campaign to have Hartford’s polls remain open an extra hour, until 9 p.m. The city’s polling places opened up to an hour late because voter registration lists had not been delivered for the 6 a.m. scheduled opening. Read more here.
12:43 p.m.: Future voters are helping with GOTV in Wisconsin:
12:40 p.m.: Reports of long lines and various problems for people trying to vote in Georgia.
12:28 p.m.: Everybody pitches in to get out the vote in New Hampshire.
12:13 p.m.: AFT just tweeted this out.
We’re hearing reports of high turnout in key races, like WI and MI. Let’s #GOTV and make sure every pro-worker voter gets to the polls!— AFT (@AFTunion) November 4, 2014
12:05 p.m.: Ohio AFL-CIO sent us its awesome get-out-the-vote video. Check it out:
11:41 a.m.: The AFL-CIO's Civil, Human and Women's Rights Department is ready to protect our vote on Election Day.
11:39 a.m.: Just chatted with the Koch Sisters on Twitter. We loved what they said about getting your friends and family out today. Karen Koch said to help them with whatever obstacle they face getting to the polls. Hold their child's hand while they vote.
11:30 a.m.: We just got a batch of photos of volunteers from Paducah, Ky., as they get ready to go out to get out the vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes in her U.S. Senate race to unseat Mitch McConnell. See the photo below and click here for a video montage of the photos by Susan French.
11:12 a.m.: In Hartford, Conn., “more than a few” polling places had delayed openings this morning and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy filed a complaint with the Hartford Superior Court asking that polls stay open past their 8 p.m. planned closure to accommodate “voters who were unable to vote or were discouraged from voting this morning,” The Associated Press reports. Read more here.
10:50 a.m.: In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) led the charge in 2011 to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees, as this post from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Facebook page reminds voters.
10:40 a.m.: The Iowa Federation of Labor just posted this reminder on its Facebook page.
10:33 a.m.: In Connecticut, some polls failed to open on time. Hours may be extended. Currently the issue is before a judge. Read more here.
10:27 a.m.: Power outages in Maine have caused several polling place locations to change. See the new polling place locations on the Maine Secretary of State's website.
10:11 a.m.: An important reminder to exercise your right to vote today from AFL-CIO National Young Workers Coordinator Tahir Duckett:
9:30 a.m.: United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) volunteers from Saginaw, Mich.