A Guide to Enjoying Your Election Night

by Sierra Hansen

Every four years, the residents of the United States are witness to one of the most haloed traditions in our country, voting for a president and commander-in-chief, who will govern this great, diverse, and wonderful country. This public vote represents one of the longest standing traditions of a bloodless change in leadership throughout the world.

And, it is a great excuse to join hundreds, or thousands, of people in your community to toast the successes, and sometimes failures, on one night of the year, Super Tuesday. My guess is we won’t know all the wins (or losses) by the end of the night, but we celebrate, none the less.

In case you don’t have plans, here is a quick list of places to celebrate and be among like-minded individuals. And, remember, whoever wins, you still aren’t moving to Canada.

2012 Progressive Election Night Pre-funk Party with various Seattle elected officials between 5:15 – 7:30p.m. at the Warwick Hotel, 401 Lenora Street.

General night parties, arguably non-partisan, can be found at Showbox at the Market, hosted by
The Stranger, or Town Hall, with pizza delivery specials and a no-host bar.

The Washington State Democrats Election Night Party will gather in force starting at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Avenue. Expect sightings of prominent individuals like Representative Jay Inslee, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith, and Party Chairman Dwight Pelz.

In addition to the Democrats, a number other progressive issue campaigns will be at the Westin, including Washington United for Marriage R-74 and No on I-1240.

Prominent Republicans, including Rob McKenna, will gather at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, with adjacent parties being hosted by Tim Eyman in support of Yes on I-1185, starting at 6p.m., Bellevue Hyatt, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.