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Election Night: special!

4. November 2008 • Murph
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Election Night’s a good night to spend out with like-minded folk, celebrating or commiserating, as the case may be.

For those who want to go straight to the source, County Clerk Kestenbaum will be hosting a shindig:

If you want to be social on Election Night, here’s another option for you.

We’re reviving the old tradition of Election Night at the county seat, featuring immediate access to local election results, local politicos, local reporters, much election conversation and speculation, plentiful food, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Also, televisions to follow national results.

It all starts at 8:00 pm at 200 N. Main (corner of Main & Ann), in downtown Ann Arbor.

Unlike partisan victory parties, you don’t even have to pretend to have worked on a campaign. Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, Socialists, and the unaffiliated all welcome.

You can also stroll to and from, um, partisan parties only a couple blocks away.

To my knowledge, there will be election night parties at the Arbor Brewing Company and Corner Brewery (one can expect these to be leaning, ahem, slightly to the Democrat), and the Sidetrack has a “free beer with ‘i voted’ sticker” special (requires a coupon, too – find a friend on their e-mail list).


  1. Free movies tomorrow at the Michigan Theater with your “I Voted” sticker.

    20% off food and $1 off all pints all day at Ashleys with your “I Voted” sticker.

    Arbor Brewing will release a special brew at 8:00pm.

    Ben and Jerrys on State Street (and other locations) is giving a free scoop from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

       —Juliew    Nov. 4 '08 - 06:51AM    #
  2. Free Starbucks coffee w/ “I voted”.

    Free Krispy Kreme star-shaped donut at company stores; the nearest are in Troy and in Allen Park.

    I’ve seen notes (but didn’t catch any details) about free rides to the polls.

       —Edward Vielmetti    Nov. 4 '08 - 08:29AM    #
  3. There’s free Starbucks coffee for voters, but federal law prohibits payment of money, goods or services in return for voting?

    (Personally, I only vote for the stickers.)

       —Bruce Fields    Nov. 4 '08 - 09:23AM    #
  4. Free rides to the polls – call Peace Neighborhood Center – 662-3564 – non-partisan.

       —Leah Gunn    Nov. 4 '08 - 05:39PM    #
  5. The Corner also has two Rat Pads (Jackass Ale or Stubborn Elephant) on tap at 8pm and you get to vote on which you like better starting at 10pm.

    I hope these places will accept my homemade “I voted absentee!” sticker :)

    PS to Bruce: I have learned that my students will do anything (within reason) for a sticker.

       —TeacherPatti    Nov. 4 '08 - 07:44PM    #
  6. Patti –

    If you’re at the Corner tonight, maybe we can finally meet in person. (I’ll be the person drinking out of the mug labeled “Murph”, unless somebody swipes my mug…)

       —Murph    Nov. 4 '08 - 08:25PM    #
  7. Hey! I’ll be drinking out of the mug that says Patti. It also has a happy face on it that Stefanos (I think is his name) says looks like the Hey Kool-Aid! guy.
    See you then :)

       —TeacherPatti    Nov. 5 '08 - 12:54AM    #
  8. I got to meet Murph in person!! :) Yay! :) Srsly, nice meeting you! (and see Chuck W., who messed with my mind by getting his haircut :))

       —TeacherPatti    Nov. 5 '08 - 08:44AM    #
  9. Murph is awesome, isn’t he?

       —Leah Gunn    Nov. 6 '08 - 02:52AM    #
  10. Yep. And one day, when we have our mythical picnic, I hope to meet you too, Leah :)

       —TeacherPatti    Nov. 6 '08 - 04:34AM    #