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Bay Guardian: Election 2005
Tim Redmond (reposted)
The Department of Elections is a lot more efficient now, and the technology is a lot better, so over at City Hall, the era of madness, anticipation and excitement -- the days when we sat around for hours waiting for the scraps of paper that would show us just a few more results, the days when you never knew what was happening until late at night -- is long over. By 10 pm, unless there's a really close race, the local election is history. In fact, the results come up so fast, and in this blog-driven world of instant news when everyone is scrambling to get the latest scrap of info coming around the world at light speed, the moment comes and goes so quick that there's not a lot of time for even half-sober analysis. So I'm going to take a second here, late at night, to try to put the San Francisco election (and the San Francisco mayor) in perspective.

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