What to Watch for in Today's Elections

Off-year elections rarely generate much interest from voters. But at a time when those in D.C. can't seem to get much done, local elections are, in many ways, deciding the direction of the U.S. Mike Riggs examines some of compelling storylines.

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November 5, 2013, 12:00 PM PST

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


The results of New York's mayoral election may be a foregone conclusion, but tight races in Minneapolis, Seattle, and Boston mean we'll have to wait until the votes are tallied to learn who will steer some of the country's most progressive cities. In addition to the more than 300 municipalities voting to choose new leaders, a number of city and state ballot measures are garnering national attention. 

In two cities, voters will decide the fate of controversial redevelopment projects. In San Francisco voters "will determine whether developers can build luxury condos along the water at 8 Washington Street," explains Riggs. And in Houston, the fate of the Astrodome, the "world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium" is up to the voters. A ballot measure "would raise property taxes by a half-cent per $100 of home value; that money would then be used to turn the Astrodome into a convention center."

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