Election 2016 in Seattle in photos and video

Natassha Chavis, a first-time voter, fills in her ballot on November 8, 2016 at the King County Department of Elections in Renton, WA. Chavis said she’s voting to set an example for her children. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)
Natassha Chavis, a first-time voter, fills in her ballot on November 8, 2016 at the King County Department of Elections in Renton, WA. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Natassha Chavis filled out her ballot at the King County Department of Elections early election day morning. Chavis said she’s voting to set an example for her children.

Temp workers at King County Elections were counting the absentee ballots early in the day.

Immigrant students at the University of Washington held a voting party at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center organized by the Washington Dream Coalition and other student groups.

Organizer Carlos Padilla, a cofounder of the Washington Dream Coalition, said the group wanted to create a space to experience the elections for young people and families who are undocumented.

“Today if I cry, I cry with my community,” he said, before all the election results came in. “If I laugh, I will laugh with my community.”

Kimberly Hollins, a temporary worker at the accessible voting center at Seattle Union Station, goes through her own ballot on November 8, 2016. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)
Kimberly Hollins, a temporary worker at the accessible voting center at Seattle Union Station, goes through her own ballot on November 8, 2016. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)
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Sha’Lyn Chelly casts her vote on November 8, 2016 at Seattle Union Station. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

The mood at the Washington State Democrats’ Westin election watch became more somber as the early national results moved in the favor of Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Thirteen-year-old Samuel Llanillo colors in the map of the United States to correspond with election results at the Washington State Democrats party at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle on November 8, 2016. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)
Thirteen-year-old Samuel Llanillo colors in the map of the United States to correspond with election results at the Washington State Democrats party at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle on election night. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

“I feel like it hasn’t totally set in yet but I’m worried about a lot of my friends who might be affected by this [election] and I’m worried about people who have a lot less privilege than me,” said Melissa Diamond, a student at the University of Washington who was at the Westin.

(L-R) University of Washington students Madhavi Kuthanur, Melissa Diamond and Olivia Corti react as polling results move in the favor of Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)
(L-R) University of Washington students Madhavi Kuthanur, Melissa Diamond and Olivia Corti react as polling results move in the favor of Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

But there were moments that the Democrats cheered, such as when Lieutenant Governor candidate Cyrus Habib, who led his opponent Marty McClendon in early returns, promised to pass the Voting Rights Act in Washington when the legislature starts.

Cyrus Habib, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, speaks to the Democratic crowd at the Westin. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)
Cyrus Habib, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, speaks to the Democratic crowd at the Westin. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Additional reporting by Venice Buhain.

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