Election Day can get pretty chaotic. And on top of that, you’ve just survived a long and contentious election season. So what better way to celebrate the culmination of it all than to gather with friends and food (and maybe some drinks)? Below is a list of the Election Day watch parties happening in Lawrence and the surrounding area. We’ll update the list as we hear of more:
Who: Student Union Activities
When: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Fourth floor lobby, Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
Note: If you want to meet up with us on election night, the PoliticalFiber.com team will be at SUA’s watch party. Come join!
Who: Dole Institute Student Advisory Board
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive
Who: Douglas County Democratic Party
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Dynamite Saloon, 721 Massachusetts St.
Who: Douglas County Republican Party
When: 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: Yacht Club, 530 Wisconsin St.
Who: Young Americans for Liberty — KU
KU YAL has said that they will be having a watch party, but they’re working out the details. Stay tuned.
Who: Kansas Young Democrats
Some of the KYD members will be gathering at the Ramada, 420 SE Sixth Ave. in Topeka.
Who: Frank’s North Star Tavern
When: About 6 p.m.
Where: Frank’s North Star Tavern, 508 Locust St.
For those 21 and older, throw back a few after you’ve voted with this election night drinking game. Mix in any of the rules below to make it your own.
One drink, two drinks, red state, blue state
You’ll need to make Jell-O shots
in three colors: red, blue and purple. (Alternative: You can make red-, blue- or purple-colored cocktails.)
Assign members of your watch party to either the red Jell-O shots, the blue shots or the purple shots. You can also have your Republican friends take the red shots, your Democratic friends take the blue shots and your Independent/third-party friends take the purple shots.
How to play
Each time a state goes to Mitt Romney, everyone assigned to red takes a shot; each time a state goes to Barack Obama, everyone assigned to blue takes a shot. Those assigned to purple must take a shot for every person at the watch party who hasn’t heard of the third-party candidate they support. (If you made red-, blue-, or purple-colored cocktails, replace “takes a shot” in the instructions above with “takes a drink.”)
Other rules to mix in
For these rules, switch to your drink of choice, but remember what color you’ve been assigned to.
• If any member of the media prematurely declares a winner before all results are in, then the supporters of that prematurely declared winner must finish their drinks. This includes any gaffe made on Twitter, Facebook or national television. (And everyone else get to laugh and say “bahahaha not yet.”)
• If a third-party candidate wins more than 2 percent of the popular vote, purple people must finish their drinks and give that number of drinks to a friend. Exmp: If a third-party candidate somehow receives 5 percent of the popular vote, then the purple people get to give our five drinks.
• Each time a pundit or TV announcer, etc., says “close race,” the first person to yell out the name of their candidate of choice gets to assign drinks to someone.
• Each time Kansas is mentioned, wave the wheat. The last person to put his or her hands in the air must take two drinks.
• Each time Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy is mentioned, stand up and spin in a circle. The last person to do so must take two drinks.
• If a pundit or TV announcer mentions any presidential candidate besides Obama or Romney, everyone must finish their drinks and run into the streets because the world is probably ending. (Or, the purple people must take 5 drinks.) This rule also applies if Kansas goes to Obama.
• If Romney wins, red people must finish their drinks and give drinks out to everyone at the watch party.
• If Obama wins, blue people finish drinks and give drinks out to everyone at the watch party.
• If either candidate wins the electoral vote, but not the popular vote, drinks for everyone because this thing is going to drag on foreverrrrrrr.