While polls closed on election day without reports of major widespread disruptions, civil rights monitors reported getting tens of thousands of calls from voters around the country reporting incidents of intimidation, malfunctioning voting machines, botched ballots, moved polling sites, voter ID troubles and a host of other issues.
The Election Protection coalition, a nonpartisan group made up of dozens of civil rights groups, said it received at least 35,000 calls Tuesday, with 40% of them coming from African Americans and Hispanics.
"The number of complaints as we near the close of election continued to exceed the number of complaints we received in prior election years," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which is part of the coalition. "It is clear voter intimidation is something we are wrestling with in this election cycle."
Activists are not taking the idea of a Donald Trump presidency quietly. Hundreds of demonstrators across the U.S. hit the pavement during the day and evening Wednesday to protest the Republican's electoral victory.
California voters have approved Proposition 51, a $9-billion bond for school construction projects across the state.
The measure was leading 53.9% to 46.1%, according to election returns at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and the Associated Press has called the victory.
State funding to help finance repairs and new school facilities across California had run dry, and Proposition 51 will refill the pot. School construction needs billions of dollars every year, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. With the new cash infusion, the state will once again match local district funding for construction projects.
California voters have approved a significant change of the rules in how proposed laws are approved by the Legislature, overwhelmingly supporting a new mandate for public review of legislation before any final vote.
The change in legislative rules was long discussed in the state Capitol but failed to gain momentum until the initiative written by a former GOP legislator and bankrolled by a wealthy Bay Area activist.