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In the news this morning: Post-election analysis and the Latino vote, a GOP House and immigration, private prisons, more

After brief holdout, Meg Whitman concedes to Jerry Brown - 89.3 KPCC Exit polls showed that Whitman fell short with two key voting groups, Latinos and women.

Mobilizing the Latino vote – CNN An election eve poll of likely Latino voters in eight states conducted by the National Council of La Raza showed immigration playing a major role in mobilizing Latinos to vote.

House Immigration Policy Now in the Hands of GOP and Steve King - The Washington Independent Immigration legislation will be in the hands of likely Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who will chair the immigration subcommittee.

Utah's Management & Training Corporation's role in Ariz. immigration law - Salt Lake City Weekly A Utah private prison company is yet another industry player vying to house immigrant detainees.

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At the 'Ve y Vota' call center: Taking calls, questions, complaints since 3 a.m.

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Taking calls at the "Ve y Vota" voter outreach campaign's call center tonight in South L.A.

It's been a long day, but not as long for most as it has been for some of the people staffing the "Ve y Vota" call center at the South L.A. headquarters of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, where calls from voters have been coming in since 3 a.m.

The phone bank, one of several around the country put together by the same team of advocacy and media groups as part of a voter outreach campaign, has been fielding calls as simple as "Where do I vote?" to calls about voter intimidation and rude poll workers, with complaints referred to volunteer attorneys.

So far, the complaints coming in to this particular call center - which has been taking calls from around the country (with some phone staffers in since before dawn) and will be open until midnight - have been relatively minimal, with the most excitement surrounding media reports of Spanish-language "robocalls" and mailers advising recipients to vote a day late. So far, the only thing confirmed by staffers has been a bilingual flyer in New York state with a Nov. 3 date in the Spanish translation, said Gladys Negrete, a data analyst with the NALEO Educational Fund.

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More attempts to dissuade Latino voters reported

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Outside a polling place today in Bell, Calif.

Two weeks after news broke of an unaired ad campaign urging Latinos not to vote, efforts to dissuade Latinos from the polls have reportedly continued into the eleventh hour.

Election Protection, a polling watchdog group, has told the Associated Press that about two dozen Los Angeles residents have received automated calls in Spanish and printed mailers instructing them not to vote until tomorrow, the day after the midterm election. An official from the group said it's believed that most of the calls and mailers have been received since yesterday morning.

Some voters in Bell, a city in southeast Los Angeles County that is more than 90 percent Latino, reported receiving similar calls recently. Father and son Porfirio and Irving Quijada, both of Bell, said this morning at their polling place that they had received an anonymous voicemail message about two weeks ago urging them not to vote, and that others in their neighborhood had received calls like this, too.

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On the Day of the Dead, remembering the art of José Guadalupe Posada

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"La Catrina" as part of a monument to Posada in Aguascalientes, Mexico, May 2007

This Election Day happens to fall on el Día de Los Muertos, the day of the dead. Think Mexican has posted an homage to the late Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada, whose skeletal "La Catrina" is synonymous with Mexico's annual celebration of the dead as a part, always, of our lives.

According to tradition, the dead make their annual journey back to the land of the living at this time of year, and are welcomed home with altars laden with food, drink and tokens of what they loved in life.

The observance ends tonight.

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