The Stranger is hosting free parties for all the debates, for voting, and on Election Night. We'll start with the voting party, which is a new thing. Look at this pretty ad for it:

  • Mary Traverse

It speaks for itself, I suppose, because that's what ads do. But did you see all the nifty pols who are going to be there? A congressman, the mayor, sociable city council folk, and so many more. Rob McKenna has not replied to our invitation. So vote with us—and every politician but Rob—on October 23 at that gay-ass new club called Q (it looks neato in there).

Debates! There are three more of them, and if the last debate served to warn us, they are best experienced among company who can talk you out of suicide and within a few paces of a bar. They're all at Havana and the schedule goes: vice-presidential debate on Thursday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m.; presidential debate in a town-hall format on Tuesday, October 16, at 6:00 p.m.; and a presidential debate on foreign policy on Monday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. Our first debate party at Havana was crowded, so get there early for a drink. Doors at 5:00 p.m. We'll live-blog the whole thing.

Finally, join us at the Showbox downtown on Election Night! Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for the first results—as they roll in from the East Coast. We'll be there till we have Washington State's results for gay marriage, legal pot, and Rob McKenna's career. There is so much for us to share.