Do they know something we don’t?

3 11 2009

How is it that the news stations were able to call the results of the elections before 7PM? They close at 7. How do they know the results before they are reported? Are they basing their results solely on prior polls?

I think that a law should be passed that would make it illegal to report the results of an election before 95% of the precincts have reported. I get tired of hearing the election results getting called before the polls have even closed. This is especially true for Presidential elections. In the 2008 Election, the results were pretty much finalized by the media before all the states had their votes in.

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4 11 2009
t1ewis

they might do it based on the AP because they call it too. whether they’re first in doing it i don’t know but the news stations get info before they air it (obviously)

4 11 2009
ahrcanum

I worked as an election judge at the local voting place and believe you me it takes at least a half an hour after the polls have closed to get everything together an get the results to where they are going and then some giant computer has to correlate all that data. I agree no reporting until results are in. our take on the day at http://www.ahrcanum.com

4 11 2009
Russell Manning

but they shouldnt get results before the polls close

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