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Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 10:48 PM


I often wonder on Election Days whether or not it's a good idea
to broadcast election results in ANY part of the country....
until after the voting stations are closed and the votes counted
in ALL States/Provinces.

Are many people to the West swayed by the results in more
Easterly areas....enough to affect the way they were going to vote,
Or perhaps even - only making up their minds after they see how
votes are going in the regions East of wherever they are????

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 11:10 PM

Hmmm, Rowlanda, There's a good substantive post to think about.....

I, personally, think that the TV coverage of the East to West is ill advised. I imagine it makes some state's voters feel irrelevant.

I also think that, as was the case in FLorida in 2000, that the TV networks calling close races before all time zones are closed is wrong.

For instance ( and I won't use Florida as there is a whole 'nuther argument there) El Paso Texas is in the Mountain time zone and is also one of the state's largest cities. It is predominately Dem. The Rest of Texas is in Central time.

The TV's habit of calling Texas after the polls close in most of Texas, but are still open in El Paso is wrong IMO. Even if Texas has already "gone" for the Republicans, as it has in many years, I expect that it discourages many voters in El Paso to just skip it. What they forget is the all important LOCAL elections that a few votes here or there might sway.

The all powerful networks would never stand for it, but if I were making the rules, the states wouldn't be broadcast in ANY direction until ALL the polls close. So.. When Hawaii finishes, they can start the reporting.

Might actually make Hawaii feel relevant in an election for once.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 11:21 PM

I agree with you Rowlanda and Tex But if people don't care enough about their local candidates to go to the polls even though they know how the state is going in the election, then I'm not sure I care about their vote anyway.

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Tue, 14th Oct '08 11:22 PM

I don't believe results should be announced till after the west coast polls close. But there are just so many ways they can get leaked these days - so much technology around - that I cannot imagine being able to keep them secret.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 5:34 AM

They don't allow stations like CNN or FOX to reveal any exit polls. They are very accurate with projections just from those things.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.8 - Posts: 3941)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 6:15 AM

There are those who believed it affected things on the local and state level in the 1980 election.

But warts and all, I support a free press.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 16th Oct '08 3:24 AM

But Ken, I don't see it as a Freedom of the Press matter.
They are free to say and do whatever - until the Polls open
and after they close....across all States.
I recognise there would be leaks but they would probably be
scattered and sporadic, and so not make much difference
to the final outcome.
Maybe they could start with the same way as
they include Forces stationed in other countries....

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 16th Oct '08 7:23 AM

Actually, they're effectively telling you now, state by state. They don't want to bothered by any facts. They're after ratings, and therefore money. They couldn't care less how they influence the vote on election night. They've been trying their best to influence the vote for a year. And I don't think the Constitution means a thing to them EXCEPT when they cry "freedom of the press."

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 16th Oct '08 7:23 AM

But I'm not bitter.

Bleepy  (Level: 147.2 - Posts: 624)
Thu, 16th Oct '08 11:52 AM

On that same note - I'm really put off by all of the polls leading up to the election.

First of all, they are all over the place. One poll has a candidate leading by double-digits, while others show a tight race. does one know the TRUE picture?

Secondly, I question the sampling. Concerning post-debate polls - PLEASE!!!! Some of the focus groups that have been shown with so-called "undecided" voters seem a bit questionable. It is really hard to believe that after listening to 90 minutes of a debate that these "undecided" folks had such STRONG convictions one way or another.

Finally, why do we need these polls, anyway. As mentioned in the original post, knowing (or possibly not acurately knowing) how others feel might impact the mind-set of other voters. I know some of my friends are deflated by all of these insane polls. Some might think, "My vote won't count."

I just want to say - PLEASE - DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK!!!!! Don't let the media sway you with spin. PLEASE - RESEARCH YOUR CHOICES!!!! Try to understand FULLY what is happening here and what is at stake. Try to ignore the hype and the gloss.

Each one of us is entitled to an opinion. Make sure it is YOUR WELL-EDUCATED opinion. You are all bright people. I know that you will make the best choice for your own needs, but I strongly encourage you to STUDY first!!!

Have a great day!!!!! :

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