November 04, 2008
Where to get started
In preparation for tonight's Election Dissection Blogger-rama, here are a few useful links to bookmark:
Election Night Results, hot off the presses from the Secretary of State.
Harris County election night results. Hit "Refresh" often.
For you Twitter users, the boys at the Burnt Orange Report will be tweeting out stuff here. And no, that's no nearly as dirty as it sounds. You can also get on-the-spot reports from around the country at the Twitter vote report.
For national stuff, there's too many links to name. I'll probably be hitting Kos, FiveThirtyEight (which gives you ten reasons why you should ignore exit polls), and TPM Election Central a bit too obsessively. But I'm sure there will be plenty of other sites to check, and I expect to have an advanced case of carpal tunnel syndrome when it's all over.
How about you? Where (besides here) will you be checking?
(Cross-posted from the KHOU blog. I'm still not sure how I'm going to keep everything updated. Please bear with me, and light a candle for my fingers and wrists.)
Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 04, 2008 to Election 2008
Live streaming at CNN:
Live streaming sites from McCain and Obama:
AP coverage including live streaming later:
Google widget for state and national results of presidential and congressional races:
And the ones you mentioned...
Where (besides here) will you be checking?
I'll be watching Fox News and hopefully gut laughing until I rupture myself.
Brad Friedman of The BRAD BLOG will be anchoring Nova M Radio's coverage from 3:00 p.m. to at least Midnight (and possibly later), PST. That coverage will be not of the horserace, but of the track conditions, with stories of disenfranchisement, voter suppression, long lines, last minute legal rulings, any challenges that arise, etc. The networks and cable won't give any attention to these issues, but you know we will! We'll have up-to-the-minute information and a number of live guests. Listen live at this link http://www.novamradio.com/live/. Find a radio station broadcasting the show here http://www.novaMradio.com.
We are also working closely with Video the Vote to make sure that people with video cameras are present to document problems with the election. VR is one of the VTV east coast coordinators. Check it out a www.videothevote.org and if you see something going wrong, call 1-866-OURVOTE.
We are also working with a new organization called The Uptake, www.theuptake.com, which is doing something similar to VTV but more instantaneous. The UpTake uses video phones to take footage and give audio reports that feed directly into the Internet. Nokia has donated video phones to them for use in this election and VR helped to fund this new technology. We expect to have UpTake reports coming in all day.
Also, remember to call our fraud hotline if you have a tip you want investigated, 1-888-VOTETIP. And check our Election Protection Strike Force for the latest election news.
1. Sign up to be part of the project at BlackBoxVoting.org
2. View a 3-minute training video and obtain the downloadable toolkit
3. Determine which category of voting system is used in your state See:
4. Find a buddy for your posse
5. Make sure your video equipment is fully charged and working
6. Review the instructions for the category of voting system you will be observing
7. Prepare with gas, snacks, cell phones, whatever
8. As soon as your video is ready, upload it here: http://www.videothevote.org/upload
9. Problems? Call the legal assistance hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE
To save your wrists, why not set your tabs to auto-reload? I'm using Firefox and one of my right-click options for the body of a tab is, "Reload Every ->" and there's a menu of choices for reloading.