Election Tech

By on November 2, 2004

(UPDATED: Ars Technica points out a few more good links)

Election Day is rolling on in the US, and it’s looking sure to be a record voter turnout. There are a couple of great resources to help you follow the election as it develops.

  • Electoral-Vote.com breaks down the election polling into electoral votes. The site is quite busy, so they’ve set up mirrors that you can use if the main site doesn’t respond: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • If you’re a Bush supporter, and Electoral-Vote’s numbers are depressing you, then check out ElectionProjection.com. While Electoral-Vote reads the polls with a big Kerry win, ElectionProjection sees an equally large win for Bush. Just goes to show you what happens when you ignore that whole ‘margin of error’ nonsense.

  • CNN has a great section to help you watch the election results come in, but horserace.msnbc.com, MSNBC’s election-watching section, wins the Gadgetopia Honorary Prize for Extra Snazziness (There’s no actual award, but it seems like they could easily create their own in Flash). You get crazy pop-up tabs, live results, election ‘Pick em’ (sort of like Electoral College Fantasy Football), and, to top it off, Chris Matthews shouting at you loudly. Does he even have a normal speaking voice?

  • Here in South Dakota, you can follow the official state election results online. I’m sure other states have similar links. This will let you see the results for local races just as fast as the TV station.

  • Ars Technica points us to two more great resources: Wikipedia ,(of course), has an entry started that’s being updated live with election info. Also, The BBC has an interactive graphic showing the election results over the last half century.

Enjoy your democratic process!



  1. That MSNBC thing is pretty flashy, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a good thing.

    http://www.sdsos.gov/results/RESULTS.HTM is another link that’ll provide some interesting breakdowns of the SD election results. I watched some of these during the 2002 election, and it was interesting to see how the numbers changed as the night wore on; what would be cool would be to plot the data out to show how the percentages changed as the tallies rolled in.

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