Re: Election: I wonder...

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 10:11:14 MST

On Thu, 9 Nov 2000, Brian D Williams wrote:

> It might eliminate the extremely obnoxious press coverage on
> election night where they were calling the election hours before
> before polls had closed.

I don't know about your other points, Brian, but on this one I have actual
experience. I worked the AP election "war room" in New Orleans for 15
years worth of elections. Strict popular vote would make it *much* easier
to "call" an election early. We would compare vote totals with historical
voting patterns; with only a popular vote it could probably be "called"
after only 2 or 3 key eastern states closed.

steve vs

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