After the most poll-obsessed, data-driven campaign in memory, the news networks are at last going into the climax of election night. It will likely come as a relief to most of America, but for those in the media, it is a night fraught with journalistic risk.
ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and the Associated Press
are sticking with their commitment not to report results of exit-poll information in a particular state until voting has closed there. But there will be a tidal wave of data and anecdotal information flowing in throughout the day, including from a new venture that promises to give a real-time readout of the way things are trending.
This year, a group called VoteCastr has teamed with Slate to provide real-time voter information based not on exit polls but on analytics and turnout tracking. VoteCastr’s editorial director and chief strategist, Sasha Issenberg, says the service is providing information that campaigns can rely on