Election Results

United States
November 4, 2008 10:21am CST
I am disgusted with the the media for announcing election results before the polls close. Since I live on the West Coast, the winners have all been declared (by the media) long before voters in my area have had a chance to vote. A great deal of voters here don't bother to vote because of this. Why? Because the winners have already been determined, so they figure their vote doesn't matter. I live in an area with many rural communities, where population is spread over a wide area, so going to vote is an event, and drop boxes are few and far between. I think they should wait until ALL polls close before announcing ANY winners, as no one truly has won until the last vote is counted. What say you, MyLotters?
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7 responses
@anniepa (26629)
• United States
5 Nov 08
It's all over now and I'm sorry I didn't respond to this before all the polls had closed and the election had been called, but I wanted to weigh in and say I'm a bit confused as to what you mean here. Are you saying no states should be called until the polls have closed in every other state? I agree, they certainly shouldn't declare an overall winner before the polls even close on the west coast, if I remember correctly there was some controversy over that back in 1980 if I'm not mistaken and since then the networks have been very careful about projecting the winner of the election. However, many people who live on the east coast don't stay up late enough to wait until after 11:00 PM to even know how their own state voted because they have to get up early for work. Annie
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I can appreciate your problem but, since I live in Florida, I'm very interested in the results in my state and I'm sure that there are a lot of other folks in other states who feel the same. I'm sorry but I don't agree that people on the east coast need to wait until midnight before knowing the results in their states.
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• United States
5 Nov 08
Florida doesn't have to wait...ever heard of "blackout" areas? They do it all the time when I'm trying to watch a certain football game!!!GRRRR
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I honestly don't think that the results should be announced until they are all in - so as not to influence the vote of those who vote later.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I encourage everyone to get out and vote - regardless of their party preference - hopefully those voting have done their homework and will cast an informed vote.
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@glords (2615)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I agree 100%. You would think there would be a law against this sort of behavior. It really hurts both candidates by keeping would be voters home.
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• United States
4 Nov 08
I agree. The media needs to stay out of annoucing a winner til all the states have voted and all the numbers have been posted. It does influence voting and they need to realize that and act responsibly. But then all they care about is being the "first" to annouce things, not about being responsible.
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• United States
4 Nov 08
I agree also. It seems very unfair to those who live on the West Coast. However, since everyone thinks that the race is so tight this year, the media isn't going to be doing much declaration. In the future, I hope to morale remains high among those west coasters. They have the power to turn an election around. They should never say that their voice doesn't matter!
@keyforge (19)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I agree with you, the media should step out and let the demorcratic procces run the way its supposed to. The media is always doing dumb things like that. Remember back to Herbut Hoover's election, the press had allready written and sold newspapers stating the other guy won!! And they were wrong!! I hope their wrong again.
@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I agree, too! Get out of the way, media! Just let events unfold naturally! We'll ALL be happier! :)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I sure hope they are wrong, too....
• United States
4 Nov 08
WEll I am sorry, MSV1313, for getting that fact wrong. But I hope you can see past that and see th broader message I was trying to get across. And that was that the Media has to much control in America, and there needs to be some one to stop them. For they are enchroching on the demorcratic infrustructure that the media was built on.