As an non-American I am intrigued by the modus operandi of current elections!!

@ram_cv (16516)
India
November 9, 2012 12:37pm CST
I was following the current presidential elections on CNN here in India. What was pretty surprising for me is that even before any results were formally announced, the TV channels gave their projections and based on it Mitt Romney conceded though counting was still on in various parts of United States. We already saw one such incident when Al Gore was first declared the winner only for George Bush to be then declared the winner. What is your view on this kind of TV Projection election counting? Or do you think the election commission in US should simply formally declare the results? For e.g. I think the Florida votes have not yet been allocated as all the counting has not ended. Cheers! Ram
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@lampar (7597)
• United States
10 Nov 12
That is why you are told not to fully believe everything you read from the media or heard from media Projection, sometime they also make mistake, as shown in the past Florida 'hanging chad' lampoon. But once a candidate got more than 270 electorate college votes from across the land, it doesn't matter a state like Florida is still counting the vote and if Mr.Mitt Romney is declared winner later, mathematically he is still below the minimum threhold require to win in this presidential election even though he carry that state after Floridians finally complete their count week or month later.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
10 Nov 12
The way it happens here in India is that the results are not announced until the final counting is over. BTW, is the Florida votes now decided or is counting still on? Cheers! Ram
@lampar (7597)
• United States
11 Nov 12
They are still counting, my friend. Florida has a habit of getting thing done in a slow motion, they like to take their own sweet time to count and recount several time to make sure no more 'broken chad' and 'hanging chad' can be found among the ballots. Floridians have their own way of conducting national affair without giving much consideration to the rest of the union. You just have to wait patiently for them to declare a winner.
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
9 Nov 12
The presidential race is decided by electoral votes. These are votes that each state has depending on their population. To become president a candidate must have 270 electoral votes. Obama got 279, and there was no way, mathmatically, Romney could get enough, so that was that.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
9 Nov 12
I understood the concept of electoral votes. My only question was whether the 279 that he won were formally declared or were these the projections from TV Channels such as CNN? Cheers! Ram
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
9 Nov 12
projections based on exit polls and demographics in past elections.
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@evanslf (485)
9 Nov 12
In the US, election officials tend to release the latest data whilst counting is going on, sometimes they do this on a 15 minutes basis. Therefore, once the polls close and the counting begins, the TV stations show the updates, with 10%, 20%, 50%, 90% of precints reporting, etc. If the gap between two candidates is large enough, the TV station will 'call' a state for a particular candidate. However, if the gap is very small, the TV station will say 'too close to call', as they have learnt from their mistakes back in 2000 when they wrongly called Florida for Gore on the results of early counts, only to find as counting continued, that it became too close to call and then ended up with Bush leading, etc.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
10 Nov 12
But even in this election, in the so called battle ground state of Ohio with only 60% of votes being counted and with Obama leading by close to 2%, they declared that he had won the state. I think that leads for a bit too much of speculation. What do you say? cheers! Ram