liz_marcs (liz_marcs) wrote,

Ignore the Exit Polls, and Keep Voting!

The networks say they may call the election before voting is complete.

Gah! No! No! NO!

Listen to me (and Nate Silver over at FiveThrirtyEight):

Pay no attention to the networks or the exit polls!

If the networks once again try to play guessing games with the election outcome (just like they did 8 years ago), that could depress voter turnout in the Western and Pacific states, which could ultimately affect not just the presidential outcome, but also the downticket races for House and Senate.

Ignore the networks, assume the exit polling is in error (Nate Silver outlines why exit polls are usually wrong), and make sure you vote even if every network screams that your guy/party won it.

In addition, be aware that as long as you get in line to vote before the polls close, they cannot prevent you from voting. It make take you 2 to 3 hours after the polls close to get to the head of the line, but they can't stop you from voting. It doesn't matter if you get in line an hour before the polls close or 5 minutes before they close. As long as you are in line before the polls close, you have the right to cast a ballot.

If you want further information about how to make sure your vote counts (and that your trip to the polls isn't in vain), visit this round-up I posted shortly after midnight.

Wish me luck, everyone. I'll be manning the phones to GOTV for Obama/Biden and chasing the closing polls across the country all evening.

Yes We Can!

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