Track election results online nationwide


Published: Monday, November 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 9:02 p.m.
Tomorrow will mark an election many believe to be one of the most important in their lifetime, and the Web stands ready to deliver timely results from across the country. Just a few mouse clicks can give you access to nearly any result with the same speed you expect to find from your local live media outlets.
All of the major news outlets will provide extensive online election coverage throughout Tuesday and follow-up results and information going forward. However, an examination of the various sites shows more are hoping Web surfers are willing to pay for coverage they might have missed on their evening newscasts.
CNN's Web site at www.cnn.com has a special section called "America Votes 2004." Included are projections and results for popular votes, the Electoral College, senate and house races, and governorships across America. The site also features numerous video clips from the various campaigns, complete results of races by state with a drop-down window allowing users to choose states and races across the country.
ABC's election coverage is featured via www.abcnews.com. However, ABC is being extremely aggressive about trying to sell access to video segments of its newscasts, so don't be surprised if you're asked to pony up for at least some of what you'd like to view. The site also features an interactive election section that explains certain aspects of the 2004 election in segments provided by the Associated Press.
CBS News election coverage can be found at www.cbsnews.com. Click the Politics link for extended coverage including maps and interactive sections.
NBC's online election news falls under the MSNBC umbrella via www.msnbc.msn.com. The site features a somewhat less prominent politics section, but includes links to online election stories from Newsweek magazine.
Fox News has an online politics sections and a special "You Decide 2004" at www.foxnews.com. The site features ready access to video news stories about most of the areas covered.
Voters with special interest in issues on the 2004 ballot can track them at www.ontheissues.org. The site tracks ballot issues from all 50 states.
Closer to home, you can track Florida races statewide via http://election.dos.state.fl.us, a part of the Florida Department of State's Web site. The eyes of America and the world will be more focused than usual after the 2000 Florida election debacle, and historically this site has had the most up-to-date Florida results.
In Alachua County, results are available online as quickly as they are counted, and you can find them at http://elections.alachua.fl.us. The site also has sample ballots, candidate information, and a wealth of other local election information.
Marion County maintains a substantial elections Web site at www.votemarion.com. If you want to see the ballot you'll find on election day, you can review a sample ballot here. You can also find your precinct and polling place in Marion County via this site.
If you're unsure about your county, check with your election supervisor to see what results and information your county may have available online.
Tom Meek is a computer and media consultant whose column appears on Mondays in WorkLife. He can be reached at webgator@bellsouth.net or via www.tvccs.com. His columns also are available at www.gainesvillesun.com.

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