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The Daily Beast: PollTrack, Some of The Savviest Electoral Analysis Around

Posted Jan 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM by Maurice Berger

Tina Brown's much visited website The Daily Beast just published a profile of PollTrack on its Buzz Board--the page on which famous people (and also just plain smart ones) recommend their favorite things, from websites and books to movies and shops. Patricia J. Williams, the renowned legal scholar and columnist for The Nation picked PollTrack (following on her profile of the site on her madlawprofessor blog). For the full text click here. They've also included an invitation to participate in The Obama Project and a few lines on our political director--"one of these polymathic statistical whiz kids who happen to have a passion for politics."
 
 

Patricia J. Williams Rates PollTrack One Of Three Favorite Websites

Posted Jan 14, 2009 at 6:54 AM by Maurice Berger

The renowned legal scholar and cultural critic Patricia J. Williams--a regular columnist for The Nation and The Daily Beast and recipient of the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Grant--has just rated PollTrack one of her favorite websites. Here is the text of her citation:

Tracking Elections From The Ground Up

Although relatively new on the scene, PollTrack offers some of the savviest electoral analysis around. Its political director is Maurice Berger, an art curator for institutions ranging from the Whitney Museum of Modern Art and the New School’s Vera List Center to the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian.  He is also one of those polymathic statistical whiz kids who happens to have a passion for politics.  Trust me, this is a great combination. The latest feature of this site is something called  “The Obama Project.”   It is "an online forum for commentary, analysis, poetry, photographs, and YouTube content that explores the following questions: What Does The Election of Barack Obama Mean To You? And What Does it Mean for The Nation?  We ask you to submit texts (from a single line to 2,000 words), photographs, or content you’ve posted on YouTube. We will be uploading content daily–on an ongoing basis–through the inauguration and beyond. You are also welcome to submit materials that relate to Election 2008 but do not fall within the purview of The Obama Project.   To submit texts or images, go to http://www.polltrack.com/voices.

Happy Holidays From PollTrack

Posted Dec 24, 2008 at 3:46 AM by Maurice Berger

PollTrack would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy & safe 2009! We will be taking a short break from Thursday, 25 December through Sunday, 28 December. We will be up and running on Monday 29 December, with new posts on our three pages: Presidential Blog, Writing on the Wall, and Voices on the Ground. For those contributing to The Obama Project: we will get back to upon our return next week. Many thanks for your support and loyalty!

Thank You PollTrack Fans: Stay Tuned For Detailed Analysis of Election 2008 and New Features In The Coming Weeks!

Posted Nov 04, 2008 at 5:15 PM by Maurice Berger

Thank you all for joining PollTrack on this historic election night. Please continue to make our website part of your daily news ritual. Over the next ten days, this blog will examine the endgame of election 2008--how Obama won, why McCain lost, and how it all turned out, region by region (and in some cases state by state). Starting in mid-November, we plan a range of coverage--including continuation of Voices on the Ground, our page where voters speak their minds and serve as our eyes and ears, and Writing on the Wall, our page for analysis, opinion, and debate in both national and local contexts. On these pages we will cover the transition of the new president and congress, inaugural events, and local reactions to the new president as well as the way political and cultural events of 2009 impact on voters. Tracking the Nation on our homepage will continue to chart a range of data about the state of the nation. And on my new page, Tracking the Nation Map and Blog, I will offer, in my capacity as PollTrack Political Director, daily updates on voter reactions to the transition and inauguration of the new president and administration as well as local initiatives, referendums, elections, and special elections (e.g. vacated congressional seats) of 2009--providing analysis of the state of these races on the ground as well as ongoing poll averages, from the campaign for mayor and other citywide offices in New York City and Los Angeles to the Governor's race in Virginia and New Jersey. This page will also have a national map and chart that will allow visitors to track analysis for each state as well as the polling averages for 2009 races and ballot initiatives. We will look at the approval ratings, the implications of special and scheduled elections, and other "on the ground" markers of success for the new administration. And next fall, PollTrack will be up and running with our comprehensive coverage of the national cycle in 2010, US Senate Map and House Chart Map and Blog--with maps, polling averages, charts, and an ongoing blog by our political director on all of the key races, including all competitive US Senate and House elections to Governor's races and other local elections. Good Night. And congratulations to our new president elect!

POLLTRACK in 2009: What Lies Ahead On Our Website

Posted Oct 29, 2008 at 3:15 AM by Maurice Berger

Election 2008 was just the beginning of our new website. In the two weeks following the election, we will provide comprehensive analysis on how things turned out and why as well as voter, political, and cultural reaction to the election. Starting in mid-November, we plan a range of coverage--including continuation of Voices on the Ground, our page where voters speak their minds and serve as our eyes and ears, and Writing on the Wall our page for analysis, opinion, and debate in both national and local contexts. On these pages we will cover the transition of the new president and congress, inaugural events, and local reactions to the new president as well as the way political and cultural events of 2009 impact on voters. Tracking the Nation on our homepage will continue to chart a range of data about the state of the nation. And on our new page, Tracking the Nation Map and Blog, PollTrack Political Director, Maurice Berger, will offer daily updates on voter reactions to the transition and inauguration of the new president and administration as well as local initiatives, referendums, elections, and special elections (e.g. vacated congressional seats) of 2009--providing analysis of the state of these races on the ground as well as ongoing poll averages, from the campaign for mayor and other citywide offices in New York City and Los Angeles to the Governor's race in New Jersey. This page will also have a national map and chart that will allow visitors to track analysis for each state as well as the polling averages for 2009 races and ballot initiatives. We will look at the approval ratings, the implications of special and scheduled elections, and other "on the ground" markers of success for the new administration. And next fall, PollTrack will be up and running with our comprehensive coverage of the national cycle in 2010, US Senate Map and House Chart Map and Blog--with maps, polling averages, charts, and an ongoing blog by our political director on all of the key races, including all competitive US Senate and House elections to Governor's races and other local elections.