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Early Voting: What Happens With The Exit Polls?

Posted Oct 30, 2008 at 1:02 AM
PollTrack Election Watch

Early Voting: What Happens With The Exit Polls? With an estimated 30% of all voters expected to cast their ballots early this year, what will happen to the exit polls, surveys that question respondents they leave their polling stations after voting. Such polls have been plagued by problems in recent years, from corrupted samples to outright mis-calling of elections (early rounds of exit polling in 2004 predicted an easy win by John Kerry, exit polls in the Democratic primaries this year were notoriously off. How will pollsters account for the 30% who will be out of their reach on election day, and will their attempted adjustments corrupt or correct the problem. For more on this issue, which could greatly impact media coverage on election night, click here.

Do It Yourself Exit Poll

Posted Oct 24, 2008 at 2:02 AM
PollTrack Election Watch

Do It Yourself Exit Poll: Writer Joel Stein--not a professional pollster--recently decided to conduct his own "exit poll" of early voters in a key battleground state: Ohio. So on Oct. 9, he traveled to Cincinnati, where people had started voting a week earlier, and camped outside an early-voting site in to conduct America's first 2008 exit poll. The results are both humorous and telling: who choses to participate in these surveys can have an enormous impact on the outcome. For the full Time magazine article click here