Internet Election Tracking Tools

With the 2012 Presidential Election looming, the stakes are high for this year’s Election Day. After you’ve completed your civic duty, the wait begins. But, what is the best way to keep track of the election results. Some people like to tune into one of the 24/7 news channels on their cable television while others like the fast-pace returns of watching the election results online.

The majority of cable news channels show live coverage of the election results, but perusing the Internet returns gives you more flexibility and allows for more localized coverage.

For up-to-date information leading up to the election, Electoral-Vote.com offers national and state-by-state breakdowns of the latest polls, along with commentary about the forerunners and competitors. Nate Silver’s blog, FiveThirtyEight.com, offer comprehensive political data on the current races. Additionally, FiveThirtyEight.com accurately predicted the presidential winner in 49 states and every Senate race in the 2008 election cycle — so keep it in mind for the 2011 and 2012 election results.

Local news stations and their associated websites typically offer live coverage for local issues and elections. Use the Internet to help locate your local news channel’s website to get the latest election results throughout the day and night.

If you just moved and aren’t sure where your polling location is, most states offer poll locater websites – simply do an Internet search to find yours. Also, if you don’t know what’s on your ballot, check out Ballotpedia to see the latest news on ballot measures in your area.

Once the local and state elections pass, continue to stay up-to-date on nation election news by visiting Gallup’s Politics and CNN’s PoliticalTicker.

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