Media

Blog

The Voter’s Speakeasy featuring unbiased reporting and insight into life at Project Vote Smart from our staff, interns, and volunteers.

November Common Ground E-Newsletter

2012 November 21

We Don't Stop Working...


Now the real work begins. Vote Smart is swiftly moving beyond election day. We are hard on track, following the behavior of each candidate we elected to serve us. Remember, they are the hired help and we need to make sure that what they do as our representatives is what they said they would do as candidates.


Immediately after Election Day we had to process the results, which is no easy task. After all, we covered over 25,000 candidates, from your state legislator to your president. Amazingly, we were able to process those results in just two days of furious data entry – thanks to the help of the few dedicated interns and staff who stayed on after the election.


“Reporting election results can be a crazy and frustrating process,” says Rebekah Prince, who headed our results-processing team this year. “To start, results must be tracked down, either from the Secretaries of State offices or a trustworthy media source,” which isn't as easy as it sounds. Many outfits are so quick-on-the-draw when it comes to getting the winners and losers up there that finding verifiable information can be tough. Once found, those results have to be entered one by one, and checked several times which, as you may imagine, can be both stressful and tedious. “Once all of the information is in,” says Prince, “there is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from a job well done.”


Your staff here is continuing to work on collecting data on ...

Read More

Tags: blog, Election

More Posts

Candidates Flunk 20-Year Study of Political Courage

2012 October 29

A  20-year study of over 15,000 congressional candidates and their willingness to answer questions on the major issues

Testing Oregon CD-1 candidates' political courage

2011 December 12

Special elections typically are a result of unusual circumstances, scandal, or tragedy, and the race for Oregon's 1st Congressional district is no exception.