Election Day 2008
Thanks to the Web, 2008 marks a high point in the level of engagement between American voters and their presidential candidates. As Arianna Huffington declared yesterday, “I am ready to declare a winner in the 2008 race. The Internet.”
On Election Day itself, that statement is more apt than ever. Sites like fivethirtyeight.com and politicalwire.com will provide the virtually up-to-the-minute numbers on every race. It’s a level of immediacy that was hard to imagine before now–but it’s also hard to imagine we ever had it any other way.
Here’s a quick index of AllThingsD’s digital-eye view of the fracas:
- An overview of the tech policies of both candidates.
- Election in your pocket: Walt Mossberg discovered Election ’08, a data-packed app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that uses an algorithmic calculation of who’s winning in each state based on multiple available polls.
Some would argue that this race could be decided by viral video campaigns, rather than strictly political ones. Here is the evidence:
- “Saturday Night Live” was the heavy hitter here, and it was kind of a toss-up whether John McCain and Sarah Palin’s respective appearances trumped the outright parodies of each one.
- Then there was Hollywood’s ironic plea not to vote.
- And Google’s plea (with help from The Donald) to employers for a “Vote Hour.”
- No one came close to Sarah Silverman in terms of outright exhortation, though.
Last but not least, in what might be considered either a digital or a paper story, depending on where you live and vote, ongoing questions about the reliability of digital voting machines persist. Let’s hope this one’s over on Election Day.