Ahead of the 2012 presidential election day, Google has launched its Voter Information Tool. The new online feature allows voters to locate their nearest polling station, early vote venues, and voting rules and requirements separated by state. A revamped version of the American voter site released in 2008, an interactive map called "Election Explorer" can be searched to research opinion polls, campaign spending, fundraising and travel data on President Obama and Governor Romney. In addition, the Voter Information Tool is linked to the 2012 Election YouTube channel, which contains up-to-date speeches, election rallies and hosts popular videos commenting on the election -- including parodies and commentary. For the more technically-minded, the tool can be used to view search trends, consumer patterns and survey results. It is also possible to embed the open-source service on your own website. The election season is likely to face its fair share of problems … [Read more...] about Google launches voter tool ahead of the presidential election
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AUSTIN, Texas--If there was one name that stood out on the agenda of speakers at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) festival here this week, it was famed FiveThirtyEight.com blogger Nate Silver. Known as a statistical wunderkind, his models predicted the final outcome of the 2008 presidential election to within .4 percent of the final popular vote. But more important to many Democrats who had their hopes for electoral victory dashed by George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, FiveThirtyEight.com--which got its name from the total number of electoral votes available--was able to provide daily affirmation that Barack Obama was really winning, even when many were tempted to believe he would be overcome by Sen. John McCain. Silver was SXSWi's keynote speaker on Sunday, and he and interviewer Stephen Baker of Business Week went onstage in front of an audience of about 2,000 fans, most of whom were there to hear Silver talk about the secret sauce behind his hugely popular blog. What many … [Read more...] about FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver on life post-election
Anyone who's even remotely interested in this year's contest between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has no doubt seen countless polls, many of which have shown the incumbent in the lead, while many others have given the nod to the challenger. In recent weeks, many headlines have declared the election a tossup. A common narrative being spread in newspapers, on blogs, on social media, and on TV nationwide, is that no one will have any idea who will be elected president until all the counting is done because the race is simply too close to call. But adherents of another school of thought are scoffing at that notion. To them, it's long been evident that President Obama is cruising comfortably to a second term, never mind the fact that the polls don't start closing on the East Coast for 13 more hours. Welcome to the world of polling aggregators, a group of people and organizations who lay claim to confidence, based on math and science, that they can … [Read more...] about Can Nate Silver and friends nail their presidential predictions?
While there's already been whole swimming pools of ink devoted to the Election Day prediction performance of polling aggregators like FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver, CNET is ready to hand out one more round of kudos to the king of the quants. By now, anyone following the presidential election knows that Silver successfully predicted the winner in the race between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in all 50 states. That performance was one for the ages, earning him worldwide admiration and validating a polling aggregation model that had drawn mockery and ire from many pundits. But Silver wasn't the only one to do exceptionally well in the prediction department. In fact, each of the five aggregators that CNET surveyed yesterday -- FiveThirtyEight, TPM PollTracker, HuffPost Pollster, the RealClearPolitics Average, and the Princeton Election Consortium -- successfully called the election for Obama, and save for TPM PollTracker and RealClearPolitics … [Read more...] about Among the top election quants, Nate Silver reigns supreme
Midterm Election Day is almost here. Are your mobile devices ready? There are now several apps out there to help improve your voting experience. You can get the latest election news instantly on your smartphone or iPad from the CNN, ABC, and Fox news channels or you can choose an app that pulls from a variety of sources. There are also election history apps, organizing apps for volunteers, and voter fraud reporting apps. Make sure you are ready this November 2nd. US Elections LiteDo you feel like your behind on your election history? Do you want to learn from the past, so those mistakes wont' be repeated again? Well, there is an iPhone app for that. The US Elections Lite app lists the winning and losing party from every presidential election, starting with the first presidential election and ending with the 2008 election. There are details about each presidential candidate under each party, such as home state, running mate, electoral votes, states carried, and popular vote. So, … [Read more...] about Midterm Elections: The Best Apps to Help You Vote