Making Predictions

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Sam Wang, Associate professor, Department of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, of the Princeton Election Consortium helps us break down what to expect as voters go to the polls today.



Sam Wang

Comments [8]

The Truth from Becky

Not a fan of poems from 1884.

Nov. 06 2012 01:26 PM

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal" — Emma Goldman

Nov. 06 2012 01:19 PM
Dorothy from Manhattan

Today's poem of the day, in the public domain:

Election Day, November, 1884
by Walt Whitman

If I should need to name, O Western World, your
powerfulest scene and show,
'Twould not be you, Niagara--nor you, ye limitless
prairies--nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado,
Nor you, Yosemite--nor Yellowstone, with all its
spasmic geyser-loops ascending to the skies,
appearing and disappearing,
Nor Oregon's white cones--nor Huron's belt of mighty
lakes--nor Mississippi's stream:
--This seething hemisphere's humanity, as now,
I'd name--the still small voice vibrating--America's
choosing day,
(The heart of it not in the chosen--the act itself the
main, the quadriennial choosing,)
The stretch of North and South arous'd--sea-board
and inland--Texas to Maine--the Prairie States--
Vermont, Virginia, California,
The final ballot-shower from East to West--the
paradox and conflict,
The countless snow-flakes falling--(a swordless
Yet more than all Rome's wars of old, or modern
Napoleon's:) the peaceful choice of all,
Or good or ill humanity--welcoming the darker
odds, the dross:
--Foams and ferments the wine? it serves to
purify--while the heart pants, life glows:
These stormy gusts and winds waft precious ships,
Swell'd Washington's, Jefferson's, Lincoln's sails.

Nov. 06 2012 12:58 PM

Get over it, dboy. It's about the First Amendment.

Nov. 06 2012 12:52 PM

What the hell is the purpose of this predictive election polling?!?!?


Particularly, the truly absurdist "exit polling" practice. The results are all in, just a few hours later!!!

Horse race ridiculousness!

One could even argue that this practice of election polling undermines true democracy...

The true question is, "Why"????

Nov. 06 2012 12:47 PM
Susan from Manhattan

Do these polls take into consideration the impact of voter suppression efforts and other impacts on voter turnout?

Nov. 06 2012 12:45 PM

Since we are off topic, Jonathan: I arrived at PS75 at 96th/WEA at 6 a.m. to find 35 people waiting ahead of me, fair enough. Ballots were not distributed or accepted until almost 6:30 and one electoral official was running up and down instructing those from 710 West End Avenue to vote at different location, on 94th Street, that one resident in line assured everyone is not a voting place this year. Whatever you think of Mike Bloomberg he sure has the Board of Elections' number when he says they are utterly incompetent.

Nov. 06 2012 12:43 PM
Jonathan from UpperWestSide NYC

Voting is located in my UPWS building. Voting districts were added. The line runs from the community room where voting takes place on West End Avenue to the West 73rd Street Entrance. They don't have enough workers, or voting machines. Some very old people are waiting a long time, standing with canes, walkers and some sitting in wheel chairs.

Nov. 06 2012 12:32 PM

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