Why Election Day Polling Will Be Different In 2016

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In this Oct. 24, 2016 file photo, people vote at a polling station on the first day of early voting in Miami-Dade County for the general election in Miami. Florida (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Traditionally, the media puts coverage of political polls on hold on Election Day, and only begins reporting on exit polls after the polls have closed. This year, though, a number of newer outlets are planning to cover projections throughout the day.

Votecastr, a partnership between Slate and Vice News, will provide coverage of the race in part by tracking the number of people who have voted at particular polling stations.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Politico’s Steven Shepard about why this move is controversial, and what it could mean for voters.


Steven Shepard, campaigns editor at Politico. He tweets at @POLITICO_Steve.

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