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Silicon Valley’s next target of disruption: election day results




The polls are open in New Hampshire. A voter marks his ballot in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary Tuesday.
The polls are open in New Hampshire. A voter marks his ballot in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary Tuesday.
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A new tech company wants to do to reporting of election results what AirBnB has done to the hotel industry.

VoteCastr, an outfit founded by a group of big data advocates, journalists and startup entrepreneurs, is partnering up with the news site Slate to provide real-time projections and results on election day in presidential and Senate races in swing states like Colorado, Florida, and Nevada.

It’s a move that runs counter to what traditional media outlets have been doing. Broadcasters and news organizations have kept from releasing early projections in swing states until most of the polls there have closed. 

Would VoteCastr impact voter turnouts in key states? Would traditional news media follow suit?

Guest:

Larry N. Gerston, a professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State University and author of many books, including “Reviving Citizen Engagement: Policies to Renew National Community” (CRC Press, 2012)