Real time results on elections?

A new organization wants to call the progress of elections, the winning or losing in chosen areas, in real time as it happens.

Depending on your preference for more information, you may disagree or agree with what they are doing. I don’t happen to like it. Much of it is based on modeling etc.

New York Times: Real-Time Election Day Projections – By Nick Corasaniti

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Now, a group of data scientists, journalists and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs is seeking to upend that reporting tradition, providing detailed projections of who is winning at any given time on Election Day in key swing states, and updating the information in real time from dawn to dusk.

The plan is likely to cause a stir among those involved in reporting election results and in political circles, who worry about both accuracy and an adverse effect on how people vote. [More]

The spokesman has been promoting their system as an announcer of a ball game. That sounds quaint, doesn’t it?

The problem I have is he wants us to think of it as just calling the “play by play” without accepting any responsibility for its influence on results.

He claimed it is still up to press or media to call the final result. Yes, but in a way that is what he is doing all along. People can then be influenced or react based on their coverage. And we already see enough media involvement with the elections.