It was a strange evening. Tonight, after the polls closed, I had a one night gig as an Election Night Stringer for Edison Research, an organization which provides election data and analysis of General Elections nationwide for ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC. Anyway, I was supposed to show up at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd […]
It was a strange evening. Tonight, after the polls closed, I had a one night gig as an Election Night Stringer for Edison Research, an organization which provides election data and analysis of General Elections nationwide for ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC.
Anyway, I was supposed to show up at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Pratt County Courthouse. I talked to an employee from the Pratt County Clerk's office while voting earlier in the day, and she told me that the election night crew likely wouldn't be at the courthouse until around 7:30 p.m. I later called the county clerk's office to determine which door to wait by so I would be able to enter the building. East door.
I arrived at the courthouse at 7:30 p.m. but never made it inside.
Eventually, the election night crew arrived. I sat in my car, while all of the voting equipment, etcetera was unloaded upstairs (no, they didn't need any help). And I waited.
I called a volunteer in the clerk's office, but was told that I wouldn't be allowed inside the building until the county clerk staff said it was okay for me to come inside.
I waited some more. Finally, I received a call from the volunteer, who said she would be down momentarily with countywide results from the election. I had a couple of questions related to whether or not any additional advance votes would be released and also whether or not there would be any additional votes results released this night. She went back upstairs and soon an official from the county clerk's office called me on my cell phone. It was no on both counts, although there were still some provisional ballots yet to be counted.
It was very nice of the Pratt County Clerk's Office to provide me with a printed summary of unofficial results for the General Election. I wasn't expecting that.
So, with the unofficial results in hand, I called in totals for the Governor/Lt. Governor and US Representative District 4, which were the only Kansas race results that Edison Research requested.
The Election Night Stringer gig was just different than I expected. Such is life: it's usually somewhere in between our expectations and reality.