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Vox Sentences: Your election night coverage survival kit

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Instead of sending you "news" that will immediately become olds, we're giving you a guide to interpreting all the information that's going to get thrown at you tonight.


The Vox Sentences guide to watching election results

Voters! Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images
  • Whenever you want: Tell Vox how you're feeling as our emotion tracker visualizes the national mood. [Vox / Soo Oh and Kavya Sukumar]
  • While the polls are open: Keep an eye out for any voting irregularities or reports of suppression in your state via the Electionland site, run by ProPublica with a consortium of other media outlets. [Electionland / ProPublica]
  • Early evening: Acquaint yourself with poll closing times — and get a sense of just how long you might be up tonight. [NYT / Anjali Singhvi and Jugal K. Patel]
  • At 5 pm Eastern and then as polls close: Check out the exit poll results as they come in — but beware that exit pollsters might not have accounted for early voting and don't have a great history with predicting the Latino vote. [Vox / Dara Lind]
  • As results roll in: Instead of getting overwhelmed by state results, check out Matt Yglesias's guide to which states to keep a close eye on. (Hint: It starts with Kentucky.) [Vox / Matt Yglesias]
  • Throughout the night: Watch the results roll in on a big board (CNN's is classic)...[CNN]
  • ...while playing bingo with the cable news coverage. [Vox / Soo Oh, Javier Zarracina, Zachary Crockett, Agnes Mazur, and Lauren Katz]
  • Waiting for a concession speech: Check out Politico's video compilation of concession speeches past — and keep your fingers crossed that this year's will be even half as gracious as past losers have been. [Politico]
  • If you need an excuse to go to bed: Read this post, which explains that the last ballots to be counted will likely favor Hillary Clinton — so if the election is too close to call tonight, that's good news for her. [Washington Post / Charles Stewart III and Edward B. Foley]
  • Looking ahead: Whatever you do, don't go to bed tonight thinking that this chapter in American life has ended. The effects of the past year and a half are going to persist for a very, very long time. [Vox / Jenée Desmond-Harris]

Miscellaneous


Verbatim

  • "We already knew that zombies are murderous reanimated heaps of putrid rotting flesh; worse yet, it appears they are also racist." [McSweeney's / Vijith Assar]
  • "There’s no global network of girlfriends who want to rule the world." [Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to Bloomberg / Patrick Donahue]
  • "In 2012, the Obama campaign brought in top talent from Google and Catalist, a Democratic data firm, to estimate the results of the election in real time. The early results did not look good for Mr. Obama. … Elan Kriegel, now the analytics director of the Clinton campaign, left for the bathroom to throw up." [NYT / Nate Cohn]
  • "In Hawaii, the land value tax was blamed for overdevelopment in locations such as Waikiki, where singer Joni Mitchell was inspired to write the lyrics 'They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.' The land value tax was abolished there in the mid-1970s." [Lincoln Institute]
  • "Town clerks can choose the tie-breaking method for local elections. But, for years, the go-to method for the Secretary of State has been an old leather bottle and numbered balls. The two candidates pick a ball and drop it into the bottle. The bottle is shaken and the first ball to roll out of the neck is declared the winner." [Eagle-Tribune / James Niedzinski]

Watch this: Neo-Nazis explain why they like Donald Trump

Four days before the US presidential election, white supremacists gathered for a rally in Pennsylvania. [YouTube / Mac Schneider and Branden Eastwood]