If you’re like me, the Presidential Election reminds you of all the reasons you love America, makes you feel “big and strong” like Bob Schieffer’s mom says and gives you a reason to finish your stock of Halloween candy in front of TVs and laptop screens. Before we get to the who, what, and where for tonight’s results, make sure you know where to vote today. Here’s a handy video to help:
Have Cable? Live in NYC? Have Cable and Live in NYC?
Lucky you! ABC, NBC and MSNBC will have outdoor viewing opportunities and full election-nerd-immersion events. Fancy yourself a more “drink whiskey in front of the television and yell in private” type? The networks are bringing their A-Game to your television screen as well.
ABC will transform “The Crossroads of the World” into “an outdoor global viewing event.” Which says to us: once the election results are in, the biggest party in NYC will be at Times Square (priorities, you guys).
Not to be outdone by ABC’s takeover of Times Square, NBC has transformed 30 Rock into “Democracy Central.” They’ve taken over the famed ice rink with a US map. Individual states will turn red or blue as they’re called by the NBC News Decision Desk. What’s that mean? It means they’re putting the big man in charge: Brian Williams. It’s no secret around the halls of Fenton that Williams is one of our favorite anchors/Jon Stewart guests/Limbaugh Caller Outer. Also, if you adore Tom Brokaw’s glasses and enjoy Chuck Todd’s wonky maps, you’re in luck—they’ll both be joining Williams and the NBC team throughout the evening.
MSNBC will be helping you lean forward all day long, starting at 5:30am and stretching through an evening hosted by Rachel Maddow with MSNBC darlings Chris Hayes, Ezra Klein and Tamron Hall. MSNBC will continue election day coverage on Wednesday at 5:30am with Willie Geist’s “Way Too Early.”
Prefer to Get Your Election Gossip Online?
YouTube’s Election Center continues to stream some of the quickest and most timely videos from the election. It appears that the major networks have also realized the potency of people being unplugged from cable. ABC, NBC and MSNBC will have livestreams on their Facebook pages and online. ABC News’ mobile app will have geo-targeted push alerts and real-time election results. NBC will have FourSquare check-ins that include even more information deluge and perhaps a brand new Badge to add to your collection.
If you find yourself in favor of the 140 character format (we get it; it’s been a REALLY long(winded) election cycle), Twitter is a veritable goldmine of by-the-minute updates on election results. Our favorites human Tweeters for election night are:
- Nate Silver from the New York Times (@fivethirtyeight)
- Ben Smith from Buzzfeed (@BuzzFeedBen)
- Josh Green at Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@JoshuaGreen)
- Sam Stein at Huffington Post (@SamSteinHP)
- Ana Marie Cox from the Guardian (@anamariecox)*
*Full Disclosure: the author of this blog post worked with the Guardian on bookings for Ana Marie Cox from June – September of this year.
Want to get your Tweetdeck screen hopped up on information steroids? Some great hashtags to follow on election night:
But at the end of the day, elections are about educating yourself and making a choice. So don’t take it from us—check out each of the major networks’ election night plans for yourself:
And don’t forget to stock up on candy sales—we have a feeling it’s going to be a really long night.