Tuesday, November 5, 2002

VNS System Shut Down

Josh Marshall reports:

This clip off the AP Wire …

Its operation riddled with errors, Voter News Service abandoned its state and national exit poll plans for Election Night, depriving media organizations of information to help analyze the vote.

VNS is the coalition of news organizations that was designed to produce reliable exit polling to allow the individual news organizations to declare winners in each race.

A report from this morning’s Newsday suggests that the VNS system had never been completely tested (did the election day surprise them?!). According to this report, each news organization is instead doing their own polling, and has the AP counts as backup.

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