Exit Polls

A lot of people, myself included, hate the media's exit polls. This is especially annoying in the presidential races, where winners are often called before the polls close on the West coast (and in states that cross time zones, the state is often called before the polls close in part of the state, as happened in Florida in 2000).

So some people want to forbid calling of elections before the polls close.

Today, I had another idea. What if voting results were posted from all states in real time (or near-real time)? That would take the crystal ball out of the media's hands, democratize the data. Campaigns could make last-minute pushes in their strongholds to drive up turn out. With a known universe of registered voters (not possible in all states), victors could be predicted with confidence.