Topic: “AP VoteCast”

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Understanding the election: Precise polling with AP VoteCast

, by Patrick Maks

AP VoteCast, the wide-ranging survey of the American electorate, wasn’t built with a pandemic in mind, but in many ways uses the ideal methodology to conduct accurate research about the electorate at a time when more Americans than ever before are expected to cast ballots before Election Day.

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Understanding the election: Why this year is different

, by Lauren Easton

The coronavirus pandemic means more Americans than ever before will cast their ballots ahead of Election Day. Deputy Managing Editor for Operations David Scott, who oversees AP’s race calling, explains how this may affect when we will know who won the 2020 U.S. presidential election:

Posted in Industry Insights

Polling in a pandemic: the ideal methodology

, by Lauren Easton

The coronavirus has upended nearly every aspect of the U.S. presidential election. Deputy Managing Editor David Scott explains how AP VoteCast — the news cooperative’s election survey, which debuted in 2018 — uses the ideal methodology to conduct accurate research about the electorate in all 50 states during a pandemic:

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Counting votes, declaring winners amid global pandemic

, by Lauren Easton

Every major election night at The Associated Press requires staff from across the news cooperative to come together to tell the story of who won, and why. Three U.S. states plan to move ahead today with presidential primary elections amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and that means there will be votes to count and races to call.

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How AP calls a race at poll close

, by Lauren Easton

On Super Tuesday, AP declared Bernie Sanders the winner in California as soon as polls closed at 8 p.m. PT— one of four such race calls made that night as polls closed in a state.

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