Where to Get Official Election Returns

I will have multiple media sites on constant refresh on 2 or 3 monitors tonight, but if you want the real dirt on a state, you're usually better off going to the Secretary of State's website for official returns -- that is, unless they are taken down by the traffic, and the close states probably will be, so I'm posting this list to help get a head start on the traffic. Many state sites also provide county returns in an easy-to-use tabular format that will allow for easy comparison to my 2004 results spreadsheets -- which I'll use to call states tonight.

Here are official election results sites ordered by Eastern time poll closings. Bookmark this post as polls close:

6:00 / 7:00 pm: Indiana
6:00 / 7:00 pm: Kentucky -- because it's first
7:00 pm: Virginia
7:00 pm: Georgia
7:00 / 8:00 pm: Florida
7:30 pm: North Carolina
7:30 pm: Ohio
8:00 pm: Michigan
8:00 pm: Missouri
8:00 pm: Pennsylvania
9:00 pm: Colorado
9:00 pm: Minnesota
9:00 pm: New Mexico
9:00 pm: Wisconsin (no results posted election night)
10:00 pm: Iowa
10:00 pm: Nevada
11:00 pm: California -- because things will just be dying down and ballot propositions
11:00 pm: Washington -- If Gregoire (and Murtha) go down, I will be the happiest man alive even if Dems win a gazillion Senate seats
1:00 am: Alaska

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