Westward Momentum, While Stuck in Traffic
Illustration by: Matt Mahurin
When it comes to national elections, the major television networks have made a democracy-friendly deal. Even if they know who the big winner is, they don’t announce it until polls have closed across the country.
But Bill Carrick, a longtime Democratic strategist who lives in Los Angeles, Calif., worries that no such collective pause will be in effect during Tuesday’s near-national primary. “What happens when you’re headed to vote, stuck in traffic on the 101 in the San Fernando Valley,” and election returns from other states start coming across your radio?
“There’s going to be a lot of news moving west while our polls are still open,” Carrick said, potentially making voters think they’re vote isn’t really needed.
It’s a good point. But it makes my head hurt to try to think through who this might help and who it might hurt. Any thoughts?