Brent Boyer: We’ve got Election Night covered
October 30, 2008
Steamboat Springs — Election Day is one of my favorite days of the year, and not only for the obvious democratic reasons. There’s seldom another night when the newsroom feels as alive as it does on the first Tuesday of November.
Next Tuesday will be unusual for the Pilot & Today in that only two issues will be decided solely by Routt County voters – Referendums 2A and 2B. My apologies to Routt County Commissioners Doug Monger and Nancy Stahoviak, but I’m not counting your uncontested races.
The balance of the lengthy ballot will be decided by regional, statewide and national electorates, although Routt County certainly will have a say in each.
This newspaper traditionally has manned the courthouse and local election night candidate parties with reporters, who file updated results and comments as Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland and her crew tally the votes. Last year, we also built a comprehensive online graphic that was updated throughout the evening as precinct results were released. Of course, last year also featured nine contested races for seats on Steamboat Springs City Council, Steamboat Springs School Board, Hayden School Board and South Routt School Board, as well as eight local ballot questions.
The Wednesday morning paper had results and a story for each race. We produced that content on tight deadlines and had about 10,000 copies of the paper in racks across the county by daybreak. Each of those stories, and the results, were on the Web shortly after the results were official.
I don’t know if I’ve ever been as proud of a particular issue of the newspaper as I was that Wednesday morning.
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Our plans for this year’s version of the “day after” paper are taking form. We’re working with the Rocky Mountain News, The Associated Press and regional papers to share election results and stories from our respective counties. Our goal is to provide our readers with Election Day results as quickly as they become available.
When you pick up a newspaper Nov. 5 – barring any catastrophes – you’ll know exactly how Routt County voted on every ballot issue, including a precinct-by-precinct breakdown. We’ll localize the presidential race, and we’ll have AP stories on key congressional races in other states as the Democrats look to build on their majority, and the Republicans hope to stem the tide seemingly working against them.
Some of you, like me, won’t want to wait until Wednesday morning to figure out how Steamboat Springs voted on the half-cent sales tax questions, or whether Routt County residents Ken Brenner or Al White will succeed state Sen. Jack Taylor at the Capitol. We’ve got you covered there, too.
Steamboatpilot.com will be updated throughout the evening with local and regional election results, with a focus on Referendums 2A and 2B, state House District 57, state Senate District 8 and 14th Judicial District Attorney. When the winners are clear, we’ll have stories online long before they hit the newspaper racks the next morning.
And if anyone’s interested in experiencing the excitement of a newsroom on Election Night, give me a ring. I’ll be here until the printing press hums to life, and hopefully not much later.
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