I started working at 5 p.m. yesterday for Election Day news coverage.
My usual time is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
My task was to update an interactive map for the York Daily Record’s website.
The Pennsylvania interactive map can be viewed by clicking here.
I kinda had to mix old-school thinking with a techy flair.
How I manually, yes that’s right, I manually typed in the vote numbers for all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.
The map was updated at least 10 times within in a 4 hour span of time.
How did I do it?
With a lot of help from my visuals and multimedia editor Brad Jennings, read more about him here. He set up his laptop beside my computer and read off the vote numbers to me. It was kinda like a deranged recitation of the repeated numbers from “Lost.”
I then plugged in numbers and then proceeded to shade in the counties.
I think the hardest part was shading in the counties, because I first had to locate each county on the map and then fill it with the right corresponding shade to match the number of votes. Kinda like painting with numbers.
Our first posting was around 9:33 p.m. Tuesday.
My last posting was at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday.
I then got home and crawled into bed. My husband asked me who won and I told him Obama did. I tried falling asleep, but the 32 oz. Mountain Dew that I drank throughout the night was still coarsing through me. So, I was still wired from the excitement of the election.
I think I finally fell asleep around 2ish and woke up at 7 a.m. to start my work day.
I arrived at work a little past 9 a.m. and went right to checking on numbers and as of 10:23 a.m. there are four counties in Pennsylvania that have not fully closed out their voter numbers.
The four counties I’m still waiting on are Chester, Clarion, Delaware and Philadelphia. There all close to 99% reporting but until they are complete I don’t have an official total quite yet.