If you haven’t notice, we’re pretty excited about this election.
Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from us as this all comes to a crescendo on Election Day and how to follow our journalists throughout the day and night. We’ll be focusing on the city of San Diego elections — that means mayor, City Council, the two propositions and the school board.
Voices of the Voters
The day shift crew of Kelly Bennett, Keegan Kyle and Sandy Coronilla will be hitting polling stations around the city to talk to voters and find out why they voted the way they did. Respectively, they’ll be in District 9, District 1 and District 7.
They’ll be putting the interviews out on Twitter immediately and then we’ll be pulling the best of the best and publishing them on our site around 2 p.m.
Follow them directly and let them know how you voted:
Important: If you’re trying to figure out Twitter or why you should care about it, you should really read Scott Lewis’s explainer on how it helps you follow politics.
If you’re already on board, remember that we all use the #sdvote hashtag on days like Tuesday.
Sam Hodgson will be working day and night for us capturing shots around the city and within the halls of power.
There are three ways to get his photos:
• Check our site regularly. I hope to get a slideshow of his photos up in the early afternoon and that will be constantly updated.
• On Twitter at:
We’ll then move the show to Golden Hall and our Election Watching Party in the evening to report live on both the results and the always-entertaining gathering of San Diego’s political class.
From there, we will be filling the website with analysis, interviews, fun tidbits, photos and anything else we can track down.
We’ll get set up around 6 p.m. The first results will come in slightly after 8 p.m. We’ll have insights and reporting on the initial figures shortly thereafter. The second numbers don’t usually come in until about 9:30 p.m.
We won’t be updating vote tallies every time they roll in. We’ll spend our time analyzing and doing original reporting. We’ll have complete stories on the results after they are clear. That can take some time.
The registrar’s site will have all the up-to-date numbers. They also have some great tools: You can check the results on your phone, for example, or keep tabs of the contests that are within 1 percent. And remember, we still might not even know who wins some of these races when you wake up on Wednesday morning.
Here’s the how to follow the rest of our election team:
CityBeat also has some good guests lined up for its live blog.
How You Can Get Involved
• Report any tips or irregularities to me. (Contact info below.)
• Let us know who you voted for and why.
• Let us know if you have any last-minute questions that can help you make a decision.
• Come hang out with us at our Magazine Launch and Election Watching Party.
The candidates and political parties all have their soirees on Election Night in hotels and around City Hall. We thought you should have one, too.
So come chat with us, hang out with fellow members of the VOSD community and even get a peak at our hurried efforts to keep up with what’s happening and make it all make sense.
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