US Prez polls: Voter takes result updates in own hand, publish Google Doc amid Hawaiian delays
Hawaii, March 28: The ever buzzing mainstream media that did not stop voicing their analysis over the primary elections, went numb when Bernie Sanders swept a full round of Caucuses, defeating front-runner Hillary Clinton in all three of the day's presidential contests.
Surprisingly, the news still flew in, thanks to the Internet. Unidentified voters took the electoral process in their own hands. A Google document- go-to source for the caucus results-was built by a few strangers. And the document projected the victory by Bernie Sanders, as the mainstream media waited on stalling, caucus organizers.
When the mainstream media was yet to gather details of the win, Alec Salisbury compiled his own set of stats from his computer in his Ithaca College dorm and posted the results. "It's been a very hectic 15 hours since the caucus results started coming in from WA, HI, and AK. I was ecstatic to see how incredibly close our projections came to the official results. It was amazing interacting and collaborating with like-minded voters from all across the country," said Salisbury after the final projections were broadcast by the media.
The party workers owe the delay to the sudden surge in the number of voters at various polling stations in the closing hours. It is said that some of the party followers were residents of internment camps or had migrated to Hawaii. But they joined in numbers to bolster the party's chances of winning against Donald Trump.
Incidentally, the surge, if compared to the 2008 Caucus when then-senator Obama was running against Hillary Clinton for the presidential post, was much higher.
However, workers also owe the delay to party leadership's decision not to release partial results.
A true Sanders supporter, Salisbury said that he had been treated unfairly, especially when he did not get as much coverage like that of Clinton and Republican front-runner Trump. Speaking of the results, he said,"No one has really commented on the accuracy because no one really knows how accurate it is. Many are grateful online. They're happy to have some idea of what might happen."
He further added that gathering the results wan't too difficult as he and his cohorts scrolled through Tweets with caucus-related hashtags.