Some, but not all, of us will have access to a television, where you can watch results stream in on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC or Fox.
But for those of you stuck in cubicles beyond 6 p.m. EST, when the first polls close on the East Coast, here's a guide to the best places to find results, news, and opinion on the Web:
• Google's 2008 Election Map: One of the better data mashups on the Web that provides real-time results, sans opinion or commentary. Check out the big picture or dive into states for county-by-county results.
• The Associated Press: The AP is known for being on the front-lines of the data returns (they have stringers at every polling place in the country), and will be providing a continuous video stream starting at 7 p.m. EST. AP writers and editors will discuss returns, and you'll get live reports from the presidential campaign headquarters.
• CBS News: Our sister site has a Campaign '08 home page with analysis from Jeff Greenfield about what states are likely to be the earliest reliable indicators of a victory by John McCain or Barack Obama. (They also provided those neat widgets at the bottom of the page.)
• CNN: CNN's website is great for rapid returns, and they're usually reliable when it comes to calling states first (or telling you who has.) For local results, try CNN's Your Races, which lets you monitor the outcome of local ballot measures. If you want to use your cell phone, check out CNN's mobile election center, which features poll results, video, and breaking news alerts.
• The New York Times: Besides their fantastic interactive Election Day package, which includes an electoral map and a cool word cloud of readers' one-word thoughts, the paper will be sending out text alerts with the outcomes for presidential, house, senate, and governors' races.
• Slate: Apple iPhone users can download Slate's new Poll Tracker '08 application, which uses data from Pollster.com to provide polling updates from each state and charts with voting patterns from previous elections.
• Local/State Web sites: For example, the California secretary of state's MyVote site provides information for local results. Once polls close, some of these sites have county-by-county results for statewide offices, assembly races, and ballot measures.
• Electronic Frontier Foundation: Concerns with electronic voting machines? The ourvotelive.org Web site offers RSS feeds, raw text, and an embeddable widget to track potential e-voting and other voting problem.
• The blogosphere: Heavy hitters include Andrew Sullivan, Daily Kos, Little Green Footballs, and the not-quite-bloggy Real Clear Politics.com. Libertarians will enjoy Reason.com and perhaps econ-blogs including Cafe Hayek and Marginal Revolution. There's also the groundbreaking fivethirtyeight.com, which upended the way we journalists analyze polling results.
• The Drudge Report: Infamous for having published exit polls before voting ended, it's an "insider" place for the most sensational breaking news.
• YouTube and PBS: The two are jointly offering a "Video Your Vote" channel and encouraging voters to upload clips that are related to their voting experiences on November 4. You can sort by specific categories, including early voting, polling place problems, and voter intimidation.
• Student publications: Journalism schools around the country are buzzing with activity. Some, like the one at Columbia University in New York, have portals to original reported local content. Northwestern's Medill is reporting out of their Washington bureau.
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[Massive kudos to CNET's Declan McCullagh and Stephanie Condon.]