Local Politics

Raleigh firm hopes to speed reporting of election results

Posted October 29, 2014

— A Raleigh staffing firm is teaming with global media and research companies to try to get election results reported more quickly after the polls close next Tuesday night.

Headway Workforce Solutions is hiring 4,500 people – about 300 more are still needed – to station in county election offices nationwide on election night to gather vote totals as they come in.

"Our folks will be at each of the election reporting headquarters reporting the vote," said JP Sakey, president and chief executive of Headway.

The workers will be paid a couple hundred dollars each to enter election results into a smartphone app developed by Ipsos Public Affairs, an international polling firm. The information is then fed into a database where Ipsos and the Reuters news service compile totals and disseminate the results to media outlets.

Sakey said the process eliminates several steps in poll reporting.

"Historically, reporting agencies like the Associated Press would send what they call stringers to the election headquarters," he said. "They would tally the vote on a piece of paper, pick up a phone and call the data into a call center."

Using the app takes the guesswork out of election night and will change the way Americans receive election results, he predicted.

"With the four primaries we've already done, on average, the vote was reported 20 to 30 minutes faster, and then the accuracy was about 99 percent," he said.


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  • lessismore Oct 30, 2014

    Will still have to possibly wait until end of December for results as to who controls the Senate because states like Georgia. The winning candidate must get 50% of total votes case or the top two candidates have another election in December.

  • teleman60 Oct 29, 2014

    This is a BAD IDEA! There's no reason NOT TO WAIT for the boards of elections to report. It seems like a Koch financed effort to sway late voters into not voting if they can be made to believe it's a win for republicans already.

    Try googling the name and republican.

    You will find they are supplying "work force solutions" to republican candidates all over the US especially in tight races like NC, Wis, Ohio, Kentucky.

    This sounds like a REAL BAD IDEA trying to influence elections with billionaire hired temp workers!