How To: Keep Tabs on Today's Voting Results for the 2012 Presidential Election

Keep Tabs on Today's Voting Results for the 2012 Presidential Election

Believe it or not, the 2012 Presidential Election is (finally) almost over. While most of us are breathing a collective sigh of relief (no more political ads!), it still seems like it hasn't been that long since the last election results were announced. This time, though, one of the biggest differences is how people will watch.

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Since traditional cable is on its way out, and mobile devices are getting more popular every day, a lot of people will be watching this year's election results online or on a smartphone or tablet.

Almost every major news network or blog is covering the election via video, audio, interactive maps, and mobile apps. So, here's how to stay in the loop today.

Video Streaming

There's no shortage of places that are streaming live video feeds of the results tonight. Of course, one of the biggest is YouTube's Election Channel, which has tons of videos from the whole election so you can catch up on anything you missed while you wait. A few of the major news networks are hosting their videos on YouTube's election hub, so you can find several different sources in one place.

If you have a favorite network, it's probably hosting coverage as well. You can find live streaming on CBS, Huffington Post, Politico, The Washington Post and tons of others. CNN's Election Website will be live streaming, and will also have a breakdown of the results state by state as the polls close.

Audio Streaming

If you have a slow connection, or just prefer to listen, NPR is live-blogging and streaming just the audio on its website starting at 6PM ET.

For mobile users, they'll be streaming on both the iPhone and Android apps as well.

ABC also partnered with Slacker Radio to offer live audio streaming. You can listen on the website or via their app for iPhone, Android, or Windows 8.

Mobile Apps

If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, there are a few apps where you can check in every so often and get just the numbers. The New York Times app (iPhone and Android) has news, videos, polls, and will have live election night results.

The apps for CBS (iPhone and Android) and CNN (iPhone and Android) will both post poll results as well.

In the Meantime

While you wait for the results to be announced, the PolitiFact Argument Ender app will help settle any last minute debates between you and your friends with a built-in fact checker and a quiz to see how well you know your stuff.

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If you want to keep up with the polls, Foursquare and Facebook both have real-time interactive maps to show how many people have voted in each state via their check-in features.

The maps also give stats on the percentage of male vs. female voters, and Facebook's breaks it down by age as well.

Lastly, if you want to forget about all the stress of the election, there are a few games like VOTE!!! and Bash the Vote where you can just make the candidates beat the crap out of each other.

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With so many ways to watch, listen, and participate in the election coverage, there's something for just about everyone. If you know of a great source that's not on the list, be sure to let us know.

How will you be keeping up with the election results tonight?

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