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EWU is Election Central

Published: October 19, 2016

CHENEY, Washington. - Many results of the 2016 Presidential Election will run right through Eastern Washington University, which once again will be the site of the Western Election Center for The Associated Press, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

This year, national election results will be tabulated inside the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse on Eastern's campus. Previously, The Associated Press has utilized the Pence Union Building (PUB) but that facility is in the middle of a renovation project.

The AP has hired nearly 300 EWU students to answer phones and input returns into computers on election night.

This will be the eighth time EWU has hosted the data-collecting center since 2000, when The Associated Press converted to a regional counting system for even numbered election years.

The AP will be collecting results for 15 states at EWU. Those states are Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Precincts around the country report the voting data from their poll to AP stringers, who then relay results to the call-in centers. The vote entry clerks at EWU, and other regional election centers, enter the information into a database for distribution to AP member newsrooms.

For more information please contact Dana Bloch with the AP office in Spokane at 509.343.2602.


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