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I've published a couple of diaries (well, maybe more than a couple) on total vote counts for Obama and McCain as well as overall turnout. While the Secretary of State websites are pretty good for an overall summary, most of them leave off the "total ballots cast" and only report votes for the major candidates and anyone else on the ballot, and sometimes the write-in candidates.

I've spent a lot of time going to individual county websites to find more detailed information, but as you can imagine, trying to find county websites for thousands of counties is pretty time consuming (especially in some of the New England states where it's tough to tell whether to get data from town or county, and in neither case do the sites generally have any information).

So I'm asking for help if you have 5 or 10 minutes to do some google searchs. Generally what I do is go to google and type in something like "Los Angeles county California", and generally within a couple of links you can find election results. I'd be happy to post a list of counties by state, and if you have some time to do some searching and can post a link to results (or better yet, the link prior to results so it can be used for future searches as well), I would greatly appreciate it and I can update my vote counts more quickly.

I'll start here with the Alabama counties and total votes. I recognize for counties with less than a couple of thousand votes, you may not find even a county website, let alone one with election results, but it's probably worth checking just in case. Not sure how to make this organized enough for people not to do duplicative work, so maybe if you're willing to help, post a list of counties you'll check and people can check comments to see what is already done?

I'll be happy to share the complete list once it's compiled if people want it. My email address is in my profile.

Autauga -     23,641
Baldwin -     81,413
Barbour -     11,630
Bibb -         8,644
Blount -      24,267
Bullock -      5,415
Butler -       9,709
Calhoun -     49,242
Chambers -    14,956
Cherokee -     9,745
Chilton -     17,785
Choctaw -      7,894
Clarke -      13,435
Clay -         6,819
Cleburne -     6,492
Coffee -      20,128
Colbert -     24,843
Conecuh -      6,943
Coosa -        5,563
Covington -   15,787
Crenshaw -     6,291
Cullman -     35,305
Dale -        19,320
Dallas -      20,852
DeKalb -      24,015
Elmore -      34,315
Escambia -    14,674
Etowah -      44,737
Fayette -      7,957
Franklin -    11,693
Geneva -      11,657
Greene -       5,305
Hale -         8,214
Henry -        8,648
Houston -     41,735
Jackson -     20,874
Jefferson -  318,967 (already have link)
Lamar -        7,075
Lauderdale -  38,104
Lawrence -    14,680
Lee -         54,325
Limestone -   33,551
Lowndes -      7,278
Macon -       10,877
Madison -    153,274 (already have link)
Marengo -     11,471
Marion -      12,355
Marshall -    33,166
Mobile -     181,672 (already have link)
Monroe -      11,252
Montgomery - 104,743
Morgan -      50,542
Perry -        6,159
Pickens -     10,067
Pike -        13,955
Randolph -    10,384
Russell -     18,915
Shelby -      90,643
St. Clair -   34,088
Sumter -       7,020
Talladega -   34,204
Tallapoosa -  19,311
Tuscaloosa -  78,912
Walker -      28,652
Washington -   8,775
Wilcox -       6,494
Winston -     10,031

Thanks for any assistance people can provide!

Originally posted to CB8421 on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 07:57 AM PST.

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  •  Fresno County, Calif. (1+ / 0-)
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    Nova Land

    As of 11/26, total turnout was 71.87% (275,144 votes cast out of 382,827 cards).  Obama has 136,490 (49.99%) and McCain has 130,841 (47.92%).  These are probably not the final numbers. We have been watching them with interest because it's a very Republican county.  Link

  •  Tried to get St. Clair and Talladega (0+ / 0-)

    but no luck at all finding election results info.

  •  Great (1+ / 0-)
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    Nova Land

    This is a nice initiative: I've been frustrated for a while to see that state-wide numbers were no longer reported on the Daily Kos scorecard and other news outlets.
    I wonder if there was any way that you could share your current numbers for everyone to see and compare? If would be great to post a table giving, for each state the number of vote of Obama, McCain and "others" (like the dailykos scorecard does) according to your latest research. Maybe a shared Google Spreadsheet would be ideal?
    Anyway, I guess many of us would love to see and follow the results of your work and have an idea of where things stand now for all states.

    •  I've posted totals in some comments (1+ / 0-)
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      Nova Land

      to some of my prior posts. Not sure how to do the google share thing, but if there's an easy way to do that, I'd be happy to. Check out some of my other diaries to see what I've got, and I'll keep posting as I get updates. It's just tedious to go through 3,500+ counties!

  •  A few random tidbits (1+ / 0-)
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    Nova Land

    I can be pretty obsessive about things like this, but unfortunately for you, not obsessive enough to be of much help.

    I thought this article:

    http://www.news4jax.com/...

    about write-in votes in Duval County, Florida (Jacksonville) was interesting.  Note that except for a barfly named Gary Nettles, who actually preregistered as a write-in candidate, none of the write in votes actually officially count, not even those hapless 4 voters who wrote in OBAMA.

    After looking at this and write-in numbers for Duval and Westchester (NY) and Lancaster (PA) I  expect there was an unusually high number of write-in votes this year for two reasons--Ron Paul and Hillary Clinton.  Ron Paul I was not surprised about as his supporters tend to be hard core.  OTOH, Hillary I didn't expect.  I guess the long occasionally bruising nomination process made for some hard core supporters wanting to make a statement.

    I went to a couple of county websites hoping to find information on write-in numbers and names for years past, but information was pretty scant.  It seems that election reporting via the internet has taking a pretty big leap forward this cycle and historical data for minutiae will be a little tough to come by.

    Also, if you haven't found them yet, Eric County NY has posted final results with a surprisingly large chunk of votes (56000 or more than 10%) versus earlier numbers and Lucas County in Ohio (Toledo) has produced final numbers.  That leaves Franklin County (Columbus) as the only major non-reporter left in Ohio, which may be in part to a contentious Congressional race.

    http://erieelectionresults.com/...

    http://www.co.lucas.oh.us/...

    •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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      SadEagle, Nova Land

      An extra 38k for Obama in Erie. And Erie went from down 15% vs 2004 to down 1.4%. Now if we get similar bumps in NYC, Obama might still hit 69.5 million. Right now I have him at 69.05, but I know I'm missing IL and WI.

      Oh, and UT is final now as well.

      •  NYS BoE meets Thursday. (0+ / 0-)

        And should certify the results, so hopefully we should have final state total shortly, w/o having to deal with all the counties.

        But thank you again for doing this arduous task and keeping us informed.

        Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say... (from "Creatures of Light and Darkness", R. Zelazny)

        by SadEagle on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 10:22:41 PM PST

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        •  Thanks! (0+ / 0-)

          I have all the county websites for NY now (minus a couple of small ones), but it will be interesting to see what comes out of the meeting. Still nothing for NYC though.

          •  By law, the NY results for Presidential elections (0+ / 0-)

            are certified the first Monday after the first Wednesday in December.  That would be December 8.

          •  NYS certified final posted now. (0+ / 0-)

            http://www.elections.state.ny.us/...

            4,769,700 Obama
            2,742,298 McCain
            And probably close to 80K of others, 78K blank.

            AP numbers on DKos were:
            4,363,386
            2,576,360

            So +406,314 O, +165,938 M, and Obama winning the state
            by more than 2 million votes!

            (Also a gain of about 570K'ish votes; and total votes higher than in 2004, though not sure of turnout %)

            Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say... (from "Creatures of Light and Darkness", R. Zelazny)

            by SadEagle on Thu Dec 04, 2008 at 12:06:33 PM PST

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            •  Came in a little higher than I expected (1+ / 0-)
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              SadEagle

              I had guessed about 300,000 Obama McCain 150,000

              Should get Obama's final total up to the 69,450,000 range.

            •  At the meeting of the Board today, they mentioned (1+ / 0-)
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              that the numbers for Queens were not final, and that they would be doing an amended Certificate when those numbers are final.

              •  Thanks! (0+ / 0-)

                I noticed the Queens numbers barely went up, as opposed to Bronx / Kings / New York which jumped quite a bit. If they jump in a similar range, we'll see another 45-50k for Obama and 12-15k for McCain. Will push Obama close to 69.4 million, a tad less than mentioned above, but there are still votes to report in some other places, so 69.5 might still be achievable. Plus, the extra in Queens would push total turnout to almost 131.9 by my totals, though I'm not done searching yet. I still think 132.5 million people voted, and my totals may actually get there!

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