Writing:Election results

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to fill in election results after an election occurs.

Unofficial Results

The following steps take place once unofficial election results are available.

  • Find unofficial election results and open in 1 tab
  • Open the elections page (ie, Nevada State Senate elections, 2010) in another tab
  • Add unofficial results link to the external links section
  • Add {{won}} next to all winners
  • Update election component on legislator page to reflect unofficial results. Include reference but not vote box.
  • Update the infobox for winners to reflect senator-elect or representative-elect status. Maintain {{candidate}} infobox, but change over the "Candidate for" phrase
  • Update categories on legislator pages, ie, [[Category:2010 winner]] and {{senelec|2011}}. Could be added at same time as results
  • Ensure all candidate and election pages are updated for tense and proximity to election.

Things to watch for

  • Do not "call" the election until another news outlet calls it or the percentage gap is greater than 10% with at least 90% of precincts reporting.
  • Do not include vote totals, as they will change once official results are released
  • Do not create vote boxes until official results are available
  • Do not update succession box until legislator is sworn into office

Official Results

  • Find official election results (SOS) and open in 1 tab
  • Open the elections page (ie, Nevada State Senate elections, 2010) in another tab
  • Add the official results to the external links section
  • Add vote totals next to candidate names

For candidate pages

  • Use election results to generate election history box for all winners and incumbents who lost. Include official election result as reference to vote box

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