Delay urged in vote projection

One-third of House members have written the three TV broadcast networks asking them to delay projecting results of the elections until after people have voted.

“Because of election night projections, millions of Americans feel their vote doesn’t count,” said Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who yesterday released the letter signed by 153 lawmakers.

The letter asks the television networks to withhold projections in any one state until that state’s polls have closed, and to delay calling a winner in the presidential contest nationwide until all polls have closed in the West.

In separate letters, Wyden requested the presidential candidates to not make victory or concession speeches until all polls are closed. Early projections and President Carter’s early concession in 1980 were blamed for voter dropoff in the West, and since then candidates have agreed to delay their statements.

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