If you're a regular to www.wcax.com you may have noticed something different. As the November election approaches, WCAX News has launched a new, interactive web page geared specifically to election content.
"In 2008 we had a tremendous response from our viewers, so much so that our servers were flooded with traffic," said Chris Smith, the director of new media at WCAX. "So we thought that for this election cycle we would do it better, bigger and faster."
To get to our election site, visit our home page, www.wcax.com. There is a banner right below our main stories that reads "Election 2012." Click on that and you'll be directed to our election page.
"We built this to be responsive," said Dave Gibson of Propeller Media Works. "So it's going to work on all devices, whether it's a mobile, a tablet, a laptop, a standard-sized desktop or even a huge desktop."
On the site now you can find candidate bios from major races in our region, as well as the latest election news stories, videos and social media feeds. Tabs on the top of the screen will help direct you to the races and regions you're interested in. And if you're looking for information about polling locations and when they open, we have a list of those on that site as well.
On election night the site will completely transform.
"The race results are going to be coming in on a regular basis, every few minutes those are going to be updated," Gibson said.
"We have a very unique way of collecting data for our elections. We have actual feet on the ground in each precinct feeding results back into our station," Smith said. "So our viewers will be able to see real-time results on attractive graphs and charts and drill right down to how their town did."
Also on election night, you can catch streaming news cut-ins as major events unfold, in addition to those real-time results as they come in. It's all on our special website-- elections.wcax.com-- which you can get to from our homepage, www.wcax.com.