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How do you want us to give you election news online?

Image from League of Women Voters of California on Flickr
It’s election season again, and with the Montana primary right around the corner, it’s time for me to start thinking up the online features we’re going to have on the website leading up to the primary election and the ones we’ll have running live on election night.

For the lead-up to the 2010 election, we polled candidates on some of the important issues in the election, such as medical marijuana, drunk driving laws and the budget. We presented their answers side-by-side for readers to compare in our [“Where They Stand”]( feature.

This was accompanied by a widget on the homepage that I updated throughout the night with the latest returns.

This year, I’d like to ask your opinion on what we should include in our online coverage of the 2012 election. What features would you like to see? What information would be helpful to you as a voter? How would you prefer to see the results presented as they come in on election night?

One source of data I might take advantage of is the [Voting Information Project](, which is a partnership between Google and various states, including Montana.

If you have ideas or even examples of websites out there that have features you like, let me know at or start a discussion in the comments below.