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Election 2012 poll: What's your favorite TV coverage gimmick?

Apologies for the quality of the above screengrab. It’s a screenshot of NBC’s electoral map on the iconic ice rink at Rockefeller Plaza — or, as NBC has been calling it on election night, Democracy Plaza. When each state breaks for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, a crew brings out a color coded overlay of the state and installs it on the ice. NBC anchor Brian Williams calls this crew “Ice Team Zebra.” Journalism, y’all!

In fact, several networks have unfurled a high concept gimmick to illustrate the evening’s ongoing results. NBC has also placed two window washer carts on the facade of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, one each measuring Obama and Romney’s electoral college votes. CNN, meanwhile, is representing the electoral college via lights at the top of the Empire State Building, as well as “ballot cams” at polling places throughout the country. ABC, meanwhile, has given veteran journalist and current daytime talk show host Katie Couric the job of social media expert, so she’s basically ABC News’ Ryan Seacrest. The more staid CBS News has taken to saying a state is “leaning” or “likely” for a presidential candidate before calling for him outright. And pretty much everyone has some kind of giant Minority Report-style touchscreen map.

Which one is working best for you? Vote in the poll below, and then sound off in the comments!  READ FULL STORY

Celebs share excitement, joke around in election night tweets

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, the sheer chaos of everything in between — election night in the U.S. is a mixture of emotions for all those politically engaged, and celebrities are just like us, except (sometimes) wittier, and often with a few zillion more Twitter followers. Here are some of our favorite posts of the night, from celebs including Zooey Deschanel (a substitute for no New Girl tonight) to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to Patricia Heaton and Bill Maher. Some are cracking jokes, others are dead serious. We’ll be updating as the night goes on, so check ‘em out below and post any fun tweets you want to share in the comments!

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Skipping election coverage? Find out what else is on TV tonight

Excited for New Girl tonight? Or Happy Endings? Or New Normal? Well, prepare to be disappointed – it’s wall-to-wall election coverage, of course, which means all the usual suspects won’t be on the major networks’ air.

While I could easily write a post about why you should watch the results pour in – pundits doing their pundit thing! CNN is lighting up the Empire State Building! (Really!), finding out the next president! — for those that would rather discover the big news via a quick tweet, I’ve got you covered. I scoured the television listings and if you’re as sick of Obama/Romney as this four-year-old, try one of these programs instead.

Sons of Anarchy and Covert Affairs will have new episodes tonight at 10 on FX and USA, respectively, and for the trashy reality fans, Lifetime will show Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition at 9 p.m. ET. For those that want to get their political history on, but in a less serious way, check out Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. on BBC America at 10 p.m. ET. The teams reportedly meet up in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown.

If you don’t mind the repeats, Bravo is running back-to-back Real Housewives episodes. It’s the Atlanta crew at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Beverly Hills at 9 p.m.. For more reruns, Full House is showing all night long on Nick and USA is rolling out  Law and Order: SVU double header before the new Covert Affairs.

Trying to forget Lindsay Lohan’s Romney endorsement? Georgia Rule is on E!.

So yes, avoiding OhioWatch 2012 will be difficult. In addition to all the main broadcast channels,  Comedy Central will air Daily Show/Colbert live at 11 p.m. ET, hopefully with news to announce.

Beyond that, a DVD of the first season of Homeland or Downton Abbey was made for nights like this.

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Lincoln’s politics: Who would it have hurt had it opened before the election?

Lincoln's politics: Who would it have hurt had it opened before the election?

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From the beginning, Steven Spielberg was determined to steer his Abraham Lincoln movie clear of contemporary politics. He specifically requested a post Election Day release date so as not to be engulfed in the push and pull of the heated presidential race. “Lincoln today is beyond partisan politics,” Spielberg said recently. Indeed, the 16th president was the first Republican president, yet he’s frequently claimed by modern Democrats, as well, who view Lincoln’s freeing the slaves and the passing of the 13th Amendment as an essential part of the ongoing struggle for human rights and an essential milestone in a march that can be traced through women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, and today’s debate over gay rights.

When Lincoln opens in select theaters on Friday (it opens nationally the following weekend), three days after American selects its next president, Spielberg hopes that it might contribute “some kind of soothing or even healing effect.” (“With malice towards none…” Lincoln famously said during his conciliatory second inaugural speech.) But Spielberg was wise to demand a post-election release, because the film will be inevitably interpreted through our modern political lens. READ FULL STORY

'The Guardian' presents the election, in awesome graphic novel form

Love politics, but hate having to wade through piles of boring text to get the information you crave? The Guardian has the solution: a virtual graphic novel that perfectly summarizes the 2012 presidential election.

This piece has everything — a timeline of events stretching back to the 2008 Republican primaries, cartoons that expertly convey Obama’s weariness, Romney’s determination, and Rick Santorum’s innate goofiness, and nifty little animations that are activated by a simple downward scroll. Perhaps the best part: “Texts from Hillary” makes an appearance. Really, just stop reading this and scroll through the whole thing.

Leave it to the American wing of a British company to come up with the coolest thing we’ve seen this election cycle. Is it too late to lobby for the U.S. to rejoin the U.K.?

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Beyonce writes handwritten Obama endorsement and votes in style

Beyoncé was here…and she wants everyone to know it.

While her husband Jay-Z was busy performing at a rally in Ohio with President Obama (99 problems, but Mitt ain’t one), Beyoncé was busy giving her own endorsement – via a handwritten letter posted on her website.

The letter reads:

“President Obama,
Everyday we see your heart and character, inspiring all of us to give more of ourselves.
You are the leader to take us from where we are to where we need to be.
You are the reason my daughter and nephew will grow up knowing that they can truly be ANYTHING they want to be.
All my respect and adoration,
Beyoncé”

She then took the next step and actually voted, posting the above photo (glamour shot with new bangs, natch), alongside her ballot. READ FULL STORY

Vote! Google's new Doodle wants you to

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It’s voting — with a Google twist.

The latest homepage icon for the search giant got a red, white and blue twist today in honor of the election. The colored paper ballots spell out “Google” as they are fed through a vote counter.

The best part? When you click on any part of the icon, it takes you to the search results for “Where Do I Vote” and you can enter your address and find out exactly where your polling place is. Great news for procrastinators the morning of the election — or those of us who just need a quick reminder. It also gives you all the information about whether you’re eligible, voter laws in various states, and registration requirements. It’s so easy!

What are you possibly waiting for (those of you that are U.S. citizens and 18 and older)? Remember: If you don’t vote, you can’t tweet about voting.

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Celebrities rock the vote, urge you to do the same via Twitter

Merry Election Day! If your polling place is like mine, it took just eight minutes or so to participate in the democratic process this morning. If you live in Staten Island, New Jersey, Fairfax, Va., or any number of other places, voting might be a little more difficult. But no matter how long your wait or how bitter the cold, it’s important to cast a ballot — because if you don’t, you’ll be disappointing the dozens of celebrities who appeared in political PSAs this year. And do you really want to be responsible for making Selena Gomez and Jonah Hill cry?

Now that the day of reckoning has finally come, politically-minded celebs are out in full force urging normals to vote. They’re also putting their millions where their mouths are, voting themselves and then bragging about doing so on Twitter. (Unless, of course, they’re underage.) And then there are those who are treating the whole thing like a joke — just what we’d expect from Comedy Central’s best and brightest. Here are a few of our favorite Election Day tweets from boldfaced names:

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Bob Dylan predicts Barack Obama 'in a landslide'

Bob Dylan says he thinks President Barack Obama is going to win a landslide.

Dylan made the prediction Monday night midway through the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” during a concert in the battleground state of Wisconsin. READ FULL STORY

Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler endorse Obama -- VIDEO

Still trying to make up your mind between Obama and Romney? What are you waiting for, undecided voters?

Over the weekend, a couple more celebrities came out of the (Holly)woodwork to make their case to you on the eve of tomorrow’s election.

First up, Will Ferrell, who donned a Ron Burgundy-esque retro suit while he explained that he would do anything — draw you a tattoo, dance, eat garbage — if you vote for Obama.

What are you waiting for? It’s a slam dunk: READ FULL STORY

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