On Election Day, MSNBC.com will have unmatched comprehensive coverage, including live streaming video, real-time results, live blogging, maps and a special look at post-Katrina elections in the Gulf Coast. In the first major election since Hurricane Katrina, MSNBC.com extends its award-winning Rising From Ruin series (www.risingfromruin.msnbc.com) and examines the election process in an area where many residents have yet to return and traditional polling places no longer exist. An interview with popular Bay St. Louis, Miss. Democratic Congressman Gene Taylor, follows him on the campaign trail and discusses issues facing the citizens in his community, including the struggle of rebuilding after the storm. In addition, the coverage examines what issues really are important to Gulf Coast residents and profiles Waveland, Miss., where real changes are possible as the mayor and all five city council members are up for reelection.
"Our election coverage reflects the nature and scope of this incredible national story. This is a story that is being played out on the Web in ways it never has before, and we've created a place for that community," said Jennifer Sizemore, editor in chief of MSNBC.com. "From real-time local results to analysis of the national trends, we'll be delivering the whole story in live video streams, stories, discussion boards, polls, maps, and special live coverage from the Mississippi towns where we've spent the past year chronicling the recovery from Katrina."
The Democracy Dashboard, linked off a dynamically refreshing results panel on the MSNBC.com cover page, delivers a full spectrum of real-time results, including a map with state-by-state results, and returns on Senate, House and gubernatorial races, organized down to the county level. In addition, users can find balance-of-power graphics for the House and Senate and instant-message style tips to alert them to developing stories. A downloadable "widget" from www.politics.msnbc.com delivers updated political stories right to user's desktops in a special "politics today" window. Message boards will enable users to share their opinions and analysis and audio slideshows featuring "voters' voices" will keep users in touch with grassroots sentiments.
Contributors to NBC News' political blog, First Read, will blog live through Election Day, tracking developments and the untold stories across the nation. Politics.msnbc.com will also include extensive analysis and coverage from The National Journal, Hotline, Washington Post, Newsweek and the MSNBC.com politics team. MSNBC.com's Tom Curry will report from NBC's central election desk on the latest results.
Video on MSNBC.com will include a live stream of MSNBC TV's coverage through the day and evening, and morning-after results and analysis. In addition, the "Hot Switch" will provide the best feeds coming in from NBC affiliates across the country. Full archives of the highly watched "Meet the Press" Senate Debates Series from Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia are available at www.mtp.msnbc.com. Also, clips from "NBC Nightly News," "Today," "Hardball" and "Countdown" election coverage will be available on-demand at www.politics.msnbc.com.
NBC NEWS COVERAGE:
NBC News will cover all angles of the mid term elections using the powerful resources of NBC News, MSNBC on cable, MSNBC.com, CNBC, Telemundo, NBC Mobile and NBC News Radio on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, 2006. NBC News will offer the best and most experienced team in television, with Brian Williams anchoring NBC News' live "Decision 2006" coverage from the NBC News world headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Joining Williams will be "Meet the Press" moderator and senior political analyst Tim Russert, and NBC Special correspondent Tom Brokaw. "Weekend Today" co-anchors Campbell Brown will report on voter trends and Lester Holt will look ahead at the 2008 presidential race.
A veteran team of NBC News correspondents will fan out across the country and report on key Senate, House and gubernatorial races, and will include Ron Allen, Tom Costello, Lisa Daniels, Rehema Ellis, Chris Jansing, George Lewis, Ron Mott, Mark Potter, David Shuster, Don Teague, Kevin Tibbles, and Mike Viqueira. NBC News' Chief White House correspondent David Gregory will report from the White House, and NBC's Congressional correspondent Chip Reid will cover Capitol Hill.
In addition, a team of analysts, lead by NBC News' Decision Desk leader Sheldon Gawiser, will analyze the statewide exit polls, election results and voter trends. It is NBC News' policy to not project a winner in any state until all of that state's polls are scheduled to close.
Network coverage will begin at 6:30 pm, ET, first feed on the "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." All "Nightly News" feeds will be updated live, with election trends, analysis and results as polls close. Network coverage continues with hourly updates beginning at 8:00 pm, ET, and an hour-long "Decision 2006" special report will air from 10:00 – 11:00 pm, ET/9:00-10:00 pm CT/9:00-9:00 pm, MT. West Coast viewers will get an NBC News live "Decision 2006" special report from 10:00 – 11:00 pm, PT. NBC News will also offer its affiliates time within the special report to cover local and state races.
On Election Day, "Today" will offer extensive coverage of the country's most highly contested and watched races, with reports from Russert and Brokaw, and up-to-the minute reporting as Americans head to the polls. On Wednesday, "Today" will host a special split edition of the program with Matt Lauer in Washington, D.C. and Meredith Vieira at headquarters in Studio 1A providing expert analysis and Election Day results along with Russert and Brokaw.
Making Your Vote Count:
NBC News and MSNBC will also be tracking any potential problems that voters may have around the country through an exclusive agreement with InfoVoter Technologies, whose nationwide toll free voter alert line will allow voters to quickly report voting problems to election officials anywhere in the country. Voters across the nation will be able to call the MYVOTE1 Voter Alert Line (1-866-MYVOTE1) to report irregularities or problems at their individual polling places. The alert line will automatically patch callers to their local election offices as well as give voters an opportunity to record a brief description for NBC News/MSNBC of the problems they are facing.
NBC News' Chip Reid will report on voting irregularities and the new voting machine technologies that have recently been installed in many counties throughout the United States.
InfoVoter Technologies - a bipartisan joint venture representing VoterLink Data Systems and Chesapeake enterprises - will manage the voter contact technology along with a team of bipartisan analysts at MSNBC's Washington D.C. headquarters.
NBC News Coverage on Cable: MSNBC
In an election that could lead to a seismic shift in political power, MSNBC is the undisputed place for politics. Beginning today, Monday, October 30 through November 7, MSNBC will be devoted to non-stop political coverage as "Decision 2006: Battleground America" coverage continues from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, ET, every day. "Hardball" host Chris Matthews, "Scarborough Country" host Joe Scarborough, "Tucker" host Tucker Carlson and "Countdown" host Keith Olbermann will anchor extended coverage throughout the week, along with Williams, Russert, Gregory and NBC News' Chief Foreign correspondent Andrea Mitchell, to bring viewers the latest information and interviews with candidates, journalists, party officials and experts.
Leading into Election Night, MSNBC will present a special, live edition of "Hardball with Chris Matthews" Sunday, November 5 at 7:00 pm, ET, from MSNBC election headquarters. As the candidates wrap up their final weekend of campaigning, Matthews will review the latest polls and analyze up-to-the-minute information coming out of key battleground states. This special edition of "Hardball" will be carried live on several NBC affiliates around the country, as will the 7:00 pm, ET, edition of "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on Monday, November 6 including WNBC in New York and KNBC in Los Angeles. Also on Monday, November 6, leading into Election Day, MSNBC will present live late-night editions of "Hardball with Chris Matthews" from 10:00 pm. to 11:00 pm, ET, and a special hour of "Decision 2006" coverage from 11:00 pm to midnight, ET, hosted by Joe Scarborough.
On Tuesday, November 7, the network's marathon, all-night Election Night coverage begins at 6:00 pm, ET, with Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann anchoring from MSNBC election headquarters. Matthews and Olbermann will be joined by Williams, Russert and Brokaw with additional interviews and analysis. Scarborough and Carlson will analyze the results with a panel of political reporters and experts including Mitchell, Newsweek's Howard Fineman, Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan, The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson and CNBC's Carl Quintanilla. MSNBC's Election Night coverage will run all night, from 6:00 pm through 6:00 am, ET, with comprehensive coverage of election results - bringing viewers the latest developments in local races including victories, concessions or runoffs.
NBC's Business and Financial Network: CNBC
On Tuesday, October 31, with one week until Election Day, CNBC will focus on what's at stake for business when voters head for polls on November 7 with a series of day-long special reports, "Decision '06: From Wall Street to Main Street," and scheduled guests including three possible presidential contenders: Sen. Barak Obama (D-Ill.), Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), and Gov. Mitt Romney, (R-Mass.).
Beginning with "Squawk Box," CNBC's signature morning program, 6:00 –9:00 am, ET, and continuing through "On the Money" at 7:00 pm, ET, CNBC will examine key economic and financial issues that are playing a role in the way Americans will cast their votes: taxes, the deficit, Social Security, immigration, health care, the pension system, labor, minimum wage, regulating hedge funds and trade.
CNBC will have a special live edition of "Kudlow & Company" on Monday, November 6 at 8:00 pm, ET. CNBC will also have special election coverage on Election Day on "On the Money" at 7:00 pm, ET. The network will also have special reports leading up to Election Day on "Decision '06: Your Money, Your Vote."
NBC's Spanish-Language Television Network: Telemundo
On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Telemundo's veteran journalist Pedro Sevcec will host the election special "Decisión 2006" at 11:35 pm, ET/PT and 10:35 pm, CT, featuring political analysts who will provide an overview of the election results from the different states and the impact they will have on the years leading to the 2008 Presidential election. The comprehensive coverage will include live reports from the nation's capital and states with a large Hispanic population, including Los Angeles, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Correspondents will report on the candidates and other stories related to the United States' Hispanic community. The Spanish-language network will begin its election coverage on "Noticiero Telemundo" (6:30 pm, ET/PT and 5:30 pm, CT) anchored by Sevcec.
NBC News on Cell Phones: NBC Mobile
To ensure that voters are kept informed while on the go, NBC Mobile will be producing original mobile content for Mobile "Decision 2006. " Complete coverage for all the midterm elections this year will be brought to Verizon, Cingular, Sprint and Amp'd Mobile customers with NBC News' Anne Thompson anchoring coverage, and NBC News correspondents reporting across the states' key races.
NBC News on Radio:
Thompson will also anchor NBC News' hourly radio reports beginning at 7:00 pm, ET, through 2:00 am, ET. NBC News/MSNBC election coverage will be offered to all NBC News radio affiliates for simulcast.